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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 College Station movers
Valerie E.
Absolutely the BEST movers I could ask for ! Showed up on time, worked quickly yet carefully, and were super cool guys. Even before the move they were very responsive and flexible which I really appreciated. I would recommend A Star movers to anyone without hesitation!!! Made my move a breeze
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Miriam R.
They showed up on time and got to work. This was not an "ideal" moving situation and they clarified how I needed to move and then jumped in and did it. So appreciated
Fresh start movingFresh start moving
Eric C.
Guys were very courteous and moved things very quickly. Had a very heavy reclining sofa they moved from a 2nd floor apartment to a different apartment on the 3rd floor with ease. They were very careful with our furniture and took care to move everything where we wanted. I would highly recommend using them...I will for our next move!
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Brenda M.
They were able to move me from a downstairs bedroom all the way to 3rd floor bedroom under two hours! Absolutely amazing. They were very gentle with my things and made my moving day experience a breeze.
College HaulersCollege Haulers
El s.
They did a wonderful job. They showed up on time, and had everything they needed for the move. All our furniture were treated with care and wrapped to protect it from scratches. Not only was he very responsive, he was also flexible when I had to change dates. I highly recommend Best Price for all your moving needs. We will definitely use them again if we need to move.
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Jessica L.
They help us moved big furnitures. Very professional. Will use them again!
Sophie's MoversSophie's Movers
Sudeep H.
We had a good experience with 1Source Moving. Andy was very responsive from the very beginning. He was also there himself leading the team with the packing, moving and unloading. The team was friendly and efficient. They were also very respectful of certain auspicious items which we requested special care for.
1Source Moving1Source Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Best $40 I ever spent! My daughter was moving out of her 3rd floor apartment...no elevator...and I only had my son to help move her. I found Bellhops online and requested one Bellhop to help my son move the bigger furniture down the stairs. Dalton was our Bellhop. He was extremely nice, had a great attitude, and was great to work with. We had her entire 2-bedroom apartment in the trailer within an hour. I would recommend Bellhops to anyone who needs a helping hand.
Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)
Symone M.
10 min before they were suppose to arrive, they said their truck didn’t work and asked if I could get a uhaul. I believe they were about two hours away from where I was moving, and this showed they didn’t even leave yet when they texted me. Very disappointing and unprofessional to experience this the day of my move.
The Moving StallionThe Moving Stallion
Brady A.
Very well mannered people and very flexible in terms of moving items. I would highly recommend them any day of the week!
Better Movers BureauBetter Movers Bureau
Ryan H.
Rudolph and his team went above and beyond when moving us. We will definitely be using them again & will recommend them to friends/family.
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Best moving experience ever! I promise Jessie and Joseph will get you from point A to B without any broken items and top rate customer service!
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Rachel L.
Courteous, professional and responsive. Care Bear Cleaning helped me move into my third floor apartment and were able to accommodate a last minute reservation. Highly recommended service!
Care Bear CleaningCare Bear Cleaning
Maureen M.
We are very pleased with the service of these two young entrepreneurs. They did an excellent job of moving, protecting and securing our furniture for the drive to our home. We highly recommend them!
College HaulersCollege Haulers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved my daughter out of her 3rd floor townhouse. They loaded our U hall. Both gentlemen worked very hard on a very hot day. They did a great job!
Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)
Al E.
EXTREMELY polite. EXTREMELY honest. Owner Gonzalo was so courteous, honest, responsive, passionate, and empathetic. He and his crew helped me with packing a 4 bedroom house and move it to storage. Gonzalo’s crew was also so polite, with two high schoolers in it. Only one out of 5 crew members was careless and sloppy. The rest were AMAZING. When I alerted Gonzalo, he was responsive and put him to a task he can’t mess up. Wrapping and padding for furniture was good (but got worn out throughout the move). They were careful with our belongings. They were kind, cheerful, ans courteous. If you’d like to support small businesses , Gonzalo and Sophie are 100% worth your support. Simply put: my next move is definitely happening through this vendor and no one else.
Sophie's MoversSophie's Movers
Precious a.
I Called last min the day before needed some help moving out of my storage they gave me an accurate estimate and came on time they were fast and affordable I’d definitely book again
Midas Touch MoversMidas Touch Movers
Bryan H.
Highly recommended! Justin arrived exactly when scheduled, quickly disassembled the table, moved every piece out carefully, and then delivered the table at my residence and reassembled it with a great deal of attention to detail. Don't look anywhere else, this is your guy.
Mckinney Billiard ServicesMckinney Billiard Services
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