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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 Long Beach movers
Aurora s.
If you want your move to be smooth and fast hire Mightiest Movers.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Lisa S.
Approved my move for the next day and moved the piano before set time. Keeps in contact and is very professional. Very smooth, no hassle move.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Jan V.
Movers were very friendly & did an excellent job moving household
Steven R.
I have moved many times and Happy Home Moving company is the best I've ever had. The office staff responded immediately to my inqiry about their services. On the day of the move the movers called 30 minutes before arriving just like they said they would. Upon arrival, the crew got straight to work and didn't dilly daddle at all. The movers were very conscientious and wrapped everything requiring extra protection. I will definitely hire these movers for my next move.
Ron J.
I hired Happy Home Moving 3 days before I moved, and I had a ton of boxes and furniture. The move was awesome and I would recommend this company to my best friends. The movers are very professional. Once they started they never took a rest - they wrapped everything and moved everything right into place. Perfect! Thanks HHM!
Tracy A.
I moved out of a 700sqft appt and into a 2000sqft condo and the move took a total of 9.5 hours. I realize their were time delays due to elevators and such, but I hired 3 movers instead of the suggested 2 that NexGen recommended. When I finalized with the movers, I was pressured to post a positive review, but removed review after the movers left. The movers were kind, but I still feel they could have moved us faster than they did, and the pressure to post a review made me uncomfortable.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Christopher G.
The guys did an amazing job with my moving services. Very quick and efficient and reasonable pricing as well. If ever I need moving services in the future, I will book with LA Moving Solutions. Thank you again for help moving my things!!
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Alice H.
Had a great experience with 24 seven moving. They were on time and worked diligently to move at a fast but efficient pace. Would definitely recommend them for quality moving experience
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Douglas H.
Wesley and his team of movers were very professional and courteous. My move was a difficult one logistically, but the move went smoothly and efficiently. The pricing per hour was good and nothing was broken or damaged. Thank you Shift Movers. I will refer you to my friends.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Dana O.
Reliable Moving Services delivered executive moving services at a great price! They were prompt, professional, courteous, considerate and efficient. They paid attention to detail. As a former military spouse who moved frequently, this was the best of all moving services. These guys are drug-free, healthy, strong workers. You will be amazed at their performance.
Kyle C.
Smooth moving experience! The team goes above and beyond — protects the furniture, assembles, moves carefully. Highly recommend.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
News Moving Co was awesome! Very responsive and professional. I'm already planning my next move with them :)
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Sara W.
Hire them!! Muscle Movers is definitely the BEST movers I have ever experienced...and I've moved a LOT! Christopher and crew were punctual, efficient, friendly, and took care of my belongings as if they were their own.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Noelle W.
We had such a fast and efficient experience with these movers! We will hire them for our next move! It made everything easier… it was our first time hiring movers and we are very glad we used this company.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Latasha D.
Moved oretty quick!!
Alinas Pick Up And DeliveryAlinas Pick Up And Delivery
Lauren T.
Showed up early which I appreciated very much! Quick and easy move with Utile Movers! Will use again.
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Danielle S.
They were very responsible, professional, helpful and fast. I’m very happy with Clever Moving for helping me with my move.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Debora D.
Amazing experience with Helpful Moving! Moe was responsive, courteous, and punctual. The move itself was very quick and painless. I highly recommend to anyone looking for reliable, professional movers. Would absolutely hire again, 5 stars!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Darcey F.
This was my 1st time using Thumbtack and Simple Moving. I have already scheduled them for another family member move!
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Anne D.
Rick's Simple Moving was wonderful. He responded quickly, quoted a very fair price and was dependable. I highly recommend this moving company.
Rick's simple movingRick's simple moving
Pearl P.
The team showed up on time, gave me a 30 min time timeframe on arrival. The team was very professional and took very good care with my items and the buildings (elevators) I was moving in and out off. The move did take 5.75 hours for a 1B move, which was a bit on the higher side (previous moves were less than 3 hours). However, I would rather have them move carefully and respectfully and get the job done right.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Robbie L.
They made the move a wonderful experience.
Airborne Moving CompanyAirborne Moving Company
Julie V.
Great movers. Thank you!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Neal W.
I chose Shift It Moving because of the reviews and feedback available online. After hiring them I can say that that information was accurate. They helped me and my fiance move from Long Beach to Pasadena. We hadn't used movers before so we weren't sure we to expect but we knew we needed help moving our big furniture. They were a huge help! They moved all of our stuff in just a few hours. They were great about wrapping everything in blankets and taping stuff so it was secure. Everything was moved without damage including our 65" TV. We moved a lot of the little stuff ourselves and if I could go back I would let Shift It handle that. I absolutely recommend them for your next move.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Marissa B.
I would 10/10 recommend them for your next move. The two gentleman who helped move were fast and efficient. Took the right precautions with protecting my furniture. Brian runs a nice operation. Will book again in future moves.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
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