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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

How many movers should I hire for my long-distance move?

To figure out how many movers you need, take the size of your home, the number of items you need to move and the weight of those items to estimate how many movers you might need.

For example, a studio or one-bedroom apartment might take two movers to load and unload your belongings efficiently. A two- or three-bedroom home might require three or more movers. And a three- or four-bedroom house might require four movers.

Ask moving companies in your area how many movers — and how many hours — it may take to complete your long-distance move. 

How much does it cost to move out of state?

Moving out of state costs an average of $5,630, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. However, this is just an estimate — how much you’ll pay to move out of state will likely depend on the weight of your belongings, if you need storage, the distance of the move and more.

To avoid any surprising or hidden fees, get free estimates from movers near you.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The cheapest way to move long distance is to plan ahead. This allows you to capitalize on several money-saving strategies. For example, you may consider renting a portable moving container. These are often cheaper than moving trucks, though moving truck rentals are a great option for moderately sized homes. 

Planning ahead also gives you time to start looking around for free moving boxes and supplies. You might also be able to snag discounts from moving companies if you book far out in advance and ask movers for a deal. Try not to move during the peak season (spring or summer), as prices tend to be highest during that time.

Contact the best long-distance movers in your area to get free estimates and figure out a way to save money.  

How do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

What should I pack first when moving?

First on your packing checklist are non-essential items you don’t need to access for the next couple of weeks or so. This can include things like holiday decorations, extra towels and collectibles.

Then, move on to artwork, entertainment items and special kitchenware you hardly ever use. 

As moving day draws near, pack children’s games, jewelry, artwork and all linens except for an essential set for each household member.

Next up is kitchen equipment, items in your medicine cabinet, bathroom supplies, laundry supplies and electronics.

One to two days before your move, pack furniture, rugs and tools.

On moving day (or a few days before), pack your clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other necessities like snacks and food.

Reviews for Vinings moving companies
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)
Breana M.
By far the best moving company!
SunnySide Moving CoSunnySide Moving Co
Keelin R.
The movers for KC Moving Company arrived early and were extremely nice and careful.
KC Moving CompanyKC Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Ronnie is TERRIFIC!! I will never use another moving company as long as this company is around.
RLMJ EnterpriseRLMJ Enterprise
Zekiel N.
Amazing moving company would rehire again
Move Packer GurusMove Packer Gurus
Aaron J.
Excellent moving company. They were very professional, courteous, and punctual. They got the job gone with a fair price. I will definitely use this company for all my moving needs.
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
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!
Plex AthleticsPlex Athletics
Tulani W.
This moving company was professional, timely, and efficient! Would definitely recommend!!
Mama's Movers, LLCMama's Movers, LLC
Jerome T.
The company was ok. There was slight damage done to our dining room table. Also, for 3 movers, they moved somewhat slow.
Royal Lion RelocationRoyal Lion Relocation
Thumbtack Customer
THE WORST MOVE AND COMPANY I HAVE EVER HAD OR WORKED WITH.. BEWARE!!!!!! The positive is my movers were very respectful.
Precious Cargo Movers LLCPrecious Cargo Movers LLC
Todd N.
Great moving company...after they moved me I recommend them to other clients due to their professionalism and great work.
LIOO MovingLIOO Moving
Kristen C.
My move was so much easier thanks to Bears moving company. I Would absolutely book again 👌🏿
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Lavern W.
Very punctual and excellent in moving furniture. Did a precheck to see what all I had and the best way to move it safely and efficiently. I have never had a moving company come in person the day before to check things. Hire this company! You won't regret it.
Wright-Way Relocation Services, LLCWright-Way Relocation Services, LLC
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
Valeria A.
Great moving company! On time, quick, and professional. They were so helpful.
Valcin's Moving CompanyValcin's Moving Company
Kevin B.
Honestly the best moving experience I've ever had. After being stood up by another moving company on Saturday, LIOO was able to get me in for a last-minute Sunday afternoon time. The team was professional and efficient. I can't see myself ever using a different moving company.
LIOO MovingLIOO Moving
Nancy B.
They showed up early and got the move done quickly. Highly recommend the company.
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Nick C.
I very rarely leave reviews....but in this instance, I couldn't go another day without expressing my gratitude for Jamal and Bear's Moving Company. Jamal was very responsive, professional and he and his partner got the job done quickly! If anyone is looking for a professional moving company that's fair in pricing and quality of work -- please consider Bear's Moving Co. 5 stars company!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Shanice k.
These guys were absolutely amazing during my move. I had a bad experience with another moving company and these guys did a great job undoing what the previous company did. They were punctual, communicative, and patient. They were prepared with all items necessary for a move and took great care of my things. I definitely recommend these guys for moving services!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Aaron G.
Excellent experience! Great communication throughout. We have moved 8 times, Pick Up Movers is by far the best moving company we have ever used. Highly recommended!
Pick Up Movers LLC GAPick Up Movers LLC GA
Karun K.
Very professional, effective and punctual. They did a great job with our apartment move. I definitely recommend them!! Thanks Bears Moving Company!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Keynu S.
I needed a last minute move and Prodigy movers responded within a few hours. Great company, will recommend and use services again in the future.
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
Likun M.
M-Town Movers is an affordable, reliable moving company. Honest and responsive, they will work around your schedule including having their crew move in the evenings if that’s what it takes. I would highly recommend them for moving needs!
M-Town Movers LLCM-Town Movers LLC
Shongretta W.
Highly recommend CTS Movers. Very professional and worked quickly. Although they were late (most moving companies are), they immediately got to work and completed a move, with stairs in 2 hours. Please consider them for your next local move.
Coop Troop ServicesCoop Troop Services
Thumbtack Customer
Having worked with many moving companies, I can say without hesitation that 404Movers is the best. My interaction with the company was nothing but positive. In particular, I appreciated how professional and efficient the movers were, as well as the care they took to protect my furniture. I have never had a moving company wrap and safeguard my belongings to the extent done by 404Movers. Notably, this exceptional level of care did not result in an inflated final bill. In fact, it seemed to allow them to move more quickly (e.g. they could use dollies and worry less about harming the furniture). And, in then end, they came in well below their quoted time and cost. If you are in the market for a moving company, choose 404Movers!
404 Movers404 Movers
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