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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 Fredericksburg movers
Kamil M.
Monopoly Movers company was great. After some other moving company canceled on me the night before my move, I was left to quickly look for another mover. Monopoly Movers promptly responded. Were honest about their rate and was able to do the job in short notice. I didn’t have to reschedule my original move date. On the day of the move, Monopoly Movers came when they said. They were efficient, prompt and professional. They had great customer service. They really came through in a pinch. I would use their moving service again.
Monopoly Movers  LLCMonopoly Movers LLC
Shanika L.
Dart Services provided me with an excellent moving service. They made sure that the moving process was stress free for me and moved quickly and professionally. If you ever need a moving company, I highly recommend.
Dart Moving ServicesDart Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were fast, but very careful with everything. Best move in years!
Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!
Thumbtack Customer
Excellant company to use for you move. Highly recommend using ProSmart Movers.
ProSmartMovers LLCProSmartMovers LLC
Yun L.
Excellent moving service. 4 guys came as promised and one additional guy to direct the project. Very professional and carefully done. Will use them again for my next moving. I highly recommend Moving With US for your moving project.
Moving With USMoving With US
Manula p.
I hired them for a moving job from Fredericksburg to Lexington, VA. They did pretty decent job on the move. Their price is also reasonable compared to other moving companies.
Grandeur MovingGrandeur Moving
Patrice W.
Omg!! Book DC Movers ASAP!!! Julia does a wonderful job coordinating the move. Dan and George were fabulous today with the actual move. They knew how to get things packed and unpacked safely as well as efficiently. I highly recommend DC movers!!
DC Moving, INCDC Moving, INC
Capri C.
VKH Movers were great! They were efficient, careful, and made my moving experience less stressful! Highly recommend using them if you’re looking to move short distances!
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Shauna R.
Great movers, showed up right on time and moved everything carefully and quickly, nothing broken
Moving With USMoving With US
Melissa C.
This team is able to handle any kind of move. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and take pride in caring for the items you are moving. I I would definitely use them again for any future moves.
Unlimited Trucking LLCUnlimited Trucking LLC
Cheng C.
I will hire this piano moving company again because they care about customer needs and listen. The movers are professional
Piano Local LLCPiano Local LLC
Jermaine S.
King Movers did a phenomenal job with my move today. They were extremely fast and took very good care of my furniture. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a trustworthy moving company.
king moversking movers
Bradley W.
Great moving team. I had a very complicated move and was not even in the country at the time but still needed the job done. Zebna worked with me and I was able to get the move done before the sale was final.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Ira r.
Mohan and his teammate made sure all our items during the move were safe and secure. Thank you to Dart Moving Services, my husband and I will surely work with you in the future for our next move!
Dart Moving ServicesDart Moving Services
Sam Y.
These guys moved my sectional with ease. Awesome work at a fair price. Responsive and great to work with. Highly recommended for moving work.
R&R Home Services LLCR&R Home Services LLC
Timothy F.
Awesome experience with Zebna Movers. The two drivers/movers had an unfortunate mishap with their truck on the way. Even though it was not their fault, they were apologetic and did not waste any time once they arrived at the first moving location. After they moved everything and were all done, their Boss informed me that due to them being later than planned, he gave me a discount on the entire move (something he did not HAVE TO DO ) but it was much appreciated. All items were handled with care and moved perfectly. I would highly recommend Zebna to all friends and family in the area.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience with Smart Moving. I had to cancel my move due to the buyer backing out at the last minute. I called Smart Moving immediately. They were very understanding and professional. I will use this company again.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Vee R.
I highly recommend this company for your next move. They were on time the day of my move and they worked diligently until the job was done!
Dart Moving ServicesDart Moving Services
Margo S.
The Action Moving team were professional and courteous. I appreciate the care they took in handling our personal belongings. At the end of the move, they made sure everything was exactly to my liking. Would definitely recommend and if need be would use Action Moving again.
Action MovingAction Moving
Bonnie M.
He is a great asset to anyone moving!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Needed a large refrigerator moved from A to B, up 3 flights of stairs and into a small apartment. Clearly the most outstanding, efficient, courteous and well-equipped movers I have ever had the pleasure doing business with. If you need movers, there's no one better!
Joshua F.
Good quick move with honest pricing
Piano Local LLCPiano Local LLC
Jennifer S.
These guys did an amazing job moving all of our belongings & furniture into our new apartment on the 4th floor. Our original movers (a different company) bailed on us the day before we were supposed to move in. So we were very thankful that Blue Ridge Movers were available with such short notice! They worked quickly and efficiently and got the job done. I highly recommend them.
Blue Ridge Movers, INC.Blue Ridge Movers, INC.
Elizabeth D.
I was really pleased with the work of Dart Moving Services. The price was as quoted and the moving crew took extra care of my household items. The owner was very responsive and his moving crew showed up as promised. I will definitely use them again and would recommend DART.
Dart Moving ServicesDart Moving Services
Thomas H.
Quick Reaction Movers are fantastic. Everything about the process was professional. The initial scheduling phone call left me feeling like I picked the right company. During the actual moving day, the movers were friendly, careful, and hustled (thank you Desmond and John!). I would hire Quick Reaction Movers again over any other company. I appreciate the superb job at a competitive prices.
Quick Reaction MoversQuick Reaction Movers
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