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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 Marlborough movers
Kiran M.
The BEST movers in town. Very nice people and very efficient movers. Packing and moving stuff with very care. I am glad I found them. Will definitely recommend them.
Move ONMove ON
Cynthia R.
The moves called prior to arrival. They arrived on timer. They were very professional and took care moving our furniture. Thank you!
Phoenix MovingPhoenix Moving
Juliet H.
Great movers! Would recommend
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Rayzheen C.
Very fast, professional and kind movers!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Fabienne L.
We needed to move some of the larger items from our apartment to our new place. Communication was great and easy. The movers were professional and quick. They took great care of our furniture. Highly recommend.
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
LeAnn N.
Andrei and his helper quickly and efficiently moved a sofa sleeper from a first-floor family room to a basement. They were pleasant and didn't damage or lose anything, which is always a plus when having furniture moved.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Stephen P.
Had a small moving job, these guys were great, good price, EXCELLENT communication, called to confirm day before, showed up on time for the job, moved the items quickly and professionally. Would definitely hire again
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The movers was on time profecinal and did a excellent job we was very Plzz
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Paola V.
The move crew was professional and efficient. Highly recommend and will hire them again in the future.
Move ONMove ON
Gabrielle M.
They did a great job moving furniture for me! Very professional. Very thorough and careful
G1 ServicesG1 Services
Stu T.
Andrei and Zhenia went above and beyond by helping me move very quickly. Couldn't ask for a nicer pair of guys to help move. They provided an end-to-end solution for moving. Everything from packing to providing uhaul boxes to carrying stuff up and stairs, they did with no complaints. They were also generous in giving me multiple rides to-and-from my house and storage unit with no complaints. Highly recommended. Don't look anywhere else.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Kristine L.
I have never had a better moving experience until I hired these guys. Andy was amazing to work with.
Centaur MovingCentaur Moving
Rebecca D.
Great experience. They showed up on time and were machines working to get everything wrapped and out the door. Everything went smoothly. I highly recommend their services if you’re looking for efficient movers, I’ve already recommended them to a few others I know moving soon. Thanks for your services.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful experience with Top Concierge Moving and Cleaning. It started with Perla, who was excellent at communicating and planning. Our movers were very careful with our furniture and worked very quickly. They were polite and fun to work with throughout the day. I would highly recommend them! Fabian is the absolute best!!
Top concierge moving and cleaning services, INCTop concierge moving and cleaning services, INC
Thumbtack Customer
The two men that showed up to help me move were very nice and efficient. They took care of my belongings and were punctual.
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Annette A.
Justin and his crew were very efficient, responsive, and friendly. They made my move experience a lot less stressful. Thank you!
1st & Goal Moving1st & Goal Moving
Samuel A.
I hired Tony and team for my move and I was very happy with their work. I was little skeptical about hiring them initially because they don’t list themselves as a moving company but still I went ahead and hired them because their pricing was very reasonable compared to others. They were down to the task and moved every bit of my things to my new home without much fuss. I liked their work quality and paid $100 more than what they asked, that goes to show how happy I was with their work. Would definitely recommend these guys for any kind of work at your home.
M.A Flooring and construction LLCM.A Flooring and construction LLC
Neha A.
Alex and his colleague were on time, and did a great job at helping us move, would certainly use their services again in the future. It was hassle free!
Move ONMove ON
Allie b.
These guys were great! They helped me move and loaded everything into a uhaul truck and which was probably too small for the amount of stuff I had but they made it work!
G1 ServicesG1 Services
Magdalena O.
I am very pleased with the service provided by Born to Move. Guys were reliable, showed up on time, professional, quick and reasonably priced! I would definitely recommend their services to everyone!!!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Layla l.
I needed last minute help moving my things out of my apartment and this team was very professional and efficient. They took very good care of my belongings, I highly recommend their services.
Move ONMove ON
Cheyenne B.
The boys were great. They moved our stuff so efficiently and quickly and were great listeners. They were about 1.5 hrs late but we weren’t bothered. They called plenty ahead of our time frame to let us know they weren’t gunna make it on time, so we were able to get other stuff done while we waited. I would definitely use them again, and recommend them to others. Ronaldo(?*) and Simon did great even moving stuff up to the second floor.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Jillian P.
The guys were very nice and showed up at the exact time we agreed. They were very efficient and careful and did a wonderful job moving my brand new fridge into the kitchen. Thank you guys!!
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Hannah P.
These guys are awesome. They make the best out of any situation. When I had to move, the truck that we were supposed to rent was somehow not available. These guys didn’t give up and still came that day with their own pickup truck. They fit everything in one trip, but even offered to make multiple trips if needed. They went as far as to help me take a heavy object out to the dumpster which wasn’t even part of the move. They went above and beyond and were all super nice. I would definitely have them again. Great guys!!!!
G1 ServicesG1 Services
Elio E.
The two movers they sent were great guys, awesome workers and very transparent with their process. They were as polite as can be and very respectful of not only our items but to my girlfriend and I also. Their effort to work efficiently was impressive and their know how was astounding. Well worth the money and then some.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
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