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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 Allen movers
Elizabeth C.
Great movers, punctual and got the move done quickly.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Lisa H.
The D1 Movers 2 man crew showed up right on time and got the job done quickly. The price to move an assembled elliptical from the 2nd floor into a moving truck, then move a 200 lb treadmill, in the box, to the 2nd floor was $50 less than 3 other quotes and took them probably 15 minutes. We'll definitely contact D1 Movers again if we need help moving anything.
D1 Movers LLCD1 Movers LLC
Stephanie K.
Javier did a great job for our move. We will definitely reach out to JM Moving for our next move. He was careful with our items and very professional.
Ananno A.
The moving coordinator Skylar was really good. The movers were really helpful and understanding of our needs
TetrisPro MoversTetrisPro Movers
Greg E.
Brandon and Jerome did a fantastic job with our move. They were very professional and punctual and exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Brandon Moving company for all you moving needs.
Brandon's Moving CompanyBrandon's Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Just as advertised, showed up actually earlier than scheduled and moved all items that we wanted moved.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Laura T.
Moved us in one day. Easy to get in touch with the owners and the movers were nice. Packing service was great.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Lisa M.
A wonderful moving experience
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Abi B.
I contacted them a night before my move and they were able to fit me in for a Friday move. Juan and his partner were very professional and experienced with moving heavy fitness equipment. I highly recommend.
Lulus Handy MoversLulus Handy Movers
Love b.
Great & fast move.
Independent Transporter-Move&DeliveryIndependent Transporter-Move&Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
I don't recall the names of the 2 gentlemen that moved me but they were great! Curteous and quick. This is my 2nd move in 2 years and they were much better than the previous big name move company I used before.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Ted N.
Moved my table from one house on 2nd floor to new house on 1st floor. Professional disassembled, moved, and reassembled table
5 Star Billiards5 Star Billiards
Thumbtack Customer
Good movers but not low-cost !
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Sheila L.
Great friendly service by professional movers. From booking to the very end, top notch and I highly recommend Brother Bear Moving!!
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Ryan T.
Very quick to contact me back, and did excellent work moving the furniture we needed moved. Would use again 100%
Pressure MoversPressure Movers
Karen D.
Pressure Movers did some heavy lifting on an item that needed to be moved to the second floor. They were professional, punctual and courteous. I highly recommend.
Pressure MoversPressure Movers
Leslie J.
They did so awesome!! The movers were there on time, extremely efficient, and swerved all walls and valuables. I will be using them for every move from now on!
Triple A's Moving & Delivery.Triple A's Moving & Delivery.
Thumbtack Customer
Move went great, totally helpful and worked so hard to get it done. Will recommend to friends and are using them for the move from storage to our house!!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Sana S.
Helped with a last minute move. Moved an entire office space overnight and worked from sundown to sun up! Amazing crew with great work ethic!!
Davison Foreclosure Cleanout and More LLCDavison Foreclosure Cleanout and More LLC
Jitesh V.
Calling them again for next move!
D1 Movers LLCD1 Movers LLC
Yin H.
Very organized, we have 3 movers David, Juan and Jonathan. These guys are very polite and moving carefully during the whole process. Highly recommended. They able to help almost everything. Quick and smooth, that's been a pleasure to work with these guys. Thank you castle movers!
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Aswin N.
Elijah is a rock star. He single handedly took care of my move, assembled my bed frame, was very accomodative and to top it all, it a spotless move !!!
We DeliverWe Deliver
Kiara p.
Manifest Moving was amazing at helping my boyfriend & I move into our new place. They were very professional and friendly. Would definitely use them again in the future!
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Thumbtack Customer
These movers were exceptionally professional, they worked efficiently and were very polite the whole time. As far as I can tell nothing was damaged in the move and nothing is missing. Reyes stopped by during the move at one point to check in and make sure everything was going well, which was a nice touch. I highly recommend these guys.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Jagadeesh K.
They did good job packing as needed and moving things
Castle MoversCastle Movers
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