Moving within the state of Pennsylvania, or planning an intrastate move? Moving in PA is very different than moving within other states such as Maryland and Virginia which are not highly regulated. It is not as much different to the customer as it is to the moving companies that operate within the state of PA. Still there are things that consumers need to know when selecting a moving company to help them with their move from one point in PA to another point in PA.
The PA Public Utility Commission or (PUC) regulates such industries as the Electric and Gas companies but they also regulate moving companies that ship household goods within the state of Pennsylvania. Each moving company that wishes to operate as a carrier of household goods from one point in PA to another point in PA. has to first file an application, that show proofs of insurance, pass safety evaluations, publish a tariff with listed rates that they intend to charge each and every customer and also pass other application criteria.
After all standards in the application process have been met the moving company is then issued a license to operate, and the license will also explain which points in Pennsylvania the company will have the rights to operate in. Usually the areas are broken down by counties. For example; The Company has the right to originate trips from points in York County, PA. to other points in PA.
There is usually a fuel charge, and travel charge that the company is required to charge for driving to and from customer’s locations. If the customer wishes to have any packing of boxes done then there will be different charges usually for this and also for the cost of the boxes if boxes are needed.
Any moving that takes place within the state of PA. has to follow the following charging structure;
- Any moves over 40 miles will be charged per weight. Estimates are usually calculated per 100 lbs of weight.
- The carrier must furnish the customer with an estimate that states what the estimated weight is for the shipment to the best of the estimator’s professional knowledge.
- Once the moving date comes, for shipments over 40 miles, the carrier must get their truck weighed before the shipment is loaded onto truck.
- Once the shipment is loaded the carrier must then get the truck weighed again. The difference in the weight is the billable weight for the customer’s shipment.
- The carrier must then use their tariff charges to determine what the final charges are for doing the shipment.
Other variables for this type of shipment include; storage of the shipment before delivery, elevator charges, stair charges, or long carry charges.
Any household goods moved with in the state that are 40 miles or less will be charged hourly. This is usually determined as one truck and driver at a certain rate and any additional labor has a set hourly rate per man. There is usually a fuel charge that applies to local moves as well. These fuel rates usually change month to month due to the fluxuation of oil prices.
Just as in hiring any contractor to perform a service for you, it is always a good idea to do your homework. Research each company that you intend to get an estimate from. Make sure they are a licensed moving company and have insurance up to date. There is nothing wrong with asking a company for a copy of their current insurance filing. You can also find a list of licensed moving companies on the PA. PUC state website which is www.puc.state.pa.us.