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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 Lombard movers
Darek N.
Travis and his team were extremely professional and took great care of everything that required moving. Highly recommended for professional, respectful and affordable movers!
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Tricia B.
Really nice guys and they move quick
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Aliziya P.
My experience with these movers was perfect in every way. From the beginning, David’s prompt communication made the scheduling process easy and worry-free. On the day of the move, I appreciated how they called to tell me that they were 15 minutes away, and arrived on time. They got right to work and completed my 1-bedroom/1-bathroom move (both starting and destination locations in buildings without elevators) in approx. 2.5 hours. These men are very hard workers, and I am extremely happy with my moving experience with Sweet Home Movers!!!
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Evelyn S.
The attention to moving everything with care was Greg's main objective. From wrapping all wooden furniture with moving mats to securing boxes and loose items; everything was moved with care. Greg and the guys even put my oak daybed back together tighter and more secure than it was. Highly recommended
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Shamara B.
They were on time and moved fast. Nice and professional gentlemen.
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Aleshia C.
The guys did a wonderful job moving our family into our new home . Not only did they arrive on time , they called an hour early asking if we was available due to finishing last move close by us . Five mins after the call they arrived . It didn’t take them long to move us . We would definitely recommend them ! Thanks guys!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Kaushlesh C.
Timely work. Took good care of belongings. Well packaged and moved
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Lisa C.
We used Technowiiz for my daughters move and were very pleased with their service. Customer service was excellent and movers were friendly and did a great job. I would recommend and use again! Thanks, Lisa C
Technowiiz Home Services LLC.Technowiiz Home Services LLC.
Donna L.
Though it’s was moving one sofa from my place to my kids apartment.They where on time keep in contact before arriving. They were pleasant and got the job done in no time. I would recommend them for any size moving job. Save the hassle of getting a rental and friends to help. When you want the job done right and fast and save your back. Call J.C MOVERS.
J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.
Megan B.
Eddie and his two assistant movers were 5 minutes early (!), had the truck loaded within 15-20 minutes max (I moved a 1-BR apartment) and got everything upstairs and into my new apartment within the same amount of time. They were kind and easy to work with, along with communicating well during the time leading up to the move. I would highly recommend using Eddie and Dynamovers to anyone.
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Eric E.
They helped me move from Lombard to roselle and did an awesome job I highly recommend
Technowiiz Home Services LLC.Technowiiz Home Services LLC.
Christyn F.
These movers were very efficient and helped us tremendously! I highly recommend using them.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Syed M.
They were actually early which would have been great but we were at a different location and not at home. However, they waited patiently and started charging us at the previous stated start time. They were very professional. They reviewed all the furniture to be moved, wrapped all of it, and then moved them without damaging anything. The movers were great and didn't waste time. The only parts that we didn't like was that when paying for the final charge, we were charged an extra $100 and when moving the old fridge to the curb some hinges and shelving were left out. However, after talking to Sandra, the extra charge was reversed back.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Deanna G.
Highly recommend! I needed 3 fragile pieces of furniture moved from a condo to a house. These guys were responsive, affordable, timely, and efficient. Under pressure in a stressful situation, the movers couldn’t have handled themselves better. Grateful for their help today. Hire them, and you won’t be disappointed.
Heavy MoversHeavy Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time, and actually were a few minutes early. Very fast and efficient. My moving day went without a hitch.
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Maheen K.
Amazing job - both the movers that arrived were fast & efficient! They got our moving done in less time than we expected & were very nice - great customer service provided. They also shrink wrapped our TV & mattress with extreme care so we didn’t have to worry about it. I highly recommend working with this business!
Laury P.
The guys were organized, communicative and friendly. They took my worries away by taking great care in moving my stuff. I highly recommend them.
Nice Guys Movers (LCM) NapervilleNice Guys Movers (LCM) Naperville
Diane P.
At first I was a little doubtful as they were about 30-40 minutes late for the move. But once they got going, I was very impressed with the care they took in wrapping all of my items and being able to break down and rebuild the bigger pieces. They were cheerful, very sweet to my girls who were in awe of them, and very accommodating to us. Thank you Apex for a smooth move to our first house!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Nancy H.
Hire movers that speak English; they only spoke Russian and could not read the labels I put on all pieces so that they would be placed in the appropriate room when off-loaded. Come prepared with all tools needed; they used my trolley and the trolley owned by my previous apartment. State the height of the truck as new apartment could only accommodate 8'2" and the truck was 11 feet high so they could not enter the off-loading garage. Consequently, the off-loading took double the amount of time as they had to off-load at the door and move it to the elevator, which added significantly to my bill. Movers were not professional, so loaded boxes before larger items. Consequently, the larger items could not fit and we had to return for them, thus adding more time. The top of one of my bookcases broke off at some point, and the movers could not find it. They did not look beyond the truck. It was one of the last items loaded. The estimate was $460 for three hours of work by three movers. Because of all the glitches, I paid $830 for 6 hours of work. I am disabled so the misplacement of items in the new apartment has created a lot of difficulty as I cannot lift them or transport them from one room to another.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Chen P.
Nathan and Jordan are very fast, they work hard and take care of my furniture. They are also very responsive. Definitely would recommend them to anyone who needs help on moving.
Carol H.
The movers were nice and polite, and was able to get the job done. But, be careful when they give you a quote, they added on additional charges last minute that they didn't tell us about it in the beginning.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Pamela F.
Great job! Had them move a stand alone freezer from my house to my sister's. Both of us were pleased with how the approached the job. They were very careful. Would use again.
Effortless Computer RepairEffortless Computer Repair
Joe N.
I definitely recommend Jacob and his crew for moving. They have a great attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a smooth transition from point A to B. I plan on using them again for additional services (rehab/organization/property clean up).
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tom was extremely friendly and knew what he was doing. He moved our piano to another location and then followed up for a tuning. The tuning was excellent. I like the fact that he knows pianos and can tune them as well. Highly recommend using his services.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Maureen K.
I needed help removing some furniture and Dominique was amazing! Responded right away. Offered me a very fair price. Communicated throughout and was punctual on moving day. Dominique and his associate were polite and professional. I highly recommend and will certainly be calling on them again! Job well done!!
The Helpers ConstructionThe Helpers Construction
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