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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 White Plains movers
Rachel W.
I hired Planetary Movers to move a couch and they were very responsive and punctual. The move went smooth and quickly and the movers were very professional. I’ve recommended them to others.
Planetary MoversPlanetary Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time, fast, and efficient. Moving can be quite stressful, but David's folks made it a breeze. Would certainly recommend them for your next move!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very professional and courteous. They made the moving process seemless and easy. I felt the price for the move was great as well. Overall good experience with no issues.
All Around Trucking LLCAll Around Trucking LLC
Contacted Diamond Movers for a small job moving a few items. They responded immediately and gave me a fair price for the move. Everything was completed seamlessly I would definitely use them again.
Diamond Moves NYDiamond Moves NY
Thumbtack Customer
What an amazing company. Victor's moving and Delivery will definitely get mine and my friends moving business from now on. Very professional and courtesy. I wish I had their service for all my prior moves
Victor's Moving & DeliveryVictor's Moving & Delivery
Vanessa K.
Setting up the move, obtaining the COI, and receiving & paying the invoice was all great with Dumbo moving. I am giving 1 star because the movers themselves were not good- my move was for 2 filing cabinets to be moved from one office building to another- and the movers were upset that I didn't have parking figured out for them, and overall were disgruntled. Part of why I hired them was so I didn't have to figure out parking and move the cabinets myself. At the destination of the cabinets, the movers demanded I owe double the price that I paid Dumbo, and that I must pay them in cash. They said the project was hard and worth more. They got angry when I said I would like an invoice if I owe more than the initial invoice that I paid from Dumbo. Overall, the movers made this move more stressful than it needed to be, and if they thought the project should have cost more to Dumbo, they should take that up with the company- not demand I pay it to them in cash.
Dumbo Moving and StorageDumbo Moving and Storage
Nell M.
Great mover and very nice!
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Martin C.
I have moved several times in the tri-state area and found the experience to be a trying one. Now with Advanced Moving I can honestly say that moving is such a breeze. They responded promptly to any questions I had. On the day before the move they communicated with me and confirmed the time that the job would commence. Arrival was on the dot. For the next few hours there was no slacking off, but before I knew it the job was completed. I was impressed with the team of Andrew, Romeo and Robert and thankful to Vance for the coordinating of the move.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Mikel S.
Advanced Movers were pr
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Adeepa S.
Igor was very responsive to questions and concerns before the move. The three movers worked quickly and carefully and were so friendly and professional. Would recommend highly!!
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Michele K.
Alex and the guys were great. The move was seamless.
Family Moving Inc.Family Moving Inc.
Arden M.
All of the Flex Moving crew were just great; made one of the hardest undertakings (moving your life entirely) a totally different experience. Low-stress, friendly, and very careful of the furniture.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Ryan K.
Great job moving. They got the job done with skill and no damages
C&S Rapid Removal&Transportation incC&S Rapid Removal&Transportation inc
Jason B.
Moved piano from NJ to NY. Very responsive and professional
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Susan J.
Being out of state, I was concerned about hiring a mover via online. Hoped for the best and got it. Movers were prompt, careful, really hustled, and got it all done in half the time I was expecting. Very impressed.
Roadway MovingRoadway Moving
Matthew J.
SDJ we're the perfect movers for us. Flexible and reliable. Would definitely hire again.
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Gaurav K.
Excellent movers, showed up before time. Extremely professional to make the move a cake walk. Guided us during the packing and took good care of fragile items. Helped us unpack at the new place and put the furniture back together !!. I will highly recommend Jose and his crew and they were fast and finished everything in less than 6 hours (2BR plus storage move from White plains to Eastchester).
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Keith L.
Great couple of guys! A small move in the same building, but it was a very heavy item. They got the job done as quickly as possible despite some obstacles, and a few hassles. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND, and will use again in the near future. Thanks again Veteran & Sons Moving.
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Andrea B.
Planetary movers did a great small job for me. I would definitely hire them again.
Planetary MoversPlanetary Movers
Sharon M.
Ato and his brother were great about moving a very heavy elliptical on a cold and rainy day.
Vansquad LLCVansquad LLC
Tejaswini P.
The movers were very good. They arrived on time, were efficient in dismantling and reassembling the furniture and transported it carefully.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Julie G.
They moved all of our belongings efficiently and safely. I would highly recommend this company to anyone. Thank you!
Planetary MoversPlanetary Movers
Thumbtack Customer
We moved today. The guys were professional and everything went smoothly. Thank you so much! J Duffy
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Sharon C.
They did a great job moving a piano for us and were so easy to work with and a reasonable price too! Definitely recommend!
All Around Trucking LLCAll Around Trucking LLC
Falisha P.
They were absolutely amazing! On time, careful, I would defintely use them again when I move in the future!
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