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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 Columbus movers
Thumbtack Customer
The Incredible Hulk Movers were excellent movers. They moved rapidly without damaging anything. I would recommend these movers to anyone. They were outstanding listeners and were very cooperative.
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Kaitlin P.
Great movers. Moved my China hutch into my house.
American Logistics & SolutionsAmerican Logistics & Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
On time, fast, friendly, professional, and moved what we needed moved, to where we needed it moved without any issues. Would recommend to anyone looking to move. This is a hard working group! Thanks!
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Sheila W.
Missing items, left hole in wall when they let bed foot rail hit the wall. Had contact with movers with another company a year ago and move from Cincinnati to Columbus took 1 day and was great. This move, no contract or business card and a 10 mile move from Columbus to Columbus and move took two days, and mover won't discuss missing items from move. Only good is mover is personable and polite, but that doesn't help if they keep some of your items and won't call you back.
Movers Making SolutionsMovers Making Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Movers and cleaning. Quick and on task movers. Very reasonable price as well.
Lincoln StarLincoln Star
Thumbtack Customer
We needed to move a heavy piano downstairs. Movers did a great job
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Jennifer M.
The movers were friendly, efficient, and paid attention to the details. It was really good move!
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
Thumbtack Customer
I had a seamless move thanks to Bellhops. The movers were efficient, polite, and professional.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Second time hiring for a move. Excellent customer service, punctual and very efficient movers.
Scoop N Go LLCScoop N Go LLC
Lauren S.
Very professional, responsive and moved everything carefully and quickly! Couldn’t have asked for an easier move!
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very flexible and professional. Would definitely use them again if I move.
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Alex L.
This was my first time hiring a moving company, and Muscle Movers made the process very quick and painless! Kylee was incredibly helpful in providing me detailed information on what I needed prior to my move, and the three gentlemen (whose names I did not get) worked FAST and efficiently to get my move completed. Would recommend for future moving services!
Muscle MoversMuscle Movers
Brian P.
Mike, Brian, and Corben were our movers. They were on time for the move, were respectful, and treated our property with care. They offered an incredible value compared to other movers. Our move involved a mid-trip stop at a storage unit and that was handled well. No issues were experienced during the move. Would definitely recommend and would hire again should the need arise.
Leave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLCLeave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLC
Emily M.
I booked a specific March move date on January 17th. I confirmed said March date the week of. This company confirmed my move for my chosen date and 3 days later, 15 hours before a large move, sent me a message to let me know they only had 1 mover to send. They told me I could find additional people myself or I could move my move date. Moving my date was not optional due to circumstances outside of my control. Initially, these movers were polite and easy to work with, however, the woman speaking to me about moving my date was rude and not understanding. The expectation for me to accommodate them being understaffed was ridiculous and the options they gave me were not helpful.
Accurate Midwest MoversAccurate Midwest Movers
Raphael O.
Great, overall experience with Muscle Movers. The team was great and on point. I needed their help, moving commercial equipment that had some heavy pieces. Very smooth move and good people.
Muscle MoversMuscle Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Joshua helped us with moving our furniture in Columbus. The overall move was completed in 4.5 hours. Both the guys were very efficient and friendly and did not waste a single minute of moving time.
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
Thumbtack Customer
Incredible Hulk Movers were great to move with! They showed up exactly on time and had me moved out of my apartment in a half hour. They were fast and efficient, but also very friendly and happy to make my moving experience easier. Going into the move I knew my couch would probably not make it through the very small apartment doors. They gave me peace of mind and tried every way they could to get my couch in. Their efforts and attitude while moving me is so appreciated. Would 100% recommend them to anyone looking to move in the Columbus area
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Nishant S.
Great experience moving with Manifest! They sent good people who completed the move without any issues.
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Amy S.
The contact person, Mark, needs to communicate with clients and the moving crew. He did not respond to questions in a timely manner, and he made promises that were not fulfilled. He also did not communicate with his moving crew about all the details of the move. The actual movers were great; very professional.
Custom MoversCustom Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Legacy Moving Columbus helped us move into our new home. They were professional, engaging, and efficient. They communicated very well with me, calling to keep me up to date on their status before and during the move and location as we drove to the new home. We moved our belongings out of two storage units and into our new home and the job was completed in 7.5 hours. The price for 7.5. hours was far below other competitors. I found their pricing to be extremely fair. They took great care in packing and moving our belongings. I would highly recommend Legacy Moving Columbus. With their help, this move was the most stress-free move I have ever participated in!
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
Thumbtack Customer
I had a very large plasma TV I needed moved to my basement. I posted a job request on Thumbtack.com and had a quote in 5 minutes and the TV was moved with the hour. The Incredible Hulk movers were prompt and courteous and made the move in minutes. They live up to their name… INCREDIBLE…
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
John P.
Great guys to work with. They called to let me know they were running late and apologized. Showed them the items to move, had them move it in a short time (I had a few items <10). Done within an hour for moving 3.5 miles. They made my move go by so quick.
Harrington MovingHarrington Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Best movers Hands Down! I've used a few other movers over the years. But Incredible Hulk Movers have been the best over all others. Today was my 2nd time using Incredible Hulk Movers and if/when I move again they'll be my first call for help. They are Very fast, they've always handled my items with the best care, nice and upbeat personalities, & the moving pricing can't beat for the level of efficiency you receive. Thank you guys so much!
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Raymond M.
A+ moving service. Give Spates a call on your next move. You will be happy that you did. They are total pros!
Scoop N Go LLCScoop N Go LLC
Halley K.
My best experience working with movers so far (and I’ve moved quite a few times!). I would recommend thus company! The process was very smooth and the movers were very nice and hard working.
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
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