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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 Tempe movers
Chris W.
These movers were the best by far. They were fast, efficient, affordable. We would gladly recommend these movers for everyone. And we will use these movers for all future projects. Best movers ever.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Ra M.
Best movers I have hired. They arrived on time and moved all my stuff with care and professional performance. Moved my stuff from a ground floor to an apartment located in 3rd . Moved my furniture with care no damage happened during the moving . Friendly staff too. Glad that I hired them
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Laina P.
Moving Made for You was great! They unloaded our moving truck quickly and we’re very kind and professional. I recommend them for your moving needs!
Moving Made For YOU LLCMoving Made For YOU LLC
Srikanth m.
The move was so smooth and hassle free ,movers came on time and completed within the time and very professional
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Francie M.
Great team of guys! Great work! Made my move so much easier. Came fully prepared for anything and everything I needed moved. Even moved things I didn’t expect.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Laura B.
I have used a few other moving companies in the past and by far, Moving hogs was superior in moving furniture with skill, ease and quickness. They were sure not to bump into any corners or walls moving items out and into the new place. They also moved items into spaces that seem impossible but made it possible. Padding was used to not damage or scratch the new flooring installed. My bed frame was taken apart fully and put back together. Movers in the past simply disconnect the frame from the headboard and that was it. Also, I like how the movers instinctively knew where to place items in the new place and asked where items needed to go for unmarked boxes. The day my items were moved, it was 93 degrees outside. A very warm day, especially for moving a lot of furniture and boxes. Thank you Donald and Leo for all your help and for getting another person to help with the move. Your service and professionalism was superb.
Moving HogsMoving Hogs
Gloria K.
Although I did not use him, a relative decide to help with the move, I highly recommend him for his professionalism and attentiveness to our moving needs. Will certainly hire the next time I need a mover.
RoyalWay Moving LLCRoyalWay Moving LLC
Abhijith S.
Jolly movers did a great job with my move. Furniture was wrapped in blankets to avoid damage and their work was efficient. Great value for money and I highly recommend booking them for your moving projects 10/10
Jolly MoversJolly Movers
Karen N.
DTS did an excellent job moving my refrigerator and oven. Will reschedule when I need them moved back in place.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Felica S.
My movers Jimmy and Kevin were awesome. They are very hard workers. I would not hesitate to hire Hogan's Moving again.
Adriana J.
Everything went well with the move. I’m very pleased with DTS and would recommend to anyone in the Phoenix area needing moving services.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Sonila K.
Recently moved to a new apartment and used Diverse Moving Solutions. They arrived on time and moved my stuff without any issues. I did have few fragile items and they took care of them by wrapping them properly. They also disassembled and then reassembled my bed which was quite helpful. They left the furniture in the appropriate rooms. The movers were professional and friendly and accepted payment through Zelle. Highly recommend this moving company for your needs.
Diverse Moving Solutions LLCDiverse Moving Solutions LLC
Richard M.
Diverse Moving Solutions and crew did an excellent job at moving our furniture and fixtures with care. We had lots to move and they came in and handled all of our belongings with care and placed them exactly where we requested. We will continue to use this business to help move all of our furniture over our whole house remodel. They are responsive and have all the necessary tools and equipment to move anything requested at the ready. Good company!
Diverse Moving Solutions LLCDiverse Moving Solutions LLC
Srilatha K.
Our experience with True Move LLC has been great. They have been very professional, helpful, punctual and responsive. We recommend their services to anyone looking for a move. Our move was so much smooth and easy with no hidden charges.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Mary E.
Would recommend Hogans Moving
Sabitha R.
First of all they never come on time. And what I noticed was they do really slow moving. We moved 70% stuff before they came. Because they are not conforming exact time, and before 5pm we need to submit the keys to leasing office. I’m not sure I vll make it r not so I moved maximum stuff. And they told they vll come by 12pm to 2pm. But they came atThey just moved my sofa and closet and one dresser, one mattress, and the move in place is just 5miles from my move out place. They took 2 hours 15min.
Shashi G.
2 guys, showed up on time for a swift and clean move for a very reasonable price. will hire them again if I need to move!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Stacey A.
Super fast and easy move!
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Mike E.
By far the smoothest move yet. Punctual at 7am, very polite staff and completed all of the work in a timely manner. Any decent size move, go with 4 movers. Finished in a fraction of time and saves the staff from overloaded work. Thanks again!
Marc H.
I hate to move, but they made it relatively painless. I hope to never move again, but if I do, I know who to call now.
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Nour C.
Very nice and professional company. I contacted them to move a sofa-bed that another company claimed it’s impossible to move to my new apartment. They did the job very efficiently and quickly. I recommend this company for anyone who wanna move their stuff.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Sheila D.
Jolly Movers moved my 94 year old mother who was very concerned about getting scratches on her loved antique furniture. They took care to wrap everything. NOT A PIECE OF FURNITURE WAS SCRATCHED! We couldn't be happier with the excellent job they did. Thank you so much Sal for working with us on the move date and doing such a professional job. I highly recommend Jolly Movers and will definitely use them for any future moves. This company is top notch! S Lucas @ Family
Jolly MoversJolly Movers
Sandy K.
I highly recommend this company for moving
College Movers - PhoenixCollege Movers - Phoenix
Elizabeth M.
Arrived on time. Flexible with the move. Had 2 stops. Had no problem moving difficult pieces. Robert great at figuring out best way to proceed.
New Age MoversNew Age Movers
Aaron B.
The Johnson Movers team helped with a last minute move request for my fiancés mother. They were responsive, friendly, and punctual. While I wasn’t able to be there for the move, the feedback from the fiancé’s family was that the service provided would be rated higher than 5 stars if they could.
Johnson Movers AZJohnson Movers AZ
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