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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 Detroit movers
Taneika T.
If you need a moving service in the Detroit area the guys at Pay Less Moving Co. will not disappoint. They made my moving experience pleasant. Thank you!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Kristin F.
The movers came, and despite some bumps in the move on my end, they were fast and professional!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Jennifer J.
The company was able to accommodate a move with short notice. The movers were very polite and accommodating. The moving truck was packed very efficiently and with care toward my possessions. The unloading was also efficient. I would recommend them. Note also that there is a transportation charge for non- local moves. There were no surprises; the terms of the move that were quoted were the same upon completion.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Kiara B.
I am new to the area and needed assistance moving. Everyone at Smart Moves was super nice, very efficient and thorough. I will definitely be calling them again my next move!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Ashleigh P.
Great value, really easy booking. Gerald and Will were really professional, helpful, and knowledgeable about moving. I will be moving again next spring and if the move is local I plan on working with them again.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Jaclyn L.
William and his crew provided a professional and efficient moving experience! They were incredibly hard workers and moved all of my items with care. I will definitely be giving them a call for my next move!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Stevyn W.
I was in a crunch and needed a mover ASAP. WE care movers showed up and got the job done. I would highly recommend them and use them again when it's time to move again.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Calebria W.
Had a piano moved and I was highly impressed with the speed, preparedness, and precision. I’ll definitely be hiring again for moving needs.
Bill B.
Picked a very hot and muggy day to move but the team work right thru it. Moving out of and unto a high rise is very demanding and they got thru in great time.I especialy appreciate their flexible move schedule. Moving out we were under elevator time slots and limited time so with proptness and excellent work ethic , it was a no brainer
Niki T.
I had to move in sooner than expected and I reached out to many companies. Metro was the only company that would be able to move me at the time that I needed, with less than a weeks notice. When I called I always received a call back even after the normal 9-6. The movers were very professional and kind. They worked together as a team to get everything moved as quickly and safely as they could. If/when I move again, I’ll be using metro.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very quick.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Cassandra S.
Movers professional and helpful. However it should not have taken 3 hrs to move 10 pieces of furniture 4 miles. I was overcharged.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Henrika B.
I appreciate the service today Alpha Moving showed up timely they moved quick and we’re flexible to my needs !!! Thanks again !!!
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Joe O.
Attentive movers that worked hard the whole time to get us moved from point a to point b. Came prepared and would use again.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Jeff H.
Just finished a move with them. Very efficient, respectful, and did a great job. Would highly recommend and I will come back for future moves.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Cindy J.
Showed up when they said they would. The movers were very nice and careful. I will hire them for my next move. They were great!
Jackson B.
Metro Smart Moves is hands down the best moving company I've worked with. Everyone I worked with was extremely nice and professional. They're the first moving company I've ever used that hasn't broken or dinged any of our belongings. Highly, highly recommend.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Vanessa T.
Everything was moved in perfect condition and in a timely manner. Really appreciated all of the extra man-power to make the move more efficient. Thanks again!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Sonja H.
I truly appreciate that Metro-Smart Moves was accessible during a pandemic when most companies were. The movers through this company were very detailed and took great care of my items. I would truly recommend this company for all future moves.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Kris L.
Great service for a last minute move !
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Darrell P.
Great experience with the Alpha Moving team!
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, friendly, and courteous. These guys were on time, efficient, and meticulous in moving our furniture. Prices are extremely reasonable and worth every cent. Everyone hates moving but these guys made it easy. I highly recommend We Care Movers. They deserve more than 5 stars!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Sabdra P.
Excellent service. Professional. Quality of work far surpassed the moving company originally hired. I wish I had first contracted Rush Intestate Moving!
Rush Interstate movingRush Interstate moving
Tim T.
Robert and his crew KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!!!! I had an emergency move and needed to be out of my place with in 2 days!!! My man's and them showed up early with only a one day notice! I have a lot of very large pieces of art and furniture. The move was flawless!!! Those boys hussled, no BS movers!!! I have lived in Detroit, Miami, LA, Germany, Sweden, etc etc. My point is I have moved probably 30 times in my life and these are the best movers I have ever used!!!!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Kris K.
My wife and I hired Manny's Moving and Delivery for our move from our downtown apartment to our new house in Grosse Pointe Woods. Tyler and Isiah arrived on time and safely moved all of our things, including our oversized sofa and heavy dining room table. They were very professional and finished the move within the estimated timeframe. We would use Manny's again in the future.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
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