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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 Newark movers
Leonard L.
Great moving experience. The workers were very efficient and made the whole moving process a smooth transition. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a moving company
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Cynthia C.
I hired Reliable Movers to move a few items from one storage unit to another. Carlton was early and took care of the move in a quick and efficient manner.
Reliable Handyman servicesReliable Handyman services
Brenda O.
BG Moving helped me move from NJ to Maryland. They arrived on time and worked efficiently to pack up my apartment. They moved all of my belongs on the same day when other companies told me it would take days to complete the move. Max kept me updated along the way and answered every question that I had. BG Moving was also very affordable. I would highly recommend them for any move.
BG MovingBG Moving
Ali D.
After our last movers cancelled on us Avante-Garde accepted my last minute request and moved my 3 bedroom apartment in FOUR HOURS!!! They worked fast and kept lively conversations to keep up Their team went over my moving list to ensure they had the right equipment and amount of movers. They even moved the things we forgot to mention! The speed and quality of the move on such short notice definitely made the price worth it! I'd recommend at least getting a quote.
Avant-Garde Moving & StorageAvant-Garde Moving & Storage
Marylou V.
Fair Price Movers is by far the best moving company I have worked with. From the sales staff to the moving crew, everyone is a professional. They all deliver efficient, quick and quality work. They took the stress out of my moving experience. Andrew and Romeo were great patient and efficient, wrapped all my furniture no damage to anything , they even moved my reptiles with care ! Great service I recommend Fair Price Movers !! Thank You Guys !!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Anthony G.
Bonafide Movers were extremely professional. The price they quoted me was fair compared to other moving companies. Shawn and his men were able to move large furniture with ease. I would definitely recommend and will be calling them again soon. Thank you for making moving day less stressful for me and my family!
Bonafide MoversBonafide Movers
Heather W.
Pego Moving & services were fantastic!!! They not only moved the appliances but did the set up of the 2 appliances. Will definitely use in the future!
Pego Moving and ServicesPego Moving and Services
Tina D.
Astro Moving came in to safe the day and help move what the previous moving company forgot to take! They were swift, professional, kind and affordable! I wish I had known about them first! Thank you so much!
Astra MovingAstra Moving
Elizabeth D.
The three movers were great.
Thumbtack Customer
The move was fast, easy, and successful.
Great Service Moving & Delivery LLCGreat Service Moving & Delivery LLC
Lakashia H.
Our move was smooth and fast. The movers were professional and very efficient. I would use them again and highly recommend their services.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Kierstan K.
Was able to coordinate a move with two drop off locations almost entirely over the Thumbtack app and the movers did a great job packing furniture
Hapi MovingHapi Moving
Lynnette P.
I was happy with the work done; the items were quickly loaded on the truck. The movers were able to adapt when I added more items to the list to be moved.
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Janice A. C.
Danyar and team member were phenomenal. Move included going to two locations. Moving furniture from one room into van. Moving furniture from garage to newly cleaned out room. Driving furnishings 10 miles. Moving furniture from from one room upstairs and then moving the furniture in the van into rooms both down and upstairs. Both moves included stairs. In addition, I had a new box spring delivered. They brought inside and offered to pit it together. This was not a part of the original job description. I highly recommend using this business. Their workers are knowledgeable and carefully protect your furniture taking it apart and putting it back together. You won’t be disappointed.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Kay S.
They explained all pricing up front, determined the best scheduling based on my location of the move, and communicated details of what to expect for moving day. I experienced no hidden or unexpected fees. My items were handled with complete care and respect. The moving team were so friendly and helpful.
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Liam M.
I reached out with less than a weeks notice and they were able to completely accommodate my ideal moving time. The workers reached out when they were on their way and arrived on time ready to get started. Throughout the entire move process the entire to was courteous and diligent in their work. They were able to load and unload quickly emphasizing their efficiency. I would definitely use Flex Moving again and highly recommend the company to anyone who is planning a move!
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Howard E.
