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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 Somerville movers
Tiffany d.
Octopus Moving moved a large armoire and a bunk bed for me. The movers were very accommodating about my changing my mind twice about the wall to put the armoire on. My one criticism is that moving the armoire they put some scuffs on the floor. It's not terrible, but I paid the premium for a mover to not have those issues.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Jon C.
Such a great experience with Next Adventure Moving. Very smooth initial process to obtain a quote and an even smoother process on the day of the move. Would use and recommend this company for all future moving needs.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Naveen M.
My move was very basic. Alexis and Javier helped me with the move. They were able to load, move and unload all the stuff in just a few hours. Everything was done professionally and safely. Totally worth the money.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
PremiumQ was fantastic. They were able to schedule my last minute move, and were extremely flexible when I had to alter the timing of my move the day of. The actual move was very professionally and efficiently done.
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Anthony H.
Stress free move
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Deanna L.
After a horrible experience with another company, Born To Move saved my move, bringing over the rest of my stuff that the other movers left behind, and assembling my furniture in minutes. Real pros, friendly, experienced, and responsive.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Joseph B.
Movers did a great job and were very efficient and helpful despite having to move during some poor weather. Everything went smoothly and I would definitely recommend Miss Cheryl's to anyone that is looking for a mover in the area.
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Jack P.
I had a great experience with Space Moving. They were very responsive and did a great job with my in house moving project!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Yifei Z.
We had an amazing moving experience. The trip took longer than anticipated and had some hip cups along the way, and our mover was so patient and helpful in every way. I would highly recommend this moving company!
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Artur M.
I had an absolutely excellent experience moving with Born To Move. A 3-man team (Juan, Roberto, Daniel) did a stellar job moving all my things, including hauling a couch and a wine barrel up a challenging narrow stairwell.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Tim S.
Next Adventure Moving is a fabulous company! They showed up on time, reviewed the move with me and then worked incredibly hard to get the job done…they handled all the furniture with care and did everything we asked. We highly recommend Next Adventure Moving!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were extremely efficient, careful, fast and professional. The pricing is excellent for this level of service - they did a much better job than the large commercial company I booked for my previous move. I will definitely be calling PremiumQ for my next move!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Jennifer B.
Ahzon Moving Services were great - they needed to delay the moving job by a few hours, but their communication was great. Would definitely recommend hiring them!
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was moving from Boston to Chicago. Alex from Lexel moving reached out to me with a reasonable bid. He came to my apartment to assess the items I was moving and we agreed on a binding price of the original quote. They moved my stuff out efficiently and had them in Chicago a few days later! Alex met me in Chicago and they unloaded all my items without issues. All of my stuff arrived safely. On top of it all, every person I met with with kind and gentle with my things. I would highly recommend Lexel moving to anyone looking for quality and affordable movers.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Jackie G.
The Paradise moving team was wonderful to work with - timely, respectful, communicative and incredibly efficient. All of my belongings were packed/ moved with care, and furniture even re-assembled, where needed. The team was extremely accommodating throughout and truly went above and beyond - they dealt with an unexpected parking situation during move out (handled with ease) and also helped to move an old, broken washing machine left out by my new landlord during move in. I highly recommend and would happily use them again myself!
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Dana K.
The movers were good and easy to work with.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Jonah T.
Had to organize a move of my stuff while being on the other side of the country. I was able to send Born to Move a key to my apartment, and they were able to move my stuff into a public storage unit, all with no issues. Additionally, they had quick responsiveness to communication!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Darshana J.
My move wasn't very far or large, but thanks to Octopus Moving and Storage, it was quick and painless. The whole thing took about an hour, and my movers were professional, friendly, and efficient. There was a small mistake with payment that the company was extremely quick to respond to and fix. Would highly recommend!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Ken B.
Guys showed up on time and wore gloves and masks during move. Move ended up being toward the higher end of the estimate but they did a good job.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Used these guys for a move two weeks ago and I will never use another moving company again!! These guys were fantastic, on time, and the given quote was pretty much exactly what I paid in the end. Thank you Premium Q for making my move so smooth!!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Jocelyn F.
Flexible, super patient and very pleasant! Nothing was broken, everything was carefully handled and I never heard one word of complaint about anything during the move (and there were somethings to complain about!) Eric took the time to come and see what we'd be moving ahead of the move to give me an accurate estimate. I was able to stay in touch and get a response when I needed one leading up to the move.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Ashari R.
D&R movers were so helpful. Kind and professional movers. The service offered is above and beyond. Highly recommended to persons seeking this type of service. It’s one you won’t regret that much I can assure you. We’ll definitely be using him for future moving services.
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Jacob M.
I highly recommend Ahzon Moving Services, they were very easy to schedule with and responded quickly to messages. On the day of the move, they worked quickly and were very easy to coordinate with.
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Tara Y.
Their website is professional and easy to navigate. I especially liked the estimates page - my estimate was overestimated by about an hour but I didn't put in much details. I really appreciated that I didn't have to call to make a reservation. The movers showed up early. They were extremely careful with all my things during the move. They were courteous the entire time even though they were clearly exhausted. I'm giving a four star only because I wish they had paced themselves. They were exhausted from a previous move and it looked like they prioritized getting the move started early rather than giving themselves enough time the recuperate. This move took more time than previous moves
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Megan P.
Great job! They moved quickly and were very professional
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
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