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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 Huntington Beach movers
Stephanie L.
In preparation for our move, Wesley was prompt to respond to my questions. On moving day, the team if 2 movers were on time, friendly and professional. The price was right and service was perfect. I recommend Shift It Moving to anyone searching for movers.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Sharon S.
The movers were on time and ready to start the move immediately! There were 3 movers and they very carefully moved all furniture and boxes! I recommend this company to others! I plan to use them again in the future!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Ashley D.
Good job loading up our moving truck for a cross country move!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Hannah B.
Clever Moving was able to help me move with less than 24 hour notice. We had two movers, Askar and Oz, and they were on time, polite, and worked quickly and efficiently. We are very happy with our move. Thank you!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Cassandra H.
EZ movers did a great job moving a couch. It went smoothly and was low stress.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Melissa P.
The movers showed up on time and moved my very heavy treadmill. I’m thrilled
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Talin D.
I highly recommend EZ Movers! They did a great job moving my fridge.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Debra M.
Don & his professional staff from Mightiest Movers did an excellent job moving us. We were thrown quite a curve when we arrived at our new apartment on the third floor and the elevators were down. Mightiest Movers said we'll move the truck and use the stairs. I was expecting an additional charge like most movers ($15-$20 x 6 flights of stairs) but Don said it was not a problem and there was no extra charge. He said they have no hidden fees, much to my surprise. We'll they busted their butts to stay on schedule with two more moves that day and still did a great job. I would highly recommend Mightiest Movers for your next move!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Laura L.
We have moved a lot (almost every 2 years) and Purely Move was the best we've ever used!!!
Purely MovePurely Move
Jake K.
Jesse and EZ Movers did an amazing job moving my sectional sofa through a 2nd story window since it wouldn’t fit up the narrow stairs. I wouldn’t hesitate to call them again for my next move
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Makoto M.
Rigo and his assistant were awesome! They moved all of our big furniture to our garage so quickly and with care. Thanks for making moving less stressful! Will definitely call them again next time I need moving services!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Mike W.
the moving guys were great.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Liza Y.
A few friends recommended this moving company to me when I wanted to move. To save some money, I had intended to move all boxes and smaller items on my own, however, when I woke up the morning of the move, I was very very sick. Realizing that I was not going to be able to move any items on my own, I called manager and asked him if his crew could do everything. I only called him a half hour before they were supposed to arrive for the move. He only had 2 movers assigned for my move and a smaller truck but he went out of his way to help me. He drop the guys off to start the move and went to get a larger truck. They team was very very nice and professional. They ran into an obstacle with my couch. It almost didn't get out my door but they were persistent and figured it out. I don't know what I would have done otherwise. Their flexibility to respond to my last minute changes was a real lifesaver.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Jacob H.
They came on the same day, within one hour, and they were quick, to the point, very clean and they did not give me a hard time about the fact that I only needed one fridge moved upstairs. If I was moving again I would choose them to do the whole move!
Splendid MovingSplendid Moving
Lauren S.
EZ Movers helped us move our washer and dryer from a small closet. They were fast, professional and careful with our belonging. Would use them again.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Lauren N.
24 Seven Moving did a great job moving all of our belongings to and from. We needed them in a crunch with only a week's notice and they were very prompt to get back to us. Very happy with their communication and all of their work to make this move much easier on us. Highly recommend!!!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Natally m.
Would hire again for my next move!!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Brooke H.
I had only a few big things to move (bed, desk, tables,etc) and they moved everything so quickly and so efficiently. I loved how they wrapped my items to ensure safety of my items. They were a bit late to the appointment but overall had a great experience with splendid moving!
Splendid MovingSplendid Moving
Greg O.
We were relocating and I happened to see this moving company in Orange County area we were thinking of moving into. They were moving somebody else there so I used that for reference. Movers kept me updated via e-mail and phone calls. I felt very supported that way and all of my phone interactions were excellent as well. The services and expectations set by the moving coordinator were fairly accurate, considering I underestimated the number of boxes and things that we had and we came in twice the weight that I had given them initially.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Yongsook p.
Excellent!! Showed up on time and worked professionally !!! Not more to ask !!!!Recommend Just In Time Moving Company to any body need to move . They are nice enough to accommodate your situation,
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Matt F.
AmaIng service quick and friendly movers. Would recommend!!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Carre P.
I cannot say enough great things about Shift It Moving. They were professional, helpful, always responded promptly to questions I had. The job came in within their estimated time/cost. I plan to use them again next time I move and will recommend them to anyone I know who is moving.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Judy T.
Leo was so kind and helpful. He moved a very important piece of furniture for us and did it quickly and for a great price! We would call them again for anything we neeeded moved!!!
Quality SolutionsQuality Solutions
L.A. o.
Great experience! On time! Work with LA Moving! I will again!
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Madeleine W.
Swiftly moved a heavy refrigerator up to the second floor! Thankful!
EZ MoversEZ Movers
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