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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 Westmont movers
Richard R.
They are very responsive about my move, and the price seems reasonable. They haven't moved me yet but when they do I will leave another review. AN UPDATE: I did get moved 11/29. The guy that showed up moved me in about 2 hours, so that was great. So I would very much recommend Trained To Go Movers for your next move!
Always Blessed MovingAlways Blessed Moving
Jodi B.
Great unloading service from Stark Moving. The two movers, Carlos and Adam, were very professional, effective and on time, they managed the unloading with care. Thank you for making my moving easier.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Tim F.
Moved and setup a new treadmill.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Tarun S.
They were excellent and made the move very smooth, efficient and quick. They also were flexible in some matters which made the move even better. Highly recommend.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Thumbtack Customer
movers were on time and very efficient. happy with the experience
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Debra T.
I have honestly never found cordial and nice people at any moving company ever. And I have moved like every 2 years in the last decade. The companies that I have hired are either just ok and tolerable or rude. But not these guys. HIGHLY RECOMMEND STARK MOVING!! Very responsive, polite, handled with care and genuinely nice crew. They were on the roll and didn’t slow down for a sec. Updated me on text throughout the entire move. Really liked them. 😊
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Josh T.
Quick response! Quality work! These guys helped me out of a bind! I rented a truck for an out of state move and Uhaul screwed me over by not providing a truck at the reserved time. This delayed us by 8 hrs. Then, Dolly screwed us over by not providing movers for the reserved time. One of the movers did not show up and Dolly was not even able to find a replacement helper. So with the big companies being so irresponsible and unapologetic, I am glad I contacted Lavell to complete our move. They came out with less than 6 hour notice and did a great job! I highly recommend them for your moving needs.
Lavell Moving & HaulingLavell Moving & Hauling
Adam N.
The movers were fast, hard-working, and respectful. I highly recommend!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Kathy a.
The movers were amazing. They arrived a few minutes early, were very personable yet professional. Moved our extremely heavy player piano with care, helped move some items to our home and a storage bin without any problems. I would totally recommend them. They also came on short notice, considering it was over the holidays, they were very reasonably priced.
Moving Labor NowMoving Labor Now
Natasha W.
DO NOT USE!! My finance and I moved out a 2 bedroom unit and were charged double. The movers took 10 HOURS!! And the drive was only a 15 minute trip! Lets list the few things that happened..... Movers were late to start, they came with a small truck, therefore they took an extra trip. They had no plastic furniture coverings, only thing they had was wrap, which they ran out of. They took a break and had to go to uhual to get more wrap, which then took time out the move. My finance and I had to help them finish the move because it would've took them 12 HOURS! Oh, and they damaged my drywall in my new home. I was charged $1,225 for a 2 bedroom move that should've taken 6 hours. Do not use these guys!! I asked for a refund of $225 and the owner keeps ignoring me. We GOT RIPPED OFF!!
Always Blessed MovingAlways Blessed Moving
John w.
We had a great experience! Truck arrived on time, the move was efficient, done properly, and quick. Thank you!
Lavell Moving & HaulingLavell Moving & Hauling
Valencia C.
We had an outstanding experience with Stark Moving company. This is the second time we’ve used them and everything is always everything done perfectly. They are prompt, professional, fairly priced, and courteous. The crew was great and took special care to not damage our home or furnishings. If I could give more than a 5star, I will surely do. I'll be calling this team in the future move.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Amanda M.
The movers were very professional and efficient. The boss was very good at directing the others. The price was an excellent value. They were all very hard workers.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Sarah E.
They made the process of moving as easy as possible. They were super professional and very quick, excellent at what they do. We would definitely recommend them!
Heavy MoversHeavy Movers
Stasia B.
Jacob and Zach were very nice, pofesional and prompt. They helped my mother move her items into a storage unit. They truly made the whole experience stress free.and easy. I would recommend using them to everyone I know and plan on using them again in the next week to help my mother with her move into her new appartament. 5 STARS all the way!!!!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Jinan N.
