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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 Berkeley movers
Kushank R.
A stress-free move. From booking the move to the move itself, everything went smooth. Elmer and pavel were great! Friendly and professional. If I am ever going to move again, I am going to hire Smart People Moving. Thanks guys!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Alice O.
DDT moving was great. They were responsive and answered my questions leading up to the move and was communicative the day of the move. They came with everything prepared and started packing right away. I was impressed with how quickly they moved and thoroughly they handled the fragile items. Would definitely move with them again!
Alexine L.
Hard working team and communicate well but the move was costly for a local move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Jasmin A.
Tony's movers were very professional and friendly team to work with. They arrived right on time and dove into the office moving project. I highly recommend anyone looking for a great moving team to reach out to Tony's Movers. They made the moving process so smooth and easy. Thanks so much!!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired H&Y for my move from Berkeley to San Francisco and was very impressed with the speed and care of the move! The movers arrived right on time (with Wendy calling to give me a heads up) and they were super fast wrapping up and moving all my items. The movers (Hwang and Ma (sp?)) were extremely nice and upbeat throughout the whole move, especially for moving so many things. This was also the best quote i received from my posting on Thumbtack in terms of $ / hour and minimum moving time. I'd use H&Y again and have already recommended them to my friends!
H & Y MovingH & Y Moving
Rohit C.
Overall, the move experience was pretty smooth. Movers were really nice, punctual and careful in moving the stuff. Only thing is it turned out to be little expensive than i thought.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Anita A.
Moving during Covid is the worst. Larro Movers, esp. Jose and Francisco, went above and beyond. We moved to an assisted living facility which required our movers to show vaccine cards and be negative tests day of the move. No problem. These guys were efficient, responsive and kind. They put together our new tiny sofa (not easy), and dealt with a complicated wooden bed. Nothing damaged, everything delivered. And so pleasant! Thank you Larro Movers!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding movers!
Perez's MovingPerez's Moving
Sukyoung L.
If you are looking for movers, look no further. Him and his team literally saved the day. We had a other moving company booked for our move in the morning and they just never showed up. I reached out to Low Cost Moving on the day of and they were able to help me. Derrick and his team were prompt, fast, efficient, professional and courteous- everything you’d ever want from a moving professional. They were the best movers I had met in my life and I’ve moved quite a few times before. His price was lower than others but his work was way, way better than any other moving company. We had so much stuff and it was not an easy move but he managed to fit everything in his truck! I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to move in the bay area. Thanks so much Derrick!
Thumbtack Customer
Ricardo was very communicative before moving day and the movers were professional, kind, thorough and fast! They made moving day so much easier! I was only moving from one small apartment to another in the same town and it took 2 hours. Thank you to Ricardo and your awesome team!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Can e.
They were very efficient and were able to move everything in a short time. We were very satisfied with the movers!
Moving ProfessionalsMoving Professionals
Emily Y.
Great experience working with this moving company for a move between Berkeley and SF. Huge thanks to my movers Adil and Zhan! They were thorough, efficient, and reliable. Even though the moving truck broke down right before my appointment (just bad luck), my experience was hardly affected. The movers communicated clearly, and were able to balance the work of packing while the rest of their team prepared an alternative truck behind-the-scenes. We completed the trip in time with no problem. I’m sure it was very stressful for the movers, but they didn’t show it. Very professional!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Alice L.
Awesome job. Movers came early and waited, they were very polite and cared for my furnitures as if their own. When I found out that my movers were not able to move my refrigerator I spoke to a rep about previously, the owner/manager sent in 3 extra men just to move my refrigerator. Everything went smoothly and already referred them to my friend who’s moving this weekend. Thank you guys!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Rebecca K.
Nick and Leo did a great job with our move. We had lots of boxes, suitcases, and furniture, and they moved things professionally and efficiently. Also very personable and easygoing, which helps during the stress of moving. Thank you!
Quantum: Home ServicesQuantum: Home Services
Samira K.
Very thankful for the help moving. Very fast and professional. Hired him same day as move, couldn't have been happier.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Christopher Y.
These guys are great. Helped move some kitchen equipment for me. Definitely recommend and will hire again we need moving assistance.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Anushka G.
We booked iMoving for moving from Berkeley to Milpitas and the movers were great! We had a big couch, 65" TV, TV stand, office desks, office chairs, bed frame, mattress, multiple boxes, and suitcases, and the entire move was finished in 5.5 hours with 2 movers. The movers were extremely professional, did not waste any time, and took extreme care of our furniture. Will definitely recommend iMoving to all my friends!
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Lisa C.
The movers were fast and efficient. When I accepted the quote, I thought it was for 2 movers and the truck, but when they arrived there were 3 movers and I hadn't budgeted for that extra cost. They were great but make sure they clarify with you beforehand.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Laura B.
The team that helped me move was punctual, effective, and went the (figurative) extra mile to help the move as efficient as possible. Would highly recommend!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Chaaru D.
Quick, punctual, careful move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
They rescheduled the night before we were supposed to move. This was luckily a Saturday so we were able to do it Sunday. Still, this threw off our plans significantly as we had to move other things around, including a cleaner I had scheduled for after the move. The moving itself went well. The guys worked quickly and efficiently and our stuff arrived unharmed.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
David S.
Sooo great will move with them again
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Kirti P.
Great help with a move to a new place!
Boombox StorageBoombox Storage
Eve V.
Great communication! Yuri was went the extra mile to make sure that my move was perfect. His thoughtful communication took the anxiety out of moving day.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Emelissa B.
Creative and innovative movers were great to work with. They responded to my move request within 10 minutes and scheduled me for the very first move the next morning. I needed a heavy king-sized mattress moved up three flights of stairs to our new house. They arrived on time and easily completed the job. I would recommend them to anyone and would hire them again!
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