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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 Andover movers
Gary M.
Had them move heavy couch , got the job done smoothly and professionally done.
Zachary B.
I didn't get a chance to do moving services with DREEZY'S because of a cancelation on my end, but the communication and availability on the company's end was amazing , the understanding of cancelation was much appreciated. I will be coming back to them for any future moves based on the customer service alone.
Andrea M.
It was a difficult situation, however I did have to encourage them to move faster a few times. Also looking at my storage locker, I wish they would have put more thought into arranging the furniture and other belongings. I will say that it was a very disorganized move and they did go with the flow of that.
Prino Group MoversPrino Group Movers
Kaycee S.
We needed a few heavy items moved throughout our home and a new trampoline and patio umbrella set up. I wanted to surprise my husband when he came home with everything complete and I didn't think I would be able to find a company last minute let alone a company that would help me put together a trampoline!! Rico responded super fast and had his movers come out the same day!!! The movers were on time, respectful and professional. Very smooth transaction and worth every penny- I would recommend! Thank you!
Southern ProfessionsSouthern Professions
Aaron A.
Literally the most professional people I have been around. Communication was on point, arrival was on time and work was done with more care than I would have used moving myself. I know there are a lot of movers to choose from and it was extremely difficult for me to pull the trigger on one because you just never know what you will get. I am a Realtor and have seen and heard of a ton of horror stories. I can say with absolute confidence, you will want to stop looking and hire True Care. It sounds corny for me to say but they really live up to that name. These are my go to now for all my clients moves as well. Oh, and also, they didn't break or scratch even 1 item they handled. Would be impossible due to how well they wrap and handle the items
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Laura L.
Ato and 2 other guys came for the move. They were very careful and resourceful when it came to maneuvering large bulky furniture up many stairs. It was a tight squeeze. They were great to work with and I definitely would use them again.
Endless SolutionsEndless Solutions
Josh S.
These guys were amazing! Best movers I have ever hired. They were professional, courteous, and had a great positive energy. They took great care to protect all our furniture and were very considerate of our walls and corners. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Jake E.
What an amazing job! Helped out so much and really went above and beyond. J is a great man and I will use him and his company for all of my future moves! Honest, hardworking and lifted a super heavy couch over a very tight staircase and railing. 10/10!
Top Notch Moving and Hauling LLC.Top Notch Moving and Hauling LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired them to pick up a treadmill at one location and deliver it to my home because there were 4 flights of stairs total to carry it up. The service we received was worth every penny. They provided an accurate estimation of pick up and delivery, and were very professional throughout the entire process. I also appreciated that I could pay with a card. Overall, I would recommend Carlo and his team for delivery, moving, and even junk removal! Yes, they do that too!
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
Sarah W.
The contact I was working with setting up the appointment was very quick, even offered to do the trip 12 hours after I asked! But when the day came I got pushed back 3 times with me being at the site waiting for 1.5 hours. After the third reschedule they tried to push me back to the next day with a very little apology attached. I did not move forward with them as I was too frustrated with at the lack of planning and respect for their clients time.
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
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