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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 Jersey City movers
Gianna G.
First time using movers for a move and My Move moved me from Jersey City to the UES and they were very careful with everything, quick, and efficient!
My MoveMy Move
Vivek R.
Great movers...will use again if I move!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Maria M.
The movers were so kind and very efficient. They moved and packed everything so fast! Definitely will use them again in the future if I move again. Book them if you need packers and movers!!!!
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Andrea C.
Great experience with our move. Our movers were efficient and made our move so much easier. Thank you again!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Jordan R.
Big apple moving helped me tremendously for a move when I was out of state very professional and easy move thanks for the help
Big Apple MovingBig Apple Moving
Sean K.
Expertly moved a piano for me, completely smooth move – highly recommended.
hauling and moving serviceshauling and moving services
Amira E.
Great movers hired a day before our move. Excellent job
BG MovingBG Moving
Robyn A.
We contacted them last minute when our movers became unresponsive the day before our moving day. Alex responded immediately and they were willing to do our move last minute and for a great price! We ended up not using them because our original movers got back to us the day of the move but we will definitely be using them for future moves!
Budget EMoversBudget EMovers
Teddy moving really was the best moving company we’ve ever worked with! The mover Ivan and another guy (forgot his name) was extremely efficient with our moving. We had many boxes for a least 100 lbs each and I was so impressed that they were able to moving those boxes so
Teddy Moving and StorageTeddy Moving and Storage
Sandra W.
I needed to move on short notice and JEP Transport came to the rescue. The movers were on time and the service was great. I highly recommend this moving company.
Maid To Perfection & JEP TransportMaid To Perfection & JEP Transport
Thumbtack Customer
I had a really excellent experience with Dyno Moving. I was moving to a 5th Fl walk-up and the crew was extremely professional, fast, and careful with my things. Plus, the move was super reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend Dyno Moving and will use them again the next time I move.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Megan B.
We hired Planetary movers for our move on 1/6 and they were great! They called me the day before and morning of to confirm the move and provide real-time updates. Our movers were 15 mins early, and finished 15 mins early to be perfectly on time with our move. They handled all of our items with care and were super professional and kind. Would recommend to a friend, and hire them for future moves.
Planetary MoversPlanetary Movers
Nikhil R.
Movers cancelled in the last hour. Really hoping the cancellation was because of a genuine reason. Very inconvenient finding another mover on a weekday that we planned to take off for the moving.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Brandie D.
Dante was professional, honest, and punctual. I had a one bedroom move to another 1 bedroom move. I would definitely hire again and refer for future moves.
Fly Truckers LLC Delivery ServiceFly Truckers LLC Delivery Service
Marie S.
The movers were very professional and did a great job moving my things into storage.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Tina R.
I badly needed a mover after one bailed out on me. Day One’s Moving proactively helped me with my moving problem. Although I ended up deciding to forego moving first, their responsiveness and wanting to help is worth the five stars. I will definitely put them on top of my list of movers if I need one.
Maureen G.
Quick Movers will be my "go to" mover from now on. They ensured that my furniture was well protected and secured during transport. They allowed me to negotiate the cost of the move and quickly responded to any questions posed. True to their company name, the move was quick and stress free.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Kanan d.
BG Moving is a fantastic service. Maks and his colleague went above and beyond to complete the move. Very professional AND reasonably priced. Will definitely be using their services for my next move!
BG MovingBG Moving
Prasanth R.
BG Movers were amazing, they finished the move hazzle free in 2 hours. Kudos to the team.
BG MovingBG Moving
Ayaka K.
They were very professional movers! We would use them again for our next move.
BG MovingBG Moving
Kiran d.
I needed help in moving some of my heavy furniture in the same building..these movers quoted a reasonable sum...the movers arrived on time and completed the move within a short time frame ..they were professional.. courteous and very helpful...I will wholeheartedly recommend them for anyone looking
InNout Services By Lozano Transportation LLCInNout Services By Lozano Transportation LLC
Minta B.
The service I received from Family Moving was top notch! The four men crew worked non stop from the time they arrived until the move was complete. Extremely pleasant and professional from start to finish. I would highly recommend Family Moving for your moving needs.
Family Moving Inc.Family Moving Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Reggie and his crew did a great job with the move. Furniture was properly covered with moving blankets and no damage during transfer. They even did the impossible of getting a sofa bed upstairs around a turn, and through a small doorway entrance. Definitely recommend Movers-For-A-Cause for an overall awesome moving job.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Ezra D.
I moved on Memorial Day. Pricing varied at the time of my move due to the holiday and my specific needs; however, the rate was decent and the final pricing reasonable. The move was handled suitably as I was able to help the process along. With the accommodating pricing and holiday provision, this move was handled very well.
Fly Truckers LLC Delivery ServiceFly Truckers LLC Delivery Service
Thumbtack Customer
What a great moving experience! Marvin and his very professional & charming team made the move smooth and pleasant. All our stuff was carefully wrapped and moved over to our new place. The price was very fair. It was a very pleasant and friendly move, a 100 % recommendation! Thank you guys!
Harlem Express Inc.Harlem Express Inc.
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