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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 Richmond movers
Robert F.
I used Smart Movers to help unload a pod and move everything in the house. They were super flexible on timing and location changes the day of the move. The movers were extremely helpful in reassembling a bed and hauling off boxes and trash. I would recommend for anyone.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Susan K.
Two movers Accomplished move up stairs with heavy sofa bed - thanks go to them.
One Step MoversOne Step Movers
Natalie J.
When you move you want someone to respect your items and treat them with utmost care. Smart people moving were Wonderful! This was a last minute booking for next day service. So amazing and took extra care with all my items. I truly appreciate SmartPeople moving and highly recommend them for all your moving needs. Thank you SmartPeople moving!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Robert F.
I used Larro’s Moving service to move everything out of a storage unit to my home. The movers were easy to work with; showed up on time and took extra time on reassembly of my bed and kitchen table. Would recommend.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Seren E.
Excellent movers! Got the job down, were prompt and communicative. Much more competitive rate that other movers, and they hustled to get our house moved out (all while our toddlers were running rampant) Highly recommend.
Moving ProfessionalsMoving Professionals
Stephanie W.
ADH did an incredible job! They were so kind and friendly, taking care of everything they moved. I would highly recommend their moving service!
ADH RelocationsADH Relocations
Rachel D.
Contacting JP Moving Services was the best decision we made for our move. We only needed help moving our belongings from our house to a moving truck we had rented and we couldn't find another service in the area that could help us out at a reasonable rate. JP Moving offered us a very respectable price for the service and came out exactly at the time we had requested. Two movers got all of our furniture packed super securely into the truck within such a short time! They were so kinda and courteous too! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
The Smart Movers crew were experienced and efficient in moving belongings from a storage unit into their truck and from their truck into destination. I would hire them again.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Barbara L.
The movers were very nice, speedy and professional.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Yaya R.
I appreciated the moving services of Matt's Motivated Movers. Matt responded promptly to my request and the communication about the project flowed from there. The movers arrived on time and got to work right away after getting the layout. They were very kind, respectful and so hard working! Thank you!
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Shervin B.
Had a great move with the team. Efficient and effective.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Katie F.
They moved two beds and bed frames that had to be dismantled, and put them back together upstairs, as well as moved some stuff outside for us, all in under an hour. On time, courteous and speedy and friendly.
Emily M.
We had our move today and everything went very smoothly!! Initially and throughout the move, communication with Tarek was very great, he also offered his cell phone. Our movers were Josh and Rafael. I was very impressed with their work, they were very careful with all our belongings and wrapped everything in plastic. We have MANY stairs however they were able to get everything moved within a few hours. They also accommodated moving a few items from our house to my Parents house and they even brought a table back. All in all, a great experience! I would recommend them and use them again.
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Paul T.
Movers were on time, worked fast and efficiently. They were also personable and professional. The glass on a picture was broken and chair scratched in the move. However, I am pleased with overall service. I want to add that Customer Service is excellent. Alex quickly resolved reimbursement of an overpayment with this move. This company will get my future business and referrals. Thank you!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Alice F.
I was very satisfied with this moving company. Though a little pricey.. you get what you pay for and I got superior service and will employ them for all my moving needs, big or small, in the future
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Didn't realize all I was getting was labor and a pick-up truck, no moving supplies (like clothes wardrobes or blankets/pads for furniture). Move took several runs. Patrick was friendly and capable and nothing was damaged or broken.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Jaade w.
I helped a friend move from SF to PDX and did all the coordinating for them and I cannot express how grateful I am to Victor and his team! Not only was victor over communicative, he was punctual and professional and made the entire process the simplest move we've ever had. If you are worried about hiring a moving team through thumbtack I don't blame you, but hiring Victor and his team is truly a safe bet. I would 100 percent trust Victor and his team for any of my next moves! Thank you so much :)
Ellen S.
Nick did a great job with a simple furniture move. Efficient, on-time, right-priced!
Quantum: Home ServicesQuantum: Home Services
Evan F.
The guys did a fantastic job moving my furniture from San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles metro area! They were very responsive to my texts whenever I had questions regarding the price or the items I needed moved. I had furniture in two locations, some in San Francisco and the rest in the East Bay. The day of the move began on time and went very smoothly. They packed everything really fast, they professionally disassembled all of my furniture and put everything together at the final destination. They drove the truck over night and delivered on time as promised in the morning. I highly recommend this company for any move, big or small.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Victoria G.
Great experience! Totally a life saver, will definitely be using this service again during my next move.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
David H.
I had to move my mom to assisted living and the mover I booked never showed up at the 9am agreed time. I contacted Pavel and explained my situation and he had guys at my house by 11. They needed to have vaccination cards and picture ID to access the facility and they did. They moved everything perfectly and put my 94 year old mom at ease and that is almost impossible. They presented as professionals in every way. The way they dressed, the way they spoke, the vehicle was new with the company name on the side
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Adam M.
Very careful move even with my shop/garage stuff. Very fair and easy to understand pricing. Highly recommended!
Moving ProfessionalsMoving Professionals
Kris S.
Two hour minimum required. These guys were awesome! On time, careful, friendly, professional!! I recommend these movers. Two hour minimum required.
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
Sarah B.
They saved the day and helped me move a ton of stuff. I was able to contact them and in the same day get service. Will book again for sure!
Working Men Moving LLCWorking Men Moving LLC
Judy L.
Two great guys. Showed up on time, on a Sunday afternoon. Knew what they were doing and moved my couch without any problems.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
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