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What Is the Difference Between an Interstate Move and an Intrastate Move

Most people today are not familiar with moving terminologies and processes. This costs them more money and stress when relocating from one point to another. Knowing the difference between intrastate or interstate can save you lot of money as well as protect yourself against potential scammers. If you have been wondering what difference between these two types of moves is, then today you are in the right place.


What is an Interstate Move?

When you are preparing for an interstate move, you are mostly preparing for transporting goods in and out of state lines, including international moves. These relocations are usually governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations. Interstate moving typically cost more because additional permission is required. Costs will be determined how much items you’re moving, how heavy it is, and the distance between point A and point B. If you would like to cut the cost think about next: move less or less heavy stuff. If you have households that you have not used for a long time, it may be better to dispose of them before moving.


Intrastate Moving

Intrastate moving involves completing a move without crossing a border of another state. It is often referred to as local moving, and they are usually not regulated by the FMCSA. Even if you are traveling hundreds of miles, if your goods don’t cross the state line, then your move is intrastate. Rules and regulation that governs intrastate moving are entirely different from interstate moving because each state has its regulations and rules and permitting systems that your local mover is already following. Of course, every consumer should be well-educated, so familiarize yourself with your state’s rules to be sure your belongings are in good hands. Although you may be completing an intrastate move, moving companies can charge a long distance fee. Before choosing a licensed mover, make sure you aren’t hit with fees you weren’t made aware of. Understand your rights and verify licensing with each moving company before choosing. Any move under 50 miles is considered a local move while relocating beyond that distance in the same state is an intrastate move. It is not so complicated to determine a price for a local move. The size of your current home will determine the number of people needed on a moving crew; here’s a rule of thumb:

– 1 bedroom: two movers

– 2-3 bedrooms: up to three movers

– 4 bedrooms: up to four movers

– More than four bedrooms: four or more movers

Your mover will have rates for each crew size. If you have to relocate fast, then you will need more people working on your move. Compare the differences between moving companies to determine what’s best. The higher rates of some companies usually reflect the experience and training that they provide to their crew.

A local move is commonly charged at an hourly rate and includes charges for additional services. More extended intrastate moves are priced on the weight of your shipment. Always check with moving companies about how you will be charged.


For more information about costs for your move contact Long Distance Moving Experts. We’re here to help whether your move keeps you in your home state or sends you off to new adventures across state lines!