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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 Brea movers
Greg B.
Great experience hiring 24 Seven Moving! Job request was complicated (moving two separate 2nd floor apartments located in different cities into a single condo) but 24 Seven made things easy by their organized approach and efficient moving team. Chuva was extremely helpful and responsive with scheduling the job and answering questions and the move team themselves were very professional and respectful. Will be hiring their services again for our next move. Easy five stars!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Tawny m.
Scheduled my move via ThumbTack last month. Followed up a couple weeks ago - all good. The move is Friday, trying to confirm we are stoll on schedule - no response!! Nothing. Now, having to scramble to find another mover available this week.
Mahoney moversMahoney movers
Eugene S.
Moving is stressful and 24seven made it far easier. Would recommend.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Sheila K.
Helped us move furniture within a house, very efficient and productive! Would recommend.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Megan S.
Great work! They were able to fit my in last minute and completed the move extremely quickly.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Thint f.
Excellent job. We were very happy with how fast they worked and moved our things.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Matt c.
Fantastic service provided, the did what was promised in a quick, efficient manner. Highly recommend them for any moving job.
ALPHA ONE Junk Removal & HaulingALPHA ONE Junk Removal & Hauling
Jennifer S.
Jeremy was excellent. Honest, fast, efficient, no extra inexplicable fees. He got our furniture in without damaging anything. Good communication with us before and on moving day. He was also able to put furniture together for us. I will suggest him to my friends and would hire him again if I need a mover.
Maria B.
Working with Frank and his crew was a great experience. Communication was swift and easy, it felt like we got our move set up in no time. The movers were also prompt and worked hard from the moment they got here, always super respectful about our floors and walls while doing everything with a smile. We are impressed and would highly recommend!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Jessica W.
Brian and Leo got the job done quickly and were really nice and communicative. I would definitely recommend them for your moving needs.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Leesa Y.
Very responsive and good communication. I needed a few heavy furniture items moved around the house and it was done quickly without any issues.
Cynthia R.
The two young men, AB and Sem were experienced, professional, helpful and made the move smooth and they never wasted time. Very nice experience!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Jeremy L.
Very very helpful team!! Would definitely hire them in a heart beat again. Thank you Frank and your team for moving us in to our new place!! Appreciate your service.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Matt c.
Phenomenal service! They came in on time, and finished the work in a highly efficient and speedy way. Highly recommend bthese guy for your next move. Can not give enough stars for all the help they did at such a great cost.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Lani E.
Blazin Logistics arrived early which was great. They took there time moving my things which i appreciated that it didn’t feel rushed. The team was very courteous and friendly. Highly recommended and would defiantly use them again.
Have Junk Removal & DemolitionHave Junk Removal & Demolition
Monica H.
Sky movers were amazing! The movers arrived on time and had incredible work ethic! Santiago and Cesar worked incredibly fast and hard- they didn't stop once and had an efficient system going to load the truck quickly! They took their time in wrapping all of the furniture and were careful with fragile boxes and items. When we arrived at our new location they organized the boxes to ensure they went in the right room and placed all of our furniture where we wanted! We will definitely use Skymovers for any future uses and will recommend them to any friends or family! Thank you!
Sky MovingSky Moving
Carrie P.
Rigo at Local Trucks was great to work with. I had a small job, a local move of a mattress and box spring. He gave me a competitive fair price for the job right away. He followed through with everything he said he would do, including covering mattress in the rain. He was professional and reliable at a fair price. I highly recommend Rigo at Local Trucks.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
L. K.
There was confusion over my order which was to move a large 2 bedroom apartment from Brea to northern CA. Despite this confusion, Mario and his crew pitched in and managed much more work than anticipated. Nothing broken, nothing lost. Courteous, funny and knowledgeable staff worked hard to get the job done. Mario is justifiably proud of his company and makes sure his customers pleased with his work. Highly recommended
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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