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Moving, relocation, removal; whatever you want to call it, this activity in one's life induces a level of stress you may never feel again. What does one do to relieve this stress? There are several options to choose from. The list of possible moving services goes on and on, but only one truly fits your needs. Let’s first discuss what “moving services” actually are.

Moving services refers to a service that helps you with your relocation needs. Here’s a list of them:

Local Moving Services: Also known as a local moving company, this type of service will be able to provide you with an intrastate move. Just remember, even if your intrastate move is over a 100 mile trip, it’s still considered intrastate if you don’t cross state borders. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure that the local moving service you choose is fully licensed and insured under the local state authorities (i.e. State DOT and Public Utility Commission).
  • Intrastate moves are usually charged by an hourly rate. To confirm this rate you can contact the State DOT and ask to see the moving company’s tariff. This document will state the current rate of the moving company. With this, you’ll know if the moving company is charging you the rate they are legally obligated to charge.
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Long Distance Moving Services: Also known as a long distance moving company, this type of service can relocate you across state borders. Again, there are two important things to check:
  • Make sure that the long distance moving service you choose is fully licensed and insured under federal regulations.
  • Long distance movers can charge you by volume, weight, distance, or a combination of all three. You can contact the USDOT to check out the company’s tariff.

Self Moving Services: Whether a standard mover is too expensive or you just don’t like dealing with moving companies, self moving services can be a great shortcut for your moving needs. A truck delivers large crates to your home and you pack and fill them with your items. When you’re done, the truck comes back and delivers the crates to your new home. Once arrived, you being to unload and unpack the crates. Although you’ll be spending less money, you’re going to have to do more work.

Auto Transport Services: What should you do with your car when you move? Do you want to drive it across the country? If not, so you can use an auto transporter that will ship your car from your old home to your new one. Make sure you also check up on the licenses of your auto transporter.

International Moving Services: Guess what this is used for? You got it. If you’re moving to another country, then you need one of these.

Corporate Relocation Services: If your company is moving you don't necessarily have to go with your average moving company. You can actually hire a mover that specializes in corporate moves. Again, check for licenses.

Boxing Services: No, this isn’t a service where a shirtless guy comes to your home and tries punching you. “Boxing” in this case literally means boxes. You can use this service to get packing materials. This is obviously very useful for keeping your things organized and more importantly, safe and secure.

Self Storage Services: A self storage facility can be used as an extension of your own home. If you have something that needs to be moved at a later date, or you just don’t want it to take up the space in your new home, a self storage unit is the perfect option for you.

Friends and Family: This is the ultimate moving service. Although you’ll probably need to use a moving company to move the big stuff, you can always count on friends and family to help you with everything else.

Now you know the full list of moving services. Evaluate your needs and choose the right service that best fits your move.

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