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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 Batavia movers
Letisia W.
Kingsley movers was so great! The movers that were sent to me had my entire u haul done within 30 minutes! The movers were fast, friendly, and kind. Thank you again!
Kingsley MoversKingsley Movers
Ava T.
Arthur and his team were very efficient and helped our move go nice and smoothly. I would highly recommend them for an easy, fast move.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Cheryl K.
Such pleasant gentlemen!! Highly recommend this moving company.
Tys InnTys Inn
Allison R.
Excellent all around! Needed some exercise equipment moved from a first floor up a spiral staircase. They responded to my inquiry same day, and my stuff was moved the next afternoon. Punctual, professional, and fairly priced - would definitely recommend!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Jen H.
Travis and his team were great. They were moving things from our house into a storage container in our driveway. They fit WAY more than we ever would have thought in there, and they did it so quickly. They were careful with our items and made sure to check in with questions to ensure the right items were being moved. We will definitely be using their services for our upcoming move if they’re available. Thank you Travis!
The Athletic MoversThe Athletic Movers
Eileen G.
I hired John to move 3 items Armoire, Mattress and China cabinet. My china cabinet was broken in the move probably not wrapped well enough to be in a pick-up truck although I was assured he had moved items such as this in the pick-up. I was also assured that he would take care of fixing it. He left the china cabinet in my home including the broken glass. I paid him and tipped him for the move as they were heavy items and I realize it is hard work to move. That said, I don't appreciate being lied too and he should have told me immediately too bad so sad I cannot fix it. Prior to leaving he assured me he would take care of it. I waited 2 weeks texted once to follow up and again was assured he was working on getting a quote to fix. Texted 2 weeks later and no response at all. Bad way of doing business.
Bear MovingBear Moving
Heather D.
Thank you so much to Kenkays Moving! We had several different large and heavy pieces of furniture that needed to be moved and we had a timeline to get a rental trailer back. They came in with all the right gear at the end of a hot and busy day and took care of it for us. Great communication, professionalism and they got the job done well!
Amy M.
John was very prompt in responding to my request to move a piano and took great care with our instrument. Definitely would hire again!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Amy M.
Do yourself a favor and please hire Techno! The guys were prompt and so pleasant to be around. Angela was wonderful at communicating with us. We needed some furniture moved from our garage into our new home. They moved about 15-20 pieces and took extra care not to scratch up our new floors and freshly painted walls. I would definitely hire them again!
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Kandice R.
Eddie was very responsive to all my questions and helped with a couple unique situations we had! Would definitely use them again for our next move!
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Madeline M.
They didn’t use the equipment they had for majority of move. They basically went box by box. I asked them back up the truck to use ramp on sidewalk and/or pull the landing strip ramp they had on truck out also. Either or both would help them to be faster. My partner who was a mover years ago also suggested this and we both asked them to use the dollys they had to take more than one item at a time but they said because they didn’t pack the boxes and they were not all the same size or weight it would be dangerous. Which I said was silly and to please go ahead since I was feeling this process was not efficient and was really really taking way too much time. They started the one bedroom second floor stairs apartment move at 11:30am and finished to second floor apartment with elevator at 6:40pm! One of the movers didn’t speak any English only Russian and the other one was on his phone over 50% of the time with his upset girlfriend and he used an earpiece to communicate with her so I was confused who he was talking to most of time. When I expressed my frustration and concerns about very expensive cost towards end of move they closed the truck and said until I sent payment and the boss confirmed they couldn’t finish. I spoke to a woman on phone about the issues and she was very rude said negative things about my things and I was told I knew about the cost and extra charges and she knew I was able to pay for it. I told her I was unaware of the $25 shrink wrap cost and never saw it cause they didn’t even use it. It was apparently left at old apartment and I would be paying for it. The call ended when she said she couldn’t help me and she would make the boss call me. He was also rude and only gave me $50 off neither the management or movers were helpful respectful or professional. The move cost over $850 and wasn’t even done since the truck wasn’t full or filled well on first and only trip to our new home.
Nice Guys Movers (LCM) NapervilleNice Guys Movers (LCM) Naperville
Jake K.
Jason has been servicing my pool table needs for the past 10 years. He knows the product very well and knows how to properly dismantle, move, and re-assemble and level. His workmanship is top notch and I feel comfortable with him handling my pool table needs.
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
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