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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 Norwood movers
Henry E.
good experience with the movers, would recommend to anyone doing in town move
Robinson RelocationsRobinson Relocations
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time, friendly, and took precaution to ensure that everything was moved carefully.
Jackie B.
The move went okay, they were just slow. moving the furniture. They were very helpful,.
Susan T.
It was a long day and we were moved into our destination by Saturday evening. A lot of work for these movers.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Dusty G.
The movers were fast, careful, and courteous. They completed the move in about half the time that we expected.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Tom G.
Moved three large, heavy pieces of furniture. Tom and Paul were on time and courteous, and the move went smooth! I will use Done Right Services for all my small moves.
Allison B.
Great movers
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Liz W.
The movers were professional and extremely careful with all my belongings. I highly recommend DSL moving.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Engy H.
Moving services
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Oni N.
This moving company is great! The gentleman that moved my belongings were friendly, quick, and efficient. Highly recommend!
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Dayna R.
We have not actually moved yet, but I've found their prices and customer service to be exceptional. They even recommended a website that sells moving kits that was inexpensive and easy to navigate through. Looking forward to the move.
Raven R.
Thank you so much guys!!! We were very impressed with your movers getting everything moved within two hours as well as the professionalism. We needed movers as soon as possible and your team was available immediately. The movers took care of all of our belongings and valuables. We really appreciate your Buisness, we will recommend you to any of our friends and family that need to be moved, five stars!!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Lindsey P.
Excellent movers! Very friendly and did a wonderful job safely moving all of my items for me. Definitely recommend!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Mara B.
Needed a couple guys to move furniture out down a rug an move it back. They were efficient and pleasant and got the job done. We probably saved a couple hundred dollars since the next option is professional movers
Roofing AmericaRoofing America
Jeremy S.
Quick move with no issues
Turner & Son’s MoversTurner & Son’s Movers
Teri G.
I needed to have some heavy items moved, Tom and his team arrived promptly and carefully moved the items.
Greg H.
They took good care of every item in the move. They worked hard to make the move as quick and efficient as possible. Good job!
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Autumn F.
They moved all of my items very quickly loaded the truck up efficiently. Would definitely recommend to anyone moving.
All-Star MovingAll-Star Moving
Darlene M.
They came in and did what they had to do efficiently. Would definitely hire again if I needed to move or move something.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Meredith W.
Outstanding service. Our movers were extremely professional and helpful. They helped move several awkward and heavy items flawlessly. Also extremely responsive for our quote and scheduling. Would definitely use Steady Moving again!
Steady Moving LLCSteady Moving LLC
Nelson H.
Great job! Moving is stressful no matter how many times you’ve done it. Our team of movers, Daniel, Shaquille and Corbin we’re not only fantastic workers but their courteousness and friendly professionalism made our move a joy. Thanks!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Claudia R.
Clark came out and gave us an estimate. Great price! Not moved yet but looking forward to the day. Update after move
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Yay K.
Dylan and Shawn were awesome! They were friendly, hard working, efficient and the most careful movers that I have ever worked with. They definitely made a stressful move easy--grateful for these two and would WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend these two for your move!
Sheila M.
Moving is stressful and moving to another state doubles the stress. I have been on the phone all morning with trying to set up my move from Cincinnati to Chicago with brokers who will give you a cheap rate with inexperienced movers and pricing that can and will change. I was told that it would take up to a week for my furniture to arrive at my new apartment. This is unacceptable for a trip that is only 300 miles away. I called Pick up Movers, Frank was able to quickly give me a quote (which was great!!), and provide in depth details of the move. He was pleasant and knowledgeable of the services he offered. I highly recommend using his company for your moving needs
Pick Up Movers LLC KYPick Up Movers LLC KY
Robert B.
Movers were great to work with.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
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