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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 Torrance movers
Gabriel M.
They did a good job with my move, all 3 movers were able to get me packed and moved in a timely fashion.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Jeff W.
This was a move for my elderly father within an assisted living facility. The move was from one apt to another within the same building and was a small move at first glance. In reality, my 87 yo father needed lots of help with packing and relocation of small personal items, such as toiletries, housewares, clothing, desktop items, etc. The movers arrived on time, worked hard and efficiently and were great at adapting to meet the needs of this situation. I happily recommend Nomad movers and would rehire them for additional moves without hesitation.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Michelle D.
What a wonderful company! I hired this company for a job today and they were phenomenal! The drivers were punctual, efficient, highly professional, and moved everything quickly. I will only use this company moving forward. The rate is highly competitive for three movers. Every item was moved with great care. I highly recommend this company.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Arkita L.
24 seven movers were quick to respond to my request for moving and getting my appointment booked. The communication and confirmation before my move date was great. There were a few instances of communication in person barriers, but the two guys that did my move worked quickly and didn't bat an eye to my last-minute packed/ unpacked additions. Overall, the service was good. If or when I move again, I'd consider them.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Elizabeth R.
Amazing service, friendly and professional. Moved all my belongings without a problem, even helped me situate my piano in a certain way to not damage the floors. I’ve moved 12 times in 10 years, and Shift It Movers have been one of my top experiences. If you need quality service for an amazing value, don’t hesitate to get ahold of Shift It Movers!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Maria Z.
We hired Top Movers to move our furniture. They are very efficient, reliable and nice guys. They got the job done fairly quickly and none of our stuff is damaged. Highly recommended!
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving company! You will not go wrong with them.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Pat W.
They were available with less than a 1-day notice. Reuben and Mark carefully wrapped the heavy chest and loaded it. They were courteous and either called or texted at each stage of the move. On arrival at the destination, they smoothly moved the piece up several stairs, into place, and unwrapped it. The 20-mile move of a very heavy piece took a little over an hour. I would highly recommend SoCal Movers Services. They communicate very well and met every expectation with skill and professionalism.
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Felice C.
I spoke with several movers and ended up choosing to go with Jeremy due to his responsiveness/quick communication, transparent moving costs, and willingness to work with my moving schedule. He and Juan showed up on time and moved everything in the timeframe estimated, and even quicker than estimated! They were both very friendly and efficient and careful with the furniture. I was very impressed and would definitely recommend him to family and friends. 5 star service. Reliable. Attentive. Efficient. Trustworthy.
Titania a.
Alek was very responsive with all the questions I had for my piano move. He gave me a timeframe for booking and showed up on time. They were very careful with the piano throughout the move. Thanks!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Steven Y.
I had SoCal Moving move a sectional and a sofa downstairs to my garage. The communication to obtain a quote (very competitive) and to schedule the job was timely. The day of the move, they communicated to confirm our appointment and they showed up on time. They were very friendly and took great care to wrap each piece of furniture as well as lay out blankets on the floor and balcony. The job was done quickly and to my satisfaction. I would not hesitate to use them again and would recommend them for your moving needs.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Travis S.
Absolutely The Best. From the initial conversation to the very end these guys were flawless. Instant comfort and trust which I have never felt with a moving company before. I had a same day move, and the guys at NextGen were very accommodating. They arrived on time, and the energy was positive. I was moving my business to a bigger location and every box was treated with care. I truly appreciate good quality and service and these guts are just that. Will be using them again in a few months when I move my home.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Liana R.
Movers were in and out and worked efficiently. Would definitely recommend. Thanks!
Jane K.
Came right on time... Ended in a timely manner. Move went smoothly.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Ryan O.
They arrived a little earlier than expected which was great. Came in and handled business, shrink wrapping everything and moving with care. Were even able to move a fridge from a second story apartment with relative ease. Very easy to work with and made my life easier.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Eddy R.
They responded quickly and did a great job moving 2 pieces of heavy furniture up and down the stairs!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Mike D.
They were on time did a great job and had no trouble with a sofa bed that previous movers wrestled with 😀
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Enold P.
Donnie and his team did a great job with our move - working unti 2am to complete the complete. to comrgr
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Lailani D.
The team did a good job! They are experts at moving Samsung Digital ref! No headache! Thank you Douglas and team!
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Sen c.
We hired them to move our two bedroom to our new home within few miles. They were punctual, on time, never wasted a single minute. super fast and very careful with our stuff. We are very happy with the move overall. Thank you so much. We highly recommend.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Heeyoung U.
Booked 3 hours moving and they finished less than 3 hours. I will definitely book again for next chance.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Delfin D.
Overall, they did a good job of moving. I have to say that the initial estimation was not good and they had to get a third guy to complete the job. Of course, the hourly rate went up, which was not a problem as I knew the size of the job. Movers worked really hard to get the job done and items came safe to my new home.
Thumbtack Customer
This is the first time we are using a moving service, happy to have found Eagle Rush for that. They made our job very easy and completed the shift in little time and kept up to the schedule. Great company to choose if you are looking to move or shift, at affordable price and timely, neat service. Josue and his friend are sure to be recommended. Kudos to you guys!
Eagle rush moving and deliverys.Eagle rush moving and deliverys.
Gareth G.
Hired them to help me move. They do good work disassembling reassembling and protecting furniture, thet are fast and they clean up the mess
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Gayathri S.
Guys were punctual and moved things with utmost care. Installed TV and other important things in place. Would totally recommend them.
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