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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 Chesterfield movers
Richard B.
The team that moved me did a good job wrapping and protecting all of the furniture, moving it timely and unwrapping/setting it up at the move-in site. Thank you for job well done.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did an excellent job. Their packing and wrapping of the larger furniture items was more thorough than I ever experienced in more than 18 job related moves. The estimate for the move was not explained well and I wound up paying twice what I expected. The move itself was very well done.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Sajja C.
Prompt and swift move.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Steve D.
Quick and affordable movers
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Sarah B.
There are not enough nice words to say about Small Movers. Due to an issue with an apartment, I have used Small Movers twice in the past two months and they exceeded my expectations both times from the beginning of the process until the end. When you book with Small Movers, you will have the joy of working with Brenda to set up the move. She is so friendly, helpful, and goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect for the day of your move. Throughout both moves, I had 5 different movers assist (2 the first time, 3 the second), and all 5 were very polite, efficient, gentle with our belongings, and a pleasure to work with. They arrived within the window of time given during booking, gave a 20-30 minute warning of when they would arrive, and worked as quickly as possible while ensuring all of our belongings were handled safely and weren't damaged during the move. They are worth every dime and still cheaper than the larger moving companies in the area. If you are moving within St. Louis or long distance, you should definitely book with Small Movers!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Sunayana B.
Had a completely stress-free moving experience with these guys! They were on time and very accommodating when there was a mix-up with my move-in date. They even moved all my furniture with no scratch on the wall and helped me fix some stuff up on the walls! 10/10 recommend them and will definitely be giving them a call if I move next.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team under Junior's leadership did a fantastic job moving my parents home to a condo. They were pleasant, friendly, hard working and very organized. I've used several different moving companies in the past- they are definitely the best and super reasonable.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Renee M.
Had a great experience moving today. The 3 guys were great at protecting and moving my furniture and were very accommodating. Thank you!
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Jill M.
I was very happy with Full Service Moving!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Yong Z.
Kevin and Adam are real professional movers. They know what they are doing. They are flexible. I have to change my moving date 2 times. They accommodated my changes. They updated me about their arrival time on the date of moving. They came prepared with the necessary equipment. They are hard workers and very polite. They loaded my items to a container quickly and did a great job to make sure very space was utilized. Highly recommend them for your moving needs.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Linda R.
Everything about our move was perfect!!! I HIGHLY recommend E&J Moving. You cannot go wrong with these guys and they got done way faster than I predicted!!!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Arnie S.
I needed help moving a heavy treadmill to 2nd floor bedroom. Full Service Moving got back to me within a few minutes of my posting and was able to complete the job the next day. I was very happy with their service.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Joe M.
Bought some furniture and had to get moved the same day. Called these guys and they where able to get the job done for a fair price. They broke down and set up what I needed and were very professional, took great care to plan and make sure nothing would be damaged in the entire process. I would recommend Easy Moving for any moving job you need.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Bob B.
Easy Moving helped me prepare my house for the installation of new floors and a renovation. They moved most of the large furniture and a couple dozen boxes to a storage unit a few miles away. They did a great job. They helped with the packing of boxes, were punctual and professional. I appreciated recommendations they had for organizing and how respectful they were of me belongings. I will rehire them to move everything back once the renovation is done.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Eric S.
I would have given a five star in every category if allowed by the app. Easy Moving was the first response I got for the job and were available in less than 24 hours. It was easy to pay through PayPal. The crew was punctual, worked fast, and did a neat, clean job of moving a very heavy couch to a nearby charity. The guys were friendly and professional. Big five stars for Easy Moving!
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Debbie V.
Arrive on time got all furniture moved with ease. I will use them again.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Pradeep R.
Eric was great to deal with and was able to change my timeslot by a bit. The movers were friendly and fast.
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Sean S.
Thanks again guys for helping me get the late night move done. Greatly appreciated.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Haven't worked with them yet. Talked on phone. Will schedule when ready to move our things.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Sarrah S.
These guys were so great! We had a difficult move, in my opinion, and they never stopped once! They were friendly and hard workers. They completed a move in 5 hours that would have taken us an entire weekend or longer! So thrilled we went with them!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Audrey C.
They came right away to move a piece of furniture for me. Very nice & got the job done fast.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Rob N.
Guys were fantastic and moved a heavy piece of exercise equipment from the garage to the basement. Highly recommend!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Lori G.
Very responsive and worked with me on the price based on what I needed moved. Would highly recommend!
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Thomas B.
A difficult install with multiple challenges that were addressed onsite. Would recommend for others with a pool installation or move.
MCS Billiards Pool table Moving & ServicesMCS Billiards Pool table Moving & Services
Thumbtack Customer
My old apt complex was under major construction, so the movers had to park far away, and walk really far to move my things. Then they had to drive my things a long distance to my new place. They still stayed within 4 hrs and didn't break anything. Great service!!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
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