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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 San Bernardino movers
Nathalie d.
Wonderfull movers help me organized my storage and moved me
Garry Hughes Careful Movers LLCGarry Hughes Careful Movers LLC
Brandon P.
My wife and I had a great experience. The movers were very friendly and handled our belongings with care. I could tell right away the movers took pride in their work, and it showed in the end. Take it from a guy who works for a moving company; if you go with Shift It Moving, you are in capable hands.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The workers were so kind but not prepared for this type of job...moving heavy, quality furniture. The move was delayed 4 hours and when they arrived the moving truck was too small, no proper protection for the furniture and they did not anticipate the amount of furniture. I should have insisted on an in- person estimate. If it had been up to me and not my husband, I would have stopped the move. The amount of damage done to my furniture and home will cost me thousands! The job was too big and I wished they would have declined the move. I'm so disappointed over the condition of my furniture I cannot describe my pain. They are not licensed or bonded movers...there was no insurance involved and I have to pay for all the damage. Beware of low pricing...it was a red flag and I should have followed my gut instincts.
Handyman Services LLCHandyman Services LLC
Jaqueline J.
It was a smooth move, they were on time and took everything apart and back together.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Steven M.
Great work. Was able to come the same day and complete my move.
Shauntae M.
Muscle Movers were great! But they brought the smallest truck, then the left the most important piece of furniture I needed. So I ended up still having to rent a truck and move the piece with my boyfriend and I smh!
Muscle Movers LLCMuscle Movers LLC
Morris E.
In my working with DeAndre I found him and his fellow worker to be hard workers very professional if I had a concern it was I felt a larger truck was needed for the move. If you looking for someone that will move you he is the one.
Christian C.
Very kind and professional workers. Handled the move quick and took care of my belongings.
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Moses R.
They arrived early and were very professional. They had all the equipment needed for my small move.
Yaks Moving HelpYaks Moving Help
Chris S.
Second time using Aleks's Piano Movers. They are comfortable to work and talk with. Doesn't feel like a daunting task to get them on the job.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Dave C.
Can hardly say enough praise about the guys and the office response. They got back to me really fast, AND the movers worked hard until the job was complete. Thanks!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Sarah C.
Hands down 5 stars. Great communication, punctuality, professional, & great service. My dad has been moving and his help fell threw last minute! Being as I live an hour away and am a 5ft female. I couldn’t be as much help as I wish I was. I reached out to west side moving and I had a response right away. They were on time & did an amazing job for an amazing price. Definitely recommend 👏🏼 🙌🏼
Westside Moving & Junk RemovalWestside Moving & Junk Removal
John S.
These guys were awesome. Showed up and got right to work, hustled the entire time, were professional and sociable, and I would *definitely* hire them if I were to ever move again.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Concepcion A.
Quick to reply,Very professional, satisfied with the work done . I need a treadmill moved from second floor to garage, the guys did a great job did not hesitated to lift very heavy equipment.I would recommend and will call them back if needed
The Díaz Brother Co.The Díaz Brother Co.
Tonya P.
Flash moving did a great job getting us moved. They were 15-20 minutes later than we expected but they made sure to text us and let us know so it was fine. 3 guys showed up and they worked their hearts out all day long. They moved a 3 bedroom house in 6 hours. Nothing was damaged and they did a great job wrapping everything. I have a hutch that has glass doors that I was worried about but they made sure it was moved without even a scratch! Our living area and bedrooms are upstairs so a TON of stuff had to go upstairs. They didn't complain once about having to take so much upstairs. They were fast, efficient and so polite. 3 guys for $119 an hour is a really good deal. All the packing supplies, gas and insurance were included so there were no hidden costs. The only thing I would say was a negative and it wasn't that big of a deal was some of the wrapped furniture didn't get unwrapped (2 pieces, so not a lot) and they did leave the plastic that they did take off in the garage rather than taking it with them. Very minor issues though. Hoping I never have to use them again but I would definitely recommend them!
Thumbtack Customer
Pat was very professional and made our move very easy and stress free. He also quoted us a very fair and reasonable price. I will absolutely use his services again and would recommend to my friends and family. Thanks again, Pat!
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
May S.
When Jorge gave me a quote/bid for the kind of move I needed, I knew he’s the one I’m going to hire. They were on time and took care in handling my furniture and made it all fit in one trip. You guys are my life-saver! Thanks so much!
Protective MovingProtective Moving
Elisha S.
I had the honor of booking with these gentlemen and they made moving simple. They were very professional and gentle with my belongings they treated my items as if they owned them. They were also fast they dissembled and reassembled items when necessary and went the extra mile to wrap fragile items as well. If you care about you things book with them they don’t play around 10/10 definitely telling all my family and friends they made a lifelong customer with me.
House Haulers llcHouse Haulers llc
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