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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.

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. 

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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.

Reviews for Huntsville movers
Nanette G.
Movers were very helpful. Handling each item with care.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Katherine W.
The gentlemen that came to my home were absolutely fabulous! Jay Jefferson, Jacob Flaugher and Chandler Smith worked like a well oiled machine. They worked so well together and made our moving experience an actual pleasure. I would highly recommend black tie movers. An added bonus Chandler found my missing wedding band. Good men good movers.
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Tanecia S.
I have truly had a black tie experience! My move was a smooth and seamless transition!!
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Michael M.
Arrived on time, employees were friendly and respectful. Quickly and safely moved the requested items. Would use again.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Rebecca B.
Awesome guys!!!! This was a really hard and heavy item to move. They did an awesome job and were kind while doing it
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Shireen H.
Very professional team. Stayed late to get the job done. Some of the nicest movers we have ever had!
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Stephanie A.
Ronnie and Jeff did a great job. I highly recommend Packmasters Moving Company. Superb rates and the owner works with your schedule.
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Jim A.
Big Dawg Movers were very friendly and professional. The lead was experienced and knew exactly what he was doing. I’d definitely recommend and use again.
Renee S.
Jonathan was really worth the time and value. I have a larger move next next year and I will use them again. You will not be disappointed if you hire Big Dawg.
Angel R.
Chandler was great, he and his partner moved the item I had from my garage to the bedroom upstairs in 15 minutes. I will definitely reach out to them again!
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Kimberly J.
We needed a refrigerator moved from Huntsville to Gardendale and Ethan and Josh did all that we asked them to do. Even prayed for us before they left. Really good boys.
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Phillip K.
This was a first class service. Jamelle and his brother worked quickly, professionally, and with courtesy to move my mother’s belongings out of her retirement home. I would hire them again.
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Jason D.
Fantastic work. Hired them to move my Mother’s belongings and needed it to go to 3 different locations. No issues whatsoever!Plan on using them again in the future as well. These guys are definitely “Gurus”!
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April R.
Vincent and his partner is great, they try and work as fast as possible since they know we are paying by the hour. Not only did they help me move. They also put my new bedroom set together and q dead
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Shawna W.
Our movers got us unloaded quick and took care of some really heavy items. I expected to walk into a disaster in the catch all rooms, but everything looked nice and organized. I needed a receipt after and they worked with me to get exactly what I needed. They responded quickly when I requested services through thumbtack, answered all my questions, and got all the required details to make sure they provided the appropriate service. Every aspect was excellent. Will definitely use these guys for our next move!
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Nicola N.
Paying over $1,000 to hire 3 guys to move you out of an 800 sq ft condo and it taking them over 7 hours and they didn’t even touch the bathroom items and left items in the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. I even bought them lunch and drinks. Not again!
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Brenda G.
I hired A&C to move 2 heavy items in my home. Jeremy contacted me promptly when I posted on Thumbtack and was in contact with me throughout the week preceding the date of service. He arrived on time. I was very pleased with his work. I will be hiring him in the future for other jobs I need done,
A&C Home Services LLCA&C Home Services LLC
Denny S.
The 2 guys worked hard to move us in one long day. Disassembled and re-assembled all our furniture. Even got to our new address 5 minutes ahead of us. The 2 1/2 hour pack/unpack estimate was way off: took over twice that. So cost was higher than quoted, but about what we expected.
Melissa H.
Jamelle and his assistant were great. Thank you for helping me at a very short notice!! I absolutely had no idea how I would get this moving task done on short time. These guys were reasonable priced for me. Jamelle was so helpful and friendly. I highly recommend them. Guess who I am calling next time :)
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Lisa W.
Greetings Mr. Jonathan and Mr. Tre arrived to unload a 10ft U-Haul for me. They arrived with good energy and smiling faces. Very professional introduction and walk through. Items were placed exactly where I needed them, the service was quick and smooth. They were polite in conversation no cussing or inappropriate jokes. I recommend booking your job with Big Dawg Movers.
Stuti T.
Jamelle was super responsive and accommodating of our crazy schedule. We had used his services to put together a full bedroom set, kitchen granite top cart, and wine rack - all which were done within 4 hours. He'll be coming back to finish our coffee table and side tables as well which really takes the stress out of moving to a new home with a bunch of new furniture. I'll definitely be using his help in the future and would highly recommend !!
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Keiontra B.
JaMelle and his brother Justin beat me to my location, were quick and efficient and hilarious, and even found a short cut to get to my drop off location! They got the job done in an hour flat (had it not been for my holdups) and were kind enough to still not charge me for the extra 20 mins I went over my hour (even though I still paid them they were great). They came with their own truck and trailer and got everything out of my storage and up the stairs into my apartment in one trip. I was begging for a business card and Facebook page, but hope this is confirmation enough. I plan on using them again when I get my washer and dryer and am hoping everyone else does too! I had several movers cancel or charge an arm and a leg, and couldn’t find anyone with an hourly rate that was available last minute. These guys were exceptionally good and I was more than pleased! 5 stars!
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