Interstate Moving vs. Intrastate Moving: What’s The Difference?


When you call 3 Men Movers to get an estimate and start planning your move, one of the details we’ll need to know is whether you’re making an interstate or intrastate move.

So what’s the difference?

Interstate moves involve moving from one state to another, while intrastate moves occur within the same state.

So if you’re moving from Texas to Illinois, you need interstate movers.

If you’re moving from Dallas to El Paso, you need intrastate movers. And, while you could hire 3 Men Movers for either type of move, we mainly specialize in local moves.

If you’re trying to decide what type of movers to call for your interstate or intrastate move, here’s what you need to know.

How Intrastate Moving Works

Intrastate vs Interstate moving

If you only remember one thing about our movers, it’s that local moves are their jam.

Looking at the map above for us Texans, that means if you’re moving anywhere in and around Texas, it’s an intrastate move.

So if you’re moving from San Antonio to Austin, or Houston to Dallas, we’ve got you covered!

We even have moving offices in all those cities, though we can certainly move you to any other Texas city for your intrastate move, as well.

As experienced intrastate movers, we can beat the competition when it comes to pricing and speed.

We get most local moves done in one day, or at least overnight. That means when our movers show up to help you move in the morning, you could be sleeping in your new bed the same night!

We’ve had over 30 years in the moving industry to perfect our craft, so we’re pretty efficient at this point. So, when you need a speedy, affordable move within the state of Texas, we’d be happy to help you!

How Interstate Moving Works

If your move will cross state lines, you’re looking for interstate movers. Here’s where it gets a little tricky if you want to hire 3 Men Movers.

Now, if you’re moving from Texas to surrounding states, such as Louisiana or Oklahoma (any state in red on the map), it shouldn’t be a problem.

We’d be glad to offer our services at an affordable rate, considering this move probably wouldn’t take much longer than a move from Houston to El Paso.

But if you’re moving from Dallas to Chicago, or basically to any state that’s not next to Texas (every state that’s white on the map), you might want to look into moving companies that specialize in interstate moves.

Basically, you’ll want to look at some national van line companies. They operate differently than local movers, making them more cost-effective for long distances. They typically have a driver who simply operates the truck, rather than loading and unloading it, too.

That doesn’t mean you’re on your own when it comes to moving your stuff into the truck.

Usually, the agent for the van line has a hub in your city, and that company will load your items into the truck, at which point the truck driver will drive to your new home.

Along with moving all of the stuff inside of your home, you may also like to move one or all of your vehicles to avoid driving them or towing them yourself.

As far as your own vehicle is concerned, you may want to consider shipping it if:

  • Your move is really long-distance, as in over 900 miles
  • You have concerns about driving long distances for days—especially at night
  • Paying for gas, hotels, or simply putting additional wear-and-tear on your car is out of your budget
  • You or accompanying passengers have health issues that would make sitting for a looong time either uncomfortable or unsafe

When you factor in the cost of gas and the increased safety and convenience factors, shipping your car makes a lot of sense!

If you think that’s a route worth exploring, check out a car-shipping company like All America Auto Transport.

They’re a great option to transport and ship your vehicle safely, reliably, and at a reasonable rate!

When To Hire 3 Men Movers

So what makes van lines like this more affordable than moving companies like 3 Men Movers for interstate moves?

They don’t usually have to deadhead on the way back. (Deadheading means driving an empty truck back to the office after moving someone.)

Instead, they can often pick up another load on the way back, so their trip is a little more lucrative.

This, in turn, saves you money!

So can we do interstate moving? We can!

However, we’re probably not the cheapest since we send our whole crew, not just a driver, and we have to deadhead on the way back.

Some of our regular customers know this and still hire us for long-distance moves, since knowing they’re in good hands is worth any price.

Whether you need interstate movers or intrastate movers, 3 Men Movers can help.

We have offices in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas, so contact us today!

 


What Is a Certificate of Insurance?


If you’re moving out of or into an apartment or condo, the moving company you hire might need a Certificate of Insurance before moving day. If your movers don’t get one ahead of time, they might not be allowed to enter the property, which will delay your move. So as moving day approaches, make sure you know what a Certificate of Insurance is…unless you’re prepared for that awkward moment when your movers are not allowed to help you move! So here’s the rundown on the Certificate of Insurance.

What’s the Point of the Certificate of Insurance?

You know how important it is for your moving company to have insurance, right? It protects both you and the property you live in, which is why your apartment or condo’s property manager wants to see proof that your movers are properly insured. And that’s exactly what the Certificate of Insurance is, as it’s a document directly from the moving company’s insurance company.

What Information Does the Certificate of Insurance Include?

The Certificate of Insurance has to include specific facts that your property manager will want to know. For example, not only does it prove that your movers are insured, but it also shows that they are insured for that specific property, as it will include the address of the condo or apartment. It will also list the conditions in which the insurance coverage will be used. This way, the property manager knows that if the movers somehow damage the property during the move, the repairs will be covered by the moving company’s insurance policy.

