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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 Westminster movers
Carol Z.
We needed to move an upright piano and two organs and Monopoly Movers were responsive, professional and very courteous in moving these items for us - would definitely recommend them for future use.
Monopoly Movers  LLCMonopoly Movers LLC
Alexis F.
These guys are fantastic! Our movers never showed up on the day of our actual move, so that evening I put in a request on Thumbtack for new movers. Antwan and I began messaging at 6:30 the next morning and they were at my home by 10:00! They packed my home quicker than any movers I have ever hired. They were friendly, professional, and fast! Highly recommend them for any work!
Top Notch MoversTop Notch Movers
Amanda R.
Wonderful service! Both movers were incredibly professional and quick as well! They finished my studio size move in one hour. Thank you so much to this wonderful company! I’d recommend them in the future.
Here & Now Movers LLCHere & Now Movers LLC
Betty M.
3 movers came with their own truck. They wrapped our furniture and packed the truck with everything we needed moved. They were quick, careful, and even put our boxes in the rooms they needed to go in. They were so helpful and made our move so much easier. Even when it started pouring rain, they didn’t slow down. Definitely recommended. Appreciate all their help!!!
Matt T.
They did a great job, my move went quickly without any issues
Nando's Movers LLC.Nando's Movers LLC.
Laila W.
Excellent service, they helped us with a last minute emergency move. We were booked and moved within 24 hours. Excellent excellent value, they charged half of the other estimate I had. Super responsive and kept us informed the whole way.
Anagkazo SolutionsAnagkazo Solutions
Bryan W.
Will be passing their information along to others. These guys made our move in day so much smoother.
Peace of Mind Movers LLCPeace of Mind Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived on time and did everything as expected. Glad I found them and will use again if needed.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Thumbtack Customer
Apollo Best Piano Moving Company has been the most professional company I have dealt with a in a long, long time! Their communications was outstanding, all three gentlemen who showed up were professional and courteous and best of all, they moved my piano with zero issues. I would highly recommend Apollo!
Apollo Best Piano Moving CompanyApollo Best Piano Moving Company
Linda G.
Juan Manuel & his helper did an exceptional job of moving my pool table & reassembling it. Very conscientious & precise with his work. I would highly recommend them if you need a table moved … I am very satisfied…. They are truly an asset to this industry 👍🤗‼️Thank you very much🤗
Pool Table Service DMVPool Table Service DMV
Melissa R.
Dwayne and his crew were amazing! They were on time, wrapped our belongings with care, were careful but quick, they were friendly and courteous and even gave us a great deal for being Veterans! This moving company will always have our business. A+++
Already There Delivery Service LLCAlready There Delivery Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were great! They clearly communicated. They showed up on time and were extremely professional. They did a conscientious job and charged exactly what they said they would charge. I would highly recommend Great Nation Van Lines to my friends and family!
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Theresa H.
Carlos and his team were awesome. They came and moved everything, packed things that we didn't and retaped boxes that had tape popping up. He called to let us know when he would be there, and kept us in the loop about everything he was doing. Carlos managed to get down our dirt road with the trucks and even got stuck with the snow but was still extremely professional and in good spirits. It took them HOURS to do our houses with disassemble and reassemble but kept the same pace and good attitude through it all. And the price was spot on. Everything about this move was easy due to Carlos and his team. Will definitely use them again and recommend them to everyone I can. Thank you so much carlos.
C & Y Moving LLCC & Y Moving LLC
Jaime S.
I heard back from Antonio within minutes of submitting my request through thumbtack. He was very courteous and considerate of my budget. He showed up on time and began the job promptly. Antonio took his time to make sure my furniture was not damaged during the move. I highly recommend Antonio and will definitely use him for any future needs!
Holliman Global LLCHolliman Global LLC
Treaty A.
I can’t say enough about how great Paschal and Julius were. Within 20 minutes of when I submitted my request I got a call from Paschal, he was accommodating and punctual. They were very professional and focused on the job, they took great care to ensure every piece was handled delicately. I would not hesitate to use them again. If you need to have something moved, these are the guys!
YesWeCan LLCYesWeCan LLC
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