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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 Hawthorne movers
Shaniece M.
The movers were great. This was my first time using movers so I didn’t quite know what to expect, but they were very helpful in getting me moved in a timely fashion.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thalia W.
Jimmy was excellent and very professional in scheduling our move and answering all our questions. On the day of the move, the movers arrived on time and did a fantastic job moving our furniture to our new home. We were very pleased with the service we received! Highly recommend!
Stress Free Moving & StorageStress Free Moving & Storage
Julie s.
Scheduled moving with them. Canceled the morning of the scheduled move. Would not respond when I tried to reschedule.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Alyshia C.
Amazing movers!! They came on time moved everything quickly and efficiently with no issues! Will definitely use them again if needed!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Roger L.
Great movers, nice and professional!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Prithvi r.
Very professional. They helped move my one bhk one story apartment stuff. High qualify of work. Recommend it for hassle free move.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Maryann O.
We called Dean’s movers at 2pm same day for a last minute move and they showed up literally 2 hours later same day. It’s hard to find good people to help you move last minute. I appreciate their hard work.
Dean's Movers LLCDean's Movers LLC
Oliver C.
Donald and Frank are lifesavers!! I had two other moving companies flake on me and booked mighty movers at the last minute and they swung by and helped me out and saved my sunday. They are superheros without capes! 1000% recommend them as they are friendly, punctual, efficient, and professional. I highly recommend them for anyone looking to move and will continue to use them for any future moves. You guys rock!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Brian B.
Gumar and Victor moved two heavy desks between floors in my house. They were professional, wrapping both desks and moving them carefully up and down a staircase. I recommend them.
El Camino Moving and Delivery ServiceEl Camino Moving and Delivery Service
Kashif L.
The team was very respectful, showed up on time, and were very efficient with the way they moved things. We had a relatively small move since we were only moving two bedrooms and a few kitchen supplies. The entire process, which included wrapping furniture up in moving blankets and shrink-wrap, loading it in the truck and unpacking them at the new location took about 3.5 hours. And for this level of work, they charged a really great price. Most likely the cheapest I could find.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Carlos C.
Most amazing moving company in Orange County! Steven and Viktar were early and fast. They were super efficient and nice! Their rates are unbeatable!!! Don't think twice about hiring them for your move, just do it!!!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Julie s.
5/5 stars. Went above and beyond to help me move some furniture to a new apartment. Showed up on time and was super efficient. Even installed a mirror for me! Highly recommend! Made moving effortless.
Chedrea H.
SoCal Moving was very prompt and also very flexible with my service needs .
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great. They worked hard and quickly. They helped make a difficult move much easier.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Eric B.
I used LA Moving Solutions to move from the west side of LA to downtown and they were helpful, professional and got the job done pretty quickly. They packed everything in a way that none of my fragile items were damaged. Also they had some of the best prices in town
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Evan K.
Great job & would highly recommend! They were on time and got the move done quickly for a good price.
Steve B.
As I'm out here from NYC, I needed help moving last minute and called Shift It Moving at 6pm. They took my call while on a job and as it's their process to usually have a couple days in advance, they decided to take my business. They showed up the next day, promptly on time, carefully moved all my heavy furniture and took the time to carefully wrap anything fragile with heavy moving blankets. They moved a heavy hutch, and 4 couches and countless heavy boxes, it was impressive to see how they intelligently would maneuver ways to get these impossible sectional couches up thru this narrow staircase. If it weas me, I'd either say forget or try to cut the couch in half. They did a great job. I had to leave to a meeting and trusted them to finish moving the remaining items. I then received a courtesy call asking if I'd like to have my gigantic heavy wooden bed frame assembled..I totally forgot that I had zero tools, so that offer was a God send. By them time I got home, everything was in place, bed frame assembled with the mattress on, I couldn't be more satisfied. I'm not one to leave reviews, but I had to do one for Shift It Moving. Thumbs up fellas - Steve from NYC
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Khiya P.
This was a great move overall. They moved very efficiently and were able to pack my things really well. They were patient and they had positive energy. We even shared some good laughs. We were able to pack/move my 10x10 unit in one trip which was astounding. Upon arrival to my new place, they were able to unload very quickly. Even provided advice on how I should go about future projects. I would absolutely hire them again. Thank you so much 🙏🏾
Roberts Transport and RemovalRoberts Transport and Removal
Rodger D.
The guys that came to move me Humberto, Kevin and his brother were very professional and courteous to me. They were also very personable and would recommend them to anyone that wanted to have a good move without stressing. Thank you so much for sending me these three guys to help me. Sincerely, Rodger Dolan
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Tazzy N.
James and Kevin worked hard all day during my move. I hope the business grows given their work ethic. They were careful with my items. I would be sure to accurately estimate the size of your move to prevent the need for multiple trips and more time to pay for service. Discuss lunch arrangements beforehand.
StableStackServices LLCStableStackServices LLC
Kristine B.
The two gentlemen who picked up and delivered the piano I needed moved were hard working and knew their trade well.
Luna's Piano Moving & StorageLuna's Piano Moving & Storage
Jennifer B.
The two-man team was quick and efficient in loading and unloading everything from a storage unit into a garage. They came a bit earlier than expected, but it worked out well. We had a lot of heavy boxes and they moved them with ease. Would definitely use them again, especially considering the price compared to other moving companies I’ve worked with.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Carol A.
This company is AWESOME!! Frank was such a delight. He made sure to follow up the day before and day of our appointment. They were on time, professional, and very careful with everything. They even helped me throw several big items in the trash that I was not taking with me. I would definitely recommend using this moving company to get your moving done. Pricing is extremely reasonable.
Diego L.
If you’re looking for a great moving service, look no further than Dean’s Movers. After I was another company I had hired basically canceled on me at the last second the day of my scheduled move, I contacted Dean’s Mover’s and they were able to book me for the following morning without hesitation and I couldn’t be happier I ended up going with them. Kamean and Kevin showed up the next morning and immediately got to work. They were the nicest and most professional guys I’ve had the pleasure to work with. What I thought was a 3-4 hour job turned into a bit under 7 hours and these guys never complained. They got everything moved with care and with a smile on their face. They even took apart a big futon at my old place, and put it back together at my new place. They did the same for a desk. Again, never complained about the extra unexpected work. All my stuff was carefully transported and delivered to my new home and what I didn’t have boxed, they wrapped and blanketed was needed to be. Couldn’t thank Dean’s Movers anymore for getting me out of a last minute jam. I hope I will not need to move on many years, but if/when I do, I will surely be giving these guys a call again.
Dean's Movers LLCDean's Movers LLC
Madison K.
Simple Moving was awesome! They worked extremely hard and a efficient all while having a smile on their face. We would totally recommend them to anyone.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
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