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Best local moving companies

A good mover is crucial, even if you’re going just a few blocks away

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    Most moving companies consider moves within 100 miles of your current home to be local moves. A move of a few miles can be easier than a cross-country move, but one thing holds true when it comes to all relocations: You have to pack up, load, transport, unload and unpack your entire home — no matter how far you go. This is why it often makes sense to hire a moving company to help.

    Our top picks for local movers

    To make our choices for the best local movers, we collected 17 data points each for 70 companies. We analyzed these data points to compare cost, availability and add-on services to make our final selections.

    Our picks may be Authorized Partners who compensate us. This does not affect our recommendations or evaluations but may impact the order in which companies appear. As of publishing, each company on this list has a rating of at least 3.6 stars out of 5 on our site.

    Allied Van Lines
    • Rating on CA as of publishing:3.9
    • Availability: All 50 states and Washington, D.C.
    • USDOT number: 70851

    Allied Van Lines performs local as well as long-distance, interstate, international, corporate and military moves. It also offers specialty packing for fragile items, furniture disassembly and reassembly, short- and long-term storage and auto transport. According to the company’s website, Allied has completed 750,000 moves in the U.S. over the last 15 years.

    Allied lets you can track your moving shipment online — this way, you know the moving truck’s route and can see where any stops might be holding it up. The company also performs moves to and from all 50 states, has a global carrier network and provides 24/7 customer service.
    Satisfied Allied customers who left reviews on our site tend to mention quality service and communication from the company’s staff. A reviewer from Washington said the company provided great service in many areas.
    “The coordinator maintained good communication throughout," they said. "The teams who loaded and unloaded and placed my household goods were professional and showed care in handling the items. … I truly appreciate the service received, would highly recommend, and definitely will use their services again for my next move.”
    North American Van Lines
    • Rating on CA as of publishing:3.6
    • Availability: All 50 states and Washington, D.C.
    • USDOT number: 70851

    North American Van Lines offers full-service (including fragile item) packing, furniture disassembly and reassembly, storage solutions, GPS tracking and auto transport. You can hire the company to perform local, long-distance, interstate, international, corporate and military relocations.

    North American Van Lines provides 24/7 customer service and virtual in-home quotes. You can use a tablet or mobile device to show the company your belongings so it can determine how much you have, how much it weighs and the layout of both homes.

    North American Van Lines assigns you get a dedicated moving agent to help you with your relocation. It also provides several helpful resources on its website, including moving and packing tips, a packing cost calculator, a moving checklist and advice for adjusting to your relocation.
    Reviewers on our site seem to appreciate North American Van Lines’ process and effective communication. One customer from Tennessee said: “We had a few large items coming to our new home from my parents’ home. The local office and then driver dealt well with the estimate, pickup on their side, and communication and drop-off here. The driver was delayed, but we were kept up to date. Drop-off was smooth, and all arrived in good shape.”
    Mayflower
    • Rating on CA as of publishing:3.4
    • Availability: All 50 states and Washington, D.C.
    • USDOT number: 125563

    Mayflower is a local, long-distance and international mover. It offers the typical additional services, including full-service packing, fragile packing, furniture disassembly and reassembly, storage solutions and auto transport, but it also offers installation services and debris removal. Like North American Van Lines, Mayflower also provides a dedicated moving agent to help ensure your move goes smoothly.

    Mayflower operates nationally but uses its carrier network to connect customers with local movers. The company makes it easy to search for local moving partners on its website — all you need is your ZIP code.

    Mayflower can also perform home cleaning and debris removal following your move, which can significantly simplify the relocation for you so you can focus on settling in at your new home.

    Happy Mayflower customers on our site tend to mention the professional staff, including its drivers, coordinators and customer service team.
    A reviewer from South Carolina said about their move: “The Mayflower driver ... did an outstanding job. He was pleasant, hardworking, efficient, careful and on time. The same is true for the local helpers on both sides. The result was zero damages and a happy customer.”

    How much does a local move cost?

    The average cost of a local move ranges from $80 to $100 per hour for a crew of two. Local moves are typically billed hourly, while cross-country moves are usually billed based on the distance of the move and amount of belongings.

    Save money on your local move by shuttling easy-to-move or fragile items to your new home before your move day, if possible.

