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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 Santa Barbara movers
Ashley S.
These guys moved my apartment efficiently and were organized with loading the U-Haul. They also moved fast! Which made moving feel easier. Thank you!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Marvin M.
I Need To Be Moved (also know as Mike & Shaw Packing & Moving) moved me from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas. They were prompt, professional, helpful and very reasonably priced. I would gladly use them again if I need to move and I highly recommend them.
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Michelle B.
Moving was quick and easy, but our sofa was broken in the moving process and the legs are missing! We suspect they were taken by one of the movers as all legs were on when they went into the truck and the truck was not tampered with in transit nor was anything else broken or missing.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Justine M.
Ivan was always quick to reply. He fit me in with only a week's notice. All scheduled very easily via text. His two guys moved my 1br apt in a little over 4hrs across town (I was very wrong on thinking it would only take 2hrs and they continued working even with a fully scheduled day ahead of them with 2 other moves, thank you 🙏🏻). The movers moved at a reasonable pace for the workload and heat (heat wave today/ this weekend!) The guys were friendly, careful, and extremely hard working. Thank you Matt's Moving! I will definitely be reaching back out on my next move and recommending you to others.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Ross G.
The moving process was very quick and went smoothly
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Janine C.
Excellent, thoughtful team! Everything was moved carefully with attention to detail.
George the MoverGeorge the Mover
Moving items within the same home was done carefully and with eagerness to please.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Johanna D.
Hiring these guys made my moving experience so much easier than it would have been if I did it myself. They were quick and very nice to work with. I will definitely hire these again the next time I’m moving!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Ernesto E.
Smooth and no complaints on how the move was handled by Ivan and his crew. Thank you.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Kristine J.
I hired Beefcake for packing and moving about 200 miles. Gabbie was responsive, professional, and friendly when explaining the process and providing a quote. She also patiently answered my questions and helped throughout the process. Sean and his team provided excellent professional packing - everything arrived safely and was easy to unpack. In addition, Sean, John, and the rest of the team were great to work with throughout the move - professional, high work quality, and friendly. Gabbie, Sean, and the rest of the team took the stress out of moving. I am so happy I hired them for my move!
Beefcake Moving & Storage, Inc.Beefcake Moving & Storage, Inc.
Amy H.
West Coast Movers were great. JC and His crew were always in touch with me before the big day. Letting me know when they would arrive. Very professional when they came to move my stuff and so quickly. These guys knew what they were doing and didn't waste my time. Good and trusting guys to hire for a move and terrific rates! Thanks JC. I would hire you again, hopefully not very soon but i will refer you to any friends or anyone looking for a trustworthy moving company.Thanks again. Amy
Len h.
Ivan did a great job, moved all the heavy stuff I needed. Definitely recommend.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Leslie T.
Alfredo was very responsive and flexible with our changing schedule. I was helping a friend with her move. I wasn’t there for the actual move but asked my friend how it went. She was very happy with everything and would have him help again. Thank you for the good job.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Melody H.
Conrad runs a tight ship. The moving crew both days worked efficiently. They were friendly, but professional.
Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving ServiceConrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service
Katherine S.
Efficient and professional. The best move I have ever had! Thank you! Performed to estimate. Extremely professional.
Aussie Moving IncAussie Moving Inc
Sierra S.
Great job! Helped me move my whole apartment in 2 hours. Very friendly and sweet and professional.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Ryan H.
Reached out to Man and a Van the night before my move, and they responded within a half hour saying they would be able to help out. The start time of the move changed a few times because of travel, but they were super accommodating. Showed up right on time and got right to business! Highly recommend.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Augustin K.
JC is really nice guy. The customer service was great. The first mover I contacted showed up with a pick up truck and said he couldn't do the job. Therefore I was left a terrible pickle. So I went back to Thumbtack and called JC. Luckily he was coming back from LA and agreed to meet me in Goleta. The move was very efficient. I wish everything got into the truck but all the big and heavy furniture items were moved. JC and his guys took great care of our stuff. They also unloaded each item in the room that we requested. Overall we were very happy with our experience with West Coast Movers. That is why I give them five stars and would recommend them to my friends.
Fallon G.
Very professional, prompt response time and flexible scheduling. Great value and excellent quick quality moving work. Highly recommend!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Tyler J.
Matt's moving was great. We worked with Ivan and were blown away by how much he was able to fit into a moving truck. He and his crew worked fast and were phenomenal. Every time I thought we'd run into some kind of obstacle they'd find a way around it. Very professional. I would hire them again.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Marina T.
Received outreach from Man and a Van very quickly after posting that I needed help moving out of my apartment. The team was punctual and were able to get two couches out of a our front door and carry it through a tiny hallway in just 10 minutes. Super worth it and highly recommend if you need help moving!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Julie N.
Do not use this company. They showed up 90 minutes late, walked in my house and asked to use my supplies to pack my TV and paintings, did not provide me the required documentation (per law) but asked me to sign that I was provided the documentation, and started moving items before I signed any paperwork. Absolute nightmare experience. Now I can’t move on my only day off work and it’s going to cost me a tremendous amount of money. I asked for extra insurance and was told by the owner that the company was closed and he would see if he could look up some tables. Owner offered to move me alone 4-5 hours later, which would be in the middle of LA traffic. Find someone else. UPDATE: I am updating my review from one star to three stars. The owner of the company and his business partner contacted me and were extremely apologetic and tried to make it right. They came and did my move themselves. Yes, it was 6 hours later than I had scheduled and it was a pretty unpleasant experience in the morning, but I have to give the owners credit for trying to make it right. And, they completed my move and everything was in great condition. While I can’t recommend the original moving men, I can say if you book the owners, they were pretty great.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Joy O.
Ivan and the team worked very hard to get my local move done as quickly as possibly, even working late to fit in two trips
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Harish N.
Moved from Santa Barbara to San Jose. Excellent experience. Very quick. Picked up and delivered on the same day. Definitely will recommend. Great price!!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Cary T.
Ivan & Co. were great. I had just a small but complicated job (moving heavy furniture upstairs) for them. They got it done quickly at reasonable price. I may use them again!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
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