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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 Seminole movers
Cher W.
I highly recommend Pride Movers. From getting a quote to moving the last box, everything was done with my move in mind. The stress and anxiety melted away as the team came in and worked hard and fast to get us moved. They are a friendly, fun team, that truly takes Pride in your items, raking the best care to move it safely to the destination. Moving is stressful, make it easier in yourself by hiring this LOCAL mover.
Pride MovingPride Moving
Joey C.
I needed help moving a piano on very short notice. Swift Moves was super responsive, reliable, and affordable. Nice team.
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Tracy M.
Extremely Unhappy with Happy Moving company. Excellent communication. Good price. Flexible scheduling. Then the movers showed up with this! A dirty pickup truck and open hauler. When I complained via thumbtack I only got a “Sorry you are going to have to find another mover”. No, let me make this right, just go find another moving company. Great “Salesman”. HORRIBLE customer service. Luckily I don’t have to have my things out today or I’d be in a real pickle. Happy Moving could care less. UNRELIABLE Pick someone else.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Kristen S.
I was in a real jam and needed some furniture moved out of the garage of my home that is currently under construction. The furniture was in the contractors way and I needed to move it asap to a storage unit. I live out of town and had noone to help. I contacted Veterans and Kelvin was so professional and made a stressful situation turn into an easy task. Kelvin was able to accommodate me immediately, understood my situation and was able to have my furniture moved the same afternoon at a reasonable price even under the last minute dilemma I was in. Ty, one of the movers, kept in communication with me throughout the move, and Kelvin was also super organized during the whole process from beginning to end. Ty was very professional and sent pictures to my phone of the furniture I asked to have moved and then again after it was safe and secure in the storage unit. I even received a text with their location on a map to my phone so I could see when they arrived at the house and when they dropped off my furniture. If you want a reliable, professional, responsive, honest company taking care of your moving needs, then go with Veterans. They clearly care about their company and about growing their business by providing excellent customer service. I will definitely not look any further for a moving company when the house is completed and I need to move my furniture back!
Veteran Moving FloridaVeteran Moving Florida
Tracy M.
Jeremy and his team, James and Van were Exceptional movers in every way. I spoke to Jeremy the evening before the move and we agreed on a reasonable price for my 2 hr minimum move. James and Van showed up when Jeremy said they would. They were professional, respectful, efficient, and STRONG. I mean, really strong. I had a small move to a storage unit which they handled with ease and precision. Even taking their time to pack my color coded bins into my storage unit with the boxes I needed access to in front. They got it done within the 2 hours and I paid with Venmo. It was fast and easy. My sister will be hiring Jeremy’s team for her move this month and I’m recommending them to everyone I know. This is a classy team of pros. After talking to 6 other companies, many with inflated pricing and condensing attitudes toward me, a single senior woman. Athletic Movers was a breath of fresh air. No need to look further, these fine young men are your movers.
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Fred B.
Cary’s moving was very responsive from the initial contact through the completion of our relatively short notice move. Peter and Cody arrived timely and worked diligently to complete the move and assemble furniture in a timely fashion within the reasonable estimate. They were professional, polite, friendly and pointed out several issues that needed our attention to make the transition to the new residence easier. Would highly recommend to others.
Cary’s Moving Co.Cary’s Moving Co.
Molly G.
Very responsive. They put in the lowest bid to move a piano. They came exactly when they said they would, did the job professionally and with courtesy, and moved the piano efficiently without a bit of damage to anything. Would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again.
Grand Moving & StorageGrand Moving & Storage
Michelle G.
Anthony and his coworker were professional, punctual, hard workers, and a pleasure to work with overall! They moved three pods worth of stuff like a breeze! They also assembled some furniture and made my life so much easier. I would recommend them to anyone if you’re looking for great movers!!
AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.AC Transportation & Moving, LLC.
Robert O.
Very quick and responsive. Excellent communication. Did a great job helping to unload a moving truck and take heavy items upstairs.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Mark B.
Happy Moving was very responsive and worked with in a very tight time frame. I would recommend them and I will use them again.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Stacey L.
Super sweet and professional team! I was very grateful to have someone take care of my moving needs so I didn’t need to!
Pride MovingPride Moving
Frank C.
We were so impressed with how professional and friendly they were. Very happy we picked Happy Movers. These guys are amazing. There is nothing they can't handle.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Audrey C.
One of the best movers I've had. Communication was prompt and courteous. They worked efficiently and quickly. Thank you so much for making my transition so easy!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Peter T.
Rob and Van arrived on schedule and moved all our required furniture items in a professional manner and were a pleasure to do business with. The price quoted was fair and reasonable.
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Karen A.
I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for Jeremy and his crew. Not only did his quote come is less expensive by nearly HALF… but he was incredibly responsive in the weeks leading up to my move, they showed up right on time with amazing smiles and attitudes, they got the entire move completed from start to finish in three hours and were the kindest souls to work with. I had a previous move six months ago that was incredibly disastrous, so I was super nervous about this one. However, it went so smoothly that I actually got emotional… such a relief to find a crew that still has integrity! Hire these guys, you won’t regret it!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Mitchell G.
Awesome crew. Responded within minutes to any questions I had on thumbtack, arrived on time, and was done with the entire move in about two hours. Would hire again!
Paul J.
Luis and his brother came to help me move some heavy items into my apartment. He was very professional and ensured my items were not damaged and handled with care. Highly recommended!
L&Y Professional Cabinet InstallerL&Y Professional Cabinet Installer
Justin B.
These guys were amazing!! Highly, highly recommend them over anyone else. They were the best price, extremely prompt. They moved at a solid pace and at the same time they were very careful. They padded and wrapped necessary items for travel. Systematically went through the rooms. Very pleased!! Thanks guys!!
T&J MovingT&J Moving
Tracy M.
“Our rates are simple, $85/hour with a 2 hour minimum.” Just spoke to the owner and he wanted to tack on a $50 truck fee because my job was under 6 hours. I explained my move would probably take an hour and a half at most because I was moving my belongings to a storage unit a mile away. I told him his stated 2 hr minimum was fine but when I referenced the description on thumbtack as not showing an added 50 dollar truck fee he got aggressive and rude to me and told me to stop telling him how to run his business. Told me I was lucky he wasn’t also charging me a gas fee. Huh? Not simple after all.
Pride MovingPride Moving
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