When planning a local move, many people choose to simply move themselves. There are some situations, however, when hiring a professional moving company is actually more cost-effective. Check with local moving companies to find out their varying rates for moving distances and then consider the amount of time and effort that will be required for you to move yourself. When moving locally, don't forget that many of your services will have to be transferred or disconnected and reestablished at your new location. You will also need to fill out change-of-address cards for your mail. Finally, if you are moving to a smaller residence or if you don't want to unpack everything at once, you might want to consider renting a storage unit for those 'extra' items. A moving company in your area can help provide more information on local moves.