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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 Los Angeles movers
Patrick P.
Had a difficult couch to move and they moved it!
Mannplann LLCMannplann LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hate moving! I have moved enough in this life and hired a lot of moving companies! I had never had such a pleasant experience with movers like i did this time with Moving Troopers. The movers were nice and polite guys. They wrapped up everything for me. Non of my belongings had a single scratch or was damaged. If you need moving services than this is the company to contact for your move!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Shirrel z.
Thank you so much 24 Seven Moving for helping me move! The movers moved quickly, efficiently and most of all made the entire moving experience easy going! They said, everything was wrapped and moved safely! Great experience! 10 stars if I could! Cheers to new beginnings!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Claudia C.
Such great movers and guys. Super easy move!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The best movers ever! They moved my 3 bed house in a breeze! Great moving company, very professional and reasonable pricing. I highly recommend this moving company as they know how to run a moving company! The customer service is great as well!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving company . Received a quote from many moving companies. I decided to go with Moving Troopers based on their Yelp reviews . No Regret . Highly Recommended moving company.
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
David R.
Very efficient move; highly recommend Simple Moving
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Unprofessional and unprepared for my move. These are NOT professionals. I had to cancel my move and reschedule with real professional movers. UNRELIABLE!!!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Miji L.
Wow, I cannot thank True movers enough for what an amazing move experience I had today. My movers AB and Sam were so experienced, good, and polite; allowing my move as smooth as possible. On time, good quality wrapping, assembling / disassembling, moving, unloading, just everything was great. Thank you again True Movers for making my move possible today, will definitely recommend and will call you guys myself for future moves as well!! - miji
True MoversTrue Movers
Eliza C.
Hired Nomad Movers in early June 2020 for a local move. Difficult time to move during the pandemic, but they were very careful and professional. Moving always has its challenges and takes longer than one expects, but our moving team dealt with slow elevators and a long day professionally and calmly. All of our furniture was handled with care, and expertly disassembled/reassembled. I recommend Nomad Movers for a move in LA!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Glad that i came across these movers! The company is very professional! They took care of my move without any stress for me! They supplied me with moving boxes and packed everything! Great moving company!.
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Adam C.
Simple Moving was very responsive, punctual and efficient. On the day of our move they were constantly moving and the head mover looked at what we needed to pack suggested the ala carte packing options, since it would save us money. They were great and it was as good as moving can be.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Anne C.
News Moving Company was organized and professional throughout my entire move. I couldn't believe how careful Justin and Raoul were with my belongings, yet they still moved very quickly. Dalila was helpful in setting up the move and I definitely recommend moving with this company.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Julia N.
Moving is always stressful but I had the easiest move of my life with these guys! Thomas and another mover showed up on time and moved everything with care AND also very quickly. He was very kind and we’re so glad we hired them to me our movers.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Marvin M.
The moving company ensured that each irrelevant detail gets moved with no mischief or harm. It was so vital to see the movers taking care of everything.
Full moving serviceFull moving service
Adam T.
It was great experience with Orda Moving. I looked moving company for my move from Los Angeles to Sacramento a long time. After a lot of inquiries. We decided to move forward with orda moving company. Their customer service Nick is explained everything and gave me time to think about my long distance move. On the day of move, Orda movers called me on time and arrived on time. We have 3 movers for loading job and all of them very friendly and professional. They are very careful and quick. After loading, Orda moving company delivered our stuff in after 8 hours to the Sacramento. I think, it’s very fast and very professional moving company on long distance. I checked my furniture and boxes with out damage and scratches, everything amazing. I recommend only Orda moving!!!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Glen W.
The Full moving company and its crew were super-efficient and professional. I have a lot of pressure when it comes to moving, but these movers who helped me with my move were amazing. The people were very nice and moved everything faster than I had expected.
Full moving serviceFull moving service
Caroline S.
Good experience. Arranging the move was very easy. They arrived on time and worked efficiently and carefully to move me out of an apartment to another location. The cost of the move was very reasonable. I’d hire True Movers again.
True MoversTrue Movers
Deborah S.
I could not be happier with Mightiest Movers! They were punctual, polite, super quick and an excellent value. They handled everything with care and I could take they took our move very personally. If you are looking for movers, hire Mightiest Movers now. Honestly, our easiest move yet!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Jiron E.
Movers came on time and were very professional. If you're looking for affordable movers that will get the job done right, look no further and with the Mightiest Movers.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
You should definitely hire this moving company. the guys are good. I contacted them for the next day move and they arrived right on time. They moved my piano and 750lb gun safe. The 5 mover team worked non-stop without any complain. Trust me and hire this movers!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
April D.
The move was easy and efficient. The movers are adaptable and quick. They’re gonna are also very friendly. When you get older, you realize it is worth it to hire movers. Spare your friends, hire movers, and stimulate the economy
Dean's Movers LLCDean's Movers LLC
Zayed K.
Movers were on time and well equipped with gear and supplies to move everything inside my apartment. Professional, friendly, hardworking guys. The move took exactly what it was estimated to take and there were no surprise costs. All around a good moving company. Will likely use again if I decide to move in the future.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Julie A.
Excellent experience moving—most incredible movers on every level of detail, very knowledgeable, careful but valued the time, extremely flexible for all my needs for where to move items. Outstanding movers would highly recommend them!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Megan g.
Very happy with my move. I hadn’t moved in 20 years so it was a bit scary and overwhelming but they made it easy and quick and as painless as moving can be.
Redline movingRedline moving
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