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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 York movers
Thumbtack Customer
Did the move professionally, on time and for the right price unlike professional piano movers.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Eugene E.
Josh and team were very dedicated to making our move as dress free as possible. All items were moved with care and expeditiously. We highly recommend Chesapeake Moving!!
Chesapeake Moving Co. LLCChesapeake Moving Co. LLC
Terri A.
I was contacted by Tom at A&M friendly movers when I was looking for a mover to help with moving our ReStore product to a warehouse. He was great to work with, reasonable and sensitive to our non-profit status. We were very happy with the moving guys as they were dependable, worked hard and did the job with utmost care. We really appreciate all that A&M Friendly movers did for us and will definitely work with them in the future! We highly recommend A&M Friendly movers!
A & M Friendly Movers MD LLCA & M Friendly Movers MD LLC
Abigail W.
I had to follow up with Van Lewis to confirm the move, then my move had to be rescheduled by them the night before our scheduled move due to a conflict. Overall, nothing to complain about besides just not over the top customer service. They were efficient during the move though! The whole process was quick.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent experience. We have moved cross country several times and know the deal. These folks moved us more quickly by half than others, and packed everything extraordinarily well. It is seldom with a move that you can say it went better than your wildest expectations....but that was the case. These reviews are for real. Best move ever...
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Very quick move and well done.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Anthony R.
Great! I would use him to move again!
Piccolo's Friendly MoversPiccolo's Friendly Movers
Nancy T.
Anytime movers were punctual and careful with my things.
Anytime moversAnytime movers
Tai W.
They were great in spite of moving items to a 4th floor apartment.
Wingmen Moving, LLC.Wingmen Moving, LLC.
Daniel C.
They were on-time, well prepared, highly professional, polite, and hard-working. They worked non-stop to make sure that my move went smoothly, even when that meant they were going above and beyond what I would expect from a traditional moving company. I will use this company for my future moves, and recommend you do as well!
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Rania a.
If you are looking to move, gogo and johnson is the go to moving company! They were very professional from the first minute I reached out via thumbtack and throughout the process! Thank you for all your help!
Gogo and Johnson Moving Company LLCGogo and Johnson Moving Company LLC
Kevin J.
I was looking for someone to move my mom's items into her storage. She was stressed trying to figure out how to move in 3 days. Brian called me and through his fact finding was able to quote a fair price for the amount of items to be moved. He communicated with my mom the day prior to the move to schedule the time and location. The relief in mom's voice when the items were loaded and unloaded is worth every penny spent. Brian treated us like family. I wish he was in Georgia because he would be my #1 go to mover. If you are looking for a company to be fair, efficient, professional and timely Semper Fi Movers is who you should call. As there name suggests they are "Always faithful". As the saying goes you get what you pay for, we paid for peace of mind and that's what we received.
Semper Fi MoversSemper Fi Movers
Wayne S.
Awesome job Would not want to work with a better mover on such a big day
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Dyana R.
The team was very courteous, prompt, efficient, and took great care while handling/moving the large and heavy furniture down our stairs. I'd recommend them to friends, family, or anyone in need of a reliable and trustworthy moving company. I didn't feel stressed at all, during past moves, I would worry the entire time but that quickly faded this time. The guys were great!
Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.
Heidi L.
Peace of Mind Movers were professional, courteous, and treated my valuables as if they were their own. I worked directly with Tom and would recommend POMM for your next move! Thank you guys for all your hard work!
Peace of Mind Movers LLCPeace of Mind Movers LLC
Kent C.
Great crew that works hard to get your move done without a problem.
E&T Moving Solutions LLCE&T Moving Solutions LLC
Joseph M.
I was very happy with the service offered by Double D's. They moved a very heavy bar for me. They arrived right when they said they would and were very friendly. They moved the bar quickly and I was very satisfied with their service. I would recommend them to anyone!
Double D's Supreme Services LLCDouble D's Supreme Services LLC
Sheila L.
The guys did a excellent job! I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a move
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Piano moving from one residence to another. Punctual, pleasant, took good care of the piano.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Josie G.
Dave is super friendly and his team was polite, worked fast, and did a good job. We ended up having a storm for our move and they still completed everything without ruining our carpets and in a timely fashion. We would highly recommend Kingdom Movers!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Lindsay B.
I had a desk moved on very short notice. I needed the desk moved asap and they were able to accommodate my request on a Sunday! The team was prompt, friendly, easy to communicate with and very reliable! I highly recommend them! Thank you very much again.
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Jessica J.
Wonderful experience. The team worked quickly and carefully to get us moved. Would definitely recommend them!
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Sara s.
Monopoly Movers LLC is an great company to work with. They did an awesome job moving our stuff to the new house. They were very careful with our furniture and the house. They were very professional, on time and efficient. We were happy working with them and definitely will work with them again and recommend it to everyone.
Monopoly Movers  LLCMonopoly Movers LLC
Brandon T.
Came out on last minute notice and got everything moved over and installed. Very professional and handled everything.
Proper PoolProper Pool
Joseph M.
They were very responsive to my request. They showed up to our house took a quick look at the items to be moved and got right to work. They carefully moved each item, as to protect the item itself and it's surrounds. They made quick work of our 3 bedroom house. We would recommend Ashai World LLC.
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