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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 Beverly movers
Sherrie S.
We have had a variety of movers in different states, and we know the difference between good movers and average movers and bad movers. These guys were great! They packed our items in PODS and skillfully used all available space. They worked nonstop, and they always exhibited a positive and friendly attitude. Pros all the way!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Moving a one bedroom apartment
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Darryl H.
A+ moving company from beginning to end of job.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Amy H.
Great experience. Efficient and helped me with my move tremendously
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Ellen B.
The movers were incredibly efficient and professional. They went above and beyond!
REXTON Moving & Storage, IncREXTON Moving & Storage, Inc
Antuan W.
Great value moving an upright piano. Responsive while trying to schedule.
Boston moversBoston movers
Brenda P.
Boston Movers answered my request within 2 hours. They agreed to move an upright piano for us on short notice, over a weekend. They were very professional, efficient and respectful. I would highly recommend them for future jobs.
Boston moversBoston movers
Jenna J.
They worked quickly and were extremely helpful during my move! Thank you!
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Shalin P.
Great service Competitive and reasonable prices Very efficient moving service Highly recommended
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Bethany P.
These guys were amazing. They showed up within an hour on a Sunday, charged a very reasonable rate and moved a bunch of equipment, construction material and a very heavy NordicTrak. They organized everything they moved and were super fast. We will definitely be working with them again!
Smooth Mooves LlcSmooth Mooves Llc
Hayden K.
Next Adventure Moving is great! They were fast efficient and were careful. I highly recommend.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Louis R.
J&J are very affordable and fair with their prices. They arrived at the time we were promised. Extremely careful with our furniture and other belongings. Very kind and respectful, and attentive to the smallest of details. Would I recommend J&J? ABSOLUTELY! And best of all, we were moved promptly, with no delays or problems whatsoever. If a responsible, courteous and attentive to their customers' needs is a moving company you're searching for, then look no further - you have arrived with J&J Moving Company!!!
J and J Supply and RentalsJ and J Supply and Rentals
Jess P.
I had a small office moving and everything went smooth! Guys did perform in the good way!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Zhenyu Z.
Spartan movers did an excellent job for us today. They arrived on time, wrap up furniture with blankets, dissemble and assemble in the professional way. All of the job was done in top quality. In the same time, the price of total is very competitive low. I would strongly recommend the spartan movers to all.
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Emily E.
Octopus Moving did an impressive job of moving our home. They were very polite, helpful and professional as well as reasonably priced. Not only did they take great care with our items, they were also very efficient and knowledgeable every step of the way. It takes a lot to impress me but I would definitely recommend this company to anyone.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Dana J.
These guys were the best movers I have ever seen they work super fast nonstop and I would hire these guys again and again
Upward Moving & StorageUpward Moving & Storage
Cara F.
I am so grateful for the team helping me move from Beverly to Chelmsford with just a days notice. They were super responsive with questions on Thumbtack, arrived right on time, we're friendly, helpful and did an excellent job! I would highly recommend Next adventure moving. They made a stressful task so much easier. Thanks again for your help! Cara
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Emily H.
Very helpful and very efficient, first time for me to ever hire movers it went better than I could have imagined! Thank you!
J and J Supply and RentalsJ and J Supply and Rentals
Thumbtack Customer
These guys did a good job. Our only complaint is our coffee table got some scratches in the move. It wasn't wrapped. Otherwise good job.
Baystate Express, IncBaystate Express, Inc
Jessica N.
I’m so impressed. Sincerely. These guys are absolutely amazing! The reservation, quoting and inventory system is easy to use. They’re responsive and communication was easy and quick. They arrived on time. Immediately got started. Moved quickly and with care. They clearly know what they’re doing. They inspire confidence throughout the entire process. They were friendly and courteous. Extremely professional. Top notch service for a very reasonable price. My move was challenging with difficult, heavy and awkward home gym equipment and because the house I moved into has a sloped and curved driveway a truck could not go up. The team moved an entire truck full of items up a hill by hand!! And they were careful and quick with a positive attitude. They pushed hard the entire time (a 10 hour day). I’m grateful for how hard they worked and how comfortable they made the experience for me. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. No hesitation. Thanks for making this process easy, guys!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Heather E.
They arrived early and helped us tackle a move that would’ve been impossible without them. Brought great protective materials and worked efficiently. Would totally recommend!
Move ONMove ON
Warren K.
They showed when promised. They were professional and polite. Awesome job with the move, handled every with care. I would highly recommend your business to anyone in need of your services.
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Eric to move my daughter out of her apartment in Massachusetts, to a location in southern Maine. From our first phone conversation, to Eric's last text informing me everything arrived safe and was unload, Eric was extremely professional. He arrived on time, worked quickly and safely, and responded immediately every time I had a question throughout the process. I even asked him to change the time of the move, and he was receptive, and pleasant. I recommend Eric's services, and will use him again if the need ever arises.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Megan D.
Very kind and helpful. They moved a fridge up 20+ steep steps. A difficult job but they handled it. Very quick response time to questions and coordination with the store where we bought the appliance. I would hire them again.
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Thumbtack Customer
John and his men with Baystate Express did a remarkable job!! We moved before Christmas and everything went so smoothly. Very inexpensive and very professional, I would recommend Baystate Express to everyone. Thanks so much!!!
Baystate Express, IncBaystate Express, Inc
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