Key Differences Between Local vs. Interstate vs. Intrastate Moving


When it comes to moving, there are many factors to consider. Are you staying local? Will you make an intrastate move, or are you looking at a bigger, state-to-state move?

Before you can make that decision, you’ll have to know the differences between all three types of moves. Each kind of move has its own rules, prices, and challenges. Keep reading for interstate vs. intrastate tips, tricks, and definitions.

What to Know About Local Moves

Local moves are characterized as short distance moves. These will probably be a bit less stressful than long distance moves.

Maybe your local move is from a studio apartment to your first home across town, or you are packing up your large house to downsize to a nearby condo. In any case, you need the help of packers, crews, trucks, and solutions to make your move a success.

Local moves cost less than long-distance moves, and there are fewer regulations to take into consideration.

What to Know About Intrastate Moves

Intrastate moves are known as moves within the same state. These are further than local moves, but they stay within the state lines.

The FMCSA doesn’t regulate intrastate movers. If you are moving within a state, you need to research and understand the terms and conditions of moving based on the state in which you reside.

Individual states have their own rules and regulations. You should be familiar with those regulations. Some states have more rigorous licensing and monitoring guidelines than others. Check with your state’s attorney general’s office to see if the state you live in is a regulated state that oversees movers and to obtain more information. It is a good idea to do this to protect yourself as a consumer.

An intrastate move also generally costs less than a long distance move. Check with you moving professional for a free quote to get you started.

What to Know About Interstate Moves

An interstate move is one from one state to another and is considered a long-distance move. An interstate move requires a detail-oriented, experienced touch and professional movers can help with that journey.

Long-distance interstate moves require a special authority to transport customers’ items from one state to another. Federal regulators grant this authority to movers. Professional moving companies that offer long-distance interstate moving are also required by law to carry special insurance policies. These rules and regulations are created to protect the customer and their belongings.

Interstate moves generally cost more than local or intrastate moves because the distance can make a significant dent in supplies, work power, and gas.

Freedom Moving & Storage

When it comes to interstate vs. intrastate moves, we have you covered. Long distance moving doesn’t have to be stressful, and we do our best to keep it from being so. Whether it’s out of state, or you’re staying local, you can get a free quote today!

Need to keep some of your household items in storage while you sort things out? No worries; we have storage services that provide a safe place for your belongings.


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