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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 College Park movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers moved things and moved it well
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Paul V.
I had hired Pick Up Movers for my recent move. Actually after experiencing this moving service, I was quite satisfied. The movers came on time on the move day, they wrapped and boxed everything perfectly and moved all my belongings and delivered all the stuff without a scratch at the new destination. I am grateful and thankful to this great moving company for a wonderfully executed move.
Pick Up Movers LLC GAPick Up Movers LLC GA
Madhu M.
They helped us move. Crew was really helpful and accommodating in moving the stuff. Finished the move on time.
A Team Moving & Logistics, LLCA Team Moving & Logistics, LLC
Taylor M.
Move quick pro did a great job with my last move. They did the job quickly with no issues. I highly recommend for anyone moving and I will definitely use again for my next move. Excellent movers.
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Briana N.
The movers were extremely quick and professional; they helped to move my belongings into storage and couldn't have done a better job! If you need to move and are looking for a moving company, book this one. I will be using them for future moves!
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Wanda w.
Got to move move things out in no time
RLMJ MoversRLMJ Movers
Jumbo Moving was exceptional! I reached out regarding my move and they were responsive, professional and handled my move with care! The movers were hard working and diligent. They made my move a complete ease, and I’m more than satisfied with service they provided! If you are looking for a moving company that is reliable, professional and handles your items with care, choose Jumbo Moving! They will not disappoint! Thanks again for the incredible work on my move!
Minkyung K.
I read great reviews here so I contacted Bear’s Moving Co about a month before moving day. Qualin answered my questions in a timely matter, had a neat booking system, and also sent reminders which was really nice. On moving day, his team worked fast and moved bulky items swiftly and gently. I had negative experience with other moving companies before where movers intentionally moved slow to get extra dollars. Gladly, Bear’s Moving Co was sincere and fast that the moving ended within the agreed timeframe. If you are looking for a great moving company, go with Bear’s Moving Co.
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Carolina m.
My move went smooth. The movers kept me informed throughout the moving process. They worked well and were quick. They decreased my stress levels. I highly recommend these movers.
Claire G.
My move was pretty last minute, and yet, they were very accommodating and friendly. The move was quick and easy. Thanks, Tee's Movers!
Tamara F.
Jason and his movers did an excellent job for my move! He and his movers were professional and very efficient! They did such an excellent job, and moved my items with extreme care. I have referred his service to my Mom for her upcoming move!
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Thumbtack Customer
404 Movers did a great job with the entire moving process. We were moving our daughter from Acworth over to Brookhaven in downtown Atlanta. The move was seamless. My only contention was the time. It took a bit longer than anticipated, but overall it was a successful move.
404 Movers404 Movers
Maya H.
They saved me from having to push my move back a week with a last minute move. Although it was late the movers came in and got me moved within 2 and a half hours. Definitely recommend.
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Michelle D.
I can not say how wonderful this moving company is. Paki responded quickly and was easily reached. Paki was on time, courteous, and moved our belongs with care and concern. I would hire this moving company in a heartbeat again - they went beyond what is expected of movers. A great moving experience! I highly recommend City, State, and Nationwide Movers!
Moving Dept. Plex MultiserviceMoving Dept. Plex Multiservice
Arthur s.
Needed a desk and a couple items moved, was moved promptly and safely
Midas Moving ATLMidas Moving ATL
Ernest N.
The movers were on time and they moved us without any problems. I would recommend Sunset Movers to anyone who needs to move their belongings and want to work with true professionals. Hire them today!!
Sunset moversSunset movers
Mariah L.
I had the most wonderful experience with Elite Movers. From the first start of communication and a hiccup on my end. Elite Movers worked with me throughout the whole time. Something happened and we had to move weekends to move last weekend and Elote Movers squeezed us end and went above and beyond for us. We are so thrilled to recommend them to everyone we know who will need to move! With a wonderful price, professional, and the speed of moving made the whole annoyance of moving more bearable :)
Corey G.
Faith Moving Company was outstanding. They arrived earlier than our scheduled move-in time and finished the move well under of allotted time. This was the best moving decision I've made. Would recommend this company to anyone.
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Adi s.
I had a good experience! We had to move from a 2b apartment. The move was challenging because the move-in apartment is on the 7th floor and there is no direct access to this floor for the movers. So it took longer than anticipated to move in but Jasean’s crew was very professional and on the go the whole time which helped us move in good time! I would recommend them!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Summer J.
Elite Movers were very professional and courteous. They were kind enough to move us within a day of reserving, since we had another moving company that did not do a good job. They really helped us meet the deadline to move out of our house. I would definitely recommend them. It was a pleasant moving experience and moving is never fun! :-)
Amanda B.
The entire team at Green Seal Movers made my move so easy and stress-free! From the prompt communication to moving all of my things with ease, I highly recommend them for any future move.
Green Seal MoversGreen Seal Movers
Ms C.
EZ move we’re professional and efficient. I needed a last minute move and they replied quickly and made sure they found a mover for me within a good time frame. The mover was polite and got the job done quickly
Ez move (Atlanta, Ga)Ez move (Atlanta, Ga)
Seth W.
Bellhops had to reschedule move the day before. The move had a tight move in window that would have been over. Ended up canceling reservation and had to scramble to find a mover in less than 12 hours.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Jessica C.
Quality mover did a fantastic job! Would recommend to anyone moving!!
Quick MoverQuick Mover
E. D.
Super fast movers, got the move done in half the time expected!
Top N Town Moving Services LLCTop N Town Moving Services LLC
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