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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 Oak Park movers
Ingrid H.
I really can't say enough GREAT things about Smart Moves and our movers, Gerald and Marcus. Sir Randolph responded immediately and was ready to send a crew out within a day. Smart Moves is driven by "get it done and get it done professionally". They made moving "easy peasy lemon squeezy" for my mom and I. We wouldn't think of calling any other company ever. Choosing them was definitely a SMART MOVE!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Emiley C.
The two man moving team was courteous and efficient. They moved our items with professionalism and took care of our belongings. I’m planning on using them again!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Samuel F.
Flat rate are the guys you want to go with if you have a move coming up. Very easy to work with and make the moving process a joyful one. HIRE THESE GUYS!
Flat Rate Athletic MoversFlat Rate Athletic Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Delaney's Moving helped me in moving from an apt to a condo. They were very professional, thorough and friendly. They were expensive based on the number of workers but they get the job done well.
Delaney's MovingDelaney's Moving
Jacqueline N.
Great movers very responsive and quick, super friendly.
Brittany M.
They were 3 hours late due to a last minute move but when they finally got to us, they moved us in about 2 in a half hours. It was only two guys but they moved lightening fast! Also both gentlemen were very cool and down to earth. Great personalities, I would work with you guys again.
Executive MovingExecutive Moving
The movers were prompt and professional. I will use this company again if the situation arises.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were professional, courteous and most of all were very efficient at getting the job done.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Claricha E.
They were careful and quick! Excellent communication and both movers wore masks without me requesting it.
LaVerne D.
Eric did a very good job moving me to my new home. Thank you so much.
Executive MovingExecutive Moving
Lisa P.
good communication was on time and took care of all my moving needs. would definitely use again & recommend
Flat Rate Athletic MoversFlat Rate Athletic Movers
I needed an affordable, reliable and efficient company to move some items. Their rate was reasonable and the work was completed satisfactory. Thanks Mark and Crew!
Carmen S.
I was in need of a quick move and Metro Smart managed to fit me i to their schedule within 2 days. The team was very responsive!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Keyanna D.
A+ Service. Arrived 45 minutes late, but, He’d done me a huge favor to accommodate my last minute request... and I’d surprised him making many MANY unexpected changes—He handled them with grace! No complaints. No attitude. Just got the job done! It was a wet & rainy day. I thought that I was about to go through a dirty/muddy stressful moving experience. But these men took great care of my things. It was a painless-peaceful process and I would recommend this mover hands down! A+
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Josh G.
I got a treadmill delivered, and quickly realized that there was no way I was going to be able to move it to my basement with the help of my relatively weak friends. I came to thumbtack to see what was out there and found Flat Rate Athletic Movers. I sent them a message, and Stanley responded almost immediately, and told me they were available in the next couple days. He gave me a super reasonable price, so I set it up. Two guys showed up on time and wearing masks (COVID 19 pandemic if you're reading this and have forgotten what 2020 was like) and got right to work. It took them about 45 minutes, as they were super careful getting the 300+ lb box down into my home and down 2 flights of stairs. They didn't even come close to hitting a wall, and there was absolutely no damage to the treadmill. I highly recommend these guys.
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