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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 Maple Grove movers
Jeremy D.
The movers were friendly and worked constantly. I don’t believe anyone could have moved as quickly as they moved our items and I appreciate it so much!
First Priority MoversFirst Priority Movers
Lyn s.
The movers were very polite, punctual and efficient. They moved a vanity through a very tight space.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired On call Services to help with a move. The movers were kind and courteous, fast and took really good care of my belongings. It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend them to anyone considering hiring help for their move.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Raghu b.
Both guys did excellent job and recommended to hire for your moves..! Continue good job and good luck for your moving business.
Jessica L.
Trireme Express was absolutely incredible helping us move a few items around our house. They were responsive and incredibly efficient. Highly recommend for any moving job.
Jen H.
Had our piano moved a few years ago and forgot to leave a review! They were great, we moved again after this, and called them again! They were great!
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
Karen K.
It was a pleasure working with TK Movers. They were very responsive, able to help us with a quick turnaround project, and very efficient. I would absolutely use TK Movers again.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Overall very positive experience with Oncall movers. They were on time and worked professionally during the move and did not slack off. I will recommend to anyone for their honesty, quality and competitive pricing.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Jaime L.
Flexible when I wanted to add a difficult to move object!
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
Shawn F.
Help arrived with smiling faces and did a great job moving our piano.
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
Stephanie S.
Hands down, the best moving experience I've ever had! I HIGHLY recommend these guys!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Did a great job with the move. Punctual, friendly and accountable. I would hire them again.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Flat Rate Quote to move a portion of a 5 bedroom home 26 miles - estimation of 8 hrs - Movers were over 2 hrs late (they ran out of gas) - Movers drove onto my lawn at my new home and damaged my brand new driveway all along the side of AND tore up the newly laid sod - Movers drove onto the lawn at my old home - Damaged un assessed - Possibly damaged the underground sprinkler system at both homes - The platform they placed on my front decking gouged up and scratched the brand new front porch - An estimated 8 hr job took 16 hrs - After 16 hours - they still left the following items behind that were part of the initial walk through of items to be moved: - Patio Furniture - Clothing / Coats in Closets - All Lampshades - Glass Table Tops - Treadmill (they wanted to charge me extra to move this) - Lawn Mower / Compressor / Snow Blower (They claimed they needed a special license to move these items) - Kitchen Chairs Due to the extensive damage caused by their negligence, I have deferred payment of services until they repair/replace the items damaged which equates to several thousand dollars (Their quote to move = $950) They have filed a claim with their insurance company, however, I have communicated that I will defer payment until I receive satisfaction on the damages which has yet to occur. TK Movers is now threatening to sue ME / place liens on MY home and ruin MY credit if I don't pay them immediately.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great service! The movers were efficient, professional and cost effective. I'd highly recommend them to anyone!
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Julian B.
Quickly moved our items. Polite, professional and took care to not damage anything. Would hire again.
Your Stuff MattersYour Stuff Matters
Jc D.
Royalty Movers are very professional. They are very responsive throughout the process. The two young gentleman who assisted me are polite and hard working.
Thumbtack Customer
Our movers were fantastic! They were at our house on time, worked efficiently and carefully. They had positive attitudes and were flexible throughout the process.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
TK Movers did a fantastic job. They were on time. Travis came with his two sons and they were friendly, efficient and very nice. They showed me damage ahead of time when there was some to make sure I was aware. They worked in very hot weather and it did not even seem to affect them. They were great about making sure my animals did not get out. They moved furniture to the rooms I wanted, and when I changed my mind on a couple of heavy pieces they were very nice about changing where they had originally been asked to set them up. I would definitely recommend TK movers.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Debjani b.
Idris and JB were just awesome. They know their work and were very polite. We are so happy with their work. We would definitely recommend them to one who needs moving service.
Derek E.
They did a great job moving the stuff from our home. They didn’t hesitate to tackle the heavy items. Very conscientious making sure not to damage any of the stuff. Will hire them again in the future.
Endless SolutionsEndless Solutions
Allan P.
Tanner and Alex were on time and efficient with the move. I was happy from start to finish. Very courteous and very professional. Would definitively use them again. I already passed their information to a co worker.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Rick J.
Eddy and his team did an outstanding job on my furniture move between floors in my home. They were right on time, planned the work, and executed it very professionally. I will be using Your Stuff Matters again and highly recommend this company.
Your Stuff MattersYour Stuff Matters
Thumbtack Customer
Riku and Gunnar have been amazing to work with. Our old house closing was delayed twice, yet they were able to accommodate the last minute scheduling changes. Their personable natures and genuine attitudes made moving a whole lot less stressful. Thank you!!
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
This was a tough job- moving a 4 BR, 3300 Sq Ft household from Minneapolis to a 3 BR row house in Maryland, where most of the furniture was up one or two flights of steps, including a piano. Everyone did a great job, and was cheerful to work with as well. Our stuff was packed well and pretty much arrived intact as far as we can tell so far. A solid company, using all he best professional techniques and protection materials, item inventories, and all while being much much more cost-effective than hiring any of the "name" interstate moving companies. Highly recommended.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Denise B.
Tyrel at Truecare was very quick to respond to my last minute need to move my washer and dryer from my mud room to my garage for a few days while we had a new floor installed and then move them back again. We set up a time and he was great about calling and letting me know when he would be here. On the 2nd half of the job he put us on the schedule at the end of a very busy day on a Friday and still came out about 9:00 pm. He communicated early letting us know his timeline which worked for us. He could have just said it’s too late, but he wanted to get it done on the day we agreed, as his weekend schedule was also busy. He and his partner were very careful and professional and did a great job. I highly recommend Truecare and Will definitely use them again when I need a moving service. Denise Bauer
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
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