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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 Summerville movers
Sharon D.
I would recommend Elite movers for your move.
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Fred W.
Move Buddies did our move and they were great. Will use them again.
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Thumbtack Customer
Every moving job has it's shares of worry, but ready to move erased all my fears. On time and super pro's, all arrived safe and sound and on time. Many Cudo's. make your best move with "Ready to Move"
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Steve D.
Shane and his moving team did an outstanding work with my move. Highly recommended to higher them for anyone looking to move in Charleston south carolina area
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Thumbtack Customer
I was very impressed with the punctuality of Ready to Move. They arrived on time were very pleasant and went out of their way to make sure I was completely satisfied with the move. I highly recommend Ready to Move when you need a great moving company.
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Janis C.
I highly recommend R&S Movers. I requested a treadmill be moved from one house to the third floor of another home. The move was seamless and Shane was a pleasure to work with.
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Thumbtack Customer
James and the entire crew at Ready to Move were phenomenal and EXCEEDED our expectations on every way! They were the most professional and hard working moving company we have ever used (and we move a lot!) Thank-you SO much Ready to Move for making this experience as painless and fun as possible! We will never use another moving company again!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Almost every piece of furniture that I own was damaged in this move (nicks, scratches, dents, etc...). The only good thing about the move was the two men that moved me. Great personalities but terrible movers. Their idea of padding was shrink wrap. If you value your belongings you won't use this company.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Kathy d.
This was the best move ever! The guys were wonderful. Professional. Friendly. Took great care of my stuff. Move was great. A++++++++
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Thumbtack Customer
The movers were young professionals who showed up at the promises time. Tori kept in constant contact with me to make sure everything went smoothly. The movers informed me of their every move while in my house, and didn't rush the process on a Friday night. I would definitely request another move with this company.
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Barbara A.
We used them to move furniture to Ft Worth, TX. Very pleased! Then, we used them a month later for a move to Nashville, TN. Corey and Syqoune were beyond nice and professional. We are considering them again for a move of two entire households to Florida! You will not be disappointed if you hire this company for your move.
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Thumbtack Customer
I called Tori's moving in the evening saying I needed to do a local move the next morning...they responded immediately and quickly completed my entire move curteously, honestly and respected all our requests kindly. They stuck to the initial verbal estimate despite several unrelated factors causing long delays. What a refreshing moving experience!
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Thumbtack Customer
Elite movers did a perfect job! They are professional, quick, and extremely considerate. Thanks to them this was the easiest move I've ever had. I would recommend them to anybody I know and will use them if I ever need to move again.
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Thumbtack Customer
I had to call Thumbtack to follow up with emails I sent to Tori in reference to hiring Pack it Up moving. I was strongly recommended to hire another company. This was about 2 weeks prior to our move. What happened was-'-All of a sudden TorI was no where to be found....didnt respond to emails about 2 weeks prior to our move. About 4 days before our move Tori sent an email if we were still interested in their services. At this point I did not trust their service. Instead we ended up paying friends to move us because it was too late to hire another moving company and I definitely didnt trust using a company that left us hanging so close to our move.
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Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I used Elite Movers to move into our new home (local move) on July 31st and we couldn't be more pleased! From working with the owner Jamol to set up the move, to the actual move itself - it was an easy and stress free experience. Aaron and his crew were punctual and professional. They worked quickly and efficiently to move our furniture (some very large and heavy pieces) from two storage units into our two story home in just 4 hours. They even helped assemble our bed, dining room table and hook up washer/dryer - and they did it all with a positive attitude and a smile. Great service and the best rates in town...what more can you ask for?? I highly recommend Elite Movers!
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Jacqueline I.
Movers were pleasant and very courteous.
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Ricky W.
Last minute drop from another mover, so we called elite. They were able to accommodate us the next day, and it was a Sunday. The movers were very polite, and worked hard. Price was comparable with other movers in the area. We are very happy with the work they did.
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Roy H.
The two movers showed up on time as promised they were equipped with all necessary tools needed for the move the price and logistics were discussed before the move and delivered as promised by James York. I want to give a big shout out to the two young men that moved the items for us they were well mannered and very considerant of our valuables and time. Will recommend this company. Roy & Beth Hansell
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Thumbtack Customer
We moved from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom. We had to make stops at storage and then on to the new place. The movers never slacked off and worked consistently for hours until we were all moved in. Great customer service. Would use again. Thank you
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I recently moved for the 6th time in 6 years. It was the 1st time I have used Ready To Move and it was BY FAR the best moving experience I have ever had. James and his crew were excellent. They told me they would be at my place between 8-9am to start moving and they were there at 8am on the dot. Saquon and Larry were friendly, polite and professional. They took very good care of all of my furniture as I had no damages on anything. They worked nonstop from start to finish and took no breaks, which I really appreciated as it was a very humid day and I was moving from a 2nd floor to a house with 2 stories. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to move and I will definitely be using them with any future moves I might have. Thanks again guys! Andy in Summerville
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Thumbtack Customer
Awesome service, passionate, dedicated, professional movers!
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Jamie R.
I needed a piano moved and found R&S movers. They gave me a quote and we were able to set up a pickup date and time during our first conversation. On the move date, they came during the time frame that was given and called when they were on the way. They were very professional and took great care of my piano. It was obvious that they treated my piano as if it was theirs and took every measure not to damage it. The piano was moved from one house to another without any problems. I would definitely use R&S movers again!
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Courtenay W.
My move was so much easier with this company. The guys were professional and courteous. They did an excellent job. In any future moves, I would definitely hire them again.
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Pat H.
Our movers were Syk and Andre, and they did a great job. Polite and focused on their work. We have lots of heavy awkward pieces and they persevered for five hours. And the final tally, assessed by owner James York, was extremely fair. Best moving experience we've had in 9 moves in 14 years! The Millers
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Atyia S.
I could not have asked for a better moving experience with Elite Movers. They answered all my questions, didn't charge me anything extra beyond what was quoted, came with the appropriate tools needed, and moved me out of my old place and into my new in about 5 hours. Even reassembled my bed for me! Friendly, professional, and hard working. I would recommend them to anyone who needs assistance moving.
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