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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 Charlotte movers
Kirubel N.
Quick Movers were able to get me movers, schedule and confirm my move all within 24hrs. The movers showed up on time, signed paper work and got to work immediately. Although the move took longer than anticipated, everything arrived at new location without any issues. Movers were careful when moving furnitures, disassembling & assembling. Everything arrived safely. I'd recommend Quick Movers for anyone looking to move in Charlotte area.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Ashley M.
I used Quick Movers for a local move and they were efficient, friendly, thorough and professional. This move was scheduled somewhat last minute and Quick Movers was very accommodating. They kept in communication, arrived at my home between the specified timeframe and carefully loaded furniture for a move to a local storage unit. I would highly recommend Quick Movers and will use them again for future moving needs.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Tiffany E.
I recently used Quick Movers for a local move and they were awesome! The movers were punctual and very professional throughout the entire move. I would definitely recommend their services.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Dante L.
Great experience with quick movers. Had 3 great gentlemen take care of our move and they were professional and a pleasure to work with! I recommend Quick Movers to anyone looking to move!
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Anthony M.
I would recommend 60/40 services if you’re moving. They helped me move out from my parents when another mover company didn’t show up and scheduled me on the same day. I appreciate the movers that help me move.
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Rich B.
Movers were on time, friendly, hard working on a move that to me was quite difficult. My son has moved twice with national moving companies and had nothing but problems. My daughter used Pack It Up Moving and had not one problem. Thank you.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
I went with Smart Move USA for my move and Jeff & team did a very good job with the move. They were on time and finished the job as planned. They were very professional and careful with the move.
Smart Move USASmart Move USA
I hired Power house movers LLC for my move and I would definitely recommend them. Everything was moved accordingly.
Power house movers LLCPower house movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I just recently used hornet moving company for a local move. The movers were very polite hard working young gentlemen and they were very professional . I would recommend this moving company to everyone that needs to make a local move within the Charlotte area.
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I would and will call Hornet Moving the next time I move! They rate 10 Stars with me! Thanks Hornet Moving.
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Kate W.
Audax Moving was fantastic and beyond worth it. They had me moved in 2 hours and made my moving experience as easy as can be.
Audax MovingAudax Moving
Treena Y.
Quick and efficient move. Movers were on time and very professional!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers came and moved my items to the new location as requested.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Misty M.
The movers were very nice and easy to deal with but it took five hours to move a 2 bedroom apartment without appliances with 3 movers.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Green Thumb handled my move very well. They were extremely customer focused and worked efficiently. The movers are experts in moving. They were very responsive to all communication. It was the best move I've ever had!
Move Pack CleanMove Pack Clean
Thumbtack Customer
Davorius and his crew were incredible for our move! They had such a positive attitude and moved quickly while still taking great care with our furniture. They were by far the best moving crew we've ever had and we've moved a lot! We would definitely recommend Move n Go and will call them the next time we need help with moving!
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Cynthia B.
They rescheduled the day of the move until the next day then canceled the move the day of.
King’s Moving and RelocationKing’s Moving and Relocation
Lynne A.
Job was booked and done quickly. The movers were professional and careful moving.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Rebecca V.
I have moved quite a bit for work. This move was by far the least stressful and most enjoyable thanks to Move and Go. I wish I would have found them long ago!! Team was friendly and took great care of my belongings. Move and Go are my movers of choice!!
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were late but did a great job moving me into my new home. I would use them again for future moves.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Melissa V.
Quick Movers responded promptly and were able help me move some boxes and unload a pod faster that I expected. The movers were professional and friendly. I would definitely use Quick Movers again.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Miriam P.
Move and Go provided excellent service and took great care in moving my belongings. They had a big job ahead of them with my move and did it very well! I highly recommend them for moving services.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Linda was very helpful and relieved any of my stress dealing with my move. Mario and Darryl were my movers and I loved them! They were prompt and moved everything without any issues. I would definitely recommend Move Pack Clean and utilize their services for any future moves.
Move Pack CleanMove Pack Clean
Jasmine D.
I hired Performance Moving for a move in July 2018. Keith was very professional throughout the entire experience. Prior to moving he came to my apartment to do an inventory assessment to judge how big of a truck he needed to bring and give an estimate for how long the job would take. The day of the move he arrived on time and prepared. The moving process was simple and swift. Not to mention the moving rate was very fair. I would definitely hire them again for future moves.
Performance MovingPerformance Moving
Jennifer P.
My husband and I hired Bellhops Moving to help us move 3 heavy pieces of furniture. Bellhops recommended using 3 movers which worked out perfectly. The guys arrived ~10 before our scheduled move time which was really nice. They didn't waste any time, were very polite, and very helpful. They had a positive attitude the whole time and completed the move successfully. We recommend using Bellhops Moving for your move.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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