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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.

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. 

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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.

Reviews for Santee movers
James E.
Great job moving tree into place.
Done For You HandymanDone For You Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
The mover was late and did not call.When I called the owner of the business and explained that my wife was waiting with a baby he called the movers immediately and gave us a discount on the job.
JJ Movers, LLCJJ Movers, LLC
Joel G.
I couldn’t have been happier with the team that helped us move. They were on time, fast, and friendly. Really glad I choose them for our move, I highly recommend them.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Amber H.
I was very nervous booking movers through Thumbtack, if they didn’t show then what? The we’re on time and worked their tails off on a hot day. When I had requested a quote I got a call right away. I had to change the date, no problem. I have some odd items to move (like an 8ft giraffe statue), they did it. I would recommend these movers.
Like movers LLCLike movers LLC
Rachael R.
Professional and very nice. Quick to complete project. I had a new heavy bathroom vanity that needed to be moved upstairs. I live in a townhouse and space was tight but he managed to move it with no issues. I will be contacting Four A’s Remodeling for other projects. Excellent service!!
Four A’s Remodeling and Construction inc.Four A’s Remodeling and Construction inc.
Deborah M.
They moved 2 sofas up and down stairs, and a big indoor palm. Very courteous. Highly recommend!
Flexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San DiegoFlexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San Diego
Corinne G.
Our movers were such a nice group of guys! They were efficient and quick. I would definitely recommend them!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Ana P.
Extremely responsive and punctual. Very careful with the furniture they moved and we are very happy with their service. Would highly recommend.
Sunshine moving services, LLCSunshine moving services, LLC
Krista R.
I had a great experience! They were on time and worked very hard during a heat wave. They were unsure how big the job would be and showed up with an extra moving truck and extra men Incase it was needed. It wasn’t needed so they left. The movers worked fast and handled our furniture with care.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Shane s.
Cannot recommend them enough. Long move from San Diego to murrieta. In and out in 6 hrs. Great team.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
On time, very helpful. Did a great job, good price and pleasant guys to help make the move much easier. Thanks Rhino!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Samantha S.
Luiz was great in responding to messages. David and Fabio were great in moving items. Guys worked hard and took care of my items.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Brittany S.
Had never used movers before but I'm so glad I did. The guys worked efficiently and nothing was damaged. Would use them again.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Phil S.
Blake and his team were early to the job I needed done. Worked extremely fast and efficiently. Moved all the itmes in my pod into my apartment extremely fast. Assembled my bed frame, mounted two tv's, and even installed a curtain rod. They were even early and they were able to do everything with a half a day notice. Will definitely use Hudson movers again
Ca Handy Solutions & MovingCa Handy Solutions & Moving
Debbie M.
The overall experience was Supreme . The hiring was super easy. Great app was used to schedule and confirm. The two men who moved us were incredibly polite, cordial, and very fast.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Anna S.
Thanks to Johnny and his quick response we were able to have a very heavy piece of equipment moved. He was very helpful and courteous. Would definitely use them again!
Junk HulkJunk Hulk
Thumbtack Customer
Everything was as smooth as possible. They arrived on time. They were more careful with my stuff than I probably would've been. They kept me informed of everything they were doing at all times. Never wasted a single minute of my time. It was a much less stressful day once I figured out I could just let them do their work and wouldn't have to stand over them and watch / coordinate their every move. I'd hire Rhino for any move I have to do. Excellent service.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Neethu J.
Alex was incredible to work with and very responsive to any phone calls and text messages. Even with stormy weather he and his crew made the move as seamless as possible. Would highly recommend Alex and his team.
Aaron G.
Movers arrived on time and were quick to start the unloading process. Wasted no time and even asked if there was anything else we needed after everything was unloaded and dropped off. Very highly recommended and I will use them again in the near future!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Kaitlin C.
They were so great! We hired 3 movers and it was probably the hottest day of the year. They still remained positive and friendly. They took extra care of our belongings and got the job done in about 5 hours. Thank you thank you!
S and D Moving ServicesS and D Moving Services
Daniela A.
Luiz was awesome from the very beginning. He was professional in all correspondence and prompt in responding to my questions. On the day of, he texted me when he was on his way and arrived on time. He and Henry worked quickly and were very careful on making sure not to hit any walls and caring for each and every one of our belongings. I'm telling everyone I know about what an awesome job they did and how great this whole experience was. We're moving in November and Truck Easy will be the first company I contact to see if they'll be available to move us into our new home. Thank you for making this a painless experience!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great job. Organized took great care of my furniture. Nothing broken. Thank U. I would recommend globe to move you. The do supply wardrobe boxes at no charge but you must unload boxes when they ate delivered, or purchase at $15.00 per box.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Krystle H.
Working with Velazquez was wonderful we’re a military family so hiring this moving company to remove our things from storage while my husband was out at sea was very helpful. I have a 1 year old so I was hoping everything would go as smoothly as it did. They were v
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
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