Local Moving

Moving to another home within one state is considered a local, or intrastate move.

Upon contacting Callahan Brothers, a moving consultant will help you to determine the size of the truck needed, the best logistics, equipment and pricing. The cost to make a local/intrastate move may be based on the time it takes to load and deliver, or by the weight of your load.

While your Callahan representative will determine the most economical type of pricing for your move, you can be assured that all furniture will be prepared for the move with the greatest care using quilted moving pads, and paper/stretch wrapping on all upholstered furniture.

Time Based Moving

Based on the actual time it takes to move your furniture and boxes from one home to another, including travel time from the movers’ facility to the first home, and back at the end of the day. The hourly rate is based on the appropriate crew size needed to efficiently complete the move (number of movers and trucks). If more than one day is needed to complete the move, travel time is added for each additional day of service.

Weight Based Moving

Based on the actual weight of your furniture and boxes, and the distance to your new home. When the move is over 100 miles, weight based moving is the standard. The actual weight is determined by weighing the truck before and after your things have been loaded onto it. The difference between these two weights will be your shipping weight.

Once you book your move with Callahan, you will be introduced to an internal customer support person who will be available to assist you throughout your move. Your customer service person will call you to introduce themselves. You will also be given an after hours contact information and e-mail addresses so you can always contact us. Communication and attention to all details enables us to provide you with the elite service you should expect and deserve.

Your internal customer support person will call you the day prior to your move to confirm crew arrival time and answer any questions that you many have. All details will be reviewed with you at this time.


A successful relocation requires a commitment to the process from both mover and customer alike. It is important to be present on the days of packing, loading and delivery. All small things that fit into boxes need to be packed before the start of the move. You may choose to do your own packing, or have the movers pack for you. The cost for movers to pack is on a per-box basis (a combination of material and labor).

Callahan Brothers is experienced at professionally securing and packing valuable and delicate items. We strongly recommend that if your company’s move policy or your budget allows, that a professional mover pack your items. Our skilled crews do a professional job of getting your household goods ready for moving.

The pack and load crew assigned to your move will provide boxes and will often have more than one packer at your home during the packing.

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A successful relocation

To make this process easier, we recommend that you prepare in the following way:

  • Check the contents of drawers, removing all spillables and breakables.
  • It is important to remove all jewelry, coins, or personal items from your drawers.
  • Empty fluids from all small appliances.
  • Defrost and clean the refrigerators and freezers so they dry at least 24 hours before the movers arrive. Failure to have the appliances completely dry can lead to mildew throughout your shipment.
  • Leave all kitchen items in their cabinets. It is easier for the packers to remove and pack them from normal storage areas.
  • Detach items you plan to move which are mounted to the walls such as curtain rods, TV brackets, light fixtures, etc. Your moving team will remove mirrors and pictures from the wall when they are ready to pack.
  • Designate one area as off limits. Put all the items that you will be carrying personally in that area.
DIY considerations

Packing yourself

If you’re planning on doing your own packing, here are some things to keep in mind:

If you choose to do your own packing, it is important that you know that movers’ cannot be held responsible for damage inside boxes that you have packed.

Heavy things like books and canned goods should be packed into smaller boxes, while larger boxes can be used to pack lighter things like clothing and towels. If you choose to do your own packing, it is important that you use appropriate material and packing techniques in order to protect your goods in transit. Be sure to clearly mark the boxes that contain fragile items. Each box should be labeled with the name of the room that you’d like them to be placed in your new home. This helps to speed up the delivery, and makes the unpacking process easier for you.

Items Too Dangerous To Ship

For everyone’s protection, it is important to know the items that are too dangerous to carry due to the potential of fire or explosion. Some of these items include: aerosol cans, explosives, flammable items, hazardous chemicals, matches, open liquids, paint, perishables, pressurized cans, thinners, turpentine and bleach.

Industry tariff and Cargo Protection Plans explicitly state that jewelry, cash, stamps, and coins are not covered. Therefore we recommend that you carry your valuables. Callahan is happy to carry these items for you once a valuables declaration form is completed and signed.

Valuation (Cargo Protection Plan)

Valuation is the term used when referring to the level of cargo protection you choose in the event of any loss and/or damage. Callahan offers two options, Full (Replacement) Value Protection or Released Value of 60 cents per pound per article. Your preferred cargo protection plan must be confirmed prior to move date. Valuation is not insurance and is provided by the motor carrier under the terms of your bill of lading and the carriers’ tariff.

Full Value Protection entitles the carrier to repair, replace, or reimburse you for loss or damage based on the replacement value of the damaged article. A minimum value of $6.00 per pound is required to purchase Full Value Protection. You should declare value to a level that is appropriate for your household goods. You cannot undervalue your shipment. Full Value Protection is the preferred choice among our valued customers. All items valued at greater than $100 per pound must be declared and listed on a separate high value inventory form prior to loading.

Basic liability is at no cost to the client, and is limited to 60 cents per pound, per article. These types of claims will be settled monetarily. Be advised that this protection is minimal, and therefore not adequate for most household furnishings. For additional coverage we suggest you obtain “Full Value Protection”.

Additional Services

Additional services are available for your convenience. These services will complete your move in a professional, efficient and safe manner.

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Crafting (artwork, oversized glass tops, marble tops, etc.)

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Extra stop-offs

Third-Party Services

Callahan Brothers can also arrange for the following third party services:

  • Appliance servicing
  • Computer hook ups/installation
  • Purging and removal of designated items
  • Professional organizing services
  • House cleaning services
  • Dismantling and set up services (pool tables, grandfather clocks, fitness equipment, etc.)

Payment Terms

$100.00 deposit will secure your moving date(s). The balance is due upon our arrival at your new home in certified check, cash or money order.
For your convenience, Callahan Brothers accepts all major credit cards in lieu of certified check or cash. Pre-payment of the estimated costs will be charged one to five days prior to your loading date. Once final charges have been calculated, your credit card will be adjusted.


Book Your Move

Please book your move with Callahan by calling 203-869-2239 as far ahead as possible, in order to obtain the optimum moving dates that you require. Callahan guarantees its customers the elite, quality service that they have come to expect and will not over book.
May through September are the busiest months for moving. The last weeks of each month are the busiest weeks since this is when the most house closings occur and leases expire. Upon booking your move, you will be assured your dates and crew has been reserved. You may change your dates after you’ve booked, as long as there is availability on the new dates that you’ve selected.

We are happy to take short notice moves and have the capacity to provide excellent service even with same day notice. Callahan is flexible and accommodating, but recommends booking your move at least seven days prior to move date. This puts us in a position to provide you with a delightful experience.

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