    How much your local move costs ultimately comes down to a few important variables — the biggest is usually how many items you have to move. If you have a sprawling four-bedroom house, you’ll pay more in labor than someone with a small, minimalist one-bedroom apartment.

    The two other factors that drive the cost of a local move are the distance of the relocation and the number of fragile or bulky items you have to transport. The greater the distance between your new home and your old one, the more hours on the clock for your movers. And if you have items like a piano or fragile mirrors, you’ll have to pay more for special packing and handling.

    Easy access to your home can also save you money. If your apartment is at the top of four flights of stairs, you’ll probably have to pay an added fee. The same goes for a lack of parking — if your moving truck has to park far from your home, you can expect additional charges.

    What to look for in a local mover

    Start your search for a local mover by asking friends and family for recommendations. You can also go online and search for local moving companies. However you come up with your list of movers, check that any company you’re considering is registered with your state or with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Look for a USDOT number.

    While a USDOT number isn't required for a local, intrastate move (it is required for an interstate move), it shows a company is committed to best practices in the moving industry and lets you check a mover’s safety and complaint history.

    Also, look for a company that offers clear, easy-to-understand pricing. A reputable company will provide a written estimate based on your belongings, the difficulty of the move and how long it should take. Keep in mind this is usually a general quote, and the price may change if your move takes longer than expected.

    Even if your trusted friend gave a great review for a local mover, always check online reviews for an overall picture of the company. If there are more negative reviews than positive ones, you might want to steer clear.

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      Local moving tips

      Moving is stressful, but with the proper preparation, you can avoid problems before they arise.

      1. Create a moving folder with a to-do list

      No matter how near or far you go, you still have to pack and unpack an entire household and update your utilities and address. A relocation comes with lots of moving parts, so staying organized is key.

      Book your local move at least four weeks in advance to snag the best time and date — and note that movers are busier during the summer months.

      2. Declutter all you can before moving day

      You may be tempted to pack everything you own for a local move, thinking you can deal with items you don’t want once you get to your new home — but don’t forget you’re paying for every single thing you move. Not only will you save on your moving bottom line, but unpacking will also be easier.

      3. Look for free or cheap boxes and packing materials

      You can find free boxes at liquor and grocery stores and on online marketplaces. If you have any new neighbors, you might ask them — people who just moved are often eager to get rid of supplies that’ll be in their way.

      4. Cut costs by starting early

      If you have access to your new home before your move-in date, you might consider shuttling over items yourself before the big day. This could be ideal for fragile items like art, plants and ceramics. This way, your local movers are only transporting your heavy, bulky items.

      FAQ

      What’s the cheapest way to move locally?

      The most inexpensive way to move locally is to rent a truck yourself and enlist friends and family to help you move. If you go this route, ensure you have everything packed and planned out before the day of the move. If you’re asking someone for their time, respect that time by being organized. It’s also a nice gesture to spring for a takeout lunch or dinner after the move is complete.

      Do I need moving insurance to move locally?

      Whether you’re moving one block or several states away, your belongings run the risk of getting damaged. Most movers include basic insurance, which covers anything that’s damaged in the move at a set rate, in the total cost. This type of insurance covers your items by weight, however, and not by value — and it doesn’t cover anything damaged by external factors, like theft. So, if you have expensive items, you may want extra insurance.

      How far in advance should you hire local movers?

      While it can be smart to hire movers as soon as you have set dates, a good rule of thumb is to schedule movers at least four weeks in advance.

      Do national moving companies perform local moves?

      Most national moving companies do complete local moves. National chains may be more expensive, but they have fleets of trucks and movers at their disposal. On the other hand, a local company may know how to navigate your area better — and will likely cost less.

      How much should you tip local movers?

      It’s always a nice gesture to tip your movers no matter how long — or short — a move is. A good guideline for tipping is to give $5 to $10 per laborer per hour. If your move is particularly long or difficult, you may want to tip a bit more for a job well done.

      Bottom line

      Whether you hire a moving company for a local move all comes down to your ability to move yourself, how much stuff you have and your budget. If you have minimal possessions and are on a tight budget, you may be able to ask your friends for help and move yourself. But if you have a large household and aren’t great at packing or driving a truck, it’s likely a good idea to hire a local moving company.

      When looking for a local moving company, start by asking trusted sources for recommendations and looking online for companies with stellar reviews. Don’t forget to also check a mover’s USDOT number to see its safety and complaint record.

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