Local Moving Services
The moving company you pick to handle your upcoming move will depend heavily on whether you are moving locally or long distance. While some movers are equipped to handle both types of moves, many companies only offer local moving services.
They are unable to handle a move over a certain distance. Movers within the iMoving network will specify whether they offer local and/or long-distance moving services.
What Is Local Moving?
A local move does not necessarily mean that you are moving across the street or to another neighborhood in the same city. It typically refers to a move that is within the same state. When a move is between two states, it is always classified as a long-distance move.
Provided you make the right decisions in choosing a local moving service provider, a local move should be a lot cheaper compared to a long-distance move. And it makes sense, as local moves do not involve driving a truck full of possessions thousands of miles away.
Any reputable local mover will have a license from the moving authority within their state. Having such a license means the mover is authorized to provide those services within state lines.
If you are moving within a larger state, such as Texas or California, the definition of a local mover may vary. Some companies may advertise local moving services to mean within a certain mile range.
Those who are attempting to hire a local moving company in a larger state may want to check with the movers about the distances they can handle. Some local movers in bigger states can manage a move from one end of the state to another - while others cannot.
How to Find Local Moving Service Providers?
Some individuals, couples, and families who have moved locally in the past do not have the best memories of that experience. Perhaps they overpaid for the moving service, felt the moving company’s employees were rude or had some items damaged during the process.
Such incidents can happen, but only if you end up picking a local moving company that does not have a positive reputation. Many people find that it is difficult to figure out the difference between a reputable mover and one that will be a hassle to deal with.
It is possible to ask friends, family or work colleagues about movers they have used. But another person’s experiences can be an unreliable barometer. Assessing online reviews for local movers is also an option, but those can be difficult to sift through.
iMoving Referral Service
Unless you want to spend days creating a list of the reputable local movers that can handle your move, turning to iMoving is the best option.
Our referral network only includes the very best movers from the area. We have a rigorous vetting process that involves many checks, ensuring the mover has the highest reputation and offers competitive rates.
By entering the zip codes of your origin and destination, you can get a list of the local moving service providers that are available in your area. These movers will be able to handle Local Moves.
Things to Know When Choosing a Local Moving Service Provider
With the iMoving service, it is a lot easier to find a reputable local moving service provider. We offer our customers a list of the top five or six local movers that can service your move.
The next step involves contacting the movers to get an initial quote. It is better to provide detailed information about your situation, such as the size of your current home or apartment, where you are moving and the specific services you will need.
Some of the special services that may be requested of a local mover include:
- Heavy items packing for possessions such as pianos and pool tables
- Special packing for delicate items, such as antiques or family heirlooms
- Special packing for valuables, such as expensive wine, invaluable art, vintage guns and more
- Short term storage services at the destination
If you intend to request one or more of these services from a local mover, it is best to inform them early in the process. The mover will inform you about their ability to comply with your request, while they can detail the process involved in keeping your items safe during the packing and transit phases.
Requesting an In-Home Inspection
The movers within the iMoving network will provide an initial quote, which is based off the information you provide. But the detailed and binding quote for the moving service is only provided after an in-home inspection.
It allows the mover to see the space and assess how many possessions are being moved. If you have requested any of the special moving services listed above, the inspector will look at those items and determine what equipment they need to handle your request.
How to Save Money When Booking a Local Move?
The cost of a local move is almost always less than a long-distance move. Pricing depends on a few factors, such as the services requested, the amount of items being moved, the weight of those possessions, and the number of miles to the destination.
Local movers typically charge by the hour, while they have a minimum number of hours that will be charged for any move. The charges will also vary based on how many movers they are sending to handle your job.
Full Packing vs. Loading and Unloading
One way to reduce the cost of a local move is to request a loading and unloading service from a local mover. Such a service does not entail packing, which is handled by you.
The movers will arrive at the agreed time, load up your boxes, drive the truck to the destination, and unload the boxes at that address. Such a service takes less time, involves fewer men, and will cost you less money. But it is also inconvenient, as it means you will have to spend time packing.
You can also save money on your local move by reducing the items being moved. If you have possessions that you barely use, you may want to consider donating or selling them instead of taking them to your next home.
With the help of iMoving, you will be able to find a local moving service provider that can fulfill all your moving requests. Whether you are moving to a nearby city or to the other end of the state, we will help you connect with a reputable and affordable mover that can handle your move.