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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 Milpitas movers
Ram k.
Very good movers. Thumbs up to the mover kevin.
Bernal Truck Line, LLCBernal Truck Line, LLC
Aswin G.
Friends movers completed the move at an amazing speed. They were super punctual and very professional. Overall, I was extremely happy with their moving service.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Pratistha G.
MAS Movers team did a great job with our 2 hours move from the SFO Bay Area. Lily was very responsive to my questions before the move and the team of movers did a fantastic job with packing everything and moving. They were diligent, punctual and responsive. Highly recommend their service!
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Super happy with Everlasting movers and their professionalism. Highly recommend them for household moves !!
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Alejandro A.
On time. Movers had lots of experience. No damages to our furniture. Very quick move! Very happy customer.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved a lot of furniture and
The Apartment MoverThe Apartment Mover
Vidya S.
We hired friends moving service for our house move. They are very responsive, they did an amazing job in moving. They are very punctual and do things in time. They move items very carefully, not to make a scratch on the wall or items. They are very hard working and I am extremely happy with their service. We highly recommend them to all.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were excellent. The move was hassle free and quick. Quite impressed. One of the customer support lady was continuously on call with me when the movers got late and Owner called himself after the move to check. Would definitely recommend.
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Siddharth S.
I used 2 Skinny Movers to move from Milpitas to Oakland in May 2023, and they were wonderful! Salim and his team worked quickly and efficiently to move items to my new apartment. Everything got here without a scratch!
2 Skinny Movers2 Skinny Movers
Kishore c.
Outstanding job!! I had a last minute move and Everlasting movers were quick to find me someone the same afternoon for my 3 bed home move. Michael and his team were right on time and got to work instantly. The whole move was seemless, super fast and not even a scratch on my furnitures. I would highly recommend them!!
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very nice mover, got to my place on time, willing to move many small items and boxes for me to rearrange my things Thank you ....
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Sumedha P.
Happy to hire them for my move
happy house movershappy house movers
Derek T.
Excellent job moving us from our 2 bedroom apartment into a new home. Even wrapped and moved a planter that I was originally expecting to have to leave behind.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Kirti C.
The move was very smooth! They were on time and efficient
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great. They were honest with estimate and even did last second change with no complaints! (They helped move my brother's furniture at same time since his moving company was horrible and left it). Very experienced and professional. The movers obviously knew their job and were friendly on top of that. It was 15 hour move. They never took a break or slowed down the whole time. I'm so lucky I picked the right company!
Moves Made Easy, LLCMoves Made Easy, LLC
Yen T.
They were very responsive when I messaged with questions. On the day of the move, they were punctual (10 mins early than the schedule time), meticulously wrapped and moved my furniture professionally! They completely the job quickly without a break, and finished moving my studio in under 2 hours. I’m extremely happy with their quality work and helpfulness! I’ll keep them in contact in case I’ll need moving in the future. Highly recommended!!
happy house movershappy house movers
Sonali G.
Great job by the team on moving , would hire again.
360 degree movers360 degree movers
Abhinav K.
Great friendly staff. Helped me move in quick time.
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Bushan B.
Overall very positive response. Move was a very smooth process.
Moving services transportMoving services transport
Hannah K.
Hand down the best movers I've had in my life.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Chelsea B.
Amazing moving crew. We’ve dealt with different kinds of movers before to know the value of having a reliable, trustworthy team, and these guys were it. On time, hard working, and gentle with our possessions. Would hire again!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
I really was surprised how fast they were. They really know what they are doing. The cost was so much less than I expected this to be. I don't know why I have never hired moving labor before considering how often I move. This was a very good experience and I will use their service again the next time I move. Thank you!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
First of all, I am a tough grader, to get 5 stars from me require 100% flawless perfection. I would give 4.5 stars if available. With that said, I hope my review will help Moving Services as well as any potential customers. Impressive Areas: 1) Scott, the owner, is very experienced, knowledgeable, honest, direct and realistic in his evaluation and estimate. His proposed 2 days move, and that significantly minimized moving pain and related stress. It also make workers more efficient under optimal physical condition. Most other movers underestimate the amount of work it would take to move a 4 bedroom house. Scott demonstrated prudent planning and detail oriented attitude and capabilities. He has also been extremely responsive in communications. 2) No driving time has been charged as we are a 5 minutes local move. The team arrived on time both days, displaying commendable commitment and reliability 3) All our glass and marble tables stay intact and in good pre-move condition 4) Our move has been lower than quotes, and within our original budget Areas for improvement: 1) Out of the 4 movers, 2 were well-seasoned and experienced professionals. The remaining 2 trainees, however, have been less competent and require extra instructions. They wasted some back and forth travel time finding missing screws for the master bed. Also, our master bed have been installed in the wrong direction, and did require us to change orientation later. Again, this is not a major issue, just the fact as is 2) We have many drawers, and some of the little steel dots used to facilitate easy-gliding of the drawers fell apart during move. The drawers still useable, just not as smooth as pre-move There are some inevitable damages due to move, and Moving Services have tried their best to minimize them. In summary, we still believe we have made one of the best choices available.
Moving services transportMoving services transport
Neha S.
The movers did a good job and the company was extremely responsive in answering my queries. flexible to work on my convenience. Highly recommend for your future moves. Customer service rep Sofia and Salim were both very helpful.
2 Skinny Movers2 Skinny Movers
Etan M.
I needed a couch moved on short notice. Scott got back to me quickly and we had a call where he walked me through everything that was needed and everything that would happen in the process. The whole move was quick and easy!
Moving services transportMoving services transport
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