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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 Fishers movers
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing experience, very kind and friendly movers, they took great care on moving my furniture, highly recommended!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
John C.
Stressful experience. Arrived 2hrs late. Two people to move. One of them really arrogant and ready to argue with you and make instant excuses not to move what he thinks is out of size furniture. I have moved the same things twice before and nobody ever thought them to be oversized. I hired a van later from u haul with a dolly and moved the 'oversized' study table myself with the help of my wife. I would term the movers attitude to be lazy and unprofessional. The good lesson I learnt is I could move my stuff myself if I hire a truck and a dolly. Thank you 'big guys' for teaching me that lesson! I paid for 4 hrs for what could have been just 3hrs job with the move being a few blocks apart. And that too with a lot left to move for myself!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Katy P.
This was hands down the best moving experience I could have asked for! After pricing out a few local movers, Back to Back had a very reasonable price and explained the prices well. I had to have furniture moved from one apartment to another, both on the second floor and everything went perfectly. I will absolutely be using them for any of my future moves!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Stefanie S.
These movers were amazing. We had a mover that failed to show up at the last minute. They showed up & were professional. I appreciate the hard work!!
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Joni w.
Let me know much sooner if they have to cancel. OR when their employee notified them of his broken arm hire a worker or helper as available online to complete the move. I was left with no choices and could not move on Saturday. Fortunately, another company was able to move me on Monday.
Kristy K.
They did a great job and made moving easy!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Brian H.
Company was inexpensive but very reliable by confirming appointment, responding to questions, etc. Movers Chuck and Vauhxx worked quickly yet carefully and I would absolutely recommend Affordable Movers.
Affordable Movers
Kim R.
I cannot say enough about our experience with B2B moving. They absolutely made our move less stressful. They worked diligently wrapping all furniture, disassembled & reassembled furniture, took furniture to our neighbors & placed it, and did not stop until EVERYTHING was complete!! Best value for our dollar!! Thank you so much!! We will definitely be reaching out for our next move. I highly recommend B2B for your moving needs ☺️
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Rebecca Y.
Big Guys Moving was very professional, respectful, and helpful. Unfortunately my husband hired someone else, yet pending on what happens, I certainly have Big Guys Moving on my call list to help out for moving. If the service on the phone is comparable to the service they offer, I would rate in words outstanding! Thank you!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Shannon P.
Chuck and Matt did a great job moving my son’s apartment items into a storage unit. I needed this done with less than a days notice and Affordable Movers really saved the day.
Affordable Movers
Tom s.
This team was extremely professional. Over and above to get the move done.
All Around Hauling LLCAll Around Hauling LLC
Todne B.
The manager rocks and I was moved in with him giving his all.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Deborah c.
Excellent movers Dee and Bubba were perfectly able to give special care to our move, arrived early, worked hard, we’re respectful.and pricing was as stated. Will definitely recommend and use them again.
Affordable Movers
Megan D.
David, Matt, and Dee were absolutely amazing! We had a really complicated move and they honestly made things so much easier. We will definitely be using them in all of our future moves.
Affordable Movers
David S.
These guys were phenomenal!!!! They were on time, they were kind and they made sure that the work was done well. They are the best moving company I have ever used and will use again if I move within the Indy area!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
John N.
Moved a heavy fireplace from front yard to back. Looks great!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Brandon T.
First time hiring movers and could not have asked for a better experience. Easy to book, very responsive, and the movers took excellent care of our belongings. Didn’t have my drill at old house so movers used theirs and took platform bed apart. What would have taken 8+ hours with help of friends took just 2.5. Highly recommended!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Colin F.
Movers showed up on time on a very cold and rainy day to move us. They worked hard the entire time and got us taken care of! There was one piece of furniture that got some minor damage. However, they made us aware of it and took 10% off of total cost of move without us asking. They also showed up the next day to help fix the item. Great customer service! I highly recommend these guys as they are a great company and charge about half the price of all other major moving companies.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Polly B.
Very responsive, ended up sending out a crew that day to move some furniture. A VERY heavy, difficult piece was moved and these guys did it well - we were extremely impressed. Very friendly and easy to work with also!
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Ken M.
Did an excellent job at a very reasonable price. The movers were courteous and flexible.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Kaitlyn C.
The team at B2B is AMAZING! This is the second time they have helped me move this year. These guys HUSTLE. They're kind, ask for your input on delicate items, and are extra careful with your belongings (they pad and wrap all furniture for you!). This move required picking up items from 3 locations, and they made it flow like pros. B2B is literally the only moving company I'm ever using!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Sam E.
Gave us an estimate of 275 to move a few things and then wanted 1200 at the end. Ridiculous!
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Jackie G.
Prompt and efficient service to move a few furniture pieces from one family member to another.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Allyson W.
Akil and his team are some of the best movers we have used. We’ve used about 10 different professional movers in our adult lives. They are very responsive and friendly. They take great care with your stuff. They work well as a team. They work hard and give the job their all until it’s done. We also really appreciated how positive and cheerful they all were. Moving is a tough job but that didn’t dampen any cheerful attitudes. We also highly appreciated that they didn’t curse or swear or have music playing with it or questionable lyrics either. We really appreciated that aspect of professionalism since we have young children in the house during our move. They moved our piano with great care. Will definitely recommend them to friends and family. We would hire them again in a heartbeat.
K&K moversK&K movers
Mike H.
Had some damage to some furniture during the move. But! Everything was handled in a timely manner and professionally
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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