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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 Altamonte Springs movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! Movers were professional and courteous. I was kept informed of arrival time so everything went smoothly. I would recommend American Movers to anyone in need of movers.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
Only moving father inlaw from one assisted living to another so not much to move. Team communicated effectively and was able to move us pretty quickly. Would hire again.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Sharlynn h.
I hired these wonderful guys for our move ,I was dreading the move up three flights of stairs but these guys did it amazingly fast organized and polite ,if you need movers hire these guys
Lifeisgood moving/ handyman services llcLifeisgood moving/ handyman services llc
Nathan j.
They were great! I would absolutely recommend them for any moving project. I had to find movers last minute and they were available, showed up early, and finished moving my one bedroom apartment pretty quickly.
A1 Moving & StorageA1 Moving & Storage
Gee G.
My 2 movers were amazing! They were quick, yet careful with my possessions. I will definitely recommend American Movers to my friends.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend EZ MOVING and Delivery to anyone who wants a hassle free move! They arrived on time so we got started on schedule, and they handled my items with great care. I have bulky furniture that is high priced so I was very concerned that my items might get damaged in the move. The movers wrapped my items to minimize risk of damage in addition to disassembling and then re-assembling certain items. I will be using this company again for my moving needs and I highly recommend them to anyone who desires a hassle-free, very professional moving experience. Thanks guys! :)
E-Z Moving & Delivery ServiceE-Z Moving & Delivery Service
Eman A.
Great moving service! Highly recommend
Set apart removal and haulingSet apart removal and hauling
Kenny D.
Salem was a kind, patient mover who made everything happen on time as our move was last minute. Thank you for your hard work🙏🏼
Atlantis Delivery Services LLCAtlantis Delivery Services LLC
Gigi B.
Yells moving service was fantastic! Everything was moved carefully and the job was completed on time. I highly recommend their services. Both Hector and his assistant were great!
Yelle Moving & Junk RemovalYelle Moving & Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Can't say enough they arrived early were very careful and attentive the guys did a outstanding job if I have to use moving service or know anyone that needs the service I would recommend American movers with out a doubt if you want it done right hire American movers
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Raul T.
moved me and my neighbor. very pleased
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Kelley W.
Great and timely movers, arrived at my condo and swiftly moved my furniture from one location to another! I would definitely work with them again in the future!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Matthew O.
Worked with me to fit in a move scheduled last-minute.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
American Movers helped us move from a 1/1 apartment to our first house. This was our first move using a moving company. I had heard many moving company horror stories so my guard was way up. However, my experience with this company was nothing like what I had heard and read. Phil sent two movers Alex and Brandon who arrived on time and ready to work. I will be honest and say I wasn't sure sure what kind of service to expect when I saw The U-haul truck pull up that morning, but any concerns I had quickly disappeared. These guys were professionals through and through. Not a second nor inch of space on the truck was wasted. Our move had three stops. The movers arrived at each of them in a timely manner. From the smallest box to the king size mattress all items were handled with care. The job was finished on time and within the estimated price discussed. There were no surprise charges at any time. I would recommend this company to anyone.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding ! Glenn and John did a fantastic job moving our apt. Arrived on time, perfect packing, quick loading, zero breakage, affordable pricing, great communication. Thank you again for the most "No stress move" !
Firehawk Installations Inc.Firehawk Installations Inc.
Kerry L.
Movers did a great job. I will state that my move was supposed to start at 9am, but they didn't arrive until 10. They were done in under 2 hours. Other than them being late they did a great job.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We only had a few things to move, but heavy. They did a good job.
Helping Hand Moving ServicesHelping Hand Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had a very odd, large and difficult object to move. I was running out of time on a business relocation and Michael came through big time. Many other moving companies turned me down, these guys made it happen!!!!
E-Z Moving & Delivery ServiceE-Z Moving & Delivery Service
Chandan V.
I hired AB moving for my move within 50 miles. They were very responsive and clear in what I should expect. Very accommodating to the changes as they happened. The team of three tirelessly worked 9 hours making 2 trips vs 1 planned to make sure I move on the day I planned. They had their moving supplies covered all delicate items and placed everything in the place it was supposed to go. They were the only ones who came out to see the job size and provide an estimate, which they stood by. Definitely recommend them for what they do.
AB movingAB moving
Thumbtack Customer
The move was scheduled for 8 to 10 am, the men arrived after noon. The men did the job very professionally and got the move done within budgeted time. I would use them again, hoping schedule issues would be resolved.
E-Z Moving & Delivery ServiceE-Z Moving & Delivery Service
Lisa W.
I could go on and on. The two gentlemen that showed up to help me move cared about my things, took time and care with everything. Listened to the needs and responded accordingly. Need help with a move call these guys!!! Well worth the money!
Yelle Moving & Junk RemovalYelle Moving & Junk Removal
Jessica D.
Sal and his crew are amazing! The quick response to our request for quote and availability was very important to us. They were on time and attentive to our moving needs, and did it all with a smile. We will definitely be using them again for all of future moving needs.
Atlantis Delivery Services LLCAtlantis Delivery Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers argued with each other, scratched up some of our furniture and were not professional.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Lisa T.
The original quote was for 2hours I requested to extend til 3-4hours to give us time for travel. We moved from 2 bedroom apt to 1 story home. The movers they provided were hard workers and very nice but not organized so the 3-4hours we budgeted turned into 7-8hours OUCH! Would have preferred to have a more experienced expeditor on the job to make the move flow more efficiently.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Elizabeth C.
Super fast, efficient, careful and courteous. We were all moved by noon. Highly recommended!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
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