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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 Douglasville movers
Nicole C.
The Big Deal moving team were on time, very polite and professional. Everything that I needed moved was moved with care.
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Leslie P.
Muscle Moving completed a move of a three bedroom home. They arrived and promptly completed the move taking care of all items. They wrapped all pieces and utilized moving blankets where necessary. I will use them again in the future.
Muscle Moving CompanyMuscle Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely a great team of movers. They were fast and professional. I have referred RLMJ movers to loads of people!
RLMJ movers
Alika N.
Great service! Accommodated our last minute request for movers. The movers were punctual and efficient! Will definitely recommend!
Baba logisticsBaba logistics
Thumbtack Customer
We hired 404 Movers for our move in January. They came despite snow and ice. Everything was wrapped up nicely and nothing broke or got scratched during the move. Very friendly and professional. We highly recommend them!
404 Movers404 Movers
Thumbtack Customer
These guys are awesome. We had to reschedule from last Friday from all of the rain, but I had something pop up the day of the move and needed to move it back one hour and they made it work. Derrick, Jeff and Syd all did an awesome job and worked hard and made the move fun. If you are moving I recommend these guys!
404 Movers404 Movers
Akeya H.
I booked this company for last minute moving services after the first moving company I booked bailed on me. I regret that I didn't reach out to Mike Moves Georgia first! I needed them for next day moving services. I reached out for an estimate late the night before and they called me early the next morning. Prices are very reasonable and they overall did a GREAT job. I had A LOT of items that needed to be moved and they got it done with no issues. Both workers were courteous and respectful. I highly recommend their moving service!
Mike Moves GeorgiaMike Moves Georgia
Jonathan F.
Great movers. Would highly recommend!
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLCTate The Great Moving Company, LLC
Michele h.
There seemed to be some confusion about my project move. Could have been handled better. The movers were great. Very careful with my things.
T&N PartnersT&N Partners
Kay D.
Move Packer Gurus has been the most pleasant experience with movers I’ve experienced. The owner Mr. Maurice was quick with his responsive, was transparent on pricing from start to finish and communicated with the packing process. Him and his team are the best movers in the Atlanta area. I shopped around for quotes and even had my lender refer a company... All of them came out super expensive. It was a few days before the big move (literally) and Mr. Maurice accepted the job. These pros are a must hire for your moving needs. If you’re looking for speedy, but meticulous pros Move Packer Gurus is your movers. Thank you for making my transition seamless Mr. Maurice. Will use again, will refer... my number ONE company!!!
Move Packer GurusMove Packer Gurus
St. F.
They made my move quick and easy !
Coop Troop ServicesCoop Troop Services
Amanda L.
Moved my items with speed and care
B&M moversB&M movers
Rod W.
What a wonderful group of young men!! I had a small moving project within a multiple floor home, the moving team came in and completed the work very efficiently. They were mindful to protect the furniture they were moving as well as the walls and floors. I enjoyed the conversation we shared as well. I won't hesitate to call them again for any moving/relocating projects I may encounter.
Tapp & MoveTapp & Move
Thumbtack Customer
This was the worse moving experience. Movers showed late, lost the keys to the truck, cursing and awful language, did not finish until midnight. Supervisor did not help the situation, offered a discount on the move when it should have been close to free. I will never use this company again.
Next Door RelocatorsNext Door Relocators
Sophia K.
I had a quick move and these guys were very professional took them 10 mins to move everything in the home and they wrapped up everything before putting it on the truck. I’ll be using them again to move the last bit of my items in the next couple of weeks. Great service
Southern ProfessionsSouthern Professions
Brenda B.
I was very pleased with Eric Reeves of Smooth Moves. He & his helper Ryan took very good care of all my furniture. Highly recommend Smooth Moves.
Aaron M.
ATD movers are the best !! Mike was very quick to respond to my inquiry . He is very professional and detailed with his work. Mike and his partner arrived on time and was able to move my stuff from my one bedroom apartment to my new apartment within 2 hours . I was shocked but pleased at how quickly they moved everything. The price was very reasonable. I will definitely be calling Mike for my next move . Thanks again ATD !
A.T.D. MoversA.T.D. Movers
Carol B.
These guys were great. I had some challenges with my move that had nothing to do with them and they were very accommodating. I will definitely use them for my next move.
Odum & CompanyOdum & Company
Jennifer O.
Great work ethics; made moving so easy.
LIOO MovingLIOO Moving
Tamara W.
I hired Calvin to move a wash and dryer for me and he moved it down a flight of stairs with no problem. He was very punctual, courteous and professional. I would definitely hire him and his team.
Dream Clean Custom ServicesDream Clean Custom Services
Fannie R.
What a professional moving job from this company! I called last minute to schedule the move and they were able to accept my service request. They were ON TIME and ready to work! I have moved a zillion times due to my military background and this was by far the best ever!!!!! I have never seen a moving company physically pick up a refrigerator to prevent it rolling over wet grass leaving a trail so the new owners yard would remain in tack. They worked so hard and moved me so fast I felt obligated to increase the flat rate by $100 and gave $100 tip! They are totally worth it. Great group of young men with dreams of success. I recommend them 100% FYI they moved my furniture from a 5 bedroom 4500sqft home to a 7 bedroom 60000sqft home flawlessly.
Multi Cash Investments LLCMulti Cash Investments LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were quick, calm, and dedicated to getting the job done right.
Valcin's Moving CompanyValcin's Moving Company
Kaitlin R.
Brandon was more than willing to help me out, after I had someone back out of a move with me. Very friendly, and hard working. I would definitely recommend this company for your next move! :)
V.I.P. MovingV.I.P. Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful experience! Movers were friendly, fast, and very accommodating. Highly recommended!!
Property Detox LLCProperty Detox LLC
Thumbtack Customer
404 Movers were awesome! They showed up right on time and moved a very heavy piano up 10 stairs and made it look easy! Very nice, professional group of men and reasonable, too. I would highly recommend them!!
404 Movers404 Movers
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