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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 College Park movers
Thumbtack Customer
Bab was great. We needed to move in a hurry and they were able to arrange a move date on very short notice! The movers were quick and efficient.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Crystal J.
I would absolutely recommend TracLoad for moving. They made the move very easy.
Tracload Furniture MoversTracload Furniture Movers
Glynnis A.
AT Movers provided an excellent service. They were on time, went about moving everything carefully, and were very efficient.
AT MoversAT Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Came late did not know howhat to move furniture..or use doll's did not have the equipment to move with will not recommend them. To any body.
Hyunah L.
Thank you so much :) It was very prompt and the movers were really friendly. Everything was great so I've got not much to say. It was a pleasant moving experience.
Denise M.
Moving With Us made this move a lot easier for me and my family. They were very careful with our items and they were very professional. I appreciated their ability to solve problems such as moving an over sized piece of furniture into our new home without any damage. I would recommend them to others who need this service.
Moving With USMoving With US
Thumbtack Customer
Two movers did a great, thorough and professional job. They did try to cancel the day of the move, but then figured out a different solution and made it happen, at the time they promised. Would use them again.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Abhishek s.
Dimitri was excellent and he came on short notice helping me move a Sofa from store to home. Great value too. Thanks, hope to contact you for future moving tasks. highly recommend
Kai X.
Darren is on time and easy to work with. He takes good care of stuffs he’s moving. Also he’s a kind person and I’ll definitely reach out to him again next time I need help with moving.
Darren Shallowhorn CompanyDarren Shallowhorn Company
Jacky L.
The moving team arrived 1 hour later than the appointment time but the moving experience was great. It is understandable because they drove a long way from VA to MD. Kevin was super friendly and all the three members worked efficiently.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Angela P.
The team was great to work with. I had a LOT of stuff that required moving. I appreciate them being able to accommodate me at such short notice (I had another mover scheduled initially and that mover became unresponsive leading up to the move date, so I reached out to Port Baku instead). The team at Port Baku was very professional, kind, and punctual. They took great care of my things while they were in transport and carefully loaded everything into my storage unit. I look forward to using them again once I buy my new home. I recommend doing a walkthrough before your move so that you know how many staff members are needed. I didn’t have a chance to do that beforehand because my move was so last minute (that’s completely on me and not Port Baku). Thanks for everything!
Lalita A.
Clifton and Anthony did an amazing job of packing and moving my belongings and were very efficient. They arrived a little earlier than expected which was great, and took great care of everything I needed to have moved. Their rates are very reasonable, and they are great with communication. In addition to being very professional, they are also very pleasant and personable. This was a very stress free moving experience and I highly recommend their services!
Hyunah L.
This is my 2nd move with Troyka. Both on time. It was super quick. Took about 10 minutes for the two to carry all up the stairs, which included heavy stuffs like mattress and 20ish large moving boxes. For the work quality, special care was taken on the fragiles so that they don't move on the road. Plus some service on the broken door at my new address. I'd definitely chosse Troyka again. Thanks Fakhri!
Jacquelyn W.
The movers were very efficient and quick despite the heat and a 4 floor walk up apartment.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Anita S.
Skylink movers did a fantastic job, were careful, diligent and went out of their way to help me during this move. They even helped me get my heavy trash bin to the curb! I will hire them again, and would advise others to chose them too.
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Abdul A.
Very professional. Friendly attitude. Handled all items with care and move was quick and swift. Good value for money.
Aces Elite Transport & MovingAces Elite Transport & Moving
Amy C.
Oxreen and his team member were outstanding! I hired them to move some furniture out of a house that was undergoing a renovation. They came in, moved everything quickly, and disposed of it as we asked. Super professional, fast, and nice! We will absolutely be using this service again! Thank you, Oxreen! 😀😀😀
Oxo’s Moving & Co.Oxo’s Moving & Co.
Vincent S.
The guys did great work, may have underestimated the job a little but still got everything moved in one piece
Olivia M.
I originally hired them for my move but decided to use them first for removal of items I no longer wanted. Great service called when they were 20 minutes away. Arrived when they said and removed my items quickly. I will definitely use them again for my move in a few weeks.
GoGo Moving and Junk RemovalGoGo Moving and Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
We have used this company twice to move - the rates have always been reasonable. The movers have always been very polite and efficient, taking care of even the most awkward and heavy furniture. Sergey and Yehor managed to fit an entire three bedroom apartment into one van to save time and costs. Very quick and effective.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Emma S.
The guys were great and they moved my stuff in a an efficient way! They were very responsive and did a fantastic job! Highly recommend!
Sturdy HandsSturdy Hands
Sharon t.
They worked with me and was very accommodating to my moving needs. Very quick and I would definitely hire again. Thank you so much.🙏
Beth P.
This was the best moving experience ever!! Byron and Alex rocked! Disassembled and reassembled my CB bed with no problem, shrink wrapped my furniture. Professional and prompt.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Sushant M.
Good, decent helpers but we could've have moved everything like they thought in 2 hours if I was not helping. So take their estimates with a grain of salt.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Shira P.
I 100% recommend this business! Very responsive, extremely helpful, and kind men! They went to three different locations for me total to help me move without charging extra. I’m very impressed with how efficient and careful they were about everything. Also I love how nice they are—that’s really big! You don’t want mean or indifferent people moving your stuff!
P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)
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