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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 Mount Pleasant movers
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone that was involved in my moving process was great. I had to reschedule my move last minute, and James was very accommodating. His movers were great, took very good care of my great grandparents antiques. I highly recommend Ready to Move.
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Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Pack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity was beyond our expectation. Tony and "Q" showed up, got to work and made what could be a really stressful time, a good show. We recommend PACK IT UP MOVING/MOVING WITH INTEGRITY to every one.
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Thumbtack Customer
Elite movers were very curteous and friendly. I would highly recommend them for a smooth moving experience!
Elite MoversElite Movers
Ashley F.
We used Elite Movers in Oct 2016 for our move. I cannot give them enough praise! The movers were on time, respectful and a joy to be around. They treated our belongings as if they were their own. They made a point to be quick and efficient. We will definitely be using them again in our upcoming move.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Erin M.
R&S Movers were great to work with! I ended up not needing movers, but I really appreciated their communication & attentiveness. When I do need movers, I’d would definitely use them!
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Orlando R.
They cancelled the day of the move
AJ & Sons Moving ProsAJ & Sons Moving Pros
Layla A.
Great moving experience
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were on-time (actually early) and made multiple local moves. They brought enough manpower to make the moves quick and efficient.
AJ & Sons Moving ProsAJ & Sons Moving Pros
Thumbtack Customer
I have moved a lot over the years and I must say that James York and his team were very pleasant to work with. James provided up to date confirmations of my moving date. The guys that showed up on moving day were very professional and I have to say represented the company well! I'm so glad I hired Ready to Move to help with my move and would highly recommend this small business to anyone in Charleston area!! Great customer service and moving experience! Thanks guys!
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Jeremy C.
Aaron and Rob helped me out and made my move easy! They got here on time and worked hard until the job was finished. I would recommend Big Moves to anyone who needs some help moving.
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Justin M.
I hired these gentlemen to pick up a piano that I was purchasing and move it to my house. They were very professional, courteous, and careful with the move. I would absolutely recommend them for any moving needs you may have.
QualiTy Movers LLCQualiTy Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
AWESOME JOB! Very professional and hard working movers. They were on time and moved my things carefully and with care. I was very impressed and will hire them again. Thank you so much for making my move a better experience.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Jim D.
We were in a real bind. The movers that were to move us notified us just hours before they were to begin the move that they couldn't make it. James arranged his schedule to accommodate us and got us moved in less than 24 hours and at the lowest price that we were quoted. I would highly recommend Ready to Move and would definitely use James and his crew again if the occasion presents itself. Thanks James!! Regards, Jim Davis
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Monica H.
In & Out Moving company did a great job moving some heavy items for us, we will be using them again. Highly recommend.
In & Out Moving Co.In & Out Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a 16ft moving truck that I needed help unloading into my new second story apartment. Pack It Up Moving sent two movers to help and they were on time, efficient, polite, and professional. Would definitely use again!
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Mark F.
A+++ work by Strong Men Moving.
Laura W.
Moving services went well
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James M.
Shane and his crew were awesome professionals! The move went exactly as planned. I would highly recommend R&S movers.
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Jessica S.
The two men, Steven and Larry were very nice and professional and moved quickly. The owner, after setting up the move did not let me know when the movers were almost there. After getting the amount of the move, I have heard nothing back. No "thank you", "how was our service", nothing. The move held far less stress than if I tried to do it myself, I just wish I had better contact/customer service.
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Katie E.
In & out moving was amazing!! Responded right away and were able to fit our move in last notice. Not only did they show up on time, they were 5 mins early (which I appreciate on moving day). The crew was so kind and professional. They handled our furniture with care and did a great job overall. Will hire again if I need something moved!
In & Out Moving Co.In & Out Moving Co.
Amy C.
Shane and Ryan are pretty amazing! They were able to pack and move our condo with great care. We have a ton of stuff and it was all moved over to the new house. On both packing and moving day, Shane and Ryan worked all day and kept everything neat and organized. We would use R & S in heartbeat for our next move! Hire these guys!
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Anna T.
Team was on time and very professional. We hired them for moving heavy items within our house. Highly recommend for your moving needs!
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Thumbtack Customer
Great crew of movers were friendly, professional, and extra helpful. Went out of their way to make it a smooth move for us. Would highly recommend.
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Courtney B.
Needed some heavy furniture moved into a POD unit and the movers that came worked quickly and efficiently! Very professional and responsive all at a great value!
Thompson & Scott Delivery Partners LLC.Thompson & Scott Delivery Partners LLC.
Scott M.
Greg from Lowcountry Movers was great. He was understanding and flexible for a complicated move. I would recommend him and intend to hire him again.
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