What Happens If the Movers Damage the Property?

As careful as our movers are, we know that damage to the property is a possibility during any move. A moving crew might scratch a wall or scuff a floor, and we’re quick to take responsibility when this occurs. That’s why we have insurance! At 3 Men Movers, we meet the minimum state requirements of $1 million for general liability. If there is any damage to the property as you move in or out, you or the property manager can contact us and we will either pay for it directly or submit a claim with our insurance, depending on the total cost. Regardless, neither you nor your property manager will have to pay for the damage incurred during the move.

How Do You Know If You Need a Certificate of Insurance for Your Move?

Before you schedule your move with 3 Men Movers, ask your apartment or condo property manager if you need a Certificate of Insurance. Most require it and let you know this when you move in, so any paperwork you have from the complex should state whether or not this is a requirement. If it is, your paperwork should even include an example of how exactly the Certificate of Insurance needs to be filled out.

If you do need this certificate, let 3 Men Movers know when you schedule your move, as we will be sure to have it ready before moving day. If you don’t mention it ahead of time and your property manager asks us for one when we show up, your move could be delayed, as our movers will be barred from entering the building to help you move in or out. Imagine paying a crew of movers to stand on the grass and wait around for a while until the certificate can be obtained. Talk about a waste of time, which is just the worst on moving day!

If you want to know more about the Certificate of Insurance or are ready to schedule your Texas move, contact 3 Men Movers today to get a free quote.

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How to Spot the Red Flags and Avoid Rogue Movers


As a Houston moving company that’s been around for over 30 years, we’ve heard lots of horror stories about moving scams.

In fact, some of our customers came to us after realizing that another moving company scammed them, overcharged them, or just didn’t honor their contract.

After listening to these horror stories, we decided enough was enough.

So, we made a short video showing you exactly how to check whether a moving company is operating legally.

We also created a list of red flags to look for before hiring movers in Houston.

Here are some of the signs to look out for if you want to avoid moving scams.

 

 

The Price Is Amazingly Low

If you’re looking for Houston movers and see an ad offering cheap prices–like 30 or 40 percent less than all the rest–you’re probably going to do a double take and consider calling them. Hey, who doesn’t want to save money? And that’s exactly what some dishonest moving companies count on!

They expect their low prices to get people in the door, at which point they’ll nickel and dime you until you pay more than you should. And if they don’t increase the price, they’ll likely offer subpar services, which is all they can afford to give since they don’t pay for insurance, aren’t licensed with the DMV or use cheap, low-quality labor.

Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

There’s a Lack of Identifying Information

A good Houston moving company is proud to tell you the business’s name because the movers have spent years building their reputations. A company with tons of complaints, however, is going to be wary of giving you their name… which is why one of the moving red flags is when you call the company and they don’t say their name.

Similarly, if you hire a Houston moving company and the truck doesn’t have a logo or DMV number on it, that’s a bad sign because movers are required to have both.

They Have a Bare-Bones Website

Before you hire a Houston moving company, check its website.

First, look for its street address.

If there’s only a PO Box or no address at all, run!

You should be able to put the address into Google Maps and see a building so you know it’s a legitimate company.

Also, if the website has stock photos or pictures of paid actors, these are moving red flags.

A legitimate moving company will have real photos of their movers and equipment. After all, you absolutely deserve to know who will be showing up at your home on moving day!

The DMV Says They’re Not Active

Another item you should see on any moving website is the company’s DMV number.

If you don’t see it, don’t hire those Houston movers. Even if you do see a DMV number, check to ensure the company is active by plugging in the number at the Texas DMV Truck Stop site.

The video above shows you how to search for a company in the database.

For moving companies, maintaining a proper state license is quite easy.

So, if the site says the company is no longer active, it’s a HUGE red flag.

Avoid hiring those movers no matter what!

There’s No Contract

A legitimate moving company should present you with a contract to sign before your move.

This allows you to formally agree on the price, schedule, and how to proceed if your Houston movers break or lose your belongings.

It also contains important policies and *should* be followed up by a Rights & Responsibilities pamphlet, as is required by law.

So, if a so-called ‘moving company’ doesn’t offer this, they’re simply not legal.

If there’s no contract to sign, you’re not as protected as you should be and it’s best to cancel the move.

While you should do the research well before moving day, don’t be afraid to cancel at the last minute if you’re feeling uncomfortable with the Houston movers you hired. Moving day is hard enough without feeling pressured into keeping movers around who you don’t trust.

You can always contact the Texas DMV or even 3 Men Movers if you’re not sure if a Houston moving company is playing by the rules. We want to ensure you’re safe and happy with your move, so contact us any time at our Houston office!