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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 Placentia movers
Jasper C.
I used Nomad Movers for my 1x1 apartment move on 11/30/19. The two movers were very professional, kind, and hard-working. I would definitely recommend! 10/10
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Harsha P.
Excellent work. Very responsible and done all work with out any guidance to move and stage in storage room. Logan and Thomas were professional and knew what they were doing. I’m calling them again in 7 months to move the stuff back to home. 24 Seven provide accurate quote and provided best movers. If you don’t want any headache on move please call 24 Seven movers. Harsha Patel
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Mike P.
24 seven moving is the best. What price they quoted me was accurate. Logan and Thomas was the best 2 guys I have deal with in moving companies. These guys were on time and did not biker or said nothing though out the whole process of moving. One of the most professional moving guys I ever met. Bottom line this guys are the best and if you don’t want headaches then I recommend that you call 24 seven for your moving needs. Excellent service for reasonable price.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I reached out to to three different movers and Pro Delivery and Towing was by far the most attentive, professional and truelly interested in my move. the owner Pat DeCaro personally moved my 2 bedroom house from Orange County to Phoenix with ease and no broken items. The family was very pleased and appreciative of his professionalism! I will definitely be using this company with my future needs.
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Olga S.
I hired a Golden Boys to help me to move my nail spa to a new location and they didn’t disappoint me. Response was always fast anytime I had any questions, they were ready with all supplies and on time at a day of moving, they packed and moved all my items, I didn’t have to do a thing. Very professional and really nice friendly people. Thank you.
Golden Boy HelpersGolden Boy Helpers
Debbie E.
I had two guys that moved me. And I must say they were the best. There was no damages, very professional and courteous. Over and beyond. Didn't even take a break. Made my move so much easier and yes stress free.
Stress Free Moving & StorageStress Free Moving & Storage
Alex p.
The best movers I've ever had! Got everything done quickly and did everything we asked. Even offered to help us move some bigger items we wanted to get rid of to the trash. They were polite, patient, and really helpful! Would re
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Harsha P.
On time and very professional. 24 Seven provides best move if you want to avoid any headache. Logan and Thomas did excellent job. They take care off everything to pack, move and stored in storage. I will call 24 Seven again and recommend them to family and friends. Excellent work. Harsha Patel
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Carol M.
Mario and his team worked tirelessly to get us moved. He helped prioritize to keep me in budget. The guys were friendly and easy to work with.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Deborah V.
These guys are awesome. Our move required 2 pick up points and 3 drop off points. Everything went perfectly. All items made it to the desired location. Thank you.
Father and Sons Moving IncFather and Sons Moving Inc
Efrain O.
Sergio and John where very efficient and quick. They did their best to accommodate any request. I would recommend them for any moving job, big or small. Great job Thank You
Thumbtack Customer
We are very happy with the move! Eric, Anthony & Juan were the best. Very organized and thorough although it took longer than we hoped for the price was right for a very professional job!! We appreciated the care they gave to us & our belongings!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Justin S.
Worst moving experience in my life. I had a set time and date they were suppose to arrive and they no showed and no called after I had everything packed. When I called Wesley there to see why they were half an hour late he said their truck broke down and he lost all my information. When I told him how upset I was he said he could have someone come two hours late. I couldn't trust them at that point so I moved everything with guys from my works help. Don't use these guys unless you want to be severely disappointed.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Erin F.
Cali-Cobras was a perfect choice for our move. We called them last minute and they were quick to respond. They were extremely flexible with our requests. They were able to get our furniture through some pretty difficulty areas beautifully. They did such an excellent job. We were really in a crunch and they were amazing to come in and get everything done!
Carol K.
Alek was prompt, courteous, and very knowledgeable about moving pianos. I was very pleased he had availability for my job the same day I called! He also did an excellent job of communicating with me throughout the process (ie. Keeping me informed of arrival time and double checking on the details. That was so helpful!). He did an all round excellent job!!!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Eliana A.
I was unable to actually hire them, but they are very professional and responsive. I kept changing my dates and times due to my escrow company changing it on me and they were so flexible. Unfortunately, I got nervous about not finding someone in time for my moving date and booked someone else. I honestly thought they would be booked before I heard back from them so I booked someone else. In the future, I’ll inquire from them again.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
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