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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 Kansas City movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers Pros The movers worked at fast to complete the move. Move was 2.5 miles. Time 2 hours 48 minutes. Great job. Will Minis
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
After contacting several other moving companies I decided to use Moving Pros. Working withe Cole was a breeze. The movers that arrived upon my moving day were professional and courteous. I recommend using Moving Pros for your moving needs.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Erin K.
Moving Kings did a phenomenal job accommodating my move. The movers were courteous and respectful, both to myself and my belongings. I highly recommend them for your next move!!
Moving KingsMoving Kings
This is the moving company for you! They provided all of my moving needs and was able to move my things ahead of schedule. Great service!
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were friendly, worked hard and moved us quickly
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Lee S.
The dude's moving to the next one job getting everything moved quickly and professionally. I highly recommend them for your next move.
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Moving Pros has been great getting back so fast. Perfect accommodation on time needed for move. Can't wait for actual move.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Sandy W.
They moved about half of the items and many items they were supposed to move, they didn't
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
It's been almost a year since I've had Moving Pros move me, but the guys did a tremendous job. I've used a few other movers in the KC area and I will always use Moving Pros going forward. They hustled and were way more efficient than movers I'd used previously.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
Rent A Vet Movers were absolutely amazing!!! I've lived in apartments most of my adult life and have moved several times. I have used numerous movers and Rent A Vet, by far, was without a doubt the BEST movers I've ever worked with!! They moved items from an apartment to a storage unit and they were awesome! They were respectful, quick and pleasant. I will be needing a mover in February to move my new spouse and me closer to our jobs and they will be the only movers we choose! I just can't say enough about these guys! They were fantastic!!
Rent a Vet Movers of Kansas CityRent a Vet Movers of Kansas City
Mark S.
I was very pleased with the long distance move, 450 miles, done by Moving Pros. Justin and Johnny were prompt, courteous and professional. Their communication throughout the move was fantastic. They treated my Mother's belongings as if they were moving their own items. I would definitely recommend Moving Pros and ask for Justin and Johnny, they are simply the best.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
The guys that moved me were hard works. No breaks just get the job done. I will be moving to a new home in 6 months. They'll do my moving. Great communication with the owner move me on a Sunday. Great company and workers.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Don S.
Movers worked extremely hard and were professional in moving our belongings. They wrapped, carefully moved all items with no casualties to any of our belongings!! We would highly recommend Moving Pros and Jesse & Ronnie did an excellent job!! Thanks!
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Colin C.
Had a great move w/ Moving Kings. I'm in a short term situation and will definitely be using their services for my next move in the next 6-12 months. The movers were MACHINES and moved way faster than I expected. They were friendly and clearly enjoy their work. I would recommend this company enthusiastically and without reservation.
Moving KingsMoving Kings
Mack V.
I used Grade A Moving for my July 8th move from south KCMO to Lenexa. Daimon and Seth were who showed up to help move my husband and I. They were professional, kind and courteous. I have used a lot of movers over the years and can say I’ll being using Grade A Moving again in the future. Always remember to tip your movers beyond well, they truly deserve it.
Grade A MoversGrade A Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The two movers did a great job and were so careful moving everything. They went above and beyond moving my sleeper sofa into the new place even though they had to hoist it over the balcony! Great movers with a positive helpful attitude, highly recommend!
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Sherri B.
My experience with Grade A Movers was Grade A+++. On the scheduled move morning it was raining and Grade A called to suggest holding off and doing the move the next day when it wouldn’t be raining. I appreciated that they were concerned about furniture and other items getting damaged in the rain. On the day of the move everything went smoothly and nothing was damaged. I will use Grade Movers in the future if I need a mover. I felt like the amount they charged was very fair for the amount of time and distance it took to complete the move. All in all, a very positive experience!
Grade A MoversGrade A Movers
Kevin A.
Moving Pros did an excellent job from the communication leading up to moving day to the actual move. I moved a few boxes before my scheduled move day to help out a little, however, living on the 3rd floor is tougher than I thought with the flights of steps involved so I didn't do a whole lot. Moving Pros showed up on time on moving day and didn't waste any time in loading and unloading the truck. They moved quickly and finished the job in 2 1/2 hours even with having to move all of my stuff up 3 flights of steps. I'm almost certain that if me and my buddies did the same job with a rented truck it would've taken us the entire day. I sincerely appreciate the great job Moving Pros did and highly recommend them!!
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
On a bitterly cold, icy and snowy day the Moving Pros movers did an outstanding job despite the frigid weather. They were great to work with and will hire them the next time I move.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys! They were extremely hard working and FAST!! I would recommend Moving Pros to anyone. We moved a lot of fragile items and nothing was broken or damaged. Best movers in KC!!
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
Best movers!
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Cynthia A.
Easy move.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
My first time using professional movers and I picked a winner with Moving Pros. My movers were Justin and Jesse. A huge thank you to both of them. I can't say enough good things about their careful and fast work but also the added kindness that they showed. I hope I don't move again but if I do I'll choose Moving Pros.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
Judith K.
I was pleased with the entire move. The guys were friendly and they knew exactly what they needed to do to move a piano.
iMove KC LLCiMove KC LLC
Thumbtack Customer
There was a bit of a scheduling problem, but that was worked out and the move went fine. The men that did the move worked quickly and carefully.
Moving ProsMoving Pros
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