How much does shipping your Household cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted House Moving Companies
Customer Images
people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

+2 million
Delivered
services
+190
Countries
served
97%
of customers
recommend us

Planning & Preparing For Your Local Move

What's in this article?
  1. Choosing Your Movers
  2. Pay Attention To Fees
  3. Packing Concerns
Moving Pro Movers

Moving is hard work and requires a lot of preparation and planning. Believe it or not, even a local move requires a large commitment of time, energy and effort. In fact, it may require just as much as conducting a cross-country or international move. Follow this advice in order to ensure your local move goes as smoothly as possible.

Choosing Your Movers

While federal agencies and laws regulate interstate movers and companies, you don't get all of these same protections with a local move. In fact, your state will likely dictate exactly what rules apply, so you should definitely familiarize yourself with those laws and rules. Believe it or not, some states don't require any type of licensing at all.

Always check out and research your potential movers thoroughly. Verify that they have the proper credentials and also check previous customers. It is also a good idea to contact the Better Business Bureau and see how their track record looks. Once you have found good movers, find out exactly what services they offer. For example, they may be able to provide packing services.

A-1 Auto Transport Ships Worldwide.

Get a Free, No Obligation to Buy, House Moving Quote.

Get my free quote now

or call us to do it for you:

Pay Attention To Fees

One of the major differences between a local move and an interstate move is in how the charges are determined. Local movers will often base their charges on the amount of time and the number of people it takes to move your things. This means you might be charged by the hour and by the person.

On the other hand, this is not universally true. The moving company may base their charges on weight and mileage. In some states, you might not have a choice about the method used to calculate charges. There are other companies which may even offer you a flat fee for a local move, within a certain number of miles.

Cost To Have Movers Pack For You

Packing Concerns

How much packing you will do might be determined by how you are being charged. For example, if you have a good flat rate and the movers will offer packing services, then you might allow the professionals to pack and move the majority of your goods. They might even handle obtaining all of the boxes and packing materials (find out ahead of time).

If you are being charged by the hour and/or by the person, you should do everything possible to make the job go as fast as possible. This will mean packing a large part of your own things. Start by gathering all the needed supplies well in advance of your moving date. You will need:

  • Boxes (various sizes, shapes, and types)
  • Packing paper, newsprint
  • Packing peanuts or other items for insulation
  • Packing tape
  • Markers for labeling
  • Bubble wrap
  • Furniture blankets

Certainly, having everything ready to go and packed will make the job much easier and quicker, whether you are moving or using professionals. Also, consider downsizing by getting rid of or even donating items you no longer need or want.

Following all of these tips should ensure that everything goes quite smooth with your local move.

Affordable Movers Long Distance
Share this content on social media
for a chance to get up to 15% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email Me


Testimonial
Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

...my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

Testimonial
Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

A1 Auto Transport... From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

Testimonial
David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

Visit our social, and see what what our clients are saying about us

State to State House Moving

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2022, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.