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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 Stamford movers
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived late due to traffic, but moved things fast. Overall satisfied and recommend movers.
On Time Services LLCOn Time Services LLC
Ameet S.
Excellent work by the movers. They were on time and moved everything professionally. They had all necessary equipments to do the move and did a wonderful job. I would recommend them to one and all. I would be using them for my next move for sure.
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The move went great! Movers were very courteous and professional. Nothing broke or was scratched during the move. I would definitely recommend them! 5 Stars all the way!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Tamara W.
Very professional, experienced, and courteous movers. They went above and beyond to help us with our last minute move.
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Abbas H.
They moved in a huge sectional through my door, which the other movers couldn't do a week before! Extremely recommended.
Clear It Out MoversClear It Out Movers
Shahana S.
We had the best moving experience with Red Hat Moving. In particular, Sergei and his team were super professional, communicative and efficient. They disassembled, packed and moved our furniture and other household items with great care. They also reassembled our furniture fabulously well! We highly recommend Red Hat Moving!
RedHat Moving & StorageRedHat Moving & Storage
Kelly T.
Made moving easy! They did a great job with a tricky couch and even helped move some existing furniture in the house.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Thumbtack Customer
Reggie and his team were outstanding! They made my move as stress free as possible and were very diligent about protecting and moving my furniture and belongings. I would definitely use them for my next move!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Kane F.
We used Ample Moving for our move from Connecticut to Florida. Everything went smoothly and was delivered quickly. Highly recommend.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Though I was out of state, I was able to coordinate my sister'site move effortlessly with Household Service Co (Communicating with them on the days leading up to the move via text was EXTREMELY helpful since my day to day is nonstop.) On move day my sister informed me that the movers were courteous, quick, and stayed within the move time frame requested. I would definitely secure them again in the future if/when the need arises!
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job in helping us move. They worked non-stop until everything has been moved to the new apartment. Highly recommend.
Maxi Moving Inc.Maxi Moving Inc.
Uday P.
Igor and his team were extremely helpful and made our move hassle free and efficient. Igor is super responsive, he was flexible enough to accomodate two reschedulings and was extremely punctual, on the day of the move. Him and his team took great care of our belongings and moved them without a hitch. Would definitely recommend skybox and Igor to anyone moving in the tri state area
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Yunpei Z.
really nice job for my moving!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Kaustav M.
Very thorough job... will recommend having in-house survey prior to move to lock down on estimates... don't go by initial online quote since that's a vague average... extremely courteous staff on the job, punctual and diligent.. thx blue moving for making it a stress free move
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Nikhil M.
Had a seamless moving with their help. They were on time, brought everything needed for moving, and loaded unloaded my stuff without any damage. Highly recommended. Thanks
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Anu B.
This has been a stress free move with Just4Move taking care of everything. They even managed to accommodate my last minute change in schedule. Thanks to Shadi who I spoke to over the phone. Rashid and Paris,the movers from Just4Move didn't let me feel the move. They were super efficient and quick. All my goods arrived in tact and undamaged. I recommend Just4Move for anyone's next move.
Thumbtack Customer
Very accommodating! The crew made the move easy!
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Kaitlyn M.
Great experience. They moved very quickly and professionally.
New Chapter Moving Company LLCNew Chapter Moving Company LLC
Courtne F.
They were great!! Got us moved in quickly!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Janna S.
Excellent movers! Do yourself a favor and hire these guys.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Paivi U.
I used 2 different crews on 3 different days over about 2 weeks for the moves from storage to apartment, storage to storage and apartment to apartment. I got them on the last task on a few days notice and they even arrived ahead of agreed time. The crews we reliable, hard working and fast. They also moved my disassembled pool table with care from my storage to storage. All their interactions were appropriate and professional. The communication with Mark, who coordinated and communicated about move days was very easy and the easiness of all communication really also made a huge difference in the middle of the stress of moving. I would definitely hire movers from this company again. Thank you for making my moves into breeze!
E Square Moving & StorageE Square Moving & Storage
Yugank r.
SkyBox team was very professional with my move. The entire process starting from working with Igor on Thumbtack to book an appointment to working with Dmitriy and team on the actual move was very seamless. They were responsive, clear in communication, punctual with the arrival timing, and most importantly moved my stuff in a very efficient way. The way they packed my sofa, mattress, and other heavy stuff, to safeguard them for scratches or dirt, I could not have imagined doing that by myself. I have moved cross-country and local before but never had such a good experience. I will definitely recommend them for any type of moves.
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Lisa C.
I don’t usually leave reviews, but I had to leave one for Hapi Movers. From beginning to end, they were completely professional, pleasant, the guys worked really fast, stayed on task, they were polite and treated all of my belongings with care. I Just can’t say enough good things about this company. I highly recommend them to all. Geo in the office worked with me over the course of a month as my needs for my move changed, and on the day of the move contacted me during the move to make sure everything was going well. If you need to hire movers, this is the company for you.
Hapi MovingHapi Moving
James W.
A great experience all around. Jess in the office was very professional and accommodating. Her communication was top notch! The moving guys showed up 10 minutes early and were excellent! They were personable, professional and careful, and met all our moving needs. Completely satisfied and would highly recommend! Thank you for making our move an easier one!
Family Package & DeliveryFamily Package & Delivery
Hector V.
Fast move just wrapped my leather coach 😭
Jason's  StationJason's Station
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