Had some difficult pieces to move and the Daddy's crew handled it expertly and carefully. Reasonable rates with no extra charges, unlike other moving companies. No damage to any furniture. Highly recommend!
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Jane F.
ASAP movers did an excellent job moving my son from his apartment. They were very professional and solved every small problem as it arose. The price was as quoted. We were very pleased.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Pedro D.
Truly professional movers, not a single item was damage. Will used and the future again.
Dumbo Moving and StorageDumbo Moving and Storage
Sediqua S.
I highly recommend using Jason’s Station for your moving needs. He promptly responded to all my messages, he was very thorough, professional and the pricing was reasonable. I will be calling them for my future move.
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Dorothy L.
service was good. movers were on time and professional. would recommend to others.
Patrick Moving & Storage IncPatrick Moving & Storage Inc
Kelsey M.
I would not recommend this company to anyone seeking moving services. I booked with this company and month and a half ahead of my move date, upon calling to book I asked about the crew that they would provide (advised 3 persons), asked would they be using a moving truck (I was assured yes), I was quoted a rate and assured they they would wrap and protect all furniture appropriately. 2 weeks after I booked, I received a call to reconfirm the details of the move as it was not “written down” correctly. I was assured that I would be receding a call 24 hours in advanced of the move to reconfirm the appointment. The day before the moving time, I read he’d out via the Thumbtack app and phone call to verify the start time of 12pm for the move the following day, Kyle is the individual I spoke to and confirmed they would arrive at 12pm to begin the move. 7:45pm of this same evening, I received a text message that Kyle’s wife had double booked the day and they would need to start at 9:30 am. Naturally, I was not pleased as I had called earlier with 24 hours before the move to confirm time and location. The following morning on move day Kyle and 1 individual an older gentleman arrived. Not the 3 we agreed upon when I received the quote. Upon entering my home, there was a strong scent of marijuana that lingered in the air which is completely inappropriate. The next galling bit of information is that they did not have the moving van as agreed but instead were using a “sprinter vehicle”. I advised that this was completely unprofessional and unacceptable and should’ve been advised when I called to confirm the afternoon before. I was advised that “I needed to understand” and that they would be professional and there would be no mishaps. Mishaps occurred throughout the day. The 2 person team were unable to move efficiently as this was not a moving van, the older gentleman was winded, they were slow and failed to pack appropriately. I also have damage to expensive furniture items do their negligent handling and failure to have the correct equipment. I also had to move things myself to push the process along as due to the vehicle not being a moving can, it required 3 trips between locations to get the work done which ended after 6:45 pm. Please keep in mind this was a one bedroom apt with boxes pre-packed. I would not recommend this company due to the unprofessionalism I experienced and their predatory means to elongate the total time of a move.
Titans MovingTitans Moving
Brittni D.
I was so stressed out looking for last minute movers and eventually came across Thumbtack. It had me fill out information about my move and said moving companies would eventually reach out to me with quotes. I got disappointed because I figured no one would get back to me the day before New Year’s Eve...but ASAP Movers did and it was within 20 minutes! After seeing the quote, I decided to call...expecting to get disappointed given how last minute it was and because the holiday was coming up. Instead, I got the greatest news! They could come the following morning! It took 3.5 hours for the move (including the 45 minute drive to the new place) and they were so professional! I made sure to save all of their information because I will not be using any other company for my next move! I HIGHLY recommend them!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Al J.
Move took longer than expected but so far nothing appears to be damaged
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Javier C.
Moving long distance from NJ, I was very nervous about waiting for my items once I got to my new location. I'm happy to say that Blue Moving was incredibly reliable. Edward is one of the best customer service agents I've dealt with. He's more of a therapist in being able to keep me relaxed with the whole situation with his excellent communication. The team packed my items quickly, but with plenty of care and attention to detail. The movers that finally delivered my items to my new location were just as good and very friendly. If you need long distance movers you can trust, I don't think you'll find a better service than Blue Moving. Thanks again!
Blue MovingBlue Moving
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