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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 Elk Grove movers
Annie Y.
Omar’s movers were quick, professional, and very friendly. He offered the most competitive price we could find (most other movers charged a massive extra fee for the truck rental) and we were able to easily move all the way from Sacramento to the bay in a matter of hours. We would highly recommend Master Relocation Movers for your next move. Thank you Reuben and Axel!
Master Relocation MoversMaster Relocation Movers
Beverly A.
Very punctual. They arrived 10 minutes before they were to start and never stopped working until the move was completed. They were 2 hard working, strong and very professional young men. They truly know the moving business. I appreciated all their hard work and was very please with the move. I will highly recommend Safe Moving to others.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Jordan S.
Unfortunate personnel issue got the crew off to a late start and extended the duration of the move. The owner contacted me about the issue and promised a completed move that day. Well, the crew who moved us were exceptionally meticulous in how they handled, packed, and off-loaded our household. I would move with Safe movers again. Dumaurier and John both stuck to a very difficult task on a beastly hot day and we truly appreciate their work.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Karie w.
Diamond Movers were very careful moving my furniture and decor making sure things were covered well. Very helpful and easy-going to work with. I'll definitely call them again when I need movers!
Sac Diamond MoversSac Diamond Movers
Tabitha C.
Solid moving systems was amazing. I needed moving pods emptied and all my things moved into the house. They were responsive to my inquiry, prompt, and the team worked swiftly to help me. They even put together my kitchen table for me.
Solid Moving SystemsSolid Moving Systems
Thumbtack Customer
The guys were awesome, worked hard for us to move us out of our home and two storage units....if we had to ever move again we'll definitely us Safe Moving. thank you Brandon for sending us great workers.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Joe G.
Great experience with our movers. Worked very hard to make sure everything was perfect. I would highly recommend them foe your move.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Sherif H.
Very efficient and provide excellent moving service
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Han N.
Christian and Joe were very professional and on time! They helped us move a three bedroom house smoothly and everything was great and cared for. We will hire them again for future move!
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Andrea R.
Great work! Avila moving came in to help us move or 5 bedroom home. They were on time, and communicated with us every step of the way. They brought professional supplies to wrap and move our item, and were very careful. Staff were friendly and very helpful. We would highly recommend!!!
Avila's Hassle Free Solutions, IncAvila's Hassle Free Solutions, Inc
Geoffrey L.
Very polite. Lots of effort and care moving furniture
Robert B.
We had another mover lined up for July 1. They showed up at the wrong place, then claimed their truck had broken down. We scrambled to find another mover on short notice AND on a holiday weekend when everyone is doing moves. We got lucky. Juan had a cancellation for July 2 and we took it. Juan and Angel moved us quickly and professionally. We are completely satisfied. $100/hour, 4 hour minimum, $50 fuel/mileage charge (not unreasonable - gas is very expensive now). We would use Pachecos Moving Services again without hesitation. Thank you, Juan!
Pachecos moving servicesPachecos moving services
Carl S.
My move was supposed to start at noon. Their morning move had trouble and they arrived 3 hrs late. “Junior and Gary” worked hard without a break and got us unloaded at 9:30 PM.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Jojo M.
I really recommend Easy Pro Mover's . They did wonderful job.
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
Inder And B.
Omar and his team helped us with our move. Overall great experience!
Master Relocation MoversMaster Relocation Movers
Shirley D.
They were great showed up in the timeframe! Worked hard! Cared for our items when moving them! It was lots of hard work to move our home (apparently we own more things than we thought) great value!
Janine K.
Easy Pro fit me in their busy schedule to get a move done quickly.
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
Roslyn N.
Although initially they were late, the movers, Demariay and Juan, made up for it in professionalism and honesty. They worked tirelessly to remove my items from one location and unload them to the other (less than 1 mile). They communicated well with each other, as I was eavesdropping, to best move my items without causing any damage to the home. They were equipped and very adept in securing and wrapping my items. Each time they had a question, they politely would call upon me to direct them where furniture goes. Demariay even notified me that my ceiling was knicked (very minor and fixable). I was taken aback my his honesty. Some movers just move items and don’t tell you when they’ve damaged your home. The owner, Brandon, was very courteous and quick to respond to phone calls. I was glad that he was very accommodating and confirmed my request of employing Demariay & Juan for a second trip, since I had the last 7 heavy items to move. I would highly recommend Safe Moving. They are professional, honest, and very skilled in providing moving services.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Grace S.
Very courteous. Careful to protect the furniture and the house while moving in or out f the house.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Tom H.
Efrain was was excellent. Very professional, moved our piano efficiently. I recommend him.
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
Trisha Grace K.
Gage and Christian are awesome! They moved everything super fast, but took great care with my furniture. I will absolutely use this company again in the future. They made a really last minute stressful move so much easier! Thank you guys so much!!
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent! He saved my but when another company cancelled on me at 7pm the night before my move! Brandon made it happen for me! Ryan n Mike we're AWESOME!!! If I ever have to move, I'm calling them!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! !!!!!!!
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Alexandra J.
They helped me the day of moving my piano, super strong and kind guys. Thank you!!!!
Easy pro movers LLC.   MarioEasy pro movers LLC. Mario
Thumbtack Customer
Last min move and they were great about. They worked fast and wrapped everything up nicely!
City Wide MoversCity Wide Movers
Debbie M.
They sent an estimator out to look at what I needed to have moved. The estimate was fairly close to the actual time it took to move us. David sent me a contract that spelled out exactly what to expect and was readily available to answer questions. They took excellent care of my belongings during the move and we only had one minor mishap with a piece of furniture that could be readily fixed. I had no surprise fees or charges. I am a very satisfied customer.
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
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