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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.

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. 

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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.

Reviews for Waltham movers
The movers were on time and carefully handled all our things. All furniture were wrapped and moved.very happy with the move(local move)
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Lydia G.
Ben from Next Adventure Moving was responsive and great to work with for scheduling my move. The movers were punctual and I appreciate the effort they put in to protect our furniture during the move. Overall, working with them was a great experience.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Alison B.
I used Space Moving to move my belongings from a storage unit to new apartment. The movers were friendly, efficient, and careful with my things - everything you could ask for to create an easy and seamless moving experience.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Vineet s.
Great movers
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Mike G.
Thank you Move and Care for helping me with my move. I was extremely stressed about moving and you made my move stress-free and easy. I highly recommend this company. They were very professional and careful with all my belongings. I'm extremely satisfied with their services.
Move and Care moving companyMove and Care moving company
Aina K.
I definitely will recommend space moving for my friends! This was my first time using movers and I am happy that I did. It saved my time hugely and the movers were very professional with wrapping fragile furnitures. Every penny I spent on space moving definitely worth it! Thank you:)))
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Amanda D.
Great moving experience.
Amelia V.
Ahzon Moving Services was such an excellent and seamless service to use!! We were moving locally and didn’t hire a mover in time. They were flexible, efficient, and got the job done in a pretty tight space. Would definitely hire them again.
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Shilpa S.
Great local move. No issues.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
RIch n.
I was overwhelmed with the amount of items that had to be moved but Better Life Moving got it done fast and effortlessly. 10/10 would recommend.
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Heather M.
I had a great experience with Step by Step Moving. The guys called before they headed over, they were right on time. They moved quickly and efficiently and were very pleasant and easy to work with. I will definitely use them again for my next move.
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
David F.
Did a good job with an apartment move. They kept in good communication leading up to move, though they were delayed from the original set time.
Jupiter’s Moving & StorageJupiter’s Moving & Storage
Kathryn S.
Mine was a simple move. One chair, one flight. Their movers were professional and polite. They even assembled it for me, no extra charge. I couldn't be happier.
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly guys. No hassle moving experience.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Egor D.
First of all I want to say that I moved 6 times. 4 times used the moving companies (negative experience), the last two times I moved by myself. Friends advised Esquire moving. The best experience ever. Absolutely all the furniture was packed. There are absolutely no barriers for these guys. The dresser didn’t fit - the door was removed, the sofa didn’t fit- hosting on the 3rd floor through the window! I definitely recommend this company!
Esquire Moving Inc.Esquire Moving Inc.
Lorig D.
Can’t recommend Octopus Moving enough. These guys are pros. They were right on time, super careful and made the whole moving process a breeze. I will definitely be using their services in the future.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Polina V.
Excellent all around! The crew was not only really friendly, but incredibly efficient and careful with our things. When I move again, I'll definitely use Miss Cheryl's moving.
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Peter R.
Thank you so much for helping move my brother and i's stuff yesterday. The movers did a great job, were very professional and the quote they gave me was accurate to the final cost I ended up paying for the job. If I move again in the near future, I will be sure to use them again.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Samantha M.
They did a great job moving our treadmill upstairs!
Speedy Moving CompanySpeedy Moving Company
Harika P.
Couldn’t have asked for a better service for my move!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Thao H.
Love! I would consider them again if I move in the future. This was my first experience with movers so I was a bit anxious but Alex was great and went over the price before they started the work and ask questions a long the way to make sure they were moving things where they needed to go. Nice, friendly, fast and efficient! Thank you!
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Magzhan Z.
it was an amazing service with Esquire Moving. I have made it an appointment and they called me a day before to confirm about moving day. Offered me an affordable price. Movers came to my house and rapidly dwindling everything early in the morning. They were so fast that I have never seen these kind of pals ever. Friendly, intelligent guys. Thanks a lot.
Esquire Moving Inc.Esquire Moving Inc.
Matthew C.
Very talented and flexible team. Made a tough move stress free!
Centaur MovingCentaur Moving
Dai A.
This is the most professional moving company I have ever met! Perfect!!!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Shenhav R.
Highly recommended. By far- the BEST movers I worked with so far! We’re super professional, kind and helpful with everything we needed with our move. Got them on my favorites list and will definitely use their services in the future.
Move ONMove ON
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