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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 Saint Petersburg movers
Javon R.
Wrapped up and moved everything so carefully there was a penny on my tv stand that was in the same place after the move was finished. Very quick and efficient movers.
Move And GoMove And Go
Kaija D.
Very agreeable to changes in my need for things I was moving. It was a partial move on purpose.
Men On The Move LLCMen On The Move LLC
Eric H.
I'm more than happy with my move with Hudson. No more nightmares about moving for me.
Hudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.CHudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.C
Liz D.
The crew at Athletic Movers are fantastic. The manner in which Jeremy assessed the move and gave a very fair quote. This move was scheduled the week before and went off flawlessly. Whether packing an odd shaped lamp or a plastic plate, each item was handled with care. My household arrived on time and in great shape. You will not be disappointed. Athletic Movers took so much of the stress of moving off my shoulders.
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Josh F.
No show on day of move.
Any Direction Enterprise IncAny Direction Enterprise Inc
Thumbtack Customer
I was late, very late, getting to my new apartment. Express movers were VERY patient and waited on me. The move went super fast and without a hitch. I would highly recommend this moving company!!!!!
Michelle L.
Whew what a sigh of relief! FatBoi moving & delivery really delivered! They made moving less stressful and made the process easy. If we ever move again we will definitely be using their services! Thanks again guys!
FatBoi Moving & DeliveryFatBoi Moving & Delivery
Betsy B.
Athletic movers are the best moving company I’ve experienced. I could trust them with my things, I know that they were in good hands. From beginning to end they are hands-down the best moving company in the area!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Jill L.
Josh and his team moved my mom out of her home of 40 years and into a life care facility. It was an emotional time for her and his team was perfect. NOT ONE ISSUE! I highly recommend Big Man's Moving Company. Josh was great at communicating, before and during the move. His estimate was clear and very reasonable. Move day was handled efficiently and carefully. The team was courteous, professional and very hard working. Josh takes personal care with your move, before during and after. Book this company for your move - you will not be disappointed.
Big Man's Moving CompanyBig Man's Moving Company
Dolores G.
We had to change our moving date several times and Lonnie was very accommodating. The move went smoothly as the guys were terrific in the way they handled our furniture. I would recommend Men on the Move without hesitation.
Men On The Move LLCMen On The Move LLC
Alisha D.
Highly recommend! Helped us move a really heavy mattress a far distance. Made it extremely easy. If you have any moving needs, I highly recommend. Will use for any moving in the future. Thanks for your help!
Hudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.CHudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.C
Morgan L.
These guys made my move so smooth and fast! 10/10 recommend. Took all the stress out of moving for me.
Muscle Motion Movers LLCMuscle Motion Movers LLC
Jay B.
Big Man's Moving was excellent! From the get go Brooke was absolutely fantastic about understanding our moving needs and gave us fair pricing. She offered different options, which were very competitive. She communicated frequently and made sure our move would be smooth and stress less. The day of the move Josh and his crew texted of their arrival time kept me updated of their arrival. The crew arrived timely, were very professional, courteous and absolutely efficient in their work. They moved my 3 bedrooms, dining, living, the whole nine yards in a very systematic and safe fashion. They wrapped all fragile/care needing items properly and made sure nothing was scratched or broken. All the moving, and not a single nick or bump in either of the houses. I was very impressed and pleased with Big Man's moving and would highly recommend them for anyone's moving needs. Thanks Big Man's Moving!
Big Man's Moving CompanyBig Man's Moving Company
Shana G.
They movers worked quickly and efficiently. They did everything we asked. It was the the best moving experience. We will definitely you again and recommend
Pride MovingPride Moving
David S.
These guys work hard, go the extra mile. Very reasonable rate. I recommend Cary’s Moving for all of your moving needs
Cary’s Moving Co.Cary’s Moving Co.
Darlene S.
The movers were very professional. There were some timing issues last minute but the communication was excellent. Not one thing broke during the move.
Big Man's Moving CompanyBig Man's Moving Company
Patrick T.
HEAVY table base move
Almighty LaborsAlmighty Labors
Jordan d.
These movers went above and beyond for me and my family. We were in a difficult spot with the hurricane coming and they stepped in and moved us in short time. Their prices were great and the movers were a joy to work with. I will use them again and highly recommend them.
Tiny Muscle MoversTiny Muscle Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Service couldn't have been any better!!! Communicated very well from start to finish and even after the move. Efficient, very polite and would definitely recommend them to anyone moving! Thank you so much Big Man's Moving Company.
Big Man's Moving CompanyBig Man's Moving Company
Joseph C.
The crew was efficient and effective with our move.
Big Burns MovingBig Burns Moving
Mike b.
Did a great job with my move.
Erica T.
Very nice team and efficient movers
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Daniel C.
Couldn't of asked for a smoother move than what Elite Power Moves provided. The two gentleman showed up when they said they would. Shrunk wrap anything that possibly needed it. Broke down the bed and put it back together. Got everything moved out of the old and into the new, in just about 2 hours. Definitely would use them again and recommend them to any friends who are moving.
Power MovesPower Moves
Jesse S.
5 Stars! Moved 480 miles and Mover Mentality go it all done in 1 day!! Great attitudes and spirit too. Absolutely the best. Thank you!
Mover MentalityMover Mentality
Kayla S.
Big burns was extremely fast to respond to my inquiry and had great prices compared to all of the other quotes I received to move a fridge across town. The movers were on time, very nice and helpful, however in moving the fridge they did not use any moving blankets or protection and unfortunately scuffed my fridge in a number of different places. I would use this company again, however recommend requesting that they using moving blankets for your items. Again, hard to beat their price and responsiveness if you need work done quick!
Big Burns MovingBig Burns Moving
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