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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 Bay Area movers
Jack L.
DDT Moving was perfect for my move. They were prompt, friendly, and moved very fast. We got my entire move down in 2.5 hrs. I would use DDT again for my next move.
Thumbtack Customer
Two friends movers were responsive leading up to move; movers arrived early and worked carefully and efficiently.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Simran V.
The movers were there on time (a bit early even) and were prompt with the move. They wrapped some of the fragile/scratchable surfaces in moving blankets and everything arrived intact and undamaged. Great movers!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Zachary K.
The move was as painless as possible, thanks to Moving Professionals. They did a great job and would hire them again for a future move!
Moving ProfessionalsMoving Professionals
Thumbtack Customer
JP Moving quickly and professionally moved my furniture and additional boxes. The movers were friendly and responsive throughout the process.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Terran L.
Larro's moving service was a great experience! They arrived in the early part of the moving window and finish our move-out within an hour and a half. After my move-in had a problem with insurance (of my fault for having incorrect paperwork) Larro's office fixed it on-the-fly and within 30 minutes we were back to moving in again. I would highly recommend Larro's moving service to anyone moving!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Miles C.
Ddt delivery and moving services was responsive before and during the move. They arrived 15 minutes prior to their start time and were swift & professional throughout the move. Highly recommend using them for moving!
Daphne S.
He was polite, helpful, and moved the items carefully that needed to be moved.
Mo Company.IncMo Company.Inc
Sushil K.
They moved for my move to the new apartment. Was really smooth. Can't complain.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Jacqueline W.
Great moving experience. Movers were polite and worked very efficiently.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Alyssa M.
I've hired Two Friends Movers for 2 moves — great service!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Yi Y.
The movers were very friendly and moves my things s expected.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Debby W.
Matias was very responsive, and actually brought an extra mover no charge! He made the move so easy and stress free - you’re in great hands with Move!
Yitong L.
Great movers. Very responsive and flexible with the moving needs! They were super efficient and very polite!!! Would definitely hire them again for future moves
Tim MoversTim Movers
Alex P.
Larro's Moving Services did a fantastic job with my move. The three movers who showed up were friendly, professional, efficient, and communicative. They really made my move easy and I would definitely hire them again!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Melissa M.
They arrived early, moved things quickly, and finished in the time expected. Great movers!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Olivia P.
The movers were careful to wrap up and move fragile items. They worked efficiently.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Dylan J.
The movers showed up on time, and moved everything carefully and efficiently within the afternoon.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Thumbtack Customer
By far the best moving experience I have ever had!! Santos and his team treated everything with great care-as if it was there own move. They were fast, courteous, on time and just great!! 5 stars isn't enough! If I have to move again, it is Two Friends Movers. Your move will be stress free with them!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Riley A.
Jose and Miguel were amazing!! And they worked their butt off getting our move done as quick as they can! Absolutely, recommend! We move a lot and have always had terrible experiences with movers, but this move was by far the easiest, stress free, and fastest!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Samantha L.
I had a wonderful experience with American Top Movers. 2 movers came and helped me move from my studio apartment into a 1-bedroom apartment. They went above and beyond to move efficiently and were very careful with my items. I feel they went above and beyond in helping me with my move. Highly recommend!
American Top Movers LLCAmerican Top Movers LLC
Eric F.
Daniel and Uber handled my move with utmost professionalism and care for my apartment and belongings, all while completing both the move-out and move-in in record time, despite the fact that the move-in was up several flights of stairs. I will be hiring them again for any future moving needs. I recommend anyone reading this do the same.
Thumbtack Customer
Great company overall! Santos was very responsive before moving day on when they would be arriving. My movers were amazing! I was impressed at their strength and how speedy they moved. Would definitely recommend if you are doing a short distance move!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Lauren G.
I can not say enough good things about Safe Moving! After reading horror stories about some of the major moving companies I was a little worried about finding one to move my stuff cross state. Safe Moving blew past my expectations. Nothing was damaged, they came on time, and moved out/in my stuff in record time. So happy I went with Safe Moving!
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Darvish K.
The movers showed up on time and were extremely efficient. They navigated the whole move between two apartments with no elevators with ease, and got us moved in sooner than expected!
Tony's moversTony's movers
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