Do-it-Yourself Local Moving
A local move is considered a move within the same city or metropolitan area where the origin and destination are within 50 miles of each other. Of the 40 million moves that occur each year nearly 30 million are local moves. Completing a local do-it-yourself move is becoming more common as the overall cost to move is significantly less than hiring a traditional moving company.
DIY Moving Options for a Local Move
You may be wondering, "How will I transport my items if I don't hire a full service moving company?" Great question! Every move is different and so are the needs of each individual. A local move can be completed with a truck rental or a moving storage container. You cannot use a freight company because this method is only available for long distance (state to state) moves.
Let's take a look at the different transportation and storage options available for a DIY local move.
Moving Truck Rental
The majority of people who are moving locally will complete the entire move in a single day. For these people a truck rental is the best option because it allows for quick transportation between the two homes and is affordable. A moving truck can be rented from Penske Truck Rental, Budget Truck Rental or U-Haul. Find more information by visiting our moving truck rental guide.
Moving Storage Containers
For those who are staging their home or waiting on the completion of a home sale, a storage container may be the best option. Storage containers allow you to load your container and then store it until you are ready to unload. The container can usually be stored at your location or in the storage company warehouse, a choice that should be made to fit your unique needs. Most storage companies allow you to keep your items in storage for as long as you need and then deliver the container to your new home when ready.
There are many size and company options available for moving storage containers. Find more information about the different storage companies and container sizes by visiting our moving storage container guide.
Moving Labor for my Local Move
- Help with Heavy Furniture: You have moved the majority of the smaller items but need movers to load and unload the heavy furniture pieces.
- Help at One Location: You have friends and family that will help you unload the moving truck but you need movers to load it.
- Complete the Entire Move: Have our movers pack the boxes, load the truck and then unload at your new home.
- Local Load and Unload: You've packed the boxes but want the movers to load and unload all of the household items.
- Load One Day, Unload Another: If you're planning to utilize a storage container you may need our movers to load it one day and then unload it on another day, possibly at a new home.
Local Moving Variations
Depending on your unique situation you may not complete your local move in a single day. Let's take a look at the different variations and how they factor into your local do-it-yourself move.
Same Day Local Moves
If you're like most people who are moving locally then you will likely complete your move in a single day. You can hire our movers to meet you at your home and complete the household loading process. Once completed our movers will follow you to your new home and unload the items. Our service includes assembly and disassembly of standard items and we will place the boxes and furniture into the correct rooms.
Our most common questions for same day local moves:
When does the billing start and end?
Billing begins on arrival at your home and ends with the completion of your unload at the new home. Drive time between the locations is included in the billable time. [Topic FAQ]
Can we make additional stops?
If you have an extra stop, such as a self storage unit, we can follow you to the location after the initial load at your home. There are no additional fees for this service as long as the location is within the local area. [Topic FAQ]
Multiple Day Local Moves
Some moving situations require a gap between the loading and unloading dates, even for local moves. We can accommodate these situations by scheduling a separate moving crew for each move date, allowing you to choose the date and time that best suits your needs. But what if some of your moving details are unknown? Another great question! Let's take a look at how we handle unknown moving details.
Unknown Moving Date: It's not uncommon to have a TBD moving date for your destination. We'll work with you to schedule the most likely date at the time of reservation and, if that date changes, we can reschedule your moving services without a fee. [Topic FAQ]
Unknown Time: If you have a delivery window for your storage container or freight trailer you may not know the exact time they will be arriving. Our approach is always conservative, so we'll schedule your unload services for later in the day just to be safe. [Topic FAQ]
Unknown Address: If you know that you are moving locally but have not yet signed a lease or purchased a home rest assured that you are not alone. We'll schedule you with a TBD location and schedule follow up's to make sure we have your updated address details before your unload.