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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 can I find out if a mover is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Your local city or state’s government website is a great resource if you’re trying to figure out whether a mover is considered an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a source of national guidelines, visit the CISA website’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. On this page, you’ll find 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors. But note that some -- not all --  jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a mover when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a mover, consider making adjustments to accommodate current guidelines. This may involve staying outside while the mover works inside your home or letting the mover handle only parts of the move.

It’s important to follow social distancing guidelines while performing any service work. For example, do not make physical contact with the movers, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

Does a mover need to enter my home?

A mover will likely need to enter your home -- unless you’ve placed all of your belongings outside beforehand. To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might to consider keeping all (or most) of the work outside and/or having at-risk individuals leave the house while the movers work. 

You can minimize exposure by doing a preliminary walk-through by video call instead of in person. Discuss your options with the top movers near you before hiring one.

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. 

How many movers should I hire for my long-distance move?

To figure out how many movers you need, take the size of your home, the number of items you need to move and the weight of those items to estimate how many movers you might need.

For example, a studio or one-bedroom apartment might take two movers to load and unload your belongings efficiently. A two- or three-bedroom home might require three or more movers. And a three- or four-bedroom house might require four movers.

Ask moving companies in your area how many movers — and how many hours — it may take to complete your long-distance move. 

How much does it cost to move out of state?

Moving out of state costs an average of $5,630, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. However, this is just an estimate — how much you’ll pay to move out of state will likely depend on the weight of your belongings, if you need storage, the distance of the move and more.

To avoid any surprising or hidden fees, get free estimates from movers near you.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The cheapest way to move long distance is to plan ahead. This allows you to capitalize on several money-saving strategies. For example, you may consider renting a portable moving container. These are often cheaper than moving trucks, though moving truck rentals are a great option for moderately sized homes. 

Planning ahead also gives you time to start looking around for free moving boxes and supplies. You might also be able to snag discounts from moving companies if you book far out in advance and ask movers for a deal. Try not to move during the peak season (spring or summer), as prices tend to be highest during that time.

Contact the best long-distance movers in your area to get free estimates and figure out a way to save money.  

