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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 Hampton movers
Thumbtack Customer
The moving man was wonderful and my entire move went very well. My furniture was handled with extra care and I felt confident that my items would be unscathed once the move was complete. I would definitely recommend Patrick and his company to others. If the need to move ever comes again I will use this moving company again.
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Courtney L.
Champion movers did an awesome job for my move. I scheduled a last minute move and they were very responsive and fast. I highly recommend and will definitely use them again!
Champion Movers LLCChampion Movers LLC
Lakia R.
Everything worked out as plan. The movers were on time and got everything moved within 2 hours.
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Tee B.
The movers on NBAMovers LLC are the absolute best. They were extremely accommodating to my requests and they went over and beyond to assist me. They were very professional and they accomplished my move in an hour. I couldn't ask for anything else. He was even able to move my treadmill. Thank you for the seamless move into my new home.
Dionne R.
I highly recommend BHG if you need a mover who is professional, flexible, affordable, and hard working. BHG recently helped my family move several large antique pieces in which they handled these items with such care as if they were moving things for their own family. BHG were also very accommodating with last minute moving and delivery requests once they arrived at the delivery destination. I will continue to rely on BHG for all future moving needs.
ByHisGrace#1, LLCByHisGrace#1, LLC
Emerald G.
NBA Movers were great. They responded to my request for movers promptly. They moved all of my stuff quickly with no scratches. None of my walls were damaged. They covered my furniture to protect from the rain. I truly have no complaints.
Katilynn S.
The guys nailed my move. They were professional and friendly, and they made my move happen. They got to my place about 30 minutes before they were scheduled, and my move was significantly less stressful because of them. Would highly recommend!
JBR Moving Team, LLCJBR Moving Team, LLC
The BEST movers ever!!! Thank you so much for your patience and hard work! I STRONGLY recommend DLM for any moving project.
Double L MoversDouble L Movers
Stacey W.
Haul of fame moving company was a great choice. They performed exceptionally well and demonstrated a concern and care of my personal items during the move. I highly recommend these gentlemen for any moving activity. They definitely made the transition from one place to another non-stressful and quite easy. The price was reasonable.
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Shanel K.
Best Movers did a wonderful job. I love how careful they were with my items and how quickly they moved everything. I would definitely use their services again.
Best Movers 4U LLCBest Movers 4U LLC
Monette W.
Overall, I was pleased with the moving process. One of the requests that I had when choosing a mover was that they provide a contact number so that I could speak to someone while I was deciding on which company to choose, and this company was the only one that granted that request from the onset of my moving experience. The movers were pleasant, polite, and obliged my requests throughout the process. I would definitely recommend this company, and would use them again in the future.
Scott Moving And Labor ServicesScott Moving And Labor Services
Valerie T.
Highly recommend the JBR Moving Team. Excellent team!!!
JBR Moving Team, LLCJBR Moving Team, LLC
Aisha H.
Dawson and his crew were phenomenal. The entire move went super smooth. The level of care, professionalism, and diligence shown speak greatly to the exceptional customer service. I highly recommend Smooth City Moving and will definitely use them again for future moving needs. Thank you again for helping us with such a daunting task!
Smooth City Moving LLCSmooth City Moving LLC
Jaileene G.
Extremely pleased with the movers. They were very thoughtful of our property and accommodating to our needs. It was hard work as we moved to an apartment on the third floor and never did they seemed upset. Thank you for a great job.
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Yolanda P.
Guy's were friendly and moved me without a hitch! Awesome experience.
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Myra C.
The movers were professional and friendly. That got the job done very quickly and nothing was broken or missing, I will use them again when its time for me to move again and recommend them to my family and friends.
Safe N Secure moving LLCSafe N Secure moving LLC
Amy S.
I was shcheduled to have this company move for me and some employees didnt show up last minute so it had to be canceled, luckily instead of nothing, i was offered the rental that was reserved and he paid for the first hour of my movers that i did eventually find. He apologized a dozen times. I was very impressed although they didnt move us. Very professional!
Off-LOAD Moving LLCOff-LOAD Moving LLC
Tamika L.
We are very happy with the moving services we received from Scott’s moving! The guys were very efficient and professional. They took great care with our things and helped us to load our moving POD quickly. Not only were they fast but they were polite, smart and knew how to make everything fit! We were very grateful for their help and would recommend them to anyone.
Scott Moving And Labor ServicesScott Moving And Labor Services
Renee W.
Hands-down would hire again!! The guys were amazing and handled everything with care. I had extra furniture that needed to be moved, and it was never an issue. They made my move a smooth transition and I couldn’t be more thankful!
Smooth City Moving LLCSmooth City Moving LLC
Kecia C.
NBAMOVERSLLC are absolutely amazing. My first time using them but definitely not the last. On time, hard working, fast working and personable. If you’re looking for a moving company you’ve found it! Awesome. Thank you for a great moving experience.
Alexis H.
Showed up and helped me move into my new place and set up my furniture for me. Everything turned out great and I didn’t have any stress about moving because they took care of it all. Thanks!!
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Penny G.
These gentlemen did a great job. Highly recommend them for moving. Great guys
JBR Moving Team, LLCJBR Moving Team, LLC
Lauren W.
They helped me move a sectional a far distance, they gave me updates along they way!
Kabul Asia LLCKabul Asia LLC
Lavisha R.
Great job finishing the move even though it took much longer than expected.
Haul of fame MoversHaul of fame Movers
Larry W.
Best experience moving to date. This company is very professional, and do what they say. I have moved several times, this was the best experience I have ever had. The team worked the entire time. They were very helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.
Alpha DeliveryAlpha Delivery
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