Small Moves

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We do not offer intrastate moves unless in California.

Moving is never easy. There are a lot of complications involved with a change of address. Sterling Van Lines has been the leading pioneer for 30 years in the moving industry and specializes in small moves.


A piano going from Los Angeles to New York

Dining Set

A small dining set going from Baltimore to Denver


An antique lamp or piece of art from Las Vegas to Phoenix

LA Moves

We can move an entire room or 2 within 100 miles of LA

What qualifies as a small move?

We specialize in moving partial loads anywhere nationwide. What exactly qualifies as a small move is anything 2,000 pounds or less.

For example, you may have a piano that weighs 600lbs and that’s the only item you will be moving or you have 1,500lbs of moving boxes packed with some furniture. That’s perfect! We try our hardest to accommodate and customize your move the way you want it.

What kind of moving companies do small moves?

Sterling Van Lines is one of the few moving companies that specialize in small moves.

As small move experts, we can offer two distinct advantages:

1. Lower cost! When you share space on a van with others, you are “sharing the cost” as well as decreasing your cost of moving. Sharing a whole truckload with other customers saves you money.

2. We are trained, professional movers. You receive door to door inside delivery with full blanket service, the same as if you had a large load.

Advantages of using Sterling’s small moves services

Save money with our low weight minimum. Most other moving companies look to move large 5,000-15,000 pound loads and have a 2,000-pound minimum. Sterling Van Lines does not require high minimum poundage for small moves. In fact, our low required minimum is approximately 400 pounds. For example, if you have 500 or 800 pounds to move, we will only charge you for the exact amount of pounds. This differs from most moving companies, who will charge you for the full 2,000 pounds. We save you money.

Protect your furniture. Small moves are our specialty. We are experts at it. Each piece of furniture is wrapped in blankets and placed in our vans to ensure its safe delivery to you. You will not be charged “extra” for protecting your items in blankets or using tape. Upon delivery, we will place your items exactly where you want them in your home.

What are small moves? Small moves involve 2,000 pounds or less – about 1-1/2 rooms of furniture.

Examples of small moves are:

  1. A college student’s dormitory room
  2. An estate sale or “estate distribution” where the owner of a home is sending furniture to other family members in different parts of the country
  3. A piano going from Los Angeles to New York
  4. A dining table, six chairs and a buffet going from say, Baltimore to Denver
  5. A two-room apartment

How can I tell how much weight I have to move?

All standard movers will figure out the pounds involved in your move. The standard formula used in the moving industry is seven pounds per cubic foot.

If you’re unsure, you can fill out our free moving quote form and we will do all the work and get you the answers. Or, you can follow the example below. To calculate cubic feet, simply multiply length by width by height. Here’s an example:

(Example) Sofa:

7 feet long, 2 1/2 feet wide, 3 feet tall

7 x 2 1/2 x 3 = 52.50 cubic feet

52.50 cubic feet x 7 = 367.5 pounds

Sterling can help you move anywhere within 90 miles in the Los Angeles area. We can take care of small or bigger moves within Los Angeles. Small moves are usually done on the same day, sometimes two days. A typical small move involves items from one or two rooms, including some furniture.

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Why Choose Sterling Van Lines?

For 30 years, we have been helping people when they need a few things move somewhere within California or to another state. For example, we can assist a college student move back home. Or following an estate sale, we can ship different items to various locations within California or other states such as shipping a precious and fragile item from California to Florida. We make sure the items are properly package and ensure they will not be damaged during the shipment.

Sterling is one of the few companies that provide this type of specific small move service. We are unique in that we can deliver small shipments all over the country. Sometimes, we might have as many as 30 shipments out for delivery. It all depends on how many items each person needs to have delivered and where it is being shipped to.

Regardless of how much you are moving, Sterling provides the same level of service as any of the big companies. Our minimum is 400 pounds, which is quite a bit less than any other moving company. We don’t require a large minimum (most companies ask for at least 2,000 pounds) to have your items delivered. And that saves you money. We only charge what you want to ship, exactly what is being delivered.

Sterling Van Lines specializes in small moves within 90 miles in the Los Angeles area or from state to state (within the 48 continental states). For example, you can ship a piano from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Kansas or New York. Sterling can pick up items from any state and deliver it to another state. However, Sterling cannot deliver intrastate meaning locally within a state (other than California). Intrastate refers to moves that begin and end in the same state.

With a California license and a long-distance license (state to state), Sterling is your best choice to take care of your personal belongings, those precious items, anywhere in California and throughout the U.S. Our friendly and trained staff have been taking care of people like you for 30 years and will do the same for you, ensuring your items are well taken care of, regardless of their destinations. We move what you need to ship the way it deserves to be properly taken care of.

Call us today for a free moving quote

(800) 264-6313

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See what some of our happy customers have to say

As a moving company, we are proud of the work we do in helping people to move- and thought we would share a few words from our customers.

Small Move Testimonial
Nothing but excellent things to say about Sterling Van Lines! Moving is stressful enough -- Sterling Van Lines definitely made the process easier for us!B.P. Small Move
Piano Move Testimonial
They moved a very old 1886 Steinway Baby Grand across the country and they did a wonderful job. Sterling had the best price as well. Tim D. Piano Move
Antique Move Testimonial
Sterling moved some antiques from PA to NV for my family. My main concern was that the pieces arrive intact and in good shape, and they certainly did.Shani C. Antique Move
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