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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do movers offer remote or virtual services?

Movers generally need to be present to do their job. But if you come across a mover’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, you can contact them to see what those services include. 

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



How much does it cost for long-distance movers?

Long-distance movers transport your belongings across the country for you. No more renting a trailer and road-tripping from state to state with your entire house hitched to your bumper. Long-distance movers make the move happen so you can fly to your new home, suitcase in hand, and wait for your furniture to arrive. Nationally, the average price range for long-distance movers is $1,490-$2,230. The distance you are moving and the number of cubic feet the movers have to transport will both affect cost. Another factor in long-distance moving costs is whether you choose to pay for an exclusive move or a consolidated move.

In an exclusive move, which is more expensive, your belongings are the only cargo on the moving truck. The movers travel directly to your new house and deliver your belongings on a scheduled day. A consolidated move is more affordable because the movers transport your belongings along with those of other people, saving them time and gas — which means you save money. The downside is that your belongings typically arrive with a two-week delivery window rather than on a prescheduled day. Read reviews to make sure you can trust the company with your possessions to ensure a peaceful moving process.

Can you move furniture by yourself?

You might be able to move smaller items like nightstands, small desks, chairs and small tables by yourself. However, it’s best to get a professional mover near you to move larger items such as couches, dressers, armoires and televisions. 

If you do decide to move furniture by yourself, carefully lift and lower items and take your time.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Should I buy moving insurance?

Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may or may not protect your belongings if they get lost or damaged during a move. If you’re moving valuable items, or if you’re moving a great distance, it could be a good idea to invest in moving insurance.

Interstate movers are required to offer you full value protection and released value protection to help reimburse you in case of damage or loss. If you’re moving within your state, check with your state’s consumer affairs agency to see if your state has rules and requirements regarding moving insurance and valuation coverage.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

How do I protect my furniture when moving?

To protect furniture when moving, get furniture protectors. These will help cushion accidental impacts that may occur while making your way through tight spaces. You can also use furniture sliders for hardwood floors, which can make moving heavy or awkward furniture across your floors a lot easier than lugging it all the way. 

A professional mover near you will likely have these and other moving equipment to ensure your furniture remains intact and doesn’t damage your new — or old — home.

Can you hire movers to move one item?

Yes, you can hire movers to move one item. Single-item movers are usually more than happy to give you a quote, which will likely be based on a few factors.

One of the primary things to take into consideration is the number of movers it takes to move one item. For instance, if you want to move one item of furniture, it may take several movers — particularly if it is a challenging move involving multiple floors.

Contact single-item movers near you to find out what services they offer, and get free estimates.

Reviews for Birmingham movers
Tiara W.
I had the best moving experience thanks to Home Movers! From when I first reached out to inquire about moving services all the way to moving day, these guys were AMAZING! I appreciate the great communication and responsiveness I received with my move. The guys were punctual and communicated effectively for my move! Great rates, stellar service, quality moving, & hard workers! If you’re looking for a moving company, you’ll definitely want to book with Home Movers!
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Alicia M.
The movers were polite, punctual, and hard-working. I would recommend these movers to anyone doing a local move.
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Rylee F.
I highly recommend Move Gurus. The move was quick, and they were hilarious. Definitely made the move much easier!
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Jon R.
Move Gurus did a great job moving me. Even though they had to move me out of an apartment with stairs, they were quick and didn't stop until everything was moved out. I will recommend Move Gurus to all of my friends.
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Rachel R.
Move Gurus did a fantastic job with our move. We moved from two different apartments into a house and they handled it with ease. They were the quickest movers I’ve ever had and hustled the whole time. Not to mention they were pretty funny and friendly! Highly recommend Move Gurus!
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Anna T.
Needed help moving apartments and Alabama’s Best Movers did an amazing job! They worked efficiently and carefully got everything moved for a great price!
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Stephanie S.
The movers were great, very conscientious of what the were moving and efficient!
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were there on time, and were very friendly, and pleasant to deal with. They moved at a quick pace. Everything was moved with no damage to a 3rd floor apartment with no elevators. Highly recommend.
Moving On Birmingham, LLCMoving On Birmingham, LLC
Frank R.
These folks are great. I've used a lot of movers over the years but the men who moved my things were the best I've seen. I had a small move to storage, but they wrapped and protected all the items like they were moving a whole house. Fast and well trained, they wasted no time and finished my move well before I expected. I will definately call these guys next time I move.
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Thumbtack Customer
Moving On did an excellent job with the move to our new house. The quote was very accurate and they were extremely careful with all the pieces they moved. Would definitely use these guys again.
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Imani S.
Best movers in town!!! Everything was moved quickly and carefully. I will definitely be using them again!!
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Shehzad K.
They showed up on time as promised. Movers worked very efficiently and professionally and the pricing was very reasonable. I would highly recommend Alabama's Best Movers to anyone requiring moving services.
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Ray J.
We had a great experience with Pick Up Movers! the movers were incredibly helpful and were quick to move between three houses. Scheduling was also a breeze thanks to Frank and his excellent customer service. I would highly recommend using them for your moving experience!
Pick Up Movers LLC Birmingham,ALPick Up Movers LLC Birmingham,AL
Kate K.
Two gentlemen showed up ready to go. They were very professional and moved everything that I asked them to move. It was a bear to move my son’s couch from the 2nd floor because we can’t get it thru the hallway. With my husband and son’s help they moved it thru the balcony.
Jefferson Co.Jefferson Co.
Joseph R.
I highly recommend these guys. They were on time on moving day and kept everything moving quickly and efficiently. They were very professional and delicate with all of our items. It was the most stress-free move ever!
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John P.
Very efficient, professional and knowledgeable about moving and packing a truck. They were also very responsive when asking for a quote online, responding within the hour. I will be telling everyone I know to use Move Gurus for all their moving needs. Shout out to Scott and Tom, our movers for the day.
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Christa L.
Extremely attentive and helpful movers. Definitely recommend on account of their punctuality, professionalism, and value. Made my move easy!
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Shametra w.
This moving company was super awesome. They came and moved me as quickly as possible and are super friendly. The even made sure
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Tina T.
Matthew and Jonathan showed up promptly and knew exactly how to disassemble a baby grand piano and moved it carefully and quickly. This mover does not have a closed truck. They move with a trailer. I highly recommend them.
Matthew McCannMatthew McCann
Stefanie B.
I had to make a move last minute and Leif and Scott were able to fit me in. They showed up on time, moved everything efficiently and were kind through the process. Will definitely use Move Gurus again.
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Thumbtack Customer
The movers from Moving On Birmingham were courteous, efficient, and extremely helpful. I would definitely use this company again.
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Ramsha F.
Titus and Bryant from move gurus were great. They worked very efficiently. Were very careful with furniture. The move involved stairs and they did great. I had a schedule change the day of and they were very gracious and understanding to delay the move by an hour. I greatly appreciate their flexibility Would highly recommend move Gurus Bham!
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Parrish A.
I can't recommend Moving On Birmingham enough!!! I have moved 5 times in the last 6 years and have never had a better experience with movers. Kim was so wonderful, she answered every call no matter what time and made scheduling a breeze. The men showed up exactly on time, worked incredibly fast, but still took the time to wrap every piece of furniture and fragile item. They were professional, pleasant, and amazing - the entire move took 2 hours!! If you are moving - you need to hire Moving On.
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Aaron C.
Very professional, polite, and hard-working group of 4 men moved our belongings. It was our best moving experience by far
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Allen S.
Excellent service. The movers who assisted me were very professional and hard working. Will use them again for any future moves!
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