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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 Brentwood movers
Jeff T.
Very good job at moving furniture to my garage, placing everything to be safe until we move it back into the house
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Youlonda O.
I have moved several times and I must say this was the best move I have experienced (FYI - I don’t enjoy moving). The team at Smart People were AWESOME!!! They were exactly what the reviews I read said they were. If I EVER move again, I would use them without a second thought.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Sharon G.
MAS Movers did a great job protecting and moving my 1897 family piano from Brentwood to Boulder Creek. Highly recommend.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Kelli M.
These guys were absolutely the best! I contacted them the day before my move and they gladly accommodated me. The two gentlemen who moved my apartment were punctual, friendly, and went above and beyond to provide excellent service. They worked quickly and efficiently. National Expert Movers will be my go moving company should I ever need their services again. 5 stars!
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Kimberly R.
Working Men Moving did such a great job moving a very expensive dining room table and sleeper couch. They were very careful not to damage the items or walls. I’m very happy with their service and will be calling them again to help with our big move. 5 star service!
Working Men Moving LLCWorking Men Moving LLC
Jeremy u.
The best movers ever!! Will definitely rehire in the future
Dominguez Logistics LLC
Reyna M.
Very punctual and professional. Thank you Tony’s movers!!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Cole H.
My moving experience with DMC Hauling was fantastic. They responded right away and were punctual, efficient and friendly. Moving has never been this quick and painless! I highly recommend DMC Hauling.
DMC HaulingDMC Hauling
Tonya H.
We hired them for a move. We only had furniture to move, but they worked very hard and got the job done with no issues and quickly! We will hire them again and would highly recommend them!
DMC HaulingDMC Hauling
Donel F.
Unprofessional and not courteous. Demands to be paid upfront before even showing up, unlike other moving companies. I ended up cancelling and booked with nicer and more honest moving company, who will not charge me until they show up. I would not recommend.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Lauren R.
It was easy to communicate and set up our moving helpers. The 2 guys they sent were amazing polite and hustled the whole time. They were the best mover helpers we had ever had. I highly suggest this company we were very happy with their services.
Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.
Maria R.
This young gentlemen, Devin and Manny, were very sweet and professional. Kept me updated throughout the evening about their approximate time of arrival. Were very careful with the piece of furniture they were moving and the price was very affordable. No hidden costs. I recommend their services and will definitely contact them for my next move.
VQ MovingVQ Moving
Karen S.
JP moving services was absolutely phenomenal. They moved up our date when we needed, came on time, and worked incredibly hard to successfully get our POD loaded within an even shorter time period than we expected. We feel so fortunate and could not have packed our storage without them!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Erin S.
They did not show up. I tried to call, email, and message them and they never responded. Had to hire another mover for tomorrow.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Jen F.
Jorge and team were quick to respond and did a great job moving and setting up our grand piano. They were a pleasure to work with!
Castrosmoving service'sCastrosmoving service's
Savannah K.
I thought they were great because they were so fast, but after moving my items out of the storage where Tony's Movers placed them we discovered the damage to my furniture and the boxes marked "fragile, don't place anything on top" were crushed with my deceased Grandma's heirloom glass and crystal treasures inside. Very sad and dissappointing.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Dash G.
Amazing crew that was helpful, careful in their approach, and worked hard and nonstop to help us move on time. I would definitely recommend them to everyone!!
Jose V.
Paven was very responsive and helpful- I highly recommend him for your moving needs - would hire him again and recommending him to my friends
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Monika F.
Matt and his partner George were amazing in helping us move my dad from Brentwood to Napa. They both were careful with his belongings and very helpful. I highly recommend them.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Russ O.
Mad Movers did a great job. They responded quickly to my request for a quote, scheduled the work, and arrived on time. Will and Chad worked quickly and were careful with the furniture and the surroundings. Polite and professional. I would certainly use them again.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Jeremy H.
This team was extremely professional, hard working (never took a break til the job was done - literally). They were very thorough, detail oriented, and very respectful of all my belongings and the time spent to complete the project. I HIGHLY recommend them for any future moving projects - I couldn't be more satisfied with my choice!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Venetia G.
They were wonderful! They were very friendly and courteous, taking much of the stress away that comes with moving....they even took it upon themselves to happily fix a previously broken piece of my dresser, and did a great job! The only thing I wished was that they were on time, although understanding the nature of this job I realize can make it difficult to be right on schedule. Perhaps giving a window of time to customers like other various type companies would help. In spite of, I was so pleased I still gave them a 5 star and will soon be using them again....thanks to the both of you!
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Jenn L.
Mike and Gabe did an awesome multi-stop pickup job for us. They were prompt, very mindful and careful of our furnishings, and extremely accommodating to my many requests (including an extra last minute stop). They’re very professional, friendly and good humored. The extra details I couldn’t help but notice: they REALLY slowed down for the speed bumps, they asked about their shoes coming into our (Asian) home, and even swiftly helped the owners of our first stop reposition a large curio in their garage after we picked up our dining hutch while I put the glass shelves in my car. I’ve had great experiences with a mover before but DMC takes it to a new level. Thanks again for the amazing help!
DMC HaulingDMC Hauling
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