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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 Albany movers
Vivian M.
I needed to hire movers last minute and Larro’s moving company responded immediately and were able to accommodate my moving date. The movers were great and got everything moved in 2.5 hours! Also, the price was very reasonable as well!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Megan L.
Had a great moving experience today, I had to do a move last minute at my place and they responded quickly! They were able to arrive within an hour and the move went smoothly.
J/H Moving and DeliveryJ/H Moving and Delivery
Elif K.
Great work! Timing was a little wrong but moving and fast work was amazing.
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Omar C.
Larro’s movers were awesome. If I recall correctly, Miguel, Luis and Carlos were our 3 movers. They were covid safe, punctual, friendly and worked hard straight through the work hour. They were very careful with our belongings by wrapping them well and moving them with care. They worked quickly and packed the truck with efficiency. I would definitely hire these gentlemen again. Thank you.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Ian M.
If you are moving, big or small, these guys are the professionals you want to use! I was so impressed with their care for my boxes, thoughtfulness of my plants, glassware and ceramics. These guys even move my giant Argentine Parrilla. GO WITH LARRO'S! I just made that up!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Stuary R.
Had great experience with Rodriguez Movers and have used them for multiple projects. Very responsive and easy to work with.
Rodríguez moversRodríguez movers
Anand D.
Truket did an amazing job with our move. The crew were highly professional, efficient and very diligent with our cargo. Highly recommended!
Jennifer e.
Victor and Kevin did everything right when moving my newly purchased couch. They were punctual, courteous and quick! I will use this service again!
Harsh G.
Great service. The crew that came over was super efficient and knew what they were doing. They made a complex move look very easy. I would definitely use them the next time and would recommend them to everyone in my social circle.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
Max was at my door on time and he and his assistant worked really fast so it was done quickly. I used PODs containers, so I didn't know what time those containers were coming, but Max was quite flexible with the time and I really appreciated that. I'd use him again for my next move.
A-Z Move!A-Z Move!
Evelyn d.
Our family just moved from MN to CA. The best decision during the relocation was to hire ADH to help us unload the PODS container. I can’t thank Angel enough for his brilliant work. The PODs container arrived at our new address with a damaged pulling gate and it couldn’t be opened. Angel went extra miles to help us open the gate while PODs customer service guys abandoned us. Angel’s team did an excellent job moving everything in with care that our newly painted walls stay intact. Additionally, during the unloading, we found some pieces of furniture and screw set missing. I was so upset 😭 worrying we may not have the bed frame and dinning table reassembled. Angel and his team went to Home Depot and found a solution for us. They even helped us cut some wood piece to replace the missing parts in the bed frame. Now our dinning table and bed frame are back! Angel is so experienced and professional and passionate at his work. He took extra miles even at his own risk to help customer out. I will strongly recommend Angel and his team to any friends who need help in relocation!
ADH RelocationsADH Relocations
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