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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 Norwalk movers
Erik B.
movers did an amazing job moving a very heavy piece of fitness equipment!
E Square Moving & StorageE Square Moving & Storage
Mike P.
Hired St John Moving to move my small office. We ran into an initial hiccup when they got into a car accident the moving of the move! But they called immediately and we quickly rescheduled without an issue. Everyone was professional and friendly and would definitely recommend
Chandra Sekar J.
Completed the move sooner.
Advantage MovingAdvantage Moving
Tina W.
Our movers were extremely polite, efficient, clean and worked quickly. I knew I was in good hands the moment we began our correspondence. I would recommend them to anyone moving - whether a big or small move. They are excellent!
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
David C.
Absolutely delighted with my experience with St John Moving and would be very happy to recommend their services to anyone who’s looking for a moving company!
Thumbtack Customer
Had a Very nice and smooth move. All items intact. Would definitely work with them in case we need to move in future.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Vernique I.
Movers were on time and very friendly
Advantage MovingAdvantage Moving
Anthony C.
He was on time with a smile and. Crushed my move
Beyond Easy Moving and StorageBeyond Easy Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Courteous but did it move my platform bed. Said it wouldn't fit in the elevator, but I was able to move it the next day (after securing a uhaul van) to move it and the bags that they wouldn't move. I was told that everything had to be boxed and I was referred to the website. I still don't set this on thumbtack (maybe I missed it) however the uhaul truck want big enough to fit the platform bed nor the additional bags (tied or untied). I still tipped them beduse overal. They were nice guys, just disappointed about having to move the platform bed. I initiallly contacted Roya for a quick move in early October, but had another offer. However, I kept them in mind with the thirds part of the move. Shay handled the logistics for his more. I would still recommend them! Just ensure all items are boxed (not even tied bags)...
On Time Services LLCOn Time Services LLC
Fahmida B.
The worst moving experience we have ever had!! The whole experience was extremely stressful, and there were thousands of dollars worth of damage done to both are items and are home! Hire at your own risk!! Damaged a $9,000 dinner table with long scratches running the length of the table! Movers rented a U-Haul for 2 hours when they were booked for 5 hours. Movers were very upset and kept threatening to leave with all our items loaded on the truck! Had to convince them to take at least some of the items, and promised to tip an extra $200, for them to work half the time they were booked for! They were annoyed with each item they loaded, cursing and threatening to leave. We were too afraid to even ask them to move all the items they were hired to move! Only half the items were actually moved. My wife and I had to help them load and unload multiple items, which defeats the purpose of hiring movers in the first place! We ended up having to pay full price, only a fraction of our items were actually moved, they didn’t have plastic bags or any of the items movers usually have.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Alfred Z.
Next time I move I’m using this service again.
Laid Back MovingLaid Back Moving
Chandra Sekar J.
Moved my items from one Apt to another one.
Husky Truck MovingHusky Truck Moving
Mariya M.
Best moving experience ever! Highly recommended! From start to finish the guys form Hapi Moving were outstanding! Communication with Geo was excellent, she was a huge support, answered a ton of questions we had before we scheduled our moving date, and checked in with us while we were moving to ensure everything was going smoothly. On the moving day the crew arrived as scheduled, with a spacious, modern truck. Jose, Eduart, David, and Horacio were extremely professional and did an excellent job carefully packing, wrapping, and securing our items. Did I mention they were quick? Amazing so! You could tell they had a developed a system and every member of the team knew their responsibilities. We had some challenging items to move such as huge (very very big!) indoor plants, but the guys knew what to do! We anticipated the moving to be very stressful and exhausting, and we heard horror stories from our friends about their unfortunate experience, but Hapi Moving made this day easy, and stress/pain free! Thank you guys for all your hard work!
Hapi MovingHapi Moving
Jessie Q.
Extremely responsive until I booked the job with him. Then the response time got longer and longer. The week of the move was hard to find him. I thought to confirm the move with him the day before, no response on text, called him and he said he’s not sure if he could do it. Finally in the afternoon (the day before the move) he said he couldn’t do it! I don’t think he would have told me if I didn’t ask for confirmation. He would have just not showed up to the move.
Everything Must Go Enterprise llcEverything Must Go Enterprise llc
Kelly H.
The Right Choice Pros did an EXCELLENT job. They arrived on time and were ready and fully prepared for the job. We were moving from a 2 bedroom to another 2 bedroom and they came with all of the right tools and got right to work. The 2 guys that came to help with the move were funny and polite. They also helped us move a large, heavy dresser to the street that we were selling. I would absolutely recommend The Right Choice Pros to anyone and would definitely hire them again for our next move.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Christie T.
Great team of excellent movers. Handled the piano perfectly and able to do it quickly
All-Pro Piano MoversAll-Pro Piano Movers
Steven K.
We had a great experience. Did a full pack and move locally using their materials - the price was reasonable, everyone worked very hard on a hot day, and nothing came out broken. The movers took special care with a few wine glasses I told them were more delicate and there were no issues. And compared to the moving companies recommended by our broker, they were very good value.
New Chapter Moving Company LLCNew Chapter Moving Company LLC
Saima H.
I used VS movers service for our recent move from CT to NY for 2 bedroom apt. They were super punctual and worked very fast to get everything done. All our furniture, TV, and other fragile items were packed wonderfully and even things that I was unable to pack they packed it for us last minute. They literally did all our move within the allotted time slots we had assigned them. Very professional service and good value for money and amazing quality of work. Definitely recommend their service to all looking to move.
LIGA MovingLIGA Moving
Lisa G.
Sal’s guys were total professionals! They were on time, gave great advice about the best way to move and organize my things, handled everything with care, and were nice to boot! The move couldn’t have gone better! They’re worth every penny!
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Richard A.
On time, performed moving services with great care to my furniture will finishing expeditiously at a great cost!
On Time Services LLCOn Time Services LLC
Jeff s.
Great team of movers. Showed great respect for our belongings. Really looked after us.
Sameka H.
I booked Quick and Ready for a last minute move of items that I needed removed from my home. Being on a budget I needed this to be done as budget friendly as possible. They were very responsive to my messages as well as being able to work within my budget to move these items fast and as cost efficient as possible. The staff were very friendly and I plan to book them for any future moving needs that I have!
Matteo G.
Punctual, hard working, and got both pieces of fitness moved and assembled as well. Good value for the money.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Laura N.
Excellent service! They were communicative, punctual and so nice! I highly recommend for moving heavy items!
P.F Junk Removal ServicesP.F Junk Removal Services
Denise H.
The best ! Such hard workers , listens to all your needs , quick , careful , on time , helpful and made our very stressful move a breeze . We can’t thank you enough . Everyone in Connecticut will know how great your moving company is and affordable. We will definitely use you again .
Hapi MovingHapi Moving
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