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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 Oak Hill movers
Jessica B.
Austin Affordable Moving was very accommodating when my move was moved up 4 days. The movers took great care of moving my things out of the old place and into the new one.
Austin Affordable MovingAustin Affordable Moving
Yaswanth C.
S-IREGOLD movers helped with my move. They were responsive and did an awesome job with the move. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for good local movers.
Keishana C.
You want a GREAT MOVE, This is the mover for you. Another mover bailed on me and he came last minute and got us completely moved in within 5 hours. 2nd floor move out and 3rd floor move in, with a 30 mile distance in TRAFFIC!!! He came and he conquered!!
Thumbtack Customer
Move went fast and smoothly. Very friendly, helpful movers. We highly recommend Texas Elite Moving!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Pujitha k.
It was a great experience working these guys and definitely recommend them. I had experiences in the past with some other movers where the movers who would delay the moving process. But these movers were excellent, they handled all my stuff with great care and the move was swift within the time frame as discussed before our move. I will definitely work with them for any of my future moves.
Christine K.
All-around amazing moving experience! Jack is responsive, and made sure all my questions were answered and my moving day went smoothly. He even checked in during the move. The two movers were personable, professional, and worked quickly, even in this hot Texas summer! The cost of the move is exceptional, especially for the quality that you receive. I highly recommend The Moving Kings for your next move!
Marco G.
The team from Moving Up ATX was great and super helpful. They helped moving in much easier and faster than moving out.
Moving Up ATXMoving Up ATX
Oscar G.
The moving team was very efficient, nothing missing, great move.
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Raj M.
Jack and team at Moving Kings are highly professional and super friendly crew to work with. Jack was very reasonable and responsive right from the start. His estimate was spot on. We have moved many times and have worked with a lot of movers. Moving Kings was the best movers we ever worked with. I highly recommend them. Thank you Moving Kings for making part of the moving less stressful for us!!
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely perfect moving experience. Movers were quick, professional, and did an excellent job getting us moved. Would highly recommend!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Karl F.
We moved yesterday from North Austin to Leander. We hired Moving Kings and the team of 3 was great - on time as expected, packaged and moved all items very carefully, worked efficiently and made moving as seamless as possible. Plus really nice guys! Would use Moving Kings again or recommend to anyone who needs moving help in the Austin area.
Thumbtack Customer
The move went great, it was quick and easy. I was originally quoted a price for two movers and on move day Chris showed up with three which made the move faster and easier on everyone and he kept the same quoted price.
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Stephanie C.
Spotted Frog was awesome! Arrived on time, and moved everything so quickly. I highly recommend this moving company for all of your upcoming moving needs!
Spotted Frog MovingSpotted Frog Moving
Yaswanth C.
The guys from Moving Up ATX were awesome and completed our move before time, I would highly recommend them for your move
Moving Up ATXMoving Up ATX
Adam L.
Small move requested on short notice, and MM came through with a perfect move!
Mountain MoversMountain Movers
Chaitasee P.
We had a great experience with two moves on a single day with moving kings!
Traci N.
I highly recommend Mountain Movers - they were punctual and efficiently completed our move. In addition to moving they took the extra time to make sure everything was set up to our liking and helped us remove unwanted items. Ive moves my daughters several times as they are in college and can attest that Mountain Movers was the most reliable I’ve worked with. If looking for a reliable mover I highly recommend.
Mountain MoversMountain Movers
Emma M.
This moving team moved very heavy items efficiently and with care. Highly recommend!
Shernette a.
The movers were prompt, professional and provided great service. Thank you MME movers. This is the first moving company I had who provided exceptional service .
MME MovingMME Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The best moving experience I have had in the last 10 years. Both the moving guys showed up on time and were very fast and friendly. I did a local move of ~15 miles and the movers made it look so easy.
Infinity Moving CompanyInfinity Moving Company
Jessica S.
Great moving experience, went above and beyond to help me during the moving process!
Sumedha P.
Highly professional and punctual. Had a very good moving experience with Night & Day Movers.
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Marta L.
Great move everything was ready and movers were quick and organized. Completed the job with professionalism.
John Pesina Moving companyJohn Pesina Moving company
Chris L.
Showed up in time, professional, moved my stuff quickly, brought a pickup to move it with.
RAPIMOVE - Furniture Moving & DeliveryRAPIMOVE - Furniture Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from a house to apartment. They did a great job and finished actually under the time frame they were estimating. When I need to move again I know which moving service I will call. Chris Sides, the Texas Elite Mover!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
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