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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 Saint Peters movers
Kevin P.
Very professional with excellent work ethic and communication. I would highly recommend GO-FARR Moving for all your moving needs. I know GO-FARR will be the only movers I will use moving forward. I was very pleased with the service and job well done! Thanks again GO-FARR Moving!!!
GO-FARR MovingGO-FARR Moving
Dana W.
Ryan was easy to deal with and schedule our last minute move. The team that moved our couches, armoire, and bed was professional and took care of the itens. We would recommend these movers to friends and family. Thank you for making it easy on us.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They moved us, but dropped 2 items, that I saw, in the process. They suggested 3) men but only 2) had any moving experience and little 'Team Work'. If I was to move again I would probably try someone else.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Carol E.
Made the move fast and pleasant
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Patricia S.
The guys arrived right on time. Were very professional. Did a great job moving my fridge from garage to basement. Made sure it was level. If I need a moving service in the future would definitely hire them again. Highly recommend Easy Moving.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Tawni T.
Best service I’ve had with movers!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
We hired the team for a move of a two bedroom ranch with a lot of stuff in the basement. It was a great experience. The team showed up on time and got right to work. They were very pleasant guys and really seemed to enjoy their work. All day, they impressed us with how hard they worked and how fast they got things moved. We'd never used movers before, but after our experience, this is the only way to go! We highly recommend Rent a Vet Movers!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Cavanaugh R.
Needed to move some furniture to a new place. I paid for two hours, but they work fast and were able to move a lot more than I expected during that time. Absolutely no complaints!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move was great. We were moving a 3 bedroom home with a bunch of storage boxes and furniture. Their crew came out and were careful but also time conscious. Friendly crew, great experience. Would highly recommend
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
I was very pleased with the job done be Small Movers LLC. I would definitely hire them again. I will recommend this company to anyone I know of that is planning to hire movers. Thanks for being careful with my things!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were friendly and fast. Brought a huge truck and didn't break anything.
Advanced Moving Systems, LLCAdvanced Moving Systems, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived within quoted window and worked carefully and respectfully of my possessions.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
Did a great job helping me move furniture. Very polite and honest.
Firm Foundations Home Improvement, LLCFirm Foundations Home Improvement, LLC
Julie B.
Would definitely recommend Go-Farr Moving. Very affordable and the team was very professional
GO-FARR MovingGO-FARR Moving
Rebecca H.
We will continue to use this company for moves, they're fantastic. We had more than we thought we did, and these guys are worth every penny. They moved out sectional, or entire bedroom set, several heavy boxes, and helped us coordinate shuffling things between the different locations.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Dan G.
OMG....On time friendly and professional..The did a remarkable quick move for us. I would use again if I planned on moving....I doubt a better company can be found....Frank---thank your guys for me.... Awesome a sure 10 out of 10... Thanks so much again... Dan
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
They were awesome! We are recommending them to everyone who will be moving sometime in the next year. We were very pleased with their service!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Linz H.
I wish I could give 10 stars. I booked the service two months in advance and was thoroughly pleased by how fast my items got moved from a second floor apartment. They were so nice and professional yet still personable. I definitely would recommend and plan on using the services for any future moves.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Sean A.
They had to move it up to the 3rd floor of our house and did it with a great attitude and the pool table looks amazing. Thank you guys!!
MCS Billiards Pool table Moving & ServicesMCS Billiards Pool table Moving & Services
Brent W.
Very nice and easy going. Its was very hot the day I moved and them guys worked their tail off. They did great!!!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I could not have asked for a better experience. They were fast, efficient and so courteous! I highly recommend them for a worry free move!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Tina C.
Anthony and Romeo called in advance and arrived punctually. I was very pleased that they were able to accommodate my last minute moving needs with courtesy and professionalism.
A&A Haul Away LLCA&A Haul Away LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Rent-A-Vet to move us from an apartment to our first home and they made the experience smooth and stress free! Matt, Cornelius and Brandon came ready to work, no complaints on a lack of elevator or the cold, and got the job done in record time. My belongings were handled with care and professionalism. I will definitely be referring and reusing Rent-A-Vet for any future moves! Thanks again guys!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Rent A Vet Movers for the Saturday after Thanksgiving - moving from an apartment to a house. Two men arrived - Matthew and Brandon - and they were wonderful! They were very friendly and took great care of our furniture and boxes. Each piece of furniture was wrapped in pads and then plastic film wrapped. I have used various movers in the past, but none have taken that much care and attention to my belongings. It was fantastic! Yes, the process is a little more time consuming, but it ensures that all items are protected and in one piece. I am so glad I chose this company and would highly recommend them. Also, I found their pricing very reasonable. FIVE STARS!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Colleen S.
Used for moving 3 bedroom house. They were very professional, polite, and friendly. Best quality work for an affordable price. Definitely recommend and will use again if ever needed!
All-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLCAll-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLC
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