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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 Salisbury movers
Dana V.
The movers were friendly with a good attitude. They broke down large pieces of furniture and moved everything carefully.
Manco CarriersManco Carriers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Pack It Up Moving after speaking with several other moving companies. I went with Pack It Up because of Tori's integrity, honesty, and pricing. His team of men that moved our 2,600 square foot home were polite, careful yet efficient, and had an upbeat positive attitude. They seemed to truly enjoy moving our stuff and let's face it moving stinks, that's why we hire others to do it. The team didn't even complain about moving a heavy treadmill up the stairs. They got the job done in such a timely manner it ended up saving us money. I would highly recommend this moving company and will recommend it to others who need to move.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Sarah B.
We really enjoyed this moving company!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Rebecca G.
“ I was impressed with the timely communication I received from Amy. Whenever I had a question, Amy responded swiftly. The entire move, from start to finish, went incredibly smooth. The three gentleman that took care of us on moving day were top notch and were a pleasure to work with. It is comforting to know, American Moving and Hauling will be taking care of us again this summer, as we move into our permanent address. ”
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Karrissian M.
The ACTUAL movers did a great job moving my furniture, which is incredibly big and heavy... and they were very hard working, respectful of our belongings and super careful... however, there was a lot of miscommunication with us and the whoever it was when it came down to setting up times, rates and prices, and they had written down the wrong address for the movers... which made us have to wait at least 50 minutes more for the movers to come because they got the wrong address from whomever it was that gave them the wrong address!!! Movers - 5/5 Management et al. - 2/5
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Eddie M.
The three men that moved are furniture were very professional punctual and hard working. I would recommend this company to anybody this is the second time i used them to move. Eddie
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Madeleine F.
These movers were timely, efficient, very careful with my furniture and boxes and were very friendly. I will call them anytime I need a mover in the future. 1st class.
R&R ServicesR&R Services
Thumbtack Customer
We moved out of our home recently. We were able to get movers on short notice. I called on Thursday for a Tuesday appointment. The guys who came out were professional, courteous, and hard working. We plan to use the same company when we move into our new home!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Edna D.
Excellent and fast movers that treat your furniture with care and you as a person with respect! I would definitely choose them again and again for any moving that I have to do!E.D.
Perfect Moving and CleaningPerfect Moving and Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
American Moving helped with a partial house move for my mom. They were a little late showing up due to an address mixup (but they did call so I knew they would be late) but once they arrived all was well. The job was done very efficiently and everything was moved without incident. Low stress move and even got it done faster than I thought they would. Both men would extremely courteous and pleasant to work with. Would definitely use them again.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Linda M.
Best quality movers I’ve had in all my years of moving in terms of covering my items. Although one table was broken. I also felt some pressure to provide a tip.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The two men who showed up to move our furniture worked extremely hard and took great care of our belongings. I highly recommend this company to anyone who needs furniture moved.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house and the guys were amazing. They were on time, easy going, professional and proficient. We couldn't have asked for a better moving experience.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Rick B.
Movers arrived as scheduled. Courteous and professional. No damaged items. Highly recommend.
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Martin C.
Great movers! They worked efficiently and took good care of my furniture.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Melissa G.
Help in a time of need! My current mover service was MIA unreachable on day of scheduled move (8a-9a 11/16). I reached out and had a scheduled appt. for 1:30p. same day!!! They saved the day with quick courteous funny staff we had a good time turned that morning mishap all around. Never heard of 60/40 before yesterday but i will never forget them & will definitely use them for future moves. My moving experience was AMAZING shout out to Jahmaul and Mr. Floyd!!
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Elysia D.
The best moving experience ever. Guys were on point, professional, and a blast to work with.
Faith and Glory MoversFaith and Glory Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The crew was excellent! They arrived on time and were extremely professional. The guys were easy to talk to and very friendly. They did a fantastic job moving the heavy items we had. They asked where each item needed to be placed and were cautious in moving the bulky items so as not to damage our new house! This is a top notch company and if my family ever needs to move again we will definitely give them a call!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Rolando C.
These guys did exactly what I requested and they were quick and consistent. I'll be calling them again for my next move.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Kamara F.
Ant W was on time for my move today. He was extremely professional. He handled all of my items with ease and care. He is a one man show who can scale stairs quickly and accurately. He was professional and has a strong work ethic. I intended for my move to be at least 5 hours, it was not! He had me loaded and on the road (40 miles to our destination) and unloaded with no problems! Nothing was broke or damaged. He did an excellent job and I will hire him again in the future to move anything I have. I will, also recommend to any of my friends.
Ant WAnt W
Thumbtack Customer
Had a very good experience with American Moving. Prompt, cost effective and professional service. Very good experience with the guys and intend on using them again.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Alethea K.
Top Tier was excellent. They made my move easy and stress free. They made what seem like and impossibility possible. Would certainly use them again in the future.
Top Tier Moving Services CLTTop Tier Moving Services CLT
Thumbtack Customer
The three movers were very friendly, worked hard and aimed to please. They had a 2 bedroom apt. packed up and ready to go in less than 2 hours! My move was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and they didn't arrive until 10:30 a.m. That is the only reason for the 4 star rating. The pricing was very fair! I would use them again and would recommend them to others!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Moved our 30 yr old pool table across town to son's house. Replaced bumpers and covered in new felt. Professional, on time and did an excellent job. Very pleased!
Classic Home BilliardsClassic Home Billiards
John F.
Earl and Lane are amazing! We were looking for movers ASAP and they were able to accommodate us at such a short notice. Very professional and excellent at what they do. Great guys! Highly recommend!!
The Strategic Movers,LLCThe Strategic Movers,LLC
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