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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 Jose movers
Lauren O.
The owner was communicative but they were late on the day of the move. The movers were nice and moved everything carefully.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Maria G.
Everlasting Moving LLC is the moving company to hire. The moving team was professional, punctual, responsive, hardworking, and efficient. I lived on the 2nd floor, and everything was moved without any damage. They were extremely fast and careful with my items. Thank you, Everlasting Moving LLC, for making the move as minimally stressful as possible. I highly recommend this moving company and will hire them for any future moving tasks.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Xin L.
Movers arrived on time and completed the moving efficiently.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Leah T.
Happy House Movers was very flexible with my changing moving dates. They were very fast (only two movers), even with me moving from 2nd story to a 2nd story.
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Mohanbabu R.
It was smooth move. Movers were on time and didnt waste any time. Quality of work was great. Happy with Happy house movers.
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Balaji K.
Marco is one of the best movers in Bay area. He moved a sofa seamlessly and i highly recommend him for moving service
Marco RamirezMarco Ramirez
Swapnil T.
This move was really fast and the movers were swift in loading and unloading.
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Arun V.
I hired move Move Me Do to help me move to a 3 story townhouse. The movers were very punctual and did a fantastic job, and I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
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Thumbtack Customer
We were so so pleased with this moving company. Can't speak highly enough about their professionalism and care with moving everything. They are crazy efficient and organized. We've moved many times and have never had such a great moving experience. They started moving immediately and only charge you for the time they need to move. EXCELLENT all the way around.
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Telissa M.
Move was so fast and simple. Every mover was polite and accommodating. I never thought a move could go so well. Thank you!
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Shaquille T.
The movers were very efficient and even wrapped items for increased safety. Would definitely use Everlasting Moving again for my moving needs.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My move went very smooth. No hidden charges, movers very friendly.
The Apartment MoverThe Apartment Mover
Mukhil A.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Ravi R.
I needed a heavy treadmill moved to my house. The movers were very professional, courteous, and punctual. The cost was very reasonable. I highly recommend Moving Services Transport.
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Roshani S.
I got my moving done by Albert and it was very smooth, good quality service, inexpensive compared to other movers. Nice people! I would recommend their services for moving!
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Aravindh B.
I had a great experience using Castro’s Moving Services for the local move. They were quick to respond, had reasonable rates, and completed the move on time. Would highly recommend!
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Daylon B.
Tony’s movers did an amazing job! I would recommend them to anyone looking to move!
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Benito P.
Jorge and his helper were fantastic. They made sure that each item they moved was stored properly and protected. They took the stress out of moving and would highly recommend them if you are looking to move. I’ll be using their service again on the next move. It was worth every penny.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Carol K.
The two movers, Adil and Gaglar did a great job! They were punctual and moved in a timely fashion.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Alfred T.
We had 2 movers move furniture from a one bedroom condo on the second floor to single family home. The movers were efficient and did a good job. They worked with us and communicated well in terms of what we needed moved. Price was as expected, no surprises
Moving services transportMoving services transport
Giana D.
Highly recommend Tony’s movers! So professional and did the best job moving a large hutch.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
Two Friends Movers moved me quickly and professionally at a reasonable fee. I recommend them.
Two Friends MoversTwo Friends Movers
Samarendra M.
They did a good job for my move. I like their work and it was a hassle free move for me.
Kevin w.
Honest movers
Movers R Here MovingMovers R Here Moving
Aman S.
Very happy with the service. The guys worked with a sense of urgency and were very considerate and helpful throughout our move. Moving is an extremely stressful exercise but movers like these take a bit of that off you!
Valdez MoversValdez Movers
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