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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 Highland Park movers
Oscar P.
I was in a pinch to find movers and Keep It Up replied promptly with a competitive quote and were responsive throughout our back and forth communication. They showed up on time the day of the move, were pleasant, professional, and efficient during the move. To my wallet’s benefit they finished the move into the storage unit quickly thanks to their diligent pace. I will hire again.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Gail T.
Moving is so difficult, but everyone with Chicagoland Movers did their best to make it a good experience. Everyone including the owners, scheduler and movers were polite, knowledgeable, punctual, and trustworthy. They swiftly moved awkward furniture and were careful with fragile items. They made an extra trip the day after my move to bring my plants to my new house. They even picked up my boxes a few days after the move. I compared value and customer care promises carefully before choosing them and I made the right choice. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Shipping D.
Awesome movers, help me a lot. Reasonable price and good work. Help me moving furnitures, they are very safe and very careful. Recommend to others.
The Steppe MoversThe Steppe Movers
Osmani d.
They helped me move the furniture out of my house to storage. I was able to schedule the move quickly, they were professional, courteous and very efficient with their time. I will recommend “Keep It Up” to all my friends and family, and I will use them again the next time I move.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Jon S.
Mike and his partner moved my family and I from Chicago, IL to Boulder, CO and the move could not have gone better. I can truly say I have never seen 2 people work harder and more efficiently. Mike was responsive from the first point of contact and remained that way until the delivery of our property. I would recommend Mike and Big Dog Movers to anyone moving near or far.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Lesley P.
I wish there was an option to give a 10 star rating! Earlier this year, I had a horrible experience with M&M Movers who were late, ill-prepared, broke a beautiful piece of furniture because it wasn't wrapped, and then only wanted to give $200 to fix it when the cost to fix was over $3000...and the movers loved to tell us how terrible their day had been. It was a simply awful experience. So I was extremely nervous when I had to hire movers again. Now, I will have Chicagoland Moving & Storage on speed-dial for ANYONE looking to move. They were fantastic in every way. They contacted me quickly. They were able to work with my limited schedule. They came to assess what needed moving to plan accordingly. Their movers were 15 minutes early, simply delightful, were quick but completely thorough. It was the most amazing experience. Unless you have experienced the stress of moving, you would not completely understand how important this experience was for me and my family. Thank you, everyone, at Chicagoland Moving & Storage. Amazing in every way and I am forever grateful. - Lesley Picchietti, raving fan
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
James K.
The movers were perfect, it was a hard task, but the guys managed to be great!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Keith j.
They worked extremely hard and moved massive pieces. They were great
AB MovingAB Moving
Matt G.
Best movers I have ever used. I lived on the third floor of an old building with a tight staircase. They moved my entire apartment quickly while being careful with the furniture. I would highly recommend!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Char L.
Absolutely the BEST group of Movers and Even Handy Men!!! After a nightmare of trying to get this Free Shed taken down and moved to my house. Getting it moved and rebuilt was even more of a nightmare. But Tyrone and his guys were Amazing! I would recommend them very highly!! Thanks guys for all your extremely hard work to get my “She Shed” Up!!
Tys InnTys Inn
Jeff C.
Was the most efficient mover I have used. Great communication. Will use again.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Sara g.
Alex and Alex are unbelievable. They did in 2 hours an amazing amount of furniture in my home. Many of pieces were extremely heavy. They moved the items flawlessly and without any damage to walls or the furniture. I will use them again and can’t say enough about both of them. Very professional and very patient. Best movers I ever used abc I have moved a lot in past 5 years.
Heavy MoversHeavy Movers
Jeanine G.
Awesome job! Very happy with my move. Will be calling John again soon. 😊
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Leah M.
Dominguez responded to my request immediately and was at my house, with an assistant, moving furniture in less then 2 hours!!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Teresa M.
These 2 professionals accomplished more in 2 hours than any other teams. I have ever hired.I would highly recommend these very careful movers for any job you have pending. I requested them 24 hours prior to my move, and they set a price and met all expectations.
Careful Moving ServiceCareful Moving Service
Andy g.
Excellent Service!! Crew members were very accommodating and helpful! Provided with support relentlessly… till the completion of the move! Highly Recommended!!
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Char L.
Really great to work with nice, strong and fast Movers! I definitely would recommend them and I’ll use them again!! Thanks
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Allison S.
They worked last minute to help us with the moving some real Heavy equipment- nice job and easy to get a hold of, very good experience
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Lisa O.
I would have checked all! Amazing, hard working, polite! Very responsive and easy to work with. They will be my go to movers!!! Thank you so much!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Sarah G.
I had a great experience working with Archer's moving. They were courteous, kind, and strong! My furniture pieces are large and heavy. I highly recommend their services.
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Iris F.
Mr. Dominguez takes his work seriously. He paid attention while making suggestions as we swapped appliances for our mom. He addressed my concerns about elderly people. Lastly, he took photos of work completed. Will most likely use him again for moving appliances or heavy items.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Ashley M.
Horrible…job was completely misjudged and took 2 days instead of 1 (which costs me extra money to stay in my old place). Quoted at 3 hours and took at least 16, even though I requested full service (packing, moving, disassemble and assemble furniture). Worst experience I’ve ever had. The guys doing the job were great. They did the best they could. Their management was disastrous. Please do not ever use this company. I even had to make my own trips to Home Depot to get supplies.
Heavy Hitter Laborers 847*849*6424Heavy Hitter Laborers 847*849*6424
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