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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 Greenbelt movers
Lia T.
Movers worked hard.
Three Brothers MoversThree Brothers Movers
Immah S.
Dimitri and his partner are expert movers. They were punctual, strategic, quick and very professional. Will definitely use for my next move!
Kimberley B.
The service was exceptional and it was a seamless transaction. He was efficient, professional, and accommodating. I highly recommend this service. In comparison, to a previous moving company (with rave reviews) - this professional moving company wins hands down. Definitely PAIN FREE moving. Do yourself a favor and honor this business.
Conqueror Moving and Labor LLCConqueror Moving and Labor LLC
Briana a.
I am very pleased. They made my moving experience easy. They worked hard, moved at an acceptable pace and communication was good. I definitely recommend.
Kem G.
Will definitely use Ally Moving LLC again!
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Shad c.
Good job . 2 moves in 2 days
YesWeCan LLCYesWeCan LLC
Jackson T.
The movers were friendly and professional, completing the job with remarkable swiftness and zero damage. For all the stress involved in moving, choosing them was perhaps the best decision in the entire process.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Daina D.
Ernesto and his partner were very timely, professional and organized. There was a little hiccup at the storage facility, but they remained patient and finalized the move gracefully. EZ MOVERS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! ☺️
Ernest moving ( ez movers)Ernest moving ( ez movers)
Christal O.
We hired Terrance for our move from a one bedroom apartment to a house. We thought it would take about 5hrs to finish the entire move, but it only took them about 3 hours! He was swift, friendly and very easy going. Really made our move so much easier!
Channie B.
Wonderful experience! We hired Affix due to another moving company not being professional and unable to move us. Affix was professional, on time, friendly, and worked fast. We highly recommend!
Affix MoversAffix Movers
Kelly H.
The two men that completed my move did a fantastic job. None of my furniture was damaged in the process, and they worked very quickly. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of a local move.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Toni K.
Excellent customer service! The movers took very good care of my furniture while moving in inclement weather. They were professional and courteous. I highly recommend this company and will use them for any future jobs.
NewRay MovingNewRay Moving
Lyn R.
Let me start by saying moving is one of the most stressful things in life. With that said, it's imperative to get a company that helps make the processes as smooth as possible. That wasnt the case with NK Movers. 1)After confirming my move date and time (11/1/19, 9:00am) twice with the company beforehand, I was angry when they didnt show up until 1pm. The main POC, Nadir, claimed that they had me "mixed up" with another customer named Lyn, which I know was bullshyt. Mainly because even if our names were the same, our addresses were different, so theres no way they couldve "confused me" with someone else. I honestly believe that he was being dishonest and booked with me knowing all along that they would not be able to accommodate my 9am request. But instead of passing on the money, he booked me knowing I would be stuck and unable to find an alternative company the day of the move.....essentially, forced to use the company. Shady business practices and untrustworthy. 2) They only showed up with a "crew" of 2 men instead of the 3 men I booked. Having one less man slowed down the process tremendously, which, in turn, costs more money. 3) The moving truck arrived with stuff already in the truck which took away from the space I could use for my items on the truck. It was essentially a partial move. I had to return to the house I moved from the next day in order to move the rest of my items that didnt fit on the truck because the space was taken. 4) The crew didnt have any packing or moving materials as promised such as tape or furniture wrap. They only had a few blankets which was helpful. 5) Since we started late, we didnt finish until 8:30pm. At one point the crew said they wouldnt unload my truck at my move-in location since it was getting late. I asked well where do you expect me to go or sleep with all my stuff on this truck and he suggested a HOTEL. I was offended and told him that my stuff WILL be taken and unpacked at my new home that day. One a side note...It seems as if the NK Movers Company subcontracts out the work to independent workers because the crew said they were not told about my move job by the main company (NK Movers). They finished a moving job in DC that morning before they came to me at 1pm and thats why they didnt have the materials and were tired. The 2-man crew was also angry because NK Movers didnt tell them that I was moving to a 4th floor unit with no elevators. Despite, they helped move my items upstairs by foot and worked diligently. I appreciated their hardwork. Overall the day was long, stressful and expensive. I most likely wouldnt use this company, NK Movers, again. Nadir attempted to stoke my frustration with a "discount" but the overall cost was still way move than I expected, especially since it wasnt a full move and there was only 2 men. Never again and not recommended....Sorry!
