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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 Parma movers
Elina G.
Movers came early for the move which was helpful to get setup and walk through the move. The move went relatively quickly however we helped to move the boxes and left the heavy furniture to the movers. Movers did not bring their own dolly into the residence to facilitate moving. Also the movers were not planning to wrap the expensive couch until requested by homeowners. Overall the movers were very nice and worked well together, however the initial pace could’ve been quicker and there was some damage to the walls/railings where the furniture was moved both to and from.
CLC Services of Ohio LlcCLC Services of Ohio Llc
William H.
The whole moving experience was awesome! Pick Up Movers was able to accommodate a short notice move and did it incredibly! Movers were efficient with smiles and jokes the whole time. Would absolutely recommend and use them again!
Pick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OHPick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OH
Meha B.
These movers canceled on me on THE MORNING OF MY MOVE. Absolutely unacceptable and very unprofessional. No company should make promises for a move and cancel with such short notice. It left me stranded to move on my own. DO NOT trust them.
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Brooke T.
Fabulous moving company. I have moved several times in the past few years. This was by far my best moving experience. Professional, careful, completely prepared. Communication was excellent. Thanks for making our move as painless as it could be.
Pick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OHPick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OH
James H.
Had a couple of items damaged in the moving process. Backing ripped off of a dresser, grass clippings shout and gas cap missing for my lawn mower. All the movers smelled of marijuana. Movers and their truck arrived 2 hours late for the move stating their truck had broken down and they had to rent a Uhaul truck. Overall the moving experience with this company was poor as the movers were lackluster at best.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Elizabeth W.
Very courteous & they were extremely careful moving the pieces I needed moved.
KB ConstructionKB Construction
Thumbtack Customer
This was a tough move. Moved from a ground floor apt to one on the fifth floor apt in a different city. The crew was professional, courteous, friendly and and took great care of my furniture and belongings. I am very pleased with their service and I have no complaints at all with them. The ONLY negative to this move was that the apt I moved to did not have a very good set up for moving in. They do not have a service elevator for moving furniture or heavy items, but have really long hallways that made moving things in very difficult. BUT the moving crew did an awesome job and I highly recommend them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
P'Ashe J.
The movers were very courteous and got the job done quickly. I would strongly recommend them for a move!
Power Movers., LLCPower Movers., LLC
Gaofeng S.
The movers were 90 minutes late on June 23, but they did a good job. One bad thing, my mirror was missing in the moving and I think it's left in the wrap. Reached out to the movers about this immediately after the moving, no feedback so far. It's unlikely to have the mirror back.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We arranged for a tenant to be moved to a senior living facility. The move ended up having a very short lead time. Mount Up Moving was very responsive and was able to fit us into their schedule right away. The tenant called the next day to say, "The movers were excellent. You can recommend them to anyone!"
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Ryan K.
I needed a mover that day and they came. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have finished moving on time. Highly recommended
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Boyd B.
They were awesome. I had a family emergency and needed a mover last minute, they came right away and moved everything so quickly. They were courteous and professional, I was impressed with just how fast they were able to move everything and they were careful with all my belongings. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a mover.
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Debbie S.
The guys got everything I originally requested moved and even moved additional items. Moved items through close corners without damaging walls. Great job. Would definitely use them again and recommend them.
Final Destination Moving CompanyFinal Destination Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time and very nice & polite. The move was complete within an hour. Would definitely rehire them in future, if needed.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience with Mount Up Moving. The three men were courteous and very helpful. They came on time and offered excellent customer service. I could not be happier with the move. I will use Mount Up Moving again!!!
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Amy D.
The movers were right on time and worked within a reasonable timeframe. They were honest when calculating hours worked. They were also very friendly. I would recommend Mount Up Moving to anyone I knew looking for movers.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Nicole W.
This was by far the best moving experience we have ever had! They helped us move from OH to GA with absolutely no hiccups and for a fair price. I wouldn't hesitate to call them again for a move; they promised white-glove service and delivered on it.
Pick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OHPick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OH
Naomi W.
They moved every thing extremely quickly. They were very professional. I will recommend and hire them for any other move I have.
Power Movers., LLCPower Movers., LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, efficient, and courteous move.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Kristina S.
Overall good moving experience
Harrington MovingHarrington Moving
Alok G.
Final Destination Moving CompanyFinal Destination Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience with ASAP Moving. We set up everything through Thumbtack. They were punctual and hardworking, and made a complicated job (moving 2 apartments into 1) easy! I'd highly recommend Jacob and Phil for any moving job!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Really enjoyed my experience, the two movers were friendly and efficient and the pricing was fair. I'll definitely use ASAP if I move again.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Tameeka w.
This was about my 4th move in 4 years so I’m a little too familiar with how hard moving is. Well with ASAP it was a little easier. They were professional, honest, and quick. Like I said I’ve had a few moving experiences and sometimes these company’s move slow on purpose to get more money, not ASAP they worked hard the whole time. I would recommend them to anybody and also use them again if I ever need movers (let’s hope that’s no time soon lol)
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Kim P.
Jake was extremely responsive when I had questions prior to the move. Both movers were friendly and work/goal oriented. They even helped me put my bed together, because they knew I was moving alone. Super nice, will hire again.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
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