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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 Northampton movers
Gayle P.
Right on the dot the movers came. They took great care with my items and removed pictures on the stairwell to ensure that nothing was damaged. Very courteous, responsive and great with advice on other moving issues I will have in the future. I definitely will hire Do Right Movers again.
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
Gregory G.
Fantastic experience. They were available same day. They were both friendly and took only minutes to move the piano gently to where I needed it. I will absolutely hire them again with any moving needs I have.
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
Hannah C.
These guys were incredible! Danny was always responsive and easy to work with. On moving day, they were perfectly punctual, insanely hard working, and very thoughtful and helpful during a difficult move out of a top floor apartment with no elevator. While the move went much longer than expected (the stairwell at my old place was truly a nightmare), they never complained or rushed the process, and they even went out of their way to help me install my air conditioners in my new place. I'd recommend these guys to anyone - it's the best value and experience with any movers I've worked with.
Maryann F.
These guys did a fantastic job unloading my moving truck for me and putting all of my belongings in place in my new home. They have a great work ethic, were very professional (in stark contrast to the movers I hired on the front end to load my truck), and were extremely friendly and personable. One of the owners of the company even stopped by to make sure things were running smoothly (and dropped off donuts for us!). It’s clear that they gained experience working at larger moving companies first before venturing out on their own. I plan to hire them again when I need to move again (ugh- unfortunately) in 6 months which is the best evidence I can give of how good they were. I wish I had had movers like them on the front end of my move. These guys treated my belongings like they were their own and I know that all of my furniture and artwork will be wrapped and protected by them on the front end when they move me in 6 months and everything will be carefully placed in its proper room at my new location on the back end, just like it was when they unloaded the truck for me with this move, which will make unpacking so much easier for me. They even offered to set up my living room and to return my moving truck for me. Moving can be so stressful and it’s hard to know whom to trust in this industry. These guys made a stressful, exhausting day so much better. It was great to see almost immediately that I could trust them; it allowed me to relax and not feel like I had to supervise everything and/or prepare for some of my stuff to be damaged. I recommend them unequivocally.
All Season MovingAll Season Moving
Julia v.
An all-round great experience working with All Season Moving! They were punctual, super efficient and very friendly. They made the whole experience of moving very easy and stress-free. Plus their rates are the best rates I've come across locally. Would recommend them to anyone!
All Season MovingAll Season Moving
Amy G.
Entric worked with me on the preparation as well as any issues that came up on moving day. They were clean, professional, and highly pleasant to work with. I would recommend them.
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
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