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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 Marietta movers
Bill M.
Movers Arrived On Time And Worked The Entire Time During The Move! I’m Completely Satisfied With Faith Moving And Would Hire And Recommend Them For Any Moves!
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Thumbtack Customer
I had the best moving experience with Tate The Great Moving Company! The movers were very professional and friendly. They took care of my belongings and moved fairly quickly.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLCTate The Great Moving Company, LLC
Tierra S.
Fast and efficient moving service, got me moved in no time.
Metro MoversMetro Movers
Charise M.
After a little mishap in the morning, things moved along well and the move was good.
Dawn S.
Thanks to Champion Movers, I had the best positive moving experience ever! 10 stars!! Champion Movers came through for me! I had everything prepared & ready for the move. After accessing the area, Champion Movers got busy. My items were wrapped & carried carefully arriving at the destination in the same condition on a rainy day. Watching how things were handled by Champion Movers immediately removed the stress of moving off me, heck, before I knew it I was telling jokes & had Thomas laughing with me. I will recommend Champion Movers to everyone that I know. Thanks again for a terrific moving experience!
Marc H.
Excellent movers. We had a family heirloom upright piano they moved with extreme care.
Ultimate Moves And Relocations LLCUltimate Moves And Relocations LLC
Espy E.
Our moving duo was fantastic. They were so friendly and they did such a great job. I would definitely use We Haul Moving and Storage again for our next move!
We Haul Moving and Storage LLCWe Haul Moving and Storage LLC
Anup M.
Lorenzo and his partner were on time and very quick. They made smart choices in moving the items we asked them to move. Will recommend them to anyone looking for moving services.
Fisher of Man Moving CompanyFisher of Man Moving Company
Paula m.
Great crew! The movers were on time, worked diligently and very efficient! Hired for an out of state move and was so pleasantly surprised at how hard the crew worked and with such a great attitude! Would hire them again for any move!! Totally recommend for any size move!!
Rapid MovingRapid Moving
Sam A.
Great experience moving a spinet piano! Movers were kind and professional. Quick to respond to messages.
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Alyssa G.
Awesome movers. They did a great job. They were on time. They moved my things with so much ease and care on such short notice. The best movers I’ve ever had! Thank you
Dream Clean Custom ServicesDream Clean Custom Services
Jordan H.
DA Lowe movers were fantastic. They helped me move after another moving company didn’t show up. They were professional and I would definitely use them again!
DA Lowe MoversDA Lowe Movers
Linda H.
I am in the middle of a move and Sammie&Jonathan worked nonstop moving my stuff from one floor to another helping me get ready for sale and move. I just may live through this move. Thanks to Royal Lion. The y even organized the stuff in the basement
Royal Lion RelocationRoyal Lion Relocation
Teresa N.
Thank you for making the move happen. When another moving company did not show up, you worked me in to move the items. Thank you! You came in and went straight to work! Terrance and Calvin were able to handle the large pieces of furniture I needed moved.
It’s Us movingIt’s Us moving
Praveen N.
The move was wonderful. They were on time and moved things super fast, with a nice smile :) will definitely recommend them
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
Morgan W.
Smooth moves is the best moving company you can choose! This was my first time using professional movers and Smooth Moves made it so easy! Our move ran so smoothly and they could not have been more professional or done anything better! They work really hard and really care about the quality of work they are doing! Thank you guys! I cannot recommend them enough!
Chris B.
This was our first time hiring movers and I have to say if we move again we will be using Falcon Moving. The guys were very professional and in high spirits even in the rain. They set everything up just the way we wanted it. Needless to say we are very impressed with Falcon Moving!!
Falcon Moving AtlantaFalcon Moving Atlanta
Thumbtack Customer
Chris and his partner moved a bedroom set for us. Chris was great about communicating prior to the move, they were on time, and did the move quickly and efficiently. They were great! We would highly recommend them!
Valcin's Moving CompanyValcin's Moving Company
Katy H.
We have moved quite a bit and ATD Movers has probably been the best movers we have dealt with. Great communication and great quality. We have already said we will definitely use them for our next move. I will recommend them to all my friends and family, too
A.T.D. MoversA.T.D. Movers
Raegan R.
Tee and Trent did an amazing job for us on two moves within the span of a month. He helped wrapped and pack and move things to storage and then our new home - unpacking and moving things to the right spaces. They are very polite and accommodating. I highly recommend and would use for any move - large or small.
Karie C.
These movers were awesome! Very efficient and packed the truck as full as possible! We definitely recommend Big Deal Moving!
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Chris B.
Really high quality move with great customer service and friendly, efficient movers. Made my life a tonne easier!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Jesse B.
Provided a great moving experience! Punctual, careful, and professional, I would definitely recommend and will be using for my next move!
RLMJ MoversRLMJ Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Ronnie was the most experience mover I have ever hired in my lifetime. He was on time, moved everything in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone planning there next move. You won't be disappointed.
RLMJ MoversRLMJ Movers
Jamel M.
Prodigy Movers did an excellent job with our move today. They were on time, professional, and extremely easy to work with. I highly recommend using them for your next move. Thanks for your help guys. God bless!
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
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