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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 Greenwood movers
Judi S.
Movers were on time and they were extremely helpful and nice. I'll contact th In & Out Moving in the future for moves.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Joan S.
The movers worked quickly and efficiently. Best movers I've ever hired. I will definitely use Norm's for my future moving needs.
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Annette M.
The mover was awesome.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
John O.
Great and easy service. Quick and efficient, very nice staff. Our move went very well despite the previous moving company not packing our storage correctly. Affordable Movers worked around the problem without any trouble.
Affordable Movers
Kayci C.
The guys were very friendly, professional, and moved my things with care and efficiency. Very grateful for In & Out Moving! I would definitely recommend this company! Thank you!
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Earline S.
Professional and responsive to moving needs. I will use again!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Kenneth P.
I truly admire the hard work and dedication that the Integrity team showed during our move. Due to a change in schedule in closing dates we had to shorten a 2 day move (pack one day - move the next) into 1 day. The team was up to the challenge and worked thru the night to get us out of the house on time as required by the new owners thru pure grit, hard work and commitment to professionalism. I could not have asked for harder working team to help our family move and I would definitely recommend Integrity moving services to anyone who asks!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Lary P.
In and Out Moving was an excellent choice. They were punctual, very friendly, very professional, and extremely helpful. When I need moving assistance again, they will be my first call. Would definitely recommend.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Angela G.
Both movers were quick and polite. No issues. Thank you!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Jenny A.
This company did an excellent job moving a heavy cement bird bath for my family and even located it to the new spot at the new home. They were incredibly responsive, reasonably priced, and when they realized that they didn’t have the right things to move such an awkward and heavy object they quickly brought an extra person and a dolly to be able to safely and effectively move the bird bath. Would absolutely use them again!
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Jenny F.
AMAZING FIND! We used Back To Back Moving to move items from a storage unit to our new home. They were very responsive from the start and excellent in taking care of our items during the move. We had to make two trips to the storage unit and they weren't at all upset about that; they went with the flow and were positive and gracious the entire time. You won't be disappointed with their service!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Pros and cons, I called them about 3pm and they got the job done same day which I was impressed with. They sent 2 guys when they desperately needed 3 to move the item. The movers did their absolute best job though with what they had, which I appreciated. Good job to Jon and DJ. I had some minor damage to my walls and moderate damage to a doorway but I don't blame that on the movers seeing as they were a man short. I was also told that this company knew how to move pianos but I know they are not based on my experience. I would give the company 3 stars and the movers 5 stars for respecting my home, willingness to work late and get the job done even though they did not have the tools.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Jennifer D.
The guys were quick and extremely helpful! Will definitely be using them for my next move.
First StepFirst Step
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! The guys were polite and fast. Would use again for our next moving needs.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Over the top willing to help. Moved an additional item no hesitation. I was willing to pay more after this!!
Barnett Family ServicesBarnett Family Services
Matthew G.
The guys were very professional and courteous ! Did a great job moving 4 large wine coolers.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Hunter S.
Anthony and another did a great job meeting me at my location, quickly load up my belongings, and take my stuff to my new destination. Even making sure I was set before they left, choose Grade A movers for your next haul/ move. -HS
Grade A HelpersGrade A Helpers
Gary Y.
Responded quickly, showed up at the agreed upon time and did a great job with the move. Would certainly recommend
Joray's Billiards LLCJoray's Billiards LLC
Douglas C.
Dee and Bubba moved me today did excellent work I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Affordable Movers
Ashley & Chris C.
Moved a washer and dryer from old house to new house upstairs and an old set down stairs for us and moved our deep freeze. It was hard work, and they got it done efficiently without complaint for the best price we were quoted! Very quick to respond - came very next day!
Apollo II SolutionsApollo II Solutions
Lindsey C.
I have hired affordable movers twice. Bubba and the team are outstanding, professional and quick but careful. I will use again!
Affordable Movers
Markus K.
The crew showed up and made quick work of my move project! Excellent value and professionalism. Highly recommended! Thank you!!!
First StepFirst Step
Michael W.
The team was amazing! They got everything loaded and unloaded in the quoted time! Super professional and worked efficiently! Would highly recommend for your move!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Raghu P.
The responsiveness was good. Each of my request was answered swiftly. However, the movers came without their paraphernalia. They dropped some stuff while carrying the goods.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Jeffry G.
I’m & Out did a great job handling all of our stuff with care. They responded quickly and got the job done quickly. I recommend them to move you if you have the need.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
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