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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 Columbia Park movers
Thumbtack Customer
I've moved many times and The Move Crew is by far the best movers ever! From the pre-move tips to the friendly professionalism on moving day they did everything right. Thank you for a terrific move!
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
The Move Crew is super! They are truly expert caring movers. If you need something moved, call the best, The Move Crew.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
I was very happy with my moving experience in what was a challenging move-in location. Highly recommend TK movers!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Anna W.
I had other movers that cancelled last minute. Ultimate movers was very accommodating and responsive to my last minute moving request. They were very speedy, great movers!
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I needed TK Movers to move our 1 bed apartment into a townhouse. The move went very well, and the guys moved quickly and carefully. We had everything moved in about 3 hours. They were all very easy to communicate any of our needs to, also. We would recommend TK Movers to anyone that needs to move in a timely fashion.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Anne B.
I contacted several moving companies on Thumbtack on a Saturday for help moving a treadmill. First Priority Movers responded within minutes and set up a time the same day. The movers came within the two hours I was available and moved my treadmill in less than half an hour. The three movers were nice, respectful, and knew what they were doing. Overall a good experience and I will look to First Priority Movers for my next move.
First Priority MoversFirst Priority Movers
Shannon O.
The movers were very careful when moving furniture
Your Stuff MattersYour Stuff Matters
Savanna M.
I really appreciated how easy TK Movers made my move - I'd never hired movers before, but after this experience, I'm never moving without them again!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move went smoothly with 2 competent and experienced movers.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Sreekar J.
I had a great moving experience with Top Notch Moving. They communicated regularly, arrived right on time, and were very helpful and friendly throughout the move. I'd recommend them for any moving job!
Top Notch Moving and Hauling LLC.Top Notch Moving and Hauling LLC.
Ashley m.
Hired to move one couch from home to another- 10 miles away. Movers showed up late and without a courtesy phone call to notify. Movers arrived without any proper gear including straps blankets or ties to move heavy sleeper sofa. Movers asked homeowner for supplies. Movers then tried to refuse job because it was too hard to move a couch through the doorway. Owner of company then arrived on scene with supplies to wrap couch to move. Movers dropped couch in transit. Honestly- about the worst possible experience. Would never recommended to anyone.
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up early, and got everything moved in 2 hours. The movers were friendly and careful when moving our belongings. Plus they did the move on Saturday evening. Would definitely utilize their services again.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Thumbtack Customer
This was the first time using a moving company and tk movers was amazing! They moved our items efficiently and with care. I would recommend them highly!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up on time. Provided three very competent movers. Movers took great care of our belongings - no damage on anything after the move. Movers were very respectful and courteous. Would use them again.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Vishal b.
I recently moved from Minneapolis to eden prairie. The movers come on time and moved my things perfectly. Nice guys and value for money.
SilverBack courier serviceSilverBack courier service
Padmaja K.
They helped me move my stuff very friendly and professional movers
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
Kyle R.
Movers were prompt and friendly, nothing was damaged in the move. Worth the money.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I'm very, very happy with the Move Crew. Riku and Jeremy were punctual and took great care of the furniture. This was a challenging move between Minneapolis and Rochester, MN that included moving a 350 lb and 10 foot long African wood table top. The Move Crew were excellent. I plan to call them again with my future moves. Thanks Move Crew!
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Taylor Y.
Best movers we’ve EVER had, at such a great price! Both movers were timely, kind, professional and efficient. Came stocked with all the extra moving supplies. It made our family’s move a breeze! I’d highly recommend!
First Priority MoversFirst Priority Movers
Susan S.
I hired Noble Movers for a move in April and found them great to work with! They showed up on time, moved my boxes/furniture with care and worked efficiently. Both movers were pleasant and very helpful. Thank you!
Prino Group MoversPrino Group Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired On Call Services to move my business. I was promised a 26' truck and 3 movers. The positive: The guys who did the moving were kind, professional, and good natured, and hard working. The negative: I scheduled the move for 8:30am. I received a call at 8am the day of the move telling me that no truck was available for the move, but one would be available at 10:30am. The movers didn't actually arrive on site to begin the move until after 12pm. When the movers arrived, there were only 2 of them and a 17' truck (not 3 movers and a 26' truck as promised). Even though the full promised staff wasn't on site, they officially started the billable clock for the move. A half hour after the move started, a third mover arrived along with a 4th mover (who I was told was making up for the fact that the move got started late). Although the 4th mover was able to help load the truck, he was not able to help unload the truck because he didn't fit in the front seat of the moving van and didn't have a vehicle to get him to the second site. The movers didn't come with wheeled dollies as promised, so they had to borrow them from one of the other businesses in my new building. Because the move started late, we ended up encountering rush hour traffic - which extended the billable time. This wouldn't have happened if the move started on time. Likewise, the move only should have taken a single trip. It took two trips because the truck was 17' and not 26' as promised. In the end, I was only credited an hour of time off my bill. This hardly seems sufficient considering the problems encountered with the move.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Thumbtack Customer
Had a larger than average move per dwelling size. From scheduling the move to working with the movers everything was done smoothly and with a smile. Even as the job went after work ethic was maintained and I was left very satisfied with my move.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Laura C.
Great team of movers! Extremely careful packing & moving of furniture. Very good communicators.
SilverBack courier serviceSilverBack courier service
Millard K.
Company responded on a Sunday about a Tuesday move which was marvelous. Movers showed up on time and had the move done expeditiously. Payment done quickly and simply after the move. Everything intact including my sanity. Great job, First Priority!
First Priority MoversFirst Priority Movers
Cortney M.
The movers were very polite, they worked diligently and got the move completed in less than 3 hours. It was the best experience I've had with a moving company just yet.
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
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