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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 Foster City movers
Allison U.
The best movers ever! Moving day was easy, and even relaxing because I knew I had the best movers.
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Margaret B.
The movers were on time and the whole move was done quickly and with care.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
Made my move very easy. Very prepared with moving materials
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Runqiu C.
Excellent movers - fast and on time. Good value (no minimum unlike other movers)
Ramirez servicesRamirez services
Wendong Z.
Overall, the team did a good job helping us move to new home. We put all furnitures and stuff of old home (a 4-bedroom house) to garage in advance. Our garage was packed, plus stuff in shed. Apparently myself and the movers underestimated the effort and hours to move them. Fortunately, the company dispatched a 3rd mover to help in the middle of moving. I appreciate the movers to accommodate our schedule and work late. I highly recommend the team.
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Great movers!!
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Ray K.
Great experience with Happy House Movers! I highly recommend them for their professionalism, efficiency and good prices. I will continue to use them for all future moves. Thank you Happy House Movers!
happy house movershappy house movers
Si W.
They were prepared and on time. Worked really fast and didn't mind moving my stuff by stairs for faster move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
William F.
My movers that were supposed to arrive today at 9am didn't show up and I tried to reach multiple moving companies to schedule last minute move for today. Stas responded quickly and were able to manage to sent me 2 guy crew to help me move my studio! The guys arrived about an hour after I reach out to Affa and helped me move my studio in just 2 hours! Would recommend those guys to anyone looking to move!
AFFA Moving, LLCAFFA Moving, LLC
Allison B.
These guys were awesome!! They were on time and ready to work. My move wasn’t easy by any means and they knocked it out!! I’m so great full to them. They worked fast and efficiently. They were the first movers I’ve ever hired and if I ever get the guts to move again, I will use them for sure!! I hope you chose to use smart people moving for your next move!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Rodrigo O.
A very experienced moving company. They were able to accommodate my schedule, are insured and their staff is very friendly and skilled. I highly recommend OneClick Moving Services and will contact them again if I move. Thank you!
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Jairtzinio o.
They crew that helped me move were amazing, they took the stress out of moving and really good at handling my stuff.
Tina S.
We hired Two Friends Movers and it was the right choice! We got a confirmation the day before and they arrived promptly to begin our move. The guys worked really hard and took care with our furniture as if it were their own. Thank you Handy for having such a great selection of quality movers ! We recommend Two Friends Movers to everyone !
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Maryanne m.
Move completed according to plan
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Paul P.
Came right on time and were quick to get moving. Only need to move some desk around and took less than 30mins.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Linpeng L.
Tetris Moving is great. Arthur and his partner are pretty professional and took care of my home stuff very well. They arrive my place on time and finish the moving efficiently. All the prices are transparent. I would recommend his moving service.
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Ujjwal G.
My move in experience was super smooth. Had 0 issues and the movers were very professional, wasting no time. They came in, did their work and left.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
WenChao L.
Overall we are satisfied with our movers Jaime and Ramiro. They are hardworking, professional and careful with handling our stuff. Thank you for making our move easy
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
On time, friendly, careful with items moved.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The best moving company we've ever hired! Haibin is very professional, responsive, and accomodating and the 2 gentlemen that came were quick, hard working, and cooperative. We ended our move right on time as estimated. We will definitely hire Golden Eagle Moving Co. again!
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Yash A.
Move me do was great! They were very communicative throughout the process and the entire move went without a hitch. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Jagrat S.
It was raining heavily, and they helped move all of our stuff without any damages. They were super quick with the moving and super friendly. Would definitely recommend their services.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Yuvika D.
Pretty good service overall, friendly movers.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Krishna G.
Very smooth and damage free move. Thanks
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Thumbtack Customer
5 star for Wendy and 3 star for the move.
H & Y MovingH & Y Moving
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