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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 Bradenton movers
Alycia A.
I couldn’t have asked for a better moving company. The price was right and come moving day everything went smooth as butter. Great moving company, highly recommended
Big Burns MovingBig Burns Moving
Lisa P.
Bay Area Moving and Storage did a great job on the move from my Mother's assisted living facility. The facility had strict rules, as they have no Covid-19, and want to keep it that way. The movers complied with no problem and worked hard the entire move. My Mom had more stuff than you could imagine. These movers did a great job.
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Leila B.
I had such a great experience with AC Transportation and Moving . Xavion was able to get a huge coffee table moved into my apartment in a very timely manner . He was punctual and stayed in contact with me through the entire process . Book AC Transportation and Moving for all your moves !
AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.
Jim N.
Without a doubt, the Mover Mentality crew got the job done! Kevin and Adeem were extremely professional, courteous, hard working and friendly. Our move was not easy by any means, however those gentlemen muscled through it without ever complaining and expeditiously loaded the truck quickly. After sifting through other movers estimates and phone calls, Jason who is the moving coordinator for Mover Mentality was professional with his thorough estimate with all necessary information about the move which made it a no brainer that this company was the way to go. Without a doubt, if you want your job done with extremely professional movers, clearly written estimates and information and a timely move in addition to competitive, affordable prices, choose Mover Mentality and the team of hard working guys to get your job done!
Mover MentalityMover Mentality
Rachael C.
I just hired Pride Moving to move me from one house to another. They arrived on time, and didn’t stop until the job was done. They move quickly and were able to easily load and unload some really heavy and awkward pieces of furniture and equipment. I highly recommend this company and I will definitely use them again. Thank you Pride Moving for making this moving day so much easier!
Pride MovingPride Moving
J. H.
Steve and crew moved my heavy items with no problems. I was scheduled for a Saturday move however, thumbtack booked my move for the following Monday without either party being aware. I would definitely confirm your appointment with Steve 1-2 days prior. Overall, I would use Big Burns Moving again and will recommend them to others.
Big Burns MovingBig Burns Moving
Alison S.
The two gentlemen that helped us move were so friendly and professional. They handled everything with great care and made this move so simple! When we move in the future, we will definitely use this company again. Thank you for the great work for a great price!
2 Friends and a Truck2 Friends and a Truck
Cailyn Z.
B&T Moving were awesome in helping the moving process from a 2nd story apt to a house. The guys were very nice, professional, safe, and thorough with all aspects of the moving process. I would use this company again and recommend them to family and friends!
B&T Moving Company, LLCB&T Moving Company, LLC
Jack P.
A++++ movers! Mike and crew came on short notice to help me move a few large items, would definitely use again, first class! Jack
mike & sons transportmike & sons transport
Jon G.
Mover decided to send a invoice but refused to follow simple request to revise invoice with time needed to start and my address and gate code so i am leaving this review and decided to go with another mover. Mover is obsessed about his reviews and thinks he should not have to follow simple requests. I suggest finding another mover that will accommodate simple requests as “his reviews rating” begin to dip lower.
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Dena N.
The guys moving us were great, professional, and quick.
Diggs Haul IncorporatedDiggs Haul Incorporated
Jodi R.
This was a great experience. The movers are very professional and very nice people!
A&W Pro-Movers,LLCA&W Pro-Movers,LLC
Cynthia M.
I would 100% recommend this company for moving a piano or anything you need. They were very courteous and polite. They did the move of our piano very quick. Their price was very good as well. I contacted them one day and they were able to move the piano the very next day! Don’t look any further, higher these guys!
Grand Moving & StorageGrand Moving & Storage
Terry O.
The guys showed up as promised (a little early, actually) and carefully protected furniture. They moved down a flight and up a flight efficiently, and moved a very heavy adjustable bed upstairs. Would hire them again!
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Joe T.
I just finished a move using Swift and these guys are terrific- I highly recommend them. They arrived on time, all dressed in Swift uniforms, and all extremely friendly conversational and polite. They worked non-stop, handled everything with great care, finished the move at the short end of the estimate, and went above and beyond for me (even breaking down and taking empty boxes to the recycling bin as I unpacked them.) They were literally smiling as they moved heavy furniture. I spoke to four different movers before picking them and can't say enough about the customer service experience with Swift. Their office knows their stuff, communicates perfectly, and their movers are top notch. When moving something as personal as a home, it's really important to trust the people you work with. I'm really glad I picked Swift.
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Crystalle H.
I would recommend Moving Across America, LLC a million times over. Bobby and his team are AMAZING! They were on time, professional, wrapped every piece of furniture and moved our items with care. They are fantatic!
Moving Across America, LLCMoving Across America, LLC
Quoc D.
Tae and J were very quick and professional when they helped us during our move. They made sure to pack and wrap anything that would be damaged. They handled all of our furniture and fragile items with care. They were able to make our move from Bradenton to Tampa a breeze. We highly recommend these two if you have any moving needs!
T&J MovingT&J Moving
Janice t.
While there were numerous problems with the move the manager was willing to negotiate a settlement.
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Ella L.
Came on time, wrapped and moved all my items quickly and efficiently
Men On The Move LLCMen On The Move LLC
Ben G.
Pass. Movers were inexperienced. Showed up late. Damaged my stuff. Ran up the time clock unnecessarily. I complained to sales and they took it up with the owner and heard nothing. Update. Moved to 1 star. This mover not only did a bad job but also takes zero responsibility and blames me and made up a lie about my financial situation. AVOID
Tiny Muscle MoversTiny Muscle Movers
Valorie N.
Highly recommend A&W Pro Movers. They are the best we have ever used. Made sure our furniture was not damaged, were prompt in response & updates and very affordable. You will not regret using this Co for your moving needs.
A&W Pro-Movers,LLCA&W Pro-Movers,LLC
George H.
These guys know what they’re doing , amazing watching them , it was choreography at its finest. My piano was safely moved and arrived in perfect condition. I definitely recommend them. When moving a piano I recommend hiring a specialist
The Piano GuysThe Piano Guys
Kathleen C.
Moved a very large mirror and did an excellent job! Would highly recommend!
AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.
Errika P.
Move with Joel was great! Would definitely recommend. Very professional. Took time and care!
Reliable & very experienced handy man.Reliable & very experienced handy man.
Lesley B.
We used company for one piece of heavy furniture. We were very pleased with move.
A&W Pro-Movers,LLCA&W Pro-Movers,LLC
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