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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 Huntersville movers
Efficient MoversEfficient Movers
Anthony P.
Preferred Moving completed a local move here in Charlotte. The entire crew was awesome to work with! Travis C, Travis O, Trey, Jamar and Mike were all gentlemen! They took very good care of my items and completed the move in record time. The entire crew was also very cognizant of all obstacles and went beyond and beyond to ensure the move went perfect. If you are looking for a moving company I recommend Preferred Moving. I plan to use them again for labor on a few smaller moves!
Preferred Moving Company, LLCPreferred Moving Company, LLC
Mica p.
Audax Moving did an excellent job carefully moving our belongings. We couldn't be happier and would not hesitate to have them move us again! Thank you!
Audax MovingAudax Moving
Jennifer H.
Quick movers was easy to schedule and prompt with good communication. The actual movers were professional, friendly and efficient. I would recommend Quick Movers for a smooth transition to a new home!
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Crystal C.
Angelo and his team helped us out of a tight spot when our other arranged movers cancelled the morning of our move. Southern Charm was able to help out with our move. Nothing was damaged or lost in the move and all went smoothly! So thankful for how well they cared for our belongings and how fantastic the experience went. This was a temporary move for us and we will definitely call Southern Charm again for our permanent move this winter!
Southern Charm Moving LLCSouthern Charm Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team was tremendous. They arrived on time, were courteous and fast, and even moved things that we didn't think they would have room to move. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Krista M.
I highly recommend Southern Charm Moving! They responded immediately, worked me in their schedule last minute as I am dealing with a domestic violence situation and needed to move quickly with short notice. I will definitely hire Southern Charm Moving for my next move. 🙂
Southern Charm Moving LLCSouthern Charm Moving LLC
Sarah H.
Move and Go came to my rescue! Due to a last minute change in plans, they were able to schedule my move in a day when other moving companies couldn't accommodate my time frame. Move and Go also had the best bang for your buck! They were efficient and took care in taking apart larger pieces, while they wrapped the rest. The movers were incredibly nice and responsive. I would definitely recommend them for any of your moves.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Marsha S.
Move and Go was amazing. Not a chip or broken glass. Professional attire, manner able, efficiently moved and went above and beyond to get the task done. I would strongly recommend Move and Go. If I move again, I will definitely use them. Telling everyone I know.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Kimberly R.
Great movers!
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Bill T.
When movers arrived they took charge and moved the furniture very quickly. They were careful and easy to work with.
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Morgan F.
The movers were 4 hours late, most of the heavy furniture have several chips and dings from the move.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Juanita B.
Great movers. They worked hard for 10 hours!!! Wrapped all furniture and did the move right. Highly recommend.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Brian K.
Strategic Movers moved a 500lb upright Yamaha piano for us. Great experience- punctual, professional, and great handling of the piano.
The Strategic Movers,LLCThe Strategic Movers,LLC
Rolland W.
These young men were very professional, on-time and provided great moving services. Heavy couches were moved upstairs with no scuffs on the wall or scrapes on the leather. I will be recommending Weeb Movers to my family, friends, and neighbors.
Weeb MoversWeeb Movers
Victoria V.
The team was timely, respectful and cared for all of my items during the move! I would use them again for a future move.
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Isaac C.
Quick Movers did an amazing job! They went above and beyond to make my last minute move go exceptionally well. They were extremely fast, professional, and punctual. I’ll definitely keep them in mind for future moving needs.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Tom B.
The actual move was a 5, but had to be postponed from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning due to staffing problems by the moving company. The movers that came on Sunday (Gary and John) where excellent and went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly. It is how you handle adversity that sometimes puts you above the competition, I would recommend these movers.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move could not have gone more smoothly. Linda was extremely helpful. The movers Darrell and Mario were professional, friendly and extremely helpful!
Move Pack CleanMove Pack Clean
Henry W.
Our movers did a great job for us. They worked really hard to ensure a great move for us. No complaints and I plan to use again.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Tony, Thomas and Nicole were so wonderful. They even moved me with only a couple days notice! They didn't just do a great job moving, they were also super kind to me and my children. I highly recommend Queen City Building and Moving Solutions.
Queen City Building and Moving SolutionsQueen City Building and Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
We had some heavy pieces of furniture moved from a storage unit to 2 separate locations, and the 3 movers were so pleasant and did a great job! I would definitely call Marla again and recommend Get It Home Movers to all my friends and family.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Kevin G.
Earl from strategic movers was excellent. I contacted him on Monday for a Piano move on that Saturday. He confirmed and kept me up to speed through the whole process. The piano was professionally wrapped and transported 30 miles to our home. Will use them again for any moving needs.
The Strategic Movers,LLCThe Strategic Movers,LLC
Kimberly C.
They took great care in moving our items.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Michael W.
Arrived on time and move went very quick.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
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