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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 Oceanside movers
Robert G.
The movers were very professional and handled our items very well. I would highly recommend Velazquez Movers to anyone needing movers.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Jeffrey S.
The team at Hudson Movers are excellent to work with and willing to help with anything related to moving. They were super responsive and answered all my questions promptly with professionalism. Highly recommend anyone moving anything move forward with these guys!!
Ca Handy Solutions & MovingCa Handy Solutions & Moving
Samantha P.
I have moved multiple times in the last few years and Velazquez Movers were by far the best movers I’ve ever had. They were punctual, professional, kind and had a great attitude. I would highly recommend them for your move!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Rhino Moving is great. We called on Wednesday to schedule a Saturday move and they were available at 9am. Kendall, Eugene and Derek were amazing! They showed up on time, wrapped everything, moved quickly and efficiently, and were friendly to work with. We highly recommend Rhino Moving!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Carol H.
I had an excellent experience with Velazquez Movers during a recent small move from my home to a local storage facility. Pricing was flexible and tailored to meet my needs. The movers were energetic, friendly, and focused on protecting my furniture. Thank you Velazquez Movers!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Carol G.
This was an unexpected move that I didn't have much time to think about, and Move Central made it all happen with hardly any effort on my part. Daniel called me on a Sunday afternoon to explain the process, costs and planning, and was able to fit my move into the schedule within 3 days. The crew packed my entire house in one day and moved it all the next. Everyone was on time, efficient, neat and careful. The entire move went smoothly and Anthony and his crew were a pleasure to work with. Moving is never fun, but Move Central took all the pressure off. Thank you!
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Carrie G.
I had a great experience with their moving service. Dillion and Maliak are very hard working and got all of our stuff moved impressively fast. I highly recommend Must have Movers. Worth the money spent.
Must Have MoversMust Have Movers
Shelly B.
The movers that came were both very professional and courteous. I appreciate that they were swift but careful in moving my belongings. I appreciated that both movers had face coverings. I would definitely use Qshark again.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Robert R.
Responsive and they make it an easy move!
123 Moving, Delivering, Hauling,Labor,Warehouse123 Moving, Delivering, Hauling,Labor,Warehouse
Louis P.
Great movers, professional and punctual.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Paul M.
Roman's team was prompt, professional and efficient. They moved my mom's 2 1/2 BR house into a 10 x 10. Something my fiancée and I couldn't do without true professional movers. Thank you Dominant Moving Company.
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
HoneyBee M.
The crew was professional and kind! They moved a couch that the previous movers said was impossible. Rearranged pieces where I wanted it and ensured I was pleased. No damage to the interior or my furniture. I will definitely recommend them and call them again when I need heavy pieces moved or for my next big move. Thanks so much for making the “impossible”, possible 😊
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Janet H.
This moving company was awesome. Great communication. Didn’t hesitate to take on our multiple stop move. Fast, efficient, and very professional. Highly recommend!
Sheila P.
I was extremely pleased with all facets of the project and would recommend Speedy Moves without reservation. We will be moving in several months and will use this company again!
Ashley V.
Helped clear out things, move what I wanted and cleaned house afterwards! Even helped move my husband’s car to new house!
Esteemed MoversEsteemed Movers
Denise T.
Velazquez Movers really came to my rescue after the movers I had originally hired failed to show late on a Friday afternoon. I was desperate to find someone to move my furniture the same weekend. Even though they had a full schedule for the weekend, they said they would squeeze me in after their last job on Sunday. They kept me informed of their ETA, arriving after 5PM and did a fabulous job of moving my furniture even after having worked a full day already. They even sent over an extra person to help with a problem we encountered during the move. Thank you, Hector, David and the rest of the crew at Velazquez Movers
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Jessica A.
The movers were beyond amazing. They worked quickly and made our move as smooth as possible. They were extremely nice and I would definitely hire them again!
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Cherie A.
Professional and punctual, but the packing process was slower than it should have been for the price of 3 movers. Too much time was spent by 2 movers disassembling and wrapping (excessively) all unboxed items while the third mover spent much of his time in the truck, waiting for the others and/or answering calls. No time was wasted during the drive, and our city-center, 4th floor move-in was expertly handled. No breaks, no scratches, 2-3 small marks on walls will require touch-up. Very responsive to our efforts to protect a potted plumeria during the move.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
S. g.
Wesley and Mauricio are highly professional, punctual, and patient. Because of them, my move was smooth. They helped with everything and were so understanding with my complicated move. I will hire them again and again for future moves. I highly recommend them. They are truly a gem. Thank you guys for everything!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our movers Sam and Austin 2 were amazing. They worked diligently and had a great attitude. They were professional and courteous. We are very grateful for a great moving experience!
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Maria M.
Rod was great. His team is very professional and worked quickly. They were able to move our office in 2 hours! We will definitely recommend him and/or use him for future moves.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Arman E.
They did a great job protecting the sectional they moved for me.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Ashleigh M.
San Diego Movers moved my grandmother and her antique belongings from one place to another with care and ease. They were kind, efficient, punctual, and so much more. I have never had movers that I cannot say enough good things about until now. Hands down recommend!
San Diego Movers
Andrea C.
I had planned a short move of boxes into storage and my other moving company fell through. Velazquez was able to fit me into their schedule with two days notice, which was a relief. They arrived on time and moved the boxes quickly, safely, and efficiently into my storage space. I look forward to hiring them again.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Normally when you read reviews about moving companies they are very bad. I researched a lot of moving companies for my upcoming move and I settled on Rhino moving. I promptly was contacted by Mr. Racila and scheduled a walk through of our place. I forgot to set my alarm and slept through the initial walk through. Mr. Racila came to my house and I never woke up. I felt terrible but he said don't worry I will come back and the next day he did a walk through and gave me a good quote for how long it would take. I thought his estimated time was a little high but I accepted the quote and signed with him. Moving day is here. Troy, Jamie, and Mike came promptly at the scheduled time and did not start the meter on pricing until the truck was backed in and their moving tools were unloaded. They made quick work of the items and packed very meticulous. They wrapped all the furniture in blankets and nothing had a scratch on it. They packed a huge moving truck full and filled every nook and cranny of the truck. They were very nice and personable and very helpful unlike other movers I have encountered in the past. I highly recommend Rhino Movers and if I move again will be contacting them again!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
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