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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 Campbell movers
Jack P.
Leclair Moving did a fantastic job moving our furniture. They were on time and very professional!! They made sure that everything was moved carefully. We would definitely use them again for any moving project we have! Jack
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Erin M.
Safe Moving was great. My movers arrived on time, were friendly, and did a great job. I moved from the Bay Area to LA. My items were all transported safely.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The Silicon Valley Luxury Moving movers were fantastic -- they were competitively priced, timely, organized and meticulous. (They also provide disassembly/assembly services and free wardrobe box loaners.) I will use them for any future moves!
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Allison M.
Scott Merrill and his team were fantastic for our local move! All of the movers were prompt and professional. They even came in under the quoted rate since they were so quick and efficient. I'd highly recommend this company. Our move date shifted a couple of times and he was ready to help with last minute schedule changes. Very responsive through text and the payment process was easy. This was our first time with a professional moving company and it was great! Go with Moving Services Transport, you won't be disappointed.
Moving services transportMoving services transport
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent experience! Professional movers who worked hard, arrived on time, and treated everything I had to move with Mr J. I live on the third floor, with no elevator, and I couldn't believe how quickly my household items were moved in and placed exactly where I wanted them in each room. I would definitely call them again if I move. Highly recommend!
Thumbtack Customer
Quick and efficient. Made my move easy.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Sandeep V.
Tony's team were very meticulous and thorough yet very fast in moving our 3 bed townhome. This is the first time i signed up for flat rate based move and it is much less stressful( no need of moving stuff to garage or in the car . No need to check the clock).. add to that the movers were very careful with our furniture and refrigerator. Team is ao dedicated that team worked 8 straight hours with out break (even for lunch). The only minor issue is a small dent in the fridge and dry wall but i dont find fault with movers at all. They were maneuvering a 36 inch refrigerator through a 32 inch passage way. Highly recommend Tony movers esp flat rate based option
Tony's moversTony's movers
Lacee S.
I used Chris P’s Moving and Home Services for my short distance move from a one bedroom to a studio apartment. He is beyond professional and always on time. My mom used him two weeks prior to my move and I was impressed with his services. Chris is great at what he does and most importantly, punctual. Thank you so much Chris for making my move easy and quick. I will 100% be using him again.
Chris P’s Moving & Home ServicesChris P’s Moving & Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great and easy move with Edward and Pablo. They were friendly guys and took good care of my stuff. I plan to hire them again for the upcoming second part of my move.
The Apartment MoverThe Apartment Mover
Alexis F.
Renan and his friend were great for a studio move to Campbell to Oakland. They were on time & even helped me move extra things I planned on coming back the next day to get. Very friendly and no complaints with lifting large furniture (which I always feel bad about). They were done loading the truck in about 20 min and moving my things inside took maybe another 30. The flat fee was extrememly helpful and I even paid them a little more just for the sense of relief once all moved in. Very glad I used them and will certainly keep in my for my next move.
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived slightly before our schedules time, moved very quickly and carefully. Had a decent sized move with an hour drive and it was complete within 4 hours. Nice guys too...was also a better rate than some of the outrageous quotes I got on thumbtack. If you're considering them, don't hesitate. I'll be reaching back out for my next move.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Beatrice S.
Great service. Would use again if I ever needed a mover
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Katie l.
Top notch service, I will definitely hire this company for future moves!!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were a pleasure. Offered to come early and completed the move in less than 4 hours (an hour less than quoted). They came prepared with tools to move that I had not anticipated to protect my fragile items. Their attitudes were so positive and friendly; which I appreciated because moving can be very stressful. Overall a great experience, would highly recommend them again!!!
Abigail S.
Amazing experience! Moved my entire studio with friendly and professional service. They packed up everything and moved down a flight of stairs + up a steep driveway and did it all with a great attitude and lots of patience for last minute plans changing. I would one hundred percent recommend this team for your moving needs. They’re locally owned and operated and you can tell that they really care about their customers having a great experience. You’re not just a number to them like some of the bigger moving companies who will nickel and dime you. Five stars!
Lucky2Movers L.L.C.Lucky2Movers L.L.C.
Thumbtack Customer
The guys at Safe Moving were super friendly and helpful. When I asked them to take the 3 beds apart to be moved, they said "not a problem!" They even put them back together for me at the new house. What great customer service!
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Julia H.
Excellent moving experience! Professional, on time, super helpful and overall awesome. Grateful for the help!
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Summer B.
Very good and moved all my items without a scratch. Will definitely use them again!!
J/H Moving and DeliveryJ/H Moving and Delivery
Winnie H.
Moving was the most seamless part of closing on a house. They were fast, professional and punctual. We had a lot of stuff, they managed to move and help pack everything for a 2bed 1 garage within 5 hours. I would definitely recommend them to my friends and family.
San Francisco Moving ServicesSan Francisco Moving Services
Hector M.
Fast and easy just like their name says. They were the best price and the movers were friendly.
Tracey Y.
Arturo was great! He and his coworker arrived on time, was friendly and very professional. He also made sure to be very careful with my furniture. He went above and beyond helping with my move and I will definitely use him again for any other future moving projects. Thanks Arturo!!
Imperial Hauling ServicesImperial Hauling Services
Leslie S.
Responded quickly. Professional. Needed someone same day and they fit us into their schedule. Handled items moved with care.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Sonja E.
We were very nervous about hiring movers. We chose Two friends because of our original meeting and pricing! Santos was professional and friendly and very informative. Our schedule changed a bit and they were very cooperative & flexible. Our long distance move went off without a hitch. Everything arrived safely and in a very timely manner- These guys worked very hard and efficiently. I've already recommended them to the people who bought our house! Great Job and a big THANK YOU to everyone at Two Friends Movers!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Laura W.
These movers did a great job! They were quick, but careful with our items and reassembled the furniture well. Would highly recommend for anyone.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Chakra R.
The guys were very efficient. I expected the move to take 6 hours but was completed in 4 hours. Great and affordable company.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
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