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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 Skokie movers
Yasirhussain S.
They were good movers. Had a best moving experience. They were very professional and worked non stop to finish moving.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Aleksander B.
The management at this place was great and kept up with our ever changing closing date and move. The actual movers were even better. Great people to do your move. Movers told us company gets them chiropractors and help when injured. Would recommend them in a heartbeat.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Robert W.
Kelly and John were competent movers, courteous, and went out of their way to assure our move was completed to our full satisfaction. When the house is sold, we will call them to move the furniture to the new house. Thank you guys. Bill
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Emerson C.
The guys were able to disassemble and move my treadmill to a new location down the basement. Bryan and his team was very professional. Price was just right for both the move and disassemble and reassemble.
Effortless Computer RepairEffortless Computer Repair
Peter R.
I contacted Sweet Home Movers and they responded very quickly and were able to help me move the same day! They are very professional and packed everything very well. They took care and put protective coverings on some fragile furniture/appliances which I really appreciate. Great moving experience overall!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
John F.
They were EXCEPTIONALLY careful moving furniture- big furniture down stairs and tight bends is usually a recipe for trouble, but these guys didn’t even break a sweat. And they moved some furniture at the destination to help out. A+
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Connie U.
Where do I even begin! First, my move was scheduled for noon on a Saturday, they called me 2 hour prior to reschedule me to 3pm. Then they show up with a 14 foot truck after I had requested the biggest truck they had because I had A LOT of stuff to move. After compiling, they said they would have to make 2 trips. Which then delays the move and incurs extra hourly charges. A man by the name of Jessie, who claimed to be the owner of the company, said I either accept the fact that they have to make 2 trips or they cancel my move.... by then it’s already 3:30 and I had to move out that day. Needless to say they screwed me over big time and NOT accommodating. The ONLY good thing about this move is a gentlemen by the name of Larry who was helping them was super nice and tried so hard to make the situation much better. Larry should have his own moving company.
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Dan M.
We used Elite Moving for our move in the fall of 2020. Danielle was there to answer any questions and to get us our estimate. The guys showed up on time and were very efficient. They were very respectful of both our properties. Overall great service!
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Rosa G.
Great work at last minute request. Would definitely book again. Thanks for helping with the move.
Welcome Home MovingWelcome Home Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Moved a piano across town promptly and efficiently. Arrived at the job early. Very respectful and helpful.
PJ's Fast HandsPJ's Fast Hands
Kat S.
Salvador did a fantastic job moving my stuff from storage into a house. He and his coworker were very professional and considerate. They laid down cloth to protect my carpet. Also, my sectional didn't fit through the door and they got it in through the window. Great movers. Highly recommended.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Geni M.
The moving team sent to us were awesome. I requested last minute and their response was very professional and fast. They took care of our things really well, listened to our requests and did as we asked. We highly recommend them. Thank you for helping us move into our new home.
The Steppe MoversThe Steppe Movers
Kristan M.
Juan and Zach did an excellent job in moving my furniture and belongings to my new home. They were quick and professional.
Marcie V.
Did a great job moving furniture for my elderly mother. He responded quickly , charged a fair price and was very professional.
Premium Moving LLCPremium Moving LLC
Zena s.
They did an amazing job moving my stuff from storage to my house and nothing was broken or damaged. Definitely will be hiring again!
We Got YouWe Got You
Sewit G.
David and his colleague were a great help! They were careful and efficient when helping my parents move. I highly recommend them!
Packed Moving SolutionsPacked Moving Solutions
Adil S.
Great bunch of guys who did our moving. They were professionals and took every piece of furniture and kids fragile toys with care. Highly recommend them!!
Thumbtack Customer
The best moving experience I havr ever had. Erez, the owner was spot on with his estimate. There were no surprises. The crew of 4 were absolutely awesome. They took pride in their work and were very attentive to our needs. They took great care in the way they wrapped and moved the furniture. It was not easily accessible and they did a great job getting the furniture out of the basement. I would look no further as this company is by far the best!!
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Larsa I.
So thankful for Salvador and his son!! Made my move a breeze. Super kind, super professional and worked quick. Couldn’t recommend them enough. Thank you!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Joel L.
The movers arrived early and started working right away! This was a last minute job but they were very professional and double-checked everything to make sure nothing was damaged and properly handled.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Martin and his crew were amazing. Never been more relaxed during a move but King David made sure it was smooth. Very professional and reliable company. Highly recommended!
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
De L.
Had an awesome experience with the gentleman who came to do my move. Very nice, very thoughtful, careful with all my belongings. Treating everything with kid gloves. Explained every step they were doing. Would definitely recommend.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Michelle V.
Alex and his guy were very helpful and professional during the move. Their price is reasonable. After loading all our stuff in the truck, they went far and beyond of asking us to get our trash away and place in the dumpster. Very nice people. Job done at its finest!
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Zena s.
He was amazing! Hired him the before I need him because my help fell through and he really saved me! Always amazing to work with and helped me tremendously! I would absolutely work with him again next time I need help moving!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Cristina J.
What can I say but AMAZING! Mauro, Jose, Ramiro, Pedro are all awesome! Cleared our condo so quick & efficiently… & moved all our things back to the new house with patience & were so careful with our things. Thank you so very much to all of you! & recommended them to my friend who just closed on a new house too.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
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