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Local vs. National Movers: An Interview with Nate Hewes of Chase the Mover

By Nate Hewes

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Chase the Mover was started in the early 1950's by Herb Chase. He ran a successful and well regarded business, employing various members of his entire family throughout the years. In 2009, Herb sold the business to Nate Hewes, who got his own start in the moving industry moving pianos for Steinway & Sons. Although there is a new owner, Chase the Mover is still a family run business. Presently, two of Herb's sons, his daughter, and his nephew work for Nate, offering many years of valuable experience. Furthering the family tradition, Nate is proud to count two of his own boys as employees, one of whom has been with the business since Nate first bought it.

Chase the Mover continues to be a full-service moving and storage company, capable of moving anything from books to pianos, and everything in between. We offer full-service packing to ensure your items get to their destination safely. Office moves are another area of service we are proud to offer, from take down to set up. We travel as far as South Carolina and east to Ohio. However, we are a sister company of Hanover Transfer & Storage, and are able to facilitate your move anywhere in the world.

What are some of the benefits of working with a local moving company?

The men who pick up your furniture are the same men who deliver it. They are also the same men whom you have seen in and around town for many years past and many years to come. We are proud to serve our neighbors.

Do local moving companies carry the same amount of insurance as larger corporate companies?

Yes, we offer the same level of insurance for your property as the corporate companies.

How do you think the level of customer service differs between local companies to national companies?

Because we are your neighbors, there is a good chance that you might know a member of our staff personally. Chances are even better that you know someone who has been moved by us. We rely on word of mouth and the referrals of satisfied customers to move our business forward. Simply put, the personal attention you receive from us can't be beat.

Do national companies have access to better resources, or is there no difference?

We use the same equipment, and have access to the same contacts as national companies. For example, our sister company Hanover Transfer & Storage is an Agent for North American Van Lines, and is capable of shipping nationally and worldwide. Our level of personal care is the only difference you will see.

How does the pricing typically compare from a local moving company to a larger one?

Pricing should be relatively similar across the board. All local rates have to be approved by the state in which the business is headquartered, and all interstate moves have a federally mandated tariff. However we are door to door where many national van lines need to use shuttle services. This creates at least one more set of hands moving your items.

What is the best way for people to contact you?

By phone: (603) 542-4712 or toll free at: (800) 767-4712. Or by email: Our website is

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