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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 Alpharetta movers
Marianne S.
Movers were ontime, polite (dealing with a 96 year old who wasn't happy about moving) and moved quickly.
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Vy T.
Efficient move with no damage to appliance. Will consider for future moving projects.
CKDelivery LLCCKDelivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Moving was smooth, great guys; just moved a bit slow.
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Thumbtack Customer
My move went very well. Everything was wrapped and moved carefully and the movers were great - they were very professional. I recommend them highly.
Taggabox Moving & StorageTaggabox Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were polite and hard working! I definitely recommend 404 Movers.
404 Movers404 Movers
Apryl T.
I contacted Steven's Movers on late notice due to two other moving companies that flaked and stole her deposit money. Steven's Movers were able to squeeze her move in same-day and get her moved out of her apartment. They were reliable, fast, efficient and friendly! I appreciate how respectful they were to my mother in this terrible circumstance. This is a great moving company for seniors and any one else who needs a efficient moving company that you can rely on.
Stevens moversStevens movers
Karthik H.
Very professional movers. Transparent with the rates. Movers made sure we are on schedule always.
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Thumbtack Customer
A move with furniture and accessories - Faith Moving showed up on time and did a good job!
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Bw D.
They moved a piano and did a fantastic job. Will always reach out to them for moving needs.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLCTate The Great Moving Company, LLC
Yalissa R.
Definitely will be using JDA Movers LLC again in the future. I will recommend to everyone moving!
JDA Movers LLCJDA Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our two movers were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely hire the same movers again.
Royal Lion RelocationRoyal Lion Relocation
Lasandra C.
I had an awesome experience using Pack n Move. This was a last minute move. They were able to fit me in to their schedule. I will definitely use Pack n Move again!!
Pack n Move LLCPack n Move LLC
Thumbtack Customer
404 movers was an overall good experience. The movers covered items that needed to be covered. Worked at a good pace.
404 Movers404 Movers
Sid S.
Awesome movers.
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Katie D.
Wonderful moves!
Teresa M.
Movers were professional, courteous and took great with the items moved. Would definitely use them again.
T&N PartnersT&N Partners
Thumbtack Customer
I hired DA Lowe Movers to pick up and deliver appliances for me. They were punctual, professional, accommodating and expert movers. The owner, Mr. Lowe, is Awesome. I highly recommend DA Lowe Movers and will keep them on speed dial for future moving projects, large or small.
DA Lowe MoversDA Lowe Movers
Rajiv R.
Amazing experience moving with quickuor movers. Had very low expectation with different movers last time but was surprised with the punctuality and professionalism quickuor showed. They completed my move earlier than they quoted and helped me settle into my new home like a breeze. Would definitely recommend these guys.
Richard J.
Movers were punctual and the move went fine. The only issue was, I was told I’d have three movers and only two were sent. This job needed three so I had to help.
Mama's Movers, LLCMama's Movers, LLC
Bob D.
From Scott in the front office to Patrick the lead mover, they made our chaotic move much easier. They even where flexible with our scheduled moving days. We would definitely recommend them!
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were extremely professional, thorough, and attentive. They were punctual and did not waste any time during the move.
404 Movers404 Movers
Neel M.
Awesome movers! Very professional and punctual. They moved everything without any issues at all. Flexible and friendly too!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Maryse H.
They completed a last min move for an elderly couple with a dog. They were kind, patient and efficient. We will contact them first for any future moves. Young, smart & efficient; exactly what we need in movers
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Jerome S.
Great and professional movers
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
John B.
Did not show for the moving
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