Before locking in a moving company, it’s important to understand the type of move you need.
Whether you’re moving personally or scheduling a move for your employer, knowing the difference between a residential moving company and commercial moving company is the first step to your search. From there, companies may offer the following services:
Local: Typically, any move under 50 miles is considered a local move. Depending on your state and the chosen moving company’s policies, these parameters may change. It’s important to confirm that your move is within the mileage of that particular company.
Long-distance: A move becomes long-distance when you require travel for over 50 miles (or the specified company’s policy). A long-distance move does not necessarily equate an interstate move (below).
Interstate: Interstate moves include any moves that require crossing state lines.
International: Any move that requires travel outside the United States (yes, this includes Canada) is considered an international move. You’ll not only need to check that your chosen moving company offers international services, but some may even offer assistance with housing and corralling immigration documents.
Moving containers: Moving container services offer containers of various sizes that, most of the time, homeowners have to pack themselves.
Specialty movers: Some movers offer specialty services for special items such as pianos, fine art and even wine collections.
Auto movers: If you need to move a car long-distance or internationally, some companies offer auto moving services as an add-on cost.