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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 Medford movers
Michael N.
I’ve never had a faster and more professional move. I’ve moved a lot over the last few years, and Moving Along LLC was just simply the best. Will happily use them again! Thanks for an awesome move!
Moving Along LLCMoving Along LLC
Kelsey S.
Absolutely awesome experience with Born to Move! The movers were quick, professional, responsive, and punctual. Made moving smooth and easy! Really appreciated their support and help!!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Kerry E.
Round The Clock Moving is the BEST and most affordable moving company!!! The three young men were professional, friendly, and fast! The estimated moving time and price quote turned out to be spot on! I highly recommend using Round The Clock Moving.
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Diane M.
The 2 men who moved my storage unit out were very professional and did the move in a timely manner. Would definitely hire this company again Thank you Ahzon Moving.
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Manesh B.
Fantastic moving experience! I used this moving company twice in the last 3 months, and they were great both times. I had to leave my items in storage for the first move, and they were very flexible about helping me through that move. I would recommend them to anyone.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Ozlem Y.
They were very helpful to accommodate my move time. They came early and start earlier as I was hoping. One of the 2 movers was excellent. He worked very hard and he knew what he was doing. Yet the other one was almost non existent. So I got 1,5 movers rather than 2 movers and they moved my already packed 1 bedroom apartment in 6 hours!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Christine L.
Hebert Movers was friendly, punctual, and professional! They quoted a price, and there were no hidden fees. I highly recommend them as movers!!
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Barbara P.
The Octopus movers were very nice and were willing to keep to my schedule. However, it was more like having college buddies than professional movers. In previous moves, I admired how 2 guys would just get on either end of a piece of furniture and move it. Or they'd grab a stack of boxes. With Octopus, they moved one drawer of a dresser at a time, one box at a time, just as non-professionals would. So our move took longer than I expected and less was accomplished than I would have liked.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
James s.
Born to Move moved me from my apartment to my house. I have no complaints at all with their work. I will definitely hire them again if I ever need a moving company. Very high quality service!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Melissa S.
Octopus moving was very responsive and easy to book. They got me in quickly and have been helpful getting me through my first move ever. Thank you and highly recommend to others. Movers were hard working and very nice.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Vasudevan A.
Octopus movers were thoroughly professional, showed up on time, and made the move super easy and efficient. Really enjoyed working with them.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Sophia D.
Amazing company! I was able to book movers after 5 p.m. on the day before my May 1st move. The quote and booking process was quick and easy. The next day the office and movers kept in touch and moved my items quickly and efficiently across town. I didn't have to lift a finger. My bill came in below the quote and the customer service was amazing. I still can't believe I was able to book so last minute and get such reliable work done. I was so stressed about my move, this company made my move so easy. Highly recommend!!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Erik N.
They did a great job with a small move.
Smart JunkersSmart Junkers
Jensen B.
Jonathan and Charles were great during my move; they were efficient, friendly and made my move seamless and worry-free. Would highly recommend!
Laura Y.
Ben & Ali showed up on time, kept in touch during the move and finished well within the estimated time. Easily the best moving experience I have had. Highly recommend!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Kim D.
Very responsive business. Movers were very professional
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Yan K.
Movers are very efficient and they arrived on time! Definitely recommend
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent service for a great price!! We were able to complete a very hectic move in the rain and everything was delivered without damage from the move. Very impressed with the timing and the communication for booking.
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Born to Move. Alex and his coworker took the time and care to make sure my piano was moved successfully. They arrived on time and sized up the situation. They were in constant communication with each other as to their next move. My piano was wrapped in moving blankets and strapped to a piano board to prevent any accidents. They were very professional and I would definitely use their services again. Oh, and the quote they gave me was better than any other I received.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Christopher G.
Showed up as scheduled, moved the furniture efficiently, reasonable price
Esquire Moving Inc.Esquire Moving Inc.
Jingyi Z.
I had a great experience with moving! Peter and his partner were super friendly and reassuring. They are very good at their business and know what they are doing. They moved my stuff fast and with care, and they have an accurate estimate about how big a storage space I need. This has been a great moving experience and I’ll definitely be coming back!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Lindsay B.
I dont usually leave reviews but these guys went above and beyond. The company was very responsive, and gave us a reasonable and accurate quote, we were able to book a last minute move within a week. Our movers were on time- and even called us to let us know the job before us had run a bit longer than they expected- professional and very friendly. They were able to move some heavy/bulky items we had with no problem. Everything was moved with care and unloaded where we wanted them at the destination. I would recommend them to anyone looking for great local movers, and would absoulutely use them again myself.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Manas A.
Great team! Pleasure to work with. Moved all the heavy items with no damages
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Valerie B.
My experience with Centaur moving company was Excellent! I only had a few large appliances to move but the 3 guys that came, were very professional and moved my items with care and were able to get the items into tight spaces that I was concerned about. They eased my concern and got the job done fast! Even thought I had to pay the minimum 3hrs it was worth it!
Centaur MovingCentaur Moving
Jenna D.
Born to move was incredible. I was a little nervous at first because they were SO much cheaper than competitors, but I have to tell you.. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. Alex, the owner, was responsive and professional. We had two movers, Lamar and George and they were so fast and careful. They didn't waste any time and carefully wrapped all of my things and moved everything. We wanted to help but they were moving so quickly that we felt like we were just in their way! I couldn't be happier with the service we received and would definitely use them again and recommend them to friends. End your search with Born to Move! They're NOT too good to be true.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
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