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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 Carlos movers
Rohith V.
Thank you so much Tony movers, you guys made our moving out easy.
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Chaitanya L.
Golden Eagle Moving company was great to work with. They showed up on time, were quick and efficient, and caused no damage in the moving process. Would definitely recommend others to hire them for their moving needs.
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Adelein R.
We moved with Two Friends Movers from San Jose to Millbrae and now from San Carlos to Santa Clara, excellent service!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Julie M.
Renan was an excellent mover! I used his services to unload a moving van and he arrived for the job early, showed care/kindness to me + my things, and even helped us secure the truck for the next move. I would highly recommend Renan and use him again.
Athena E.
Tony and his team were very responsive from the start of my move coordination. They arrived perfectly on time and completed the move within estimation. They wrapped all of the furniture to prevent damage and to move each item efficiently with speed without worries of scratching anything. Most importantly, they adhered to the CDC guidelines and kept their masks on the entire project. I highly recommend Friend’s Moving Services. I am confident you will be pleased and satisfied with their service.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Catherine J.
They were fantastic in helping us move a huge oversized wine fridge, piano and chandelier from the Peninsula up to Sonoma County. We had other movers in the past that were not nearly as conscientious, resulting in a stained sofa and damaged chair. They not only were great professionals but also had the best prices. I will use this team again for my moving needs.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Erin M.
Great experience! Would hire Tony again for his moving assistance
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Joan I.
Furniture was moved carefully and quickly and placed just where I wanted.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Cyrielle M.
They were super efficient and made the move very easy. Thank you!
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Gabrielle C.
Recommend this mover. They did a great job and they were super quick and professional.
Thumbtack Customer
My move today went just as smoothly as the last time I hired this team!
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Megan B.
Couldn't be happier with their service! It only took two guys to move all of the heavy furniture we were dreading moving ourselves. Quick, friendly, and absolutely nothing was damaged - despite them having to maneuver stairs and tight corners. Will definitely hire again.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Swaminathan R.
Awesome moving experience. Team was highly professional, reached on time and did the job perfectly.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great communication, quick response back. They were on time and did a fantastic job moving my items with no damages.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Andra C.
Everything went smoothly, the guys did a great job, they arrived on time and moved us super fast. All furniture and whatever else was carefully wrapped with blankets/foil, everything was moved with no problems. We are very happy with how it all went. Totally recommend! Would definitely use their services again!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Tonya Z.
I wish I could give them 0 stars. They did not show up to move my family and I. Do not hire them.
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Gautam G.
They were fantastic. Arrived on time, courteous and went above and beyond to make the move very smooth / effortless. I would definitely use again.
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Alan W.
Best movers I've ever worked with. Great care taken. On-time. Great attitude throughout, even though there were some heavy items to move up and down stairs. Flexible. Careful. Does best to keep your effort to a minimum, even if you want to help. Honest. Trustworthy. And great pricing. All businesses should be so professional and set such a great standard.
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Melissa Z.
It was great working with Leclair Moving, they were so flexible with me. I couldn't decide on a date to move and I kept going back and worth but Pavel was really patient. We finally decided on a date and they worked so fast it was unbelievable. They packed up everything in an hour and were done unpacking at our new house in record time. Very impressed. Will definitely recommend them!
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Laura m.
The crew was amazing. They were incredibly fast, very professional and super flexible. It made our move less stressful. Can’t recommend them more highly!
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John G.
These guys were so accommodating and fantastic. Just an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you for helping me make my move so much easier!!!
Working Men Moving LLCWorking Men Moving LLC
Keith J.
We had such a great experiences with angels moving service. Very professional, polite, and extremely careful with the home and furniture. We will be using them in the future and recommending them to others as well.
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Guanying W.
Castromoving services did a wonderful job moving a piano for us. They responded to my inquiry quickly and we had a call when I learned they had a lot of experience moving pianos, they were fully insured, and the price was the best among all movers I have contacted. As we needed to move the piano from a neighbor's house, we were very cautious to be punctual and careful about their house. Castromoving confirmed with me about the time the day before, and showed up even a little earlier. At the scheduled time, my neighbor called me and said they have already wrapped the piano and on their way out. "They are very professional and nice. Excellent service!" They arrived at my house shortly after that and carried the piano to our room. This job is finished in half an hour, with a very good price. We were so glad we have chosen castromoving services for this job. They were very professional, have protected the piano very well, gentle with the house, punctual and fast, and very nice people!
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Diedra N.
Walter is a gem! He was professional, was here on time and no issues! Walter helped us move furniture for a party - so we had two appointments — and he did an excellent job. Hire him!! It’s worth it
Dilenia A.
Great company. Tony was the best person to deal with. He answered all of my questions; him and his team were great to work with and great rate to move me from San Carlos to Los Angeles.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
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