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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 Noblesville movers
Mandy M.
Integrity moving moved our piano. They were very professional and took good care of it!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
The three guys that moved my things were very professional and friendly. They moved three heavy items for me and did it like it was nothing. I would recommend this group for your moving needs.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Jennifer P.
Went above and beyond to move my things...exceptionally professional and courteous throughout the move!! Will absolutely use them again :)
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Jennifer J.
There are not enough words to describe how easy this move was. I have dealt with many sub-par moving companies. But this is by far the best moving experience I have ever had. The gentlemen were on time and ready to work. They knocked out the move quickly and professionally. There were no hidden fees or cost. Thank you sooooooo much.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Jennifer S.
Couldn’t have asked for a better moving experience
K&K moversK&K movers
Rebecca D.
The entire experience with Norm’s was top quality! We had to change our moving dates a couple times and they were always available and ready to help us. The day of the move, the two guys were so hard working and came equipped with everything we needed to move! They had moving blankets, hand truck, furniture wrap and things we didn’t even realize we needed. It was 93° on the day of the move and they worked so hard! Not a single scratch on the furniture or walls and never did they complain. I would highly recommend Norm’s and we will definitely be using them in the future!
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Nicole D.
Best moving experience ever! Would highly recommend!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Lacy S.
Back to Back Moving was a great service! Scheduling was easy and Karla was very responsive. John and Manny, our movers, were professional, careful, and efficient. There was a little vehicle trouble that caused a delay in our move, but the staff communicated clearly and worked to fix the problem as quickly as possible. I would definitely use this service again.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Kelly C.
The best movers I’ve ever used! They worked quickly, efficiently, and safely. We were moving some extra boxes and furniture to a storage unit and the movers did a wonderful job placing things in the storage unit in a way that maximized the space. Very reasonable price. I would recommend them and plan on hiring them again.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Donnette D.
Back to Back Movers, took time to protect all my furniture, on time move safely. I have already been telling people about them. My daughter will be moving soon and she will be definitely calling them back. They are really excellent worker, I don’t think I said enough about these two men!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Halene v.
Grade A quickly responded to our request for a quote and was able to schedule our move. They arrived on time, handled everything with care, and completed the move in the quoted time frame. Anthony was professional and easy to work with.
Grade A HelpersGrade A Helpers
Becky T.
I loved how quickly the movers got me moved out of the old place and into the new. It wasn't until they had left that I realized there was a few minor things that still needed to be done.
Affordable Movers
Becky J.
Norm’s is the best they are very professional. I have another move coming up I will be calling them again.
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Gregory P.
They did an amazing job with short notice. Worked quick and got our VERY heavy elliptical moved for us.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Jonathan B.
The team of two guys was a little late, but they called to let me know. When they arrived they jumped into action and helped me get my office moved in good time. They did a good job of prepping the furniture and moving it carefully, following instructions well, and were friendly. I'd definitely use them again.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Linda B.
Norm’s moved heavy furniture for us. Quick service, polite men. We’ll use them again. Thanks guys.
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Thumbtack Customer
I had verbally contracted Norms prox 2 weeks prior to the moving date..the day prior to the move i spent anxiety ridden, because i could not get anyone to return a phone call or text to confirm they would be there the next day. i had left messages at 3 different numbers. I went to bed the night before not knowing if anyone would show up or not. Finally the day of the move they called and said they would be there...they were 45 minutes late...someone needs a wakeup call on what running a professional business is supposed to be like and how important comunnication is when their clients need it. The actual move part went OK. There were minor incidents, a broken lamp. and missing shelves that had to be tracked down.
Norm's Moving and HaulingNorm's Moving and Hauling
Megan M.
The brothers did a great job! They were efficient, polite and friendly! I would recommend them to anyone looking for help moving!
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Pei L.
Matt and his colleague are very professional and efficient! I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs help with moving!
Affordable Movers
Kristin M.
The guys who came out were friendly and did a great job. They worked quickly and were careful with items moved. Would recommend!
Affordable Movers
Lynn D.
KD and Chuck were wonderful. I was overwhelmed with moving and I called at 8 the previous evening and they were there at 9 ready to help with all the last minute things. They kept me calm and made sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Truly kind and caring ! And I found out they will do just about anything that needs done . Thanks so much Affordable movers .
Affordable Movers
Paije B.
EasyPath moving was able to help us within 24 hours to move our piano. The team was very professional, courteous, and accommodating. They even helped our neighbor to haul away a loveseat she could not have done herself. It was last minute, they helped and pricing was competitive. We will use EasyPath for all these needs going forward. AND recommend to all our friends. THANK YOU
EasyPath Moving LLCEasyPath Moving LLC
Kevin O.
Kevin and Jalen were at my house 30 minutes after my initial call to them. They exceeded our expectations, and I highly recommended them for anyone needing help moving heavy objects.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The guys did a great job and were very professional. They went above and beyond, hooking things up, making sure I was set. I thought the service was outstanding, but it was slightly inconvenient that they arrived hours later than initially promised. And, the third mover arrived even later, after the other 2 started, and I was paying 3 mover pricing. But, all of that was easy to overlook because of everything else! On the phone, Randy was exceptionally friendly and easy to talk to from the beginning. Would use again, for sure.
Olivia K.
So glad we went with Back to Back moving. Definitely more value than anywhere else. They were a little late due to traffic but always kept in contact. They were efficient and careful. Would definitely hire again!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
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