How do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

Reviews for Baltimore long distance movers
Hetal M.
They did a great job on long distance move
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Treya C.
Don’t Worry Movers did a fantastic job with my move! They did a long distance and local move in one day and gave us the best rate! They were professional and friendly and they assembled and handled our furniture with such care! I would definitely recommend this company!
Don't Worry MoversDon't Worry Movers
Nikki N.
Gamma bros was great to work with! They could not have been more helpful and professional in taking care of our long distance move. Went above and beyond to make sure everything was moved and unloaded with care and were very efficient. I would not hesitate to use them again, they have my highest recommendation!
Gamma brosGamma bros
Nicholas P.
I would highly recommend Peace of Mind for any long distance moves. I was in need of quick service to move a bunch of bulky items from Baltimore to Manhattan in order to meet a closing deadline for the sale of my property. Scott replied within minutes of posting the job on Thumbtack and provided a quick, honest quote. We scheduled immediately and Scott made sure the job stayed on track throughout the whole process. 10/10 service. Thanks Scott!
Peace of Mind Movers LLCPeace of Mind Movers LLC
Puja P.
Long post but if you are considering this company, worth the read. I read all the reviews prior to booking, both positive and negative, and chalked the negatives up to just being unlucky. Unfortunately, not the case. I normally don’t write reviews however this was one of the most unprofessional businesses I have ever dealt with. I'm sure the company's response to this will find a way to blame me, as they do with all their bad reviews, but I think there are a couple salient points to note. Overall there is a huge lack of communication and transparency and a very questionable business model. 1) Fine print on paperwork (that you don't see beforehand/they only give you at pick up) SCREWS the customer. Ask for copies of all paperwork before deciding to book. Quoted from the paperwork: "Generally, estimated delivery is up to 21 (twenty one) business days from date indicated as first available for delivery. Any verbal promises made regarding delivery or pick up dates and times are mere estimates. We guarantee delivery to take place within 30 business day of the date of first available for delivery (time calculations exclude days in storage)." ie. the verbal 10 days Frank says and generally really anything he says isn't true, 21 days is the actual estimate and 30 business days is "guaranteed" but since you can't control how long they keep your stuff in storage, there is actually no stated end time period for your delivery i.e .they never have to give it to you, compensate you for missing the delivery window, etc. Pick Up must contract with some other company because they have no control or knowledge about your drivers, stuff's location, or anything else. They refer to some mysterious "dispatch" at all times controlling everything. 2) Estimate does not include all charges- there are up-charges at pickup/delivery for distances from house to truck, boxes (even if you specifically ask for them to be included by sending pictures, dimensions, weight etc of what you want them to pack), stairs, elevators, etc . If you do end up using them- 3) Pay via credit card for 1st 50% even with 3% up-charge/service fee so you have some recourse should you need. Otherwise you are screwed because last 50% payment must be cash or money order. Don't expect to be given any compensation for their screwups. 4) There is barely any communication from the the company at any point. Be proactive and call/email them. I would recommend maintaining proof of all your attempts to contact, conversations etc to have a paper trail. After pickup, If they are delayed and/or at fault, all the limited communication you even have stops. No response to the dispatch email, drivers block your number and Frank will pick up the phone but hedge and refuses to give any info or contact info for who you should talk to. You get sent running in circles between him, the driver and emailing "dispatch". I would give the actual moving guys, the ones who show up at your house and are doing the heavy lifting a 5/5 rating. They were professional, friendly and great at their job. They were also willing to share their contact info and help you out if you had questions. Unfortunately, as soon as you are delayed they stop answer, screen your calls and send you directly to an un-set up voicemail. The real problem with this company is Frank and the mysterious “dispatch”. The Frank that you get to speak to when considering the company/booking gets 4/5 stars for his friendly demeanor, willingness to work with you and make you feel like this is a very personal move. The impression he gives is that you will be picked up at the beginning of your 3 day pick up window and your route is so common that you will be delivered sooner rather than later. He also constantly mentions a 10 day delivery window VERBALLY (which when you read the contract doesn't mean anything/isn't binding). The Frank that customers get after signing a contract is more gruff, less willing to be on the phone and explain things. The Frank that you get after your things are picked up and you’re stuck in limbo is a 1 out of 5 stars. He becomes completely "my way or highway", whatever he said goes. He wont listen to you, wont let you a get a word in and wont even be able to tell you where your items are located at any point in time. All the while he says that he is giving you facts. LOL So, not only did I (or apparently he) never know where my things were, his mysterious "dispatch" sets routes basically every night before for the next day and so you’ll never know what going on. Everything is dependent on other people’s moves, which I understand. However for them to not even be willing/able to tell me where my things are or a tentative expected delivery, even based on when it was not going to be, is ridiculous. After literally two weeks of HIM screaming at ME that the 10 business days is their allotted time, I call on afternoon of my 9th day and he goes "oh….it wont be there in time, its not even loaded in a truck yet. Where does it say on your paperwork 10 days?" If I had not called, no one would have informed me of this. Repeatedly over the next FOUR WEEKS, I was told that my items were expected to arrive the next week, again with no communication unless I reached out and then was told at the end of each of those weeks, it had been delayed again for another week. Did not receive my things until over a month from pick up! On exactly the 30th business day from my availability (43 days overall from pickup). Was this a coincidence or did they know I was gearing up to create trouble for them and so that is the only reason they decided to deliver on the last possible day according to the contract? I highly recommend that you pay your first half at pickup via credit card regardless of the 3% up-charge because at the very least you will have some recourse or leverage when they don’t bother to show up and don’t bother to update you at all. Its truly a cross your fingers and hope it'll arrive one day business model. So yes they picked it up and yes they dropped it off ....eventually, with no apology or compensation and after much frustration. Update- waited until my claim for compensation was completed to post this and LOL i got $18.00 back from my $1500 with over $800 worth of damage.
Pick Up Movers LLC MDPick Up Movers LLC MD
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