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Considerations for Your Interstate Move

Are you planning an interstate move? When moving beyond your local area, there are several factors that make your relocation even trickier than a traditional move.  Here are some important things to be aware of: 

Choosing a Licensed Interstate Mover: 

Moves that involve transporting goods over state lines (or, in many cases, over a 50-mile distance) are regulated by the federal government. Be wary of local movers who tell you they can do your interstate move.  Ensure that your chosen moving company is properly licensed and insured for interstate moves. You can verify their credentials through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. 

Many local movers are agents for interstate van lines. Your local mover may be your point of contact throughout a move, but the van line driver is responsible for managing your relocation's job, timeline, resources, and staffing. 

Understanding the Estimate: 

Most interstate relocations involve estimates based on the weight of your shipment versus a time-based estimate like a local move. Doing an in-depth survey with the salesperson is critical to ensure you have an accurate weight estimate and that the job has the proper resources. 

When you receive estimates from moving companies, make sure you understand the types of estimates they provide. There are three main types:

Non-binding estimate: The final cost may vary based on the actual weight of your items and any additional services provided.

Binding estimate: The final cost is fixed and cannot change unless you request additional services.

Binding not-to-exceed estimate: The final cost will not exceed the estimated amount, but you pay less if the actual weight is lower.


Packing Considerations 

When you pack your own belongings, these are considered “Packed by Owner,” or PBO for short.  In most cases, movers will not insure PBO items for damage beyond the minimum coverage, except in the case of obvious exterior damage to boxes or cartons that happens during transit. 

Inventory & Paperwork 

Interstate moves involve a lot more paperwork than a more straightforward local move. The driver will inventory your items, creating a paper or digital list of each item (box, furniture, carton/container) and a detailed bill of lading that you must review and sign.  This takes extra time during the shipment preparation but ensures that you have good data to ensure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. 


If you’re planning an interstate relocation, we’d love to help guide you through the process and reduce the complexity and stress for you! 




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