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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 to move out of state?

Moving out of state costs an average of $5,630, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. However, this is just an estimate — how much you’ll pay to move out of state will likely depend on the weight of your belongings, if you need storage, the distance of the move and more.

To avoid any surprising or hidden fees, get free estimates from movers near you.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The cheapest way to move long distance is to plan ahead. This allows you to capitalize on several money-saving strategies. For example, you may consider renting a portable moving container. These are often cheaper than moving trucks, though moving truck rentals are a great option for moderately sized homes. 

Planning ahead also gives you time to start looking around for free moving boxes and supplies. You might also be able to snag discounts from moving companies if you book far out in advance and ask movers for a deal. Try not to move during the peak season (spring or summer), as prices tend to be highest during that time.

Contact the best long-distance movers in your area to get free estimates and figure out a way to save money.  

How do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

What should I pack first when moving?

First on your packing checklist are non-essential items you don’t need to access for the next couple of weeks or so. This can include things like holiday decorations, extra towels and collectibles.

Then, move on to artwork, entertainment items and special kitchenware you hardly ever use. 

As moving day draws near, pack children’s games, jewelry, artwork and all linens except for an essential set for each household member.

Next up is kitchen equipment, items in your medicine cabinet, bathroom supplies, laundry supplies and electronics.

One to two days before your move, pack furniture, rugs and tools.

On moving day (or a few days before), pack your clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other necessities like snacks and food.

How much do you tip long-distance movers?

Movers are generally tipped 10% to 20% or around $50 to $200 per mover. However, it may make less sense to tip a percentage of the total cost of the move because there might be more travel, gas and other fees compared to local moves.

But if you’ve got cash to spend and are very satisfied with the job, you can always tip more. Of course, tipping is not mandatory — especially if you’re not satisfied with the move.

How many movers should I hire for my long-distance move?

To figure out how many movers you need, take the size of your home, the number of items you need to move and the weight of those items to estimate how many movers you might need.

For example, a studio or one-bedroom apartment might take two movers to load and unload your belongings efficiently. A two- or three-bedroom home might require three or more movers. And a three- or four-bedroom house might require four movers.

Ask moving companies in your area how many movers — and how many hours — it may take to complete your long-distance move. 

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. 

Reviews for Philadelphia long distance movers
Juliana D.
These guys were fantastic, prompt and helped with a long distance move. Thank you!
C & Y Moving LLCC & Y Moving LLC
Angela V.
I scheduled a long distance move with two movers. They arrived on time. Loaded and unloaded all of my boxes and furniture in a timely manner. They were very careful with my items, friendly, and professional.
Last Minute Moving LLCLast Minute Moving LLC
David W.
First time hiring movers for a long distance across the state relocation. Lenre and his team at On Demand Movers were professional, and exercised due diligence during the move. All items arrived safely on location with no damage. Highly recommended!
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Virginia S.
I hired Eric for a long distance move. He and his team did a great job helping me getting through a tough move for myself and went the extra mile for me. His price was very reasonable as well. I highly recommend!
Eric Delahaye dba. Degrees of CluttersEric Delahaye dba. Degrees of Clutters
Shawn R.
I needed a long distance mover to haul 100 year old furniture from Philly to Georgia. The staff was responsive and assured us items would be packaged well. I was VERY worried. VERY. Rarely do you hear good reviews for long distance movers. I will say, the 2 young gentleman that performed our move was very professional, well spoken and wrapped everything very well. I could also tell they cared about doing the job well. They took apart items and put them back together, placing them where I asked. I would recommend the team to anyone looking to move very delicate items.
Pick Up Movers LLC MDPick Up Movers LLC MD
Franchell D.
Literally the easiest and most seamless long distance move in my life! The guys were so nice and so professional and arrived nearly half an hour before I was expecting them. Also very fair pricing and no surprise costs. Definitely gonna be recommending them to friends and colleagues.
I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)
Waleed M.
The overall experience was fantastic. Ahmed and his crew were very quick and efficient. We had a long distance move (Pennsylvania to Virginia). They brought 2 trucks as we had a lot of stuff. They arrived on time, loaded up ahead of schedule and then didn’t leave until the job was completed to my satisfaction. I would definitely recommend them! 👍🏽
Happy4movingHappy4moving
Thumbtack Customer
Round One was very responsive to my abrupt request to move from Philadelphia to northern New Jersey after my original moving company failed to show up. Round One came the same day after receiving my call in mid-afternoon. They came to Philly, packed up and covered all of my big bulky furniture located in my apartment on the 4th floor, loaded the truck, and drove 2.5 hours to my destination. Upon arriving after midnight, the crew unloaded all of the furniture, reconstructed everything after placing it in the proper location, which included a traveling up a winding staircase to the bedroom. Overall, I was very pleased with Round One! The pricing was reasonable and the crew was very friendly, efficient, and hard-working (even during the late night hours)! I would recommend Round One for anyone that needs to move locally or long distance.
Round One Moving CompanyRound One Moving Company
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