Stephanie L.
Paschal and his team were very professional. They did a fantastic job carefully handling my possessions and moving a full house of items to the next. A few minor hiccups happened, but to be expected during a move. I’d hire YesWeCan again for sure!
YesWeCan LLCYesWeCan LLC
Alecia A.
The movers were right on time, very polite and FAST!!!! I will most definitely use them again!!
DC Moving, INCDC Moving, INC
Thumbtack Customer
DO NOT USE THESE MOVERS!!! Nadir (owner) was rude and unprofessional and unapologetic or sympathetic to the fact that his workers left my home without notice after bringing the wrong truck size for the move that was suppose to begin at noon then then pushed back to 1PM and the workers didn't show up until 3PM . When I we finally spoke to Nadir after several ignored phone calls, he promised to send a new crew by 6PM and they didn't show up until 9PM which had my husband and I moving in the middle of the night. We paid cash to the 2 men that showed up who were actually pretty decent guys becasue we knew it wasn't their fault that the company they worked for messed up. Bad business!!!! A move that was supposed to begin at 12noon didn't start until 9PM and was never completed. To add insult to injury...Nadir cursed out my husband on the phone for complaining about our experience and is threatening to sue us claiming his workers never received payment. We paid the workers and gave them a tip which we did not have to do as the contract we signed was broken from the start by the company. We had to hire a whole new company to finish moving us the next day and spend an additional $600 on top of what we paid NK Movers. DO NOT...I REPEAT...DO NOT..BELIEVE THE HYPE ON NK MOVERS - THIS WAS THE WORST MOVE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED!!! More stressful than planning my own wedding.
LuGene R.
Nonstop budget moving was amazing! The quality of work, professionalism and work ethic was beyond exceptional. And not to mention the value! Tim and Mike were great to be around and made my move experience extremely successful. I would hire their company again and especially ask for those guys. Thanks for a success guys!
Lynnette P.
The movers were on time, quick and efficient. There was one minor hiccup, but would definitely work with this company again. Thanks again!
Anchors AwayAnchors Away
Thumbtack Customer
Very good job. Arrived on time, wrapped all furniture appropriately, and moved it into my new house quickly and successfully.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Nyadia G.
This crew was great! Jonathan ran the show with speed and grace. Everything went better than expected. Imagine my surprise to see a female mover!! Impressive! She def keeps her slim shape doing this hefty job. I loved seeing a strong woman alongside 2 strong men. There were 3 flights of stairs and none of the movers complained. They had bright smiles and joked with me throughout the day. They even played with my dog. They brought everything to my new place and set it up for me. I would definitely choose Ally moving again and will recommend to others!
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Sean C.
These guys were amazing throughout the entirety of our move. They were punctual and very efficient all day. I would recommend them to anyone.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Camille D.
Baku Movers were on time (early actually) and they were very helpful with our moving process. They were able to disassemble and reassemble our bed without breaking it which we appreciated. They also built our new bed frame from straight out the box which was nice. Cons: I wasn’t a fan of the number of breaks they took and how it seemed like they were standing around sometimes due to the fact that they are paid hourly. I initially thought it would be a 3 hour job and it turned into a 5 hour job. But I am not a moving specialist. But besides that, great job and thanks again.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Ayoka J.
The services were timely and met my needs. The team was responsive and attentive to my needs. I would definitely use them again for a quick turnaround move.
Purcell MovingPurcell Moving
Tanya P.
My Experience with confidential movers was the best experience I’ve ever had with any moving company. I’m a very particular person and I like things done in a Very Particular Way, Decatur to my every knee they even wrapped my furniture and my TV and I was very impressed. I also like the way they stored my belongs in the storage so that Will be able to access the things I need. They were very professional, they were very careful with my things and I highly highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a mover. I like to thank them so much for a job well done. I will be using them in the near future.
Confidential MoversConfidential Movers
Kristen S.
These guys are AMAZING! They worked super hard and diligently, took great care of my items, stayed communicative the entire time, and we’re professional and efficient. Will absolutely use them for our next move.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
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