I cannot express it enough on how happy we are we booked with TTG MOVERS. Matt and Ray did an outstanding job moving our home out. They worked professionally. They wrapped everything so carefully to ensure our furniture and 75 inch tv did not get damaged and were protected. They’re very hard workers. I’m definitely going to be using them in the future as well. Thank you so much! We really appreciate it.
TTG MOVERS (Chicago)TTG MOVERS (Chicago)
Jasmin W.
I had a last minute request to help move a sectional and a dining set along with assembly and John made it happen! Quick and efficient will definitely recommend and use his services again
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Bia C.
Jake was great. Jake and his helper moved all the heavy stuff out of my apartment. They were fast and were very careful with all my furniture. Highly recommend Jake and his team.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I went with this company because I liked the rate that I was quoted and many previous customers seemed to have good comments plus I needed to save money, but you get what you pay for. Outside of Thumbtack, I have only spoken with Brad and I question the existence of Anna because in her rate given to me, she signs as Brad Waters, which I find rather strange. When I booked with them, they required a card to book so I had my card on file. That wasn't a big deal, but when I spoke with Brad, as a customer, I felt that he came off a bit unprofessional because he had a tone of sarcasm and a hint of rudeness when I called to confirm the appointment the day before. I've worked in customer service before and I'm sorry, but that was off-putting on my end, but I ignored it because of the price. Then the day came and I was contacted by two of their employees saying they were going to move me and then one of them told me there was some confusion at the office. This came off as very disorganized to me and left me wondering if they do this with previous customers at all. They got me moved and when it came to wrapping up, I told the movers that I had my card on file and would like to use that. They called the office and the office told them that they would call them back in five minutes later. About 10 minutes later, they call to confirm that they can wrap up with me and would call back regarding the card being on file. It took an additional 15 minutes before calling back. This also made their employees late for their next move of the day. That's on them, but if you require a card on hold, it should be instantaneous, not several minutes later. After the movers left, I got busy in finishing the move up with my fiancé. After getting situated, a few days later I noticed that Brad had left a message that said they had accidentally charged my card twice! They of course said they handled it, so that's fine, but it definitely didn't make them look good with everything I experienced up until this point. In addition to all of the above, after getting situated in my new home, I discovered that the nightstand they helped us move has lost two of it's knobs that I now have to replace!!! They were there before the move and now they're gone! More money out of my pocket that Vitesse should reimburse me, but I'm not sure how that gets handled. I don't have high hopes for the way they handled me so far and I definitely do not recommend them to anyone for my experience with them.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Michael F.
Traffic held the team up a bit but understandable. They moved a very heavy sofa bed from a basement to the first floor and across an outside deck to the house next door. Probably took no more than 30 minutes start to finish. I was very pleased with their work.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Veena S.
Travis and Kelvin came on scheduled time and did the job very well. Kevin did a wonderful job , he was very quick in dismantling and reassembling the furnitures. He packed the furnitures with care. They both did a good job in moving. I would recommend them to my friends and family.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
James P.
Due to miscommunication, the movers were late however, they did an excellent job with the packing and protection of the furniture. Although I made the payment, I'm still waiting for the final invoice. I've trying to match the final amount charged to the original estimate. Other then those two issues, I was satisfied.
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Sheila A.
The crew was great! There were 3 of them: Smitty, Chancy, and Tim. They were quick and efficient. As soon as they arrived at the apartment, they quickly started loading the truck. And if it wasn’t for my bed (which has a weird confiscation) and sectional sofa (humongous), the move would’ve been done much earlier. I definitely recommend this company
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Stacie P.
These guys showed up when I got overwhelmed with a move I thought I could do myself. They loaded up my truck for me in like 45 mins. And we’re set to follow me to unload it but was just ready to go home, it was very late. Like 9pm. Most definitely will use again and recommend to friends
Alsam moversAlsam movers
James G.
Used them for my move in June and have recommended them to friends. Oleksandr and Magomed were polite, quick, and the cost was very reasonable compared to what others were quoting. Also, I liked that I could set up a time online with a clear paper trail and the variety of payment options offered. Would use again.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
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