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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 Richardson movers
Jade F.
Manifest Moving made my moving experience a relaxing one. They arrived on time and got everything moved in a very timely manner. I will be using them again for future moves.
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Dawn J.
Two trucks broke down on the day of our move. A 6 hour delay, but owner Ryan Carter and scheduled off helper moved the heavy stuff for an apartment move. Thought I would be getting a discount but Ryan said no charge after the move completed because of the delay and inconvenience. Very fair company and Ryan and helper worked very hard up three floors. You definitely will be our movers for future moves. Thank you Brother Bear Movers!!
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Janet K.
As with any move, time is money. The crew that moved us today was on time, worked hard, and were very considerate. We will definitely use Blue Mule for future moves!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Linda M.
The movers were very friendly & helpful. Setting up the move was easy. It was a great experience!
Safari Movers and DeliverySafari Movers and Delivery
Ashley R.
Our move took way longer than it should have. 8 of my family and friends had to help out the movers in the last 3 hours because they were moving so slowly and obviously needed help. They should have called for back up or reinforcements. Though the two gentlemen were very nice and polite, they were obviously way over their head. There were multiple long 30 minutes periods in which we did not see the movers come back up the stairs. I understand that it was hot outside and it was a difficult move because there was no elevator, but I had fully informed the movers several times before the move that there was no elevator and of how much stuff we had to move. I am also very disappointed that after the move was complete, when I tried to get $100 or so taken off the $640 total for an 8 hour move because 8 people had to help the movers, the manager was not willing to budge on the $80 an hour price. Also, after unpacking, we found 2 broken dishes in a box marked fragile. They had dropped this box during the move. The movers also had damaged a hallway light in the staircase and did not say anything. Both of these incidents were witnessed by the family/friends we had helping during the move.
Heavy Duty MovingHeavy Duty Moving
Nitin N.
Very quick in the move.
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Hal H.
Triple A did a great job for us. They stayed in communication up to the move date and showed up on time. They were careful with the move and all was done at a fair price. I would use Triple A again on the next move.
Triple A's Moving & Delivery.Triple A's Moving & Delivery.
Thumbtack Customer
It was a two man crew. They came with packing tools and a truck. They were very courteous and careful when moving my furnitures. They completed the whole move including loading, moving, and unloading within 2 hours. Would highly recommend
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Kathy H.
Triple A Moving did an excellent job at picking up furniture and delivering it to my home. Very punctual, polite and efficient. I also appreciate their responsiveness during the planning of the move. Highly recommend them for any size move !!
Triple A's Moving & Delivery.Triple A's Moving & Delivery.
Thumbtack Customer
They sent two movers for a studio apartment. The movers were good and relentlessly worked to get my stuff moved. However, they showed up 3 hours late, pushing my schedule back quite a bit. They said it was because of a previous customer who took far longer than planned. Overall, well done job. King and his co-worker were friendly, cooperative and I did not lose anything in the move. Of course, it was a local move.
Aplus Movers DallasAplus Movers Dallas
Disha S.
Excellent service And quick moving .
Ivory Moving and Handyman ServicesIvory Moving and Handyman Services
John k.
I had several large/heavy/bulky furniture items I needed move out of my den for a remodel. I was greatly impressed by Mitch and Brock. One item involved moving a large sofa through an expensive front door. They covered the door with padded blankets for its safety and took their time moving it. Before moving each item they would discuss among themselves how best to move them, most impressive. I will definitely use them again when the remodel is complete.
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Deborah H.
Very good experience with two friendly and prepared movers. They removed and wrapped all shelves and drawers, and the whole unit was moved promptly and without any damage.
Lugg | On-Demand Moving  (Dallas)Lugg | On-Demand Moving (Dallas)
Yodit B.
From here on out, I plan to only move with these guys! I have moved many times and dread the moving process. The care these guys put into dissembling, wrapping, moving, and reassembling my stuff was amazing! I just sat down, without a care in the world, because they were good, professional, and fast! I really can’t say enough great things about them 🥰
Elegant MoversElegant Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Eddie and Tanner were friendly, funny, efficient, professional - amazing. They made moving as pleasant and easy as moving can be. They didn't mind that my move took two trips to and from the old place and new place. Would hire again, and probably would marry either of them!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Jesse B.
Pressure movers did an excellent job helping me move. They work incredibly hard and efficiently. They are highly recommended and I plan to work with them again in the future.
Pressure MoversPressure Movers
Chuck P.
3 movers came for unusual moving job and did very professional job. They were very respectful and courteous and would use them again and recommend them.
JH Bison MoversJH Bison Movers
Simidele M.
I'll recommend Safari Movers anytime, anyday.
Safari Movers and DeliverySafari Movers and Delivery
Kristen R.
Thanks for help in moving our new refrigerator.
Asma S.
Price is amazing and the movers do a great job. They have no hidden charges and are upfront. Just hired them again for my next move. Highly recommend Blue Mule.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Claudia P.
Great experience with Blue Mule! They helped us move from our 2 bedroom apartment to 4 bedroom house and used their moving truck. They were careful with our furniture and even disassembled and reassembled our beds for us. Highly pleased and will recommend to friends and family and will use for future moving needs.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
David Z.
Corey and his team are very professional for moving furnitures. They came on time and are very responsible for their work. If anyone wants to move furnitures to different locations, Corey and his team is your choice.
We DeliverWe Deliver
Naeem A.
A&F moving services were very professional and responsive. They reached on-time and finished the job on-time. The quality of work and value for money is amazing with these guys. Thank you, Andres for making our move easy!
A&F moving servicesA&F moving services
Cynthia J.
Making Your Move Easy was wonderful. They had to change the time of my move but they gave me plenty of notice about the change. They were friendly and efficient. I would definitely use them again!
Monica D.
They were on time and did an excellent job. I have had several bad moving experience in the past and An Extra Set of Hands was honestly the best. I will definitely use them on my next move.
Extra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLCExtra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLC
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