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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 Chapel Hill movers
Cristina G.
Excellent movers, on-time and careful with their moving. Very professional & patient.
Go Movers GoGo Movers Go
Noah S.
My second move with Romero Movers. They did exactly what I expected them to, and I'd use them again. A very smooth move
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Bianka R.
It was very easy to get my move scheduled for the next day. I had to make two stops during my move and the movers were very attentive to which pieces went where, and constantly checked in to see if they were doing everything correctly. The movers were cordial, professional, and extremely efficient. I got my entire move completed in 2.5 hours, even after unloading at two separate locations. Lastly, the value was great! I will definitely chose DC Movers again for my next move.
DC Movers LLCDC Movers LLC
Samantha S.
Thank you for the great move! JB is an extremely wonderful, prompt, and swift mover. He is very capable and was able to move anything from a lot of boxes to a sofa and mattress alone! He was also very receptive for moving more items! I appreciate that he was careful with moving the furniture into a moving truck as well as being concise. He is extremely punctual, professional, and prices his services extremely reasonably. Would highly suggest especially for students!👍👍
Jb’s hauling and removalJb’s hauling and removal
Charlie J.
Great Movers!
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Stephanie S.
Romero Movers were great! They were very kind, careful, and moved all our furniture without any issues. I would definitely hire them again for any future moves!
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Ciara G.
Branch Out was great! The movers arrived early, were polite and friendly, and made sure our belongings were taken care of. With moving being such a stressful time, the movers at Branch Out made it a lot easier.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
They went above and beyond on helping with my moving. They even helped with small items that did not fit in my car during the moving. Great team! Highly recommend them! They are now my go to moving team.
Alston MovingAlston Moving
Noah S.
Romero Movers were communicative, came on time and did my move without issue, and did not waste time. Thank you!
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were nice, professional & quick. Price was great. If I move again (hopefully not soon!) I will come back to B&W.
Rent A MoverRent A Mover
Linda K.
Dogwood Moving Company did a great job with our small move. They were careful, efficient, and professional. I’d hire them again.
Dogwood Moving Co.Dogwood Moving Co.
Kathy T.
Movers were very efficient
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
Sarah P.
They did a great job efficiently and carefully moving/stacking about a million boxes. Would certainly hire them again for a small move like this one.
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Raul R.
Excellent company. They responded to my inquiry right away, gave a reasonable estimate and kept me informed up to the day of the move. The packing team was led by Warden and Kyle and they were fast and careful. The moving team was led by Seth, with Kyle, Brandon and Athan as movers. They arrived on time, were very professional and attentive. I know that moving is a pain, but these guys made it a breeze. I highly recommend this company.
Dogwood Moving Co.Dogwood Moving Co.
Erica W.
Matthew and Corey did a great job with my move. The whole process was quick and easy and I would definitely use them again for future moving needs.
High Proformance MoversHigh Proformance Movers
Kathy W.
Excellent service! Was there to move our piano on time. Did an excellent job. Was very responsive and was able to provide the moving service the next week day. Would recommend highly.
Get it done piano moversGet it done piano movers
Brandi R.
Juan was very helpful and reviewed option for move.
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Thumbtack Customer
Highly recommend Joyful Movers-and Greg (crew foreman) in particular! Movers were faster than the quoted time, we sustained no damage to the *new* house we were moving into, the crew were very nice-and didn't just chuck things in the rooms: they asked me where I wanted things placed. We have two small (inexpensive/cheap) items that sustained minimal damage...and in my moving experience (2-cross country and 2 international moves in the past 5 years...), this is nothing short of a miracle. I would use Joyful again!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Rita J.
It was a true pleasure working with Micah! I had dreaded my long distance move from from Chapel Hill to Asheville, but Micah made it completely stress free. I highly recommend him to anyone considering a local or long distance move and I will definitely hire him for any future moves.
Infinite Moving SolutionsInfinite Moving Solutions
Lee G.
Worked fast but carefully. All movers were friendly.
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Evie G.
Best money I’ve ever spent.. and very affordable for movers. They were quick and flexible and did a great job. Very nice guys, glad I chose them for my move!
Elliott and co MovingElliott and co Moving
Adam S.
These guys did an amazing job moving me a couple hundred miles! They had a tremendous work ethic, were very careful, and friendly! Highly recommend them to anyone looking for movers.
Cali to NC MoversCali to NC Movers
Kriscia f.
Great Job!!! Movers were very kind and efficient!!!
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Eva D.
Box and Dolly did an outstanding job with my move! They arrived on time and got the job done extremely quick, handling all of my bulky furniture with great care. I would highly recommend this moving service and use them again in the future! As a student, I have moved from place to place every year or two for about 8 years now - I've used a number of moving services and Box and Dolly was by far the best service, especially for the price.
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Alexa A.
I had such a great experience with Out of Your Hands! They moved an green chair & ottoman from my parents house to my house (approximately 7 miles apart) and it worked out great! They moved the set from upstairs easily to my apartment on the ground floor. 10/10 will use them again for future moving needs
Out of Your Hands, LLCOut of Your Hands, LLC
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