The first thing you need to do when preparing to move is to determine how much you want to do yourself -- everything, nothing or somewhere in between. Your budget and desire to save some money will likely impact your decision. When selecting a moving company, make sure to ask friends and family for suggestions. Whatever you do, don't simply go with the lowest bid. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always ask for (and check!) references before selecting the moving company that is going to help you move. Quick calls to your local Better Business Bureau and State Moving & Storage Association will also be well worth your while.
In today's economy, it's not unusual to be required to pull up stakes and move because a new assignment or a new job. That's why it's important to be familiar with the professional moving and storage industry and understand your rights and responsibilities when you move. First, there are important differences between intrastate moves - which take place within the same state - and interstate moves between one state and another because only interstate moves are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. (International moves are regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission.) Local and other intrastate moves come under the jurisdiction of your state government. About 30 states have various degrees of regulation - some more than others - and the rest are unregulated. So, if you have a problem with a local move or intrastate move, you may find yourself on your own in getting the problem resolved. Local moves are generally based on a per-hour cost for the personne