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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 Wilmington movers
Tina V.
The two movers were punctual, efficient and friendly.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Naomi B.
Mr. Gibbs and crew turned a cringe worthy task into a delight. Quick, professional and very friendly. My stuff was moved efficiently and carefully. I will keep Box and Dolly’s phone number for any future moves. I couldn’t have asked for a better moving team. Highly recommend. Thank you so very much!
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Alexandra D.
Mostly Movers moved two solid wood dressers (very heavy) from a storage unit to the 2nd floor at my parent’s home. Their work was high quality. I will definitely use them again in the future. They were well prepared with all equipment needed and wrapped the dressers well. Highly recommend them for your moving needs!
Mostly MoversMostly Movers
Araviah G.
This was my first time ever using laborer services and it was amazing! The guys were very friendly and patient while waiting for my moving truck to arrive and we had some great conversation! The move was completed in 2 hours and they helped set up my furniture making this probably the smoothest move I’ve ever come across! Great job guys!
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Greg A.
I moved from out of state to the Wilmington NC area. I needed movers to unload a truck into my new apartment. These guys killed it. Between three guys they unloaded almost a full 20 foot truck in about an hour 1/2. This was up two flights of stairs. Really impressive. The movers were very friendly, punctual, professional and delicate with my furniture and belongings. I would absolutely hire A&M again.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Tim A.
Corey and Grayson were very accommodating in meeting my moving needs in a weeks notice. The rates were the best in comparison to all of the other big name movers in town who charged double what they did. Very personable, polite, and professional. Definitely recommend!
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Cody c.
Awesome experience. They did a great job getting our piano moved. Would highly recommend.
Get it done piano moversGet it done piano movers
Sarah B.
Jay and his team were so kind, hardworking and efficient. I was looking for movers last minute and it was such a relief that Jay was able to help even with just 1 days notice. Definitely book Old Heavy Hauling. Their prices are also much more reasonable then other movers.
Old Heavy HaulingOld Heavy Hauling
Alan R.
They weee great movers and I’m really glad I chose them. I would highly recommend these guys.
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Parker W.
The team was incredible careful with each piece (moved some heavy antiques!), patient with my toddlers who were convinced they could assist, worked with great speed and efficiency and were simply exceedingly kind. We have hired them a second time for a corporate office move and can’t wait to work with them again!
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Mary R.
I had about 8 heavy things that needed to be moved within my house. Jay responded immediately to my thumbtack request, arrived promptly and quickly understood what I was looking to accomplish. He worked efficiently and completed all of the jobs in one hour. He is a rare find and I would highly recommend him for any moving needs you may have.
Old Heavy HaulingOld Heavy Hauling
Alexandra D.
Old Heavy Hauling moved two very heavy solid wood dressers without leaving a mark on them. They got the job done and did it quickly!
Old Heavy HaulingOld Heavy Hauling
Scott S.
The crew was very friendly and on time. They did high quality work and the price they charged was more than reasonable. I highly recommend them if you need anything moved.
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Lainnie D.
Extremely professional and focused on job. Went out of his way to meet my timeline and was patient during a unique moving situation. Will definitely hire again and highly recommend!
Old Heavy Hauling LLC.Old Heavy Hauling LLC.
Joseph H.
Super satisfied with my move! The Movers’s that were sent over were very professional and handled everything with respect and care! I’d definitely recommend them! Thanks and great Job guys!
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Brian B.
Jay’s crew arrived on time and the same day. Moved two pallets worth of 20 pound rubber floor tiles up 3 flights of stairs in an hour. Great crew, highly recommend.
Old Heavy Hauling LLC.Old Heavy Hauling LLC.
Alexis M.
Jay was awesome! Responded to me right away and helped me move a washer/dryer I had been struggling with. He was super kind and accommodating. Will definitely use and recommend him again!
Old Heavy Hauling LLC.Old Heavy Hauling LLC.
Andrew B.
I had a heavy piece of exercise equipment that I needed moved upstairs. Jay was very responsive, we agreed on a price and time and he got the job done. Very happy with the whole experience and will use Jay again.
Old Heavy HaulingOld Heavy Hauling
Ashley R.
Nickolas and Tristan helped us unload our moving truck into our two story home. They worked quick, arrived on time, and were super easy to communicate with when we ran behind schedule. Definitely recommend them to anyone!
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Hunter W.
I recently needed a single couch moved between apartments, albeit a extremely heavy 3 seater. With that in mind I desperately looked for an affordable quote in Wilmington. I then came across Four Brothers who handled everything quickly and professionally. And as an added measure, their team was extremely positive; continuously carrying that couch up three flights of stairs with a smile on their face. Oh! I forgot to mention that they charged half the price in comparison to other quotes. So, if you’re looking to move a large single piece of furniture or a whole apartment these are the guys to contact. I definitely will call on them again in the future!
Four Brothers movingFour Brothers moving
Brenda S.
They were 2.5 hours late and still had not shown up. Almost no communication. Need to step up the professionalism if they want to be hired over big name moving companies. I ended up having to have friends come help and just tell them not to bother coming.
Broom & Hammer Home ServicesBroom & Hammer Home Services
Jaclyn S.
Great company! They moved some large items from my third floor apartment and into my new home the next town over. Very affordable. They are also Super responsive and work quickly. Jay even wrapped my couch cushions so they wouldn’t get damaged. Very happy.
Old Heavy Hauling LLC.Old Heavy Hauling LLC.
Kathy H.
What a great experience! Movell and Darren arrived early and never stopped working - even in the rain! They treated my Mom and Dad's possessions with care and thoughtfullness. Both of them were extremely nice and nothing was too much trouble. I have already recommended them to a friend and will be using them again when I'm ready to move. Don't hesitate to use them..you will get your money's worth and more!
ENC Movers and Lawncare serviceENC Movers and Lawncare service
Kasandra E.
Everything about this company was worth the expense. The team did an outstanding job for us and took every effort to take care of our belongings. They worked so hard and without appearing fatigued even though they worked from 10-7pm and had to make a secondary stop for us. I’d hire this team again, especially Chris and John in a heartbeat! Could never have accomplished this move without them!! Everything was as promised and exceeded expectations. Wish I could have tipped much more than I did.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Nicole W.
We hired Old Heavy Hauling to help us move our large and *very delicate* treadmill from our home office into our bedroom. The OHH team was responsive, kind, and punctual! We are so appreciative of the work they saved us from! 🙌 There was a small piece on our treadmill that was hard to put back on after they disassembled it but OHH told us not to fret - they are going to look into how to properly reattach it and come back to fix it. Yay! We will definitely be reaching out to OHH for all of our future home projects!
Old Heavy HaulingOld Heavy Hauling
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