How you pay for your move is largely determined by the distance you'll be traveling.

Any move under 50 miles is generally considered a local move – for these moves, you pay by the hour.

Relocating beyond that distance in the same state is dubbed an intrastate move, and this kind of move is determined by how much your items weigh. State-to-state moving is often called an interstate move or long-distance moving, and it's charged by weight as well.

Pricing for a Local Move
Determining a price for a local move is generally not as complicated as pricing for a state-to-state move.

To get a rough idea of how many movers you'll need, follow this guide:
  • 1 bedroom: 2 movers
  • 2-3 bedrooms: up to 3 movers
  • 4 bedrooms: up to 4 movers
  • More than 4 bedrooms: 4 or more movers
Your mover will have rates for each crew size, and they're generally on file at the moving company.

The final price you pay can vary – even though you pay more for more men, the move itself should be completed more quickly, so that will cut down on the total number of hours.

Compare the differences between moving companies to determine what's best. And be aware that some companies charge higher rates because they offer exceptional service – do not pick moving companies on the basis of price alone.

Other things to check on thoroughly:
Insist on a written estimate spelling out exactly the charges you'll be responsible for outside of the move quote. In particular, packing costs: These can be expensive, and will quickly ramp up the cost of your move. Make sure you also understand what items the moving company will insist on being boxed or wrapped.

Make sure your moving company has insurance for its employees – any moving employee hurt on your property can become your responsibility if the mover doesn't carry Worker's Comp.

Also verify travel time charges – what exactly will you be responsible for?

You can also search for movers that will offer you a flat fee for your move, instead of a per-hour charge.