Under the regulations that govern the moving industry, all moving projects fall into one of two broad categories: intrastate moves and interstate moves. No matter the travel distance involved, moves of each type must follow a specific set of statewide or national guidelines. At Walsh Moving, we specialize in both intrastate and interstate transportation. Whatever your residential or commercial needs, we can explain the details of each type of move and develop a safe, cost-effective plan for the transport of your personal or business property.
An intrastate move takes place entirely within the boundaries of a single state. You may also hear this type of move referred to as a local move when your new home or business location is situated no more than 60 to 100 miles away. However, if you travel even this short a distance and cross state lines, your relocation qualifies as an interstate move, not an intrastate one.
When moving companies work with clients moving from state to state, they must follow regulations set forth by an agency in the U.S. Department of Transportation called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. In contrast, intrastate moves do not fall under FMCSA jurisdiction. Instead, they fall under the guidelines set forth by each state. In California, an agency called the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is responsible for regulating the intrastate moving industry. The CPUC requires all moving companies in the state to register with the agency and gain authorization to operate. In addition, the CPUC keeps track of any consumer complaints lodged against companies under its jurisdiction.
Planning an Intrastate Move
In a state as large as California, an intrastate move can take you hundreds of miles away from your current location. On the other hand, you may only intend to move a few miles. Wherever your plans fall between these two extremes, you will need to take specific steps when preparing for your journey. Notable examples of necessary preparations include:
- Comparing the CPUC credentials of all moving companies under consideration for the job
- Making sure that all prospective providers offer services that fit with your moving needs
- Checking the safety records of each potential provider
- Securing an accurate, binding estimate from the company you choose to work with
If you don’t plan to transport all your property at once, you will also need to make arrangements for temporary storage of items not going on the initial trip. And, of course, no move is complete without essential supplies such as packing paper, packing boxes, wardrobe boxes, moving blankets and tape.
Walsh Moving’s Intrastate Services
For more than 50 years, Walsh Moving has served as the trusted, affordable intrastate moving resource for Torrance, Long Beach, and other area communities. For homeowners and renters, we offer apartment moves, house-to-house moves and in-home moves that make it easy to reposition furniture and other bulky items. In addition, we can safely transport your piano or valuable antiques.
On the commercial side of things, we specialize in office moves, restaurant moves, and warehouse moves. We can also help you relocate any other type of business while avoiding downtime and lost income. Whether your needs are personal or business-related, Walsh will provide you with a customized, professional plan that covers all the bases and keeps your belongings safe every step of the way.
Any moving project that crosses a state line qualifies as an interstate move. This fact holds true if your household or business moves just a few miles or all the way across the country. It also remains true if your property is transferred from one moving vehicle to another across a state boundary.
There are four basic interstate moving scenarios:
- Beginning your journey in one state and traveling to a second state (whether or not you pass through other states along the way)
- Beginning your trip in one state and passing through a second state before reaching your destination in the original state
- Beginning your journey in a state and traveling through another country before reaching your final destination in the U.S.
- Beginning your trip in a U.S. state and moving to an out-of-country destination
Each of these scenarios places your moving company under the jurisdiction of the federal guidelines of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Among other things, these guidelines require interstate movers to:
- Register with the FMCSA
- Carry current insurance on each vehicle
- Carry current liability insurance
- Carry current workers’ compensation insurance
- Obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number that identifies the company
- Display their USDOT number on each vehicle so that federal regulators can keep detailed company safety records
Any interstate mover that does not comply with the FMCSA’s regulations is breaking federal law. Unfortunately, this fact does not prevent dishonest providers from attempting to lure customers while failing to meet their legal obligations.
Planning an Interstate Move
Interstate moves require the same primary planning activities as an intrastate move. In addition, you will need to take a couple of other steps. First, you will need to make sure that your chosen moving company is FMCSA-compliant. Your provider should gladly produce proof of the company’s status, along with up-to-date safety records. If you intend to make a long-distance move, you should also ask your chosen carrier about its minimum weight limits. Some companies will not carry long-distance loads that weigh under 4,000 lbs (i.e., two tons).
Finally, you will need to determine if the company you hire intends to transport your property to its final destination themselves. Instead of crossing state lines with their vehicles, some companies sub-contract the job to third-party providers who make the trip for them. If possible, you should avoid this scenario. As a rule, the introduction of a third party increases the risks for complications and unforeseen mishaps.
Walsh Moving’s Interstate Services
Walsh Moving is a time-tested provider of interstate services for the residents and businesses of south Los Angeles County. We’re proud of our decades-long track record as a safe, FMCSA-compliant company. And unlike other providers who pass their responsibility to third-party carriers at state lines, we transport your precious belongings every mile of the journey with our in-house combination of expert drivers and top-quality vehicles. Whether you plan to relocate one state away or across America, we stake our reputation on the quality of our work. On long-distance trips, we feature a minimum weight of just 1,000 lbs. And if you plan to make your journey in stages, we offer plenty of space for secured temporary storage.