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Interstate Moving Companies

July 18th, 2016 - 1:58 PM

State to state movers​

Since the completion of the Interstate Highway System, crossing state lines hasn’t seemed like a big deal. We pass through as many states as possible on road trips and visit spots like the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado so we can stand in four states at once. But when it comes to moving cross country, crossing state lines can be a big deal. There’s a lot to consider before packing up and moving long distance like what interstate moving company you should use and how to know if they’re qualified. It’s a good idea to research different state to state movers to find the best fit for your move.  

interstate moving companies

Interstate movers vs. intrastate movers​

While the two terms sound extremely similar, they have very different meanings.

INTERstate movers transport household goods from one state to another (for example, a move from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA is an interstate move). These types of moves are regulated by national laws under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and are held to a high standard of business and transportation.

INTRAstate movers transport items within the borders of a state (for example, a move from Austin to Dallas, TX is an intrastate move). These types of moves are regulated by each state, so services may vary. In most states, these companies are required to file tariffs (or rates) and prices must be consistent with what’s documented.

If you’re moving to a neighboring state or moving coast-to-coast, you’ll need to find a service that does interstate moves.

Types of interstate moving companies

There are plenty of nationwide moving options available and each one offers different benefits. Read the descriptions below so you can choose the solution that works best for your needs and budget:


Full-service moving companies handle your move from start to finish – packing, loading, transporting and unloading. While it may seem more convenient than other moving options, it’s typically the most expensive. They also charge based on the weight of your shipment, which is difficult to accurately estimate and can result in unexpected costs. These types of interstate movers also have transit times anywhere from 2-6 weeks, which is a long time to wait for your furniture and other items to arrive.


DIY moving is completing the whole move by yourself – usually using a rental truck. Not only are you in charge of the packing and loading, but also all the driving. This means you’ll need to budget for fuel, insurance coverage and travel costs (food, hotels and road tolls) on top of the rental fees. And if you’re moving with children, you may need to drive separately from the rest of your family. Many rentals only have seating for two people and you can’t put car seats in a rental truck.


Hybrid interstate moving companies are the best of both worlds. You do the packing and loading and someone else does all the driving. This practical solution is convenient, flexible and affordable for those needing to stay within a budget (and it lets the entire family travel together). If you need some help moving across state lines and want to save as much money as possible, try a hybrid service like U-Pack®.

U-Pack works like this:

  • moving trailer or moving container is delivered to your home
  • You pack and load (we can refer loading help if you need it)
  • U-Pack drives it to your new home (estimated transit time of just 2-5 business days)
  • You unload (referrals for unloading help at destination are available, too)

Many customers choose U-Pack because of the price – and because they don’t have to drive a bulky rental truck across state lines! Our rates include the driver, fuel, sales tax, road tolls and liability coverage. Get a free moving quote today and see how U-Pack prices compare to truck rental and full-service moving companies.  

How do you know if interstate movers are qualified?

Moving to another state is a life-changing experience, so be sure you’re choosing a company you can trust. There’s nothing more stressful or heartbreaking than getting to your new home only to realize your belongings never made it. During the research process, ask the following questions to make certain you’re using a reliable company:

  • Do they have a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number?
  • Do they have a motor carrier (MC) license number?
  • Are they registered with the FMCSA?
  • Do they offer insurance coverage?

Even if you answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions for the company you’re considering, we recommend looking them up on the FMCSA website and sites like yelp.com, the BBB and Facebook. Doing a little research and reading reviews can help you make the right decision.

Choosing a moving company

While researching the best interstate moving companies, consider U-Pack! Our primary transportation partner, ABF FreightSM (DOT #082866 and MC #299107342), is one of the nation’s most trusted carriers. ABF Freight is licensed by the FMCSA as an all commodities carrier, which includes, but isn’t limited to, household goods. Experience a hassle-free out of state move with U-Pack!

If you have questions about how state to state movers operate or want to learn more about U-Pack, call a U-Pack representative at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below.