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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 Mesa movers
Amanda G.
Friendly, professional, and very communicative. They made the moving process enjoyable! Will definitely be using Hampton's Moving Services for all of my future moves.
Hampton's Moving Services, LLCHampton's Moving Services, LLC
John H.
The movers where very professional and made quick work of my move.
College Movers - PhoenixCollege Movers - Phoenix
Steven K.
We had our two bedroom apartment moved super fast and the movers were super friendly. We moved from mesa az to San tan valley in no time flat. Highly recommend this team of movers for everyone. The price was very good for the move to I expected to pay a lot more.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Calvin G.
Our movers were great! Would highly recommend to anyone needing something moved.
New Age MoversNew Age Movers
Melissa A.
THE BEST MOVERS!!! They took every precaution to make sure my things were protected. They went above and beyond for my move. The nicest movers. Affordable. Very reliable.
Moving & Grooving LLCMoving & Grooving LLC
Jesse S.
Working with True Move was exceptional - from the communication to the professionalism and expertise for the movers. They moved a house full of stuff, set up the beds and even moved a pool table in a couple of hours. I’d highly recommend them and plan to use them again in the future.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Rena H.
Precious Possessions Moving Systems did a wonderful job at moving my wife's property to our new residences. they were courteous, professional, and completed the job in a timely manner. I would definitely use Precious Possessions Moving Systems, when I move again.
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Dominic D.
Modern Moves responded to a request within 15 minutes of submitting it for a move in 12 hours the next day! The team showed up and acted fast and professional, getting the move done in a fraction of the time another mover had promised. 5 star experience all around
Modern Moves AZModern Moves AZ
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were professional and did an excellent job despite multiple setbacks on moving day. I would use them again. They made the move from Mesa to Payson seem effortless.
Premier Moving & StoragePremier Moving & Storage
Ted R.
Outstanding movers!
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
James H.
Was on time they put blankets around my pool table when moving it. Most other places wanted close to $300 to move the table. And the move was less than a mile. he was a lot cheaper
DiMura's Moving Services LLCDiMura's Moving Services LLC
Matthew s.
Good movers
J.B. Moving & HaulingJ.B. Moving & Hauling
Virginia F.
Fabulous movers!
Desert Eagle Moving (Are You Done With That LLC)Desert Eagle Moving (Are You Done With That LLC)
Kash T.
It was an easy 1-bedroom type of move. Although, the movers were 30-minutes late still. A tip was forced via their credit/debit card acceptance platform which I disliked as the service did not warrant a tip, I paid the tip anyway but with any movers no matter how small or big a moving job is ...movers will cost you roughly $275-$300. 🤷🏾‍♂️
New Age MoversNew Age Movers
Becky V.
Jolly Movers was exactly what I needed for a quick move! Very responsive to the request, came with all the right equipment and was a pleasure to work with. Very helpful in taking furniture apart and doing the little extra things that one forgets when faced with a sudden move. I highly recommend Jolly Movers!
Jolly MoversJolly Movers
Lois L.
Dignity Moving, LLC CAME TO MY RESCUE after another mover I previously had hired via Thumbtack (Jeremiah Zapata of Pick It Up Express Delivery) BAILED on me the night before the scheduled morning move! Daniel of Dignity Moving, LLC immediately fit me into his schedule and communicated with me throughout the day to assure me that the move would happen. His team arrived exactly on schedule. The movers were professional, fast, pleasant and only one piece of furniture sustained minor damage. I was very favorably impressed with Dignity Moving and recommend them to anyone in the Phoenix area.
Dignity Moving, LLCDignity Moving, LLC
Rose S.
Great for a small move.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Thumbtack Customer
These guys did a terrific job helping us move. They were on time, worked hard, and were very careful with our "stuff". If you need a mover, you won't regret hiring Precious Possessions Moving Systems.
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Mai T.
Good moving experience
RoyalWay Moving LLCRoyalWay Moving LLC
Janice m.
The price quoted for my move was the most competitive. The 2 movers were very diligent about not hitting any corners moving things downstairs, they were very efficient with their time and managed to get things done very quickly.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Jessica S.
Moving Hogs did a fantastic job with my move. They showed up ready to work and work constantly to get the move done. They were very responsive and professional and respectful of my new home and stuff. Would definitely recommend.
Moving HogsMoving Hogs
Melanie R.
Had a 2 Bedroom apartment move. The guys were quick and professional. They moved heavy items safely. Would definitely recommend.
Willis MoversWillis Movers
Natasha C.
Working with Top Tier was such a pleasure. The team was extremely professional, communicated effectively and finished my move in under 4 hours! Will definitely recommend to anyone moving soon and will utilize Jared and his team the next time i have to move!
Top Tier MoversTop Tier Movers
Timothy K.
Moving hogs showed up on time and helped us out with our move. They accommodated us with a piano pick up at a completely separate location. They are professional, know what they're doing, and know how to pack a moving van like nobody's business. Nobody's business. It was great to move with them for a second time and I highly recommend them.
Moving HogsMoving Hogs
Cileena V.
Great service for our move.
Onsite Moving & LogisticsOnsite Moving & Logistics
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