How Many Types of Residential Moves are There?

Whether you’re moving around the corner or around the corners of the world, there are a lot of similarities. Every item you own should be securely packed or wrapped, and then lifted into a container. At delivery time, everything is done in reverse. It sounds pretty much the same, but logistically, there are a lot of differences in types of moves.

Local move

When most people think of moving, they likely think about how local moves are done. Most local moves are billed by the hour. Since there is no sharing of the truck, movers don’t typically take inventory. It is a good idea for the customer to double-check that everything is off the truck once they move in. Local movers are by far the most straightforward, and they account for just over half our moves.

Long-Distance Move

Ace Movers is primarily a local mover. We believe in creating relationships with our customers, from the beginning to the end of the move. Most cross-country moves (even those by major van lines) are performed by subcontractors, which isn’t how we like to operate. We want to know our customers’ names and for them to know ours, which is why we move to California and offer services in San Jose, Oakland and Santa Cruz.


Short-hauls are like a hybrid between local moves and traditional long-distance moves. Generally, a short-haul is considered to be any move that’s between about 75 – 500 miles from home. Short-hauls are generally within the same state, but a move to Nevada or Oregon, for example, might be a short-haul. Short-hauls don’t generally require a semi-truck. They may be priced similarly to long-distance moves, though.