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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 Westfield movers
Margaret M.
All the movers were great
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Joe G.
I recommend ASAP for any moving needs. These guys move a piano for me. Quick turnaround- initial contact within minutes and piano was moved within 12 hours. A true ASAP experience!! Very professional and respectful. I will be using them again soon.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Michael B.
ASAP movers are awesome. They came same day and were very thorough. They took great care of my furniture and house when moving around and I couldn’t be more pleased. I will absolutely use them again.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Benjamin G.
Working with Kadeem and ASAP Movers was a great experience. They were able to accommodate us on short notice. They showed great professionalism and care when dealing with all aspects of our move. And were very personable and easy to work with. Their services are a great value. Highly recommended.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Thumbtack Customer
Professional Piano Movers squeezed me in on my desired date to move my piano on short notice. Although they were a little late on arrival, they did an excellent job once there. The guys were very professional and knowledgeable, and I would definitely recommend their services.
Professional Piano MoversProfessional Piano Movers
Jin Z.
They did excellent job. If anyone want to move their piano. I strongly recommend Radeem and their team.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Jen B.
I received the estimate -it was incorrect, I spoke with them and they corrected it, the movers arrived late, they had 3 people to do the move and packing. They were very slow and I would find them standing around not working. They charged me almost double what was quoted. They damaged several of my items and said that they didn't-them they proceeded to waste 45 minutes fixing items -they damaged walls, carpet, banister, did not place items where I asked them to -then while you are moving, you have to waste time fighting with their office -Moved 3 blocks and they told me they were leaving and 46 minutes later they left -not a good experience and I still need to file a claim
Bluebell Relocation ServicesBluebell Relocation Services
Jen B.
The movers assured me that they would not go over the allowed time. Every time I checked on them they were not moving. I moved myself the first time in three hours with 2 people -they had 3 and could not do it. They damaged several items, then they denied it, they got oil on brand new carpets and denied it, they damaged walls and didn't care, they put items in the wrong area because they did not listen to where I asked them to be placed -I used them for packing and had to pack several items that they forgot to do.
Bluebell Relocation ServicesBluebell Relocation Services
Shawn G.
Great group of guys who managed my small 2 bedroom move from NJ to NYC. Would engage them again.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Marshall S.
Thanks for moving my dining room table! Highly recommended. They were about to pick up the table the next day and delivered it to my house. Thanks again!
Bonafide MoversBonafide Movers
Julie M.
Working with Dariusz was a great experience that made my move job much less stressful. He communicated throughout the process and worked with me on timing for a last minute job that he fit into an already busy Saturday. I could tell from our conversation that he is a hard worker that was hustling and going above and beyond to grow his business. Upon arrival he and his father worked diligently to move my very large/heavy pieces into my house and place them in various rooms. They took special care to ensure nothing was damaged throughout the process. I appreciate their work and would 100% work with them again and recommend them to anyone looking to move heavy furniture.
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Chip P.
From our first outreach to Optimus, this team was responsive and incredibly professional. There were no hidden fees and incredibly transparent. On moving day, they were communicative, quick and efficient. The team was personable and I would highly recommend them to friends and family.
Optimus Transfer SolutionsOptimus Transfer Solutions
Petronela M.
We moved few streets away from the other location, in the same town. We wanted Ample Moving to help us with the big pieces of furniture. And they did a great job! They were punctual, arriving early in the morning at the time they said they would. They immediately started work, in 1 1/2 hour finishing packing in the old house, and took in the truck few additional things which we forgot to mention initially. They took another 1 1/2 hour to do the unpacking - everything was placed in the correct spots with no issues. The staff was very polite and professionally handled the tasks in a speedy and customer friendly manner.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Elaine Y.
Emilio responded to my request within minutes and quoted me a reasonable price. He and his partner arrived on time and helped me move a very heavy China cabinet with extreme care. I am very happy with their work and will definitely use them again!
Pego Moving and ServicesPego Moving and Services
Laura b.
Jay and his partner did an awesome job Both really nice guys. Very helpful and Hardworking. Miraculously and cleanly moved a sofa bed downstairs that wasn’t sure could have room. The guys measured and did a great job ! I would call again for sure
Assured Logistics Group 🤝Assured Logistics Group 🤝
Carol k.
Jay and his colleague Calvin were able to come do the work the first day we contacted them. They were thorough and careful in moving the heavy pieces and friendly and professional. A pleasure to have them help us and we will not hesitate to call on them again when we need and to recommend them to others.
Assured Logistics Group 🤝Assured Logistics Group 🤝
Ruth B.
I hired Household Service Co to exchange the furniture in two bedrooms in my house. Dariusz kept in touch as the agreed on time got closer. He arrived when he said he would. He and his guys did an efficient, smooth job. They checked in throughout the job to make sure everything was done correctly. I am very pleased and satisfied with the work done and would recommend them to anyone needing trustworthy, capable movers.
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Cass J.
I have to give zip to zip 3 stars. The movers were excellent. They were on time and they did a great job from start to finish. With that being said, be careful when they quote you. I paid almost 7 times more than what I was originally quoted. I almost passed out when they gave me the final price. Be careful with their quoting system. I was definitely scammed out of money and I won’t be recommending zip to zip to anyone else.
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
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