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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 Leesburg movers
Farah E.
The movers wrapped and moved all the furniture and pre-packed boxes. They were very efficient and made sure everything was carefully moved.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Deborah F.
Great experience. Max was great at handling our move details. The moving crew were punctual, professional, and we are very pleased with the outcome of our move.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Katy H.
We had a small local move and VKH Movers were easy to coordinate with.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Kristin S.
Santiago is the best & his crew works efficiently. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for help with moving large & small items. Thank you to Moving Sucks Movers!!!
Moving Sucks Movers LLCMoving Sucks Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
While the scheduling back-and-forth was a little problematic, most of that was my fault for asking for a move within 48 hours. Lewis moved around appointments to accommodate us and delivered in a thunderstorm, to boot. Terrific move, super fast, and the movers were very polite and helpful. Thanks...
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Matt H.
The team did a fantastic job and they were very professional! Made the overall move that move that much more pleasant! Thanks!
AT MoversAT Movers
Richard D.
Great work moving furniture!
Jp&son movers LLCJp&son movers LLC
Prasanth A.
Took care of the move professionally.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Mary E.
We hired Moving Sucks Movers to move several shelving units and a refrigerator from our house to another. They were responsive and gave us a reasonable quote. The quality of their work was excellent -- they were very careful with our items. Definitely recommend them.
Moving Sucks Movers LLCMoving Sucks Movers LLC
Coryl A.
This company was amazing. I’ve had to move a few times in my life and I’ve never been treated so well, with such respect and care for my belongings and the homes I moved out of and then into. They addressed any issues immediately with the same respect and care. I will use Commonwealth Moving and Logistics anytime I have to move from this point forward. They are truly an exceptional company.
Commonwealth moving and logisticsCommonwealth moving and logistics
Rhonda M.
Oxreen was amazing! He and his helper knocked out our move in less than an hour. Simply amazing mover and a great person. Very professional, friendly and hardworking. You cannot go wrong using Oxreen for your all your moving needs!
Oxo’s Moving & Co.Oxo’s Moving & Co.
Pamela M.
Piano was successfully moved at a reasonable rate.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Brenna T.
Overall, decent experience for a low price. Movers showed up when expected and we're able to move in items quicker than anticipated. Thank you!
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Christopher C.
Excellent experience! Very fast and careful movers.
Relocation Solutions, Inc.Relocation Solutions, Inc.
Ash K.
These guys were amazing!! I cannot say enough positive comments for them. They were careful with my household goods and their professionalism was outstanding. The move went better than I could have imagined and I will suggest DMV movers to everyone I know in need of movers. Thank you!
Thumbtack Customer
Amine was great in helping me get this scheduled and was very flexible in moving my move time up in the day with very short notice. Julio and Juan showed up on time (even a few minutes early) and worked quickly and efficiently! Very satisfied and would definitely use NV Movers again!
Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Nova Movers. The office was very accommodating during the process of setting up our move. They even offered to stop at our storage unit for no extra charge because it was so close to our house. Unfortunately, our moving day was a rainy one but the two gentlemen who were moving us didn't seem to mind or slow them down. The only complaint I have is that our end price ended up being a bit higher than the quote we were given. Overall, I would recommend this mover!
Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!
Kara G.
I have moved 9 times in the past 11 years, and My Movers is one of the very best companies I’ve ever hired. They were quick to respond with a quote, which was one of the best values I’ve ever received. On moving day, Denis and Samuel showed up on time, worked very quickly, and since it happened to be raining, they took extra care to protect the flooring. I’m extremely pleased with their service and highly recommend My Movers.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Courtnay G.
They broke my TV during the move and lost a screw lock to my sons crib. So now he can't sleep in the crib. They mover was supposed to return with the part but never did.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Thumbtack Customer
Moved three pieces of furniture. Went very successful
Michael K.
These two movers worked quickly and effectively moving two pieces of heavy furniture from one condo complex to another next door in less than an hour. Will use them again.
KL Moving & Junk Removal Services  LLCKL Moving & Junk Removal Services LLC
Divya R.
I'm very happy with this moving company. I'm most satisfied by the responsiveness and the delightful 3 men sent to do our move--they were extremely polite, helpful, well-mannered and respectful. I requested a non-smoking crew, and the owner kept his promise. I think we were the crew's 3rd move that day, so they were over 2 hours late, but they kept me informed, and responded to texts for updates. To make up for the delay, unknown to me, the company sent 2 trucks and a 3rd mover (we requested 2 movers and truck). The additional rate for the 3rd mover was not much more. We underestimated how much we had to move, as well. My only suggestion for improvement is to bring some floor covering to help not track mud/dirt into the house. This was the first company I've used that did not do this, and I did not think of requesting this when we hired them. It was very muddy outside on moving day. I also did not know that they only accept cash or credit card (with a 3% fee). I was able to Paypal funds to the owner, so it worked out fine. To end on a positive note, I'll say again how impressed we were with the moving crew, and that everything arrived in the same condition when it went on the truck. This shows that they took great care in moving our things.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Ray was awesome to work with. Very professional, punctual... easy to coordinate the move. There were several challenges to moving a piano to the resting location (no truck access, steep hill, narrow stairway..Ray was thoughtful in his approach and an excellent problem solver. I would highly recommend Ray for any moving need you may have.
Affordable Top-Notch MoversAffordable Top-Notch Movers
April H.
Soo i hired VKH Movers after another company left a lot to be desired and packed. The three man crew arrived and immediately went to work. They were professional and efficient and worked straight through the completion of my move. My move ended up to me being bigger and longer than i expected but I think had i started off with VKH it would have been smooth sailing all along. Thank you VKH Movers!!!
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving company, would highly recommend! Very prompt and professional. Very easy to work with. Best pricing I found too. Don't hesitate to contact this company if you need movers!
Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!Nova Movers and Storage Free kitchen packing!
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