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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.

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. 

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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.

Reviews for Aurora movers
Angela W.
I really appreciate them accommodating my move same day move last minute.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Christie F.
The movers were excellent and came in to do the job. They did it in record time and took care of the items moved.
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Thumbtack Customer
Local move of a 2 BD townhouse w/garage. Had 3 movers and a large truck. Movers were on time, polite and thorough. Fragile items were wrapped and treated with care. Move was completed in less than 3 hours. I would definitely use them again.
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Cece S.
We had a great experience with Moving Mountains. They moved a piano for us. They were very communicative and quick to respond. They did a great job with the move and were very friendly and willing to go above and beyond.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
We are very impressed with the professional team of Pinhead Piano . They did an excellent job of moving the piano, right from arriving( before)on time, inspecting and planning the move , making sure that neither property nor piano gets any damage and getting it to our house. Such a stress free move , we will definitely recommend Pinhead Piano for their awesome piano moving services. Anusree
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend using this company for your move. They were incredibly professional and courteous, moved very quickly, and were very careful with our things. It was a real pleasure doing business with them, and I will be keeping their number for any future moves we have.
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Adrienne C.
THESE WERE THE BEST MOVERS I HAVE EVER USED AND I HAVE USED PLENTY!! I had a mover scheduled who bailed the day before my move and Aaron and his company stepped in at the last minute. I can’t say enough good things about this company. They were professional, polite, on time and well priced. I will use them only moving forward. Save their info now!
Errands PCKG & MVNGErrands PCKG & MVNG
Alexander G.
Very efficient team. Helped me with a move of a 2 bedroom apartment. One of the first moves that I've done that nothing broke during it. Would recommend them for sure.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Kevin L.
Very pleased. Apex Pinnacle helped moved heavy furniture for my pediatric practice: pack, move, and deliver all within 3 hours. Would highly recommend.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Christopher B.
The best moving experience I’ve ever had!
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Fiona D.
I had an AMAZING move with Stark Moving and Storage on Mon 10/27/2022. I moved from a 1-bedroom apartment into a single family residence and hired 3 men + truck. I found them via Thumbtack, then filled out an estimate form via their website, got a quote, then booked them - All done online. I got nervous nobody would show up as move day approached, and called their phone # and they pulled me right up in the computer, and assured me the crew would be there. On moving day they arrived on time, and everyone was polite and professional. Everything was wrapped and secured, and the crew was SO QUICK!! Absolutely NO damage to any of my belongings, or to any of the walls, etc. - They did an amazing job. Moving is extremely stressful - Do yourself a favor, and hire Stark Moving; They make it easy!!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Don C.
Crew came on time and completed move in a timely manner.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Donna m.
Moving in extreme humidity & heat on October 1st was brutal but the two movers sent were so efficient, courteous & remained professional throughout the process. I was so impressed. They did a great job. Kudos. I will use this mover again & will recommend to all. Thanks for making a miserably hot humid day go smoothly.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Kasie S.
Selecting Anthony's Advanced Labor Services was truly the best decision we made for our move from Illinois to Indiana. We originally reached out to one of the nationwide moving companies to help us with our relocation, but they were unable to provide us with what we needed or even chat on the phone about our needs. We were SO LUCKY to find Antony's Advanced Labor Services. The movers were extremely professional, responsive, and provided personalized services based on our specific needs for the move. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for movers in the area. They are, by far, the best.
Anthony's Advanced Labor Services LLCAnthony's Advanced Labor Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers who got here was fantastic. They were very helpful and willing to work around problems. The reason I'm giving the average rating is because of the miscommunication. It is a Good moving company that you can trust but please MAKE SURE you communicate with them both via thumbtack and phone to confirm on price and details, so that you don't end up in the same situation as I was in. Here's my story. I got a quote with a really good price that says it included a truck, and I also confirmed with them via thumtack messaging. However, when they got here, the movers did not bring a truck and they were told I was going to have a truck. So basically at the last minute I realized that we did not have a truck and if I wanted them to bring a truck, they would charge me a lot more money and I'm not sure if I need to pay for the waiting time while the truck was heading my way. Luckily my moving location is really closeby and after some 20 minutes of discussion, the movers decided to move my furniture using their jeep and carry the heavier/bigger ones over. The movers got here 15 minutes late, but they did not charge me for that. I ended up paying for the time we were discussing for a solution and the time they were moving furniture.The job did get done in a timely manner.The movers were really willing to help me get the moving done, and I am very grateful to them for helping me to get the moving done despite the problem. Honestly speaking, I went with Illinois Valley Movers because of the really good price that I couldn't get from all the other moving companies that I called. But that's comparing the price they gave me to the other moving companies' price that included a truck. If I was informed of their real correct price, I probably would have gone for a company that's closer by and I have heard about before.
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Illinois Valley Movers helped me move from Aurora to Elgin with ease. The guys were nothing but professional. Everything went smoothly and I'd highly recommend them to anyone. Great price, great service.
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I was not given the receipt for the move, as promised,and they were 4 hours late. Was only offered 10% off, and offered another guy to help with the move, but they were still 1 1/2 hours over the alloted time
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Patrick S.
The entire process from start to finish was wonderful. As soon as we posted our move to Thumbtack, Next Door responded immediately. Obtaining a quote was super easy. When Diego and the guys arrived, they couldn’t have been better. They took note of everything we needed moved, and took great care wrapping our belongings. They worked efficiently and stuck to the schedule. At the new house, the guys put all of our furniture where we wanted it and put everything back together. Moving is so stressful, but Next Door Movers made it much better.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Shanette D.
Nathan and Jordan did an exceptional job with my move today! They arrived early and moved me quickly. Both of them were polite and made a great team! Thank you guys!! I will definitely be using them in the future.
Anna t.
Great guys. I was not able to be there when the movers arrived, my son said they were great, took care while moving, were efficient and packed everything in an organized manner. Would totally recommend and use their services agin.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Joy M.
Randy and his team were professional and worked fast to move our 2 story 4 bedroom house. They took care of all our pieces when moving and we were settled into our new home within a matter of hours.
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Linda S.
I would highly recommend Rob's Job. They were punctual, courteous, professional, responsive, and hard working. We had a number of very large, heavy furniture pieces to be moved. They took great care in disassembling what could be taken apart, wrapping and moving these pieces out. Our final destination was over 1 hour away, but they remained steadfast in the completion of our move. Rob and his entire team were a pleasure to work with.
Rob's JobsRob's Jobs
Geno W.
I’ll recommend these guys any day anytime. The day we were scheduled to move the company truck caught on fire. We were immediately informed and they preserved to get the job done by going to rent a truck. Customer 1st Attitude!!! Showtime Movers showed up and showed out on time for my family and I. Thanks Juan and Crew!!!! *** Hurry Up!!! What are you waiting 4, Call and book Showtime Movers!!!
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Diana M.
I had a move with several pick up locations and several drop off since I am helping people from Ukraine to arrange their needs. Stark movers did a good job and strictly followed our instructions, very good experience with this company.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Nancy F.
I thought I'd already reviewed them....but these guys moved us last year and they were unbelievably accommodating and thorough. Wouldn't hesitate to hire them again. I've had some bad experiences with movers over the years, but these guys were excellent in every way!
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
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