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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 Edmonds movers
Mike C.
On time, friendly, efficient movers on our small-ish move of heavy furniture and an appliance within our Home
Let's MoveLet's Move
Nicole S.
Movers did a great job and worked very hard, however it took them over 6 hours to move a studio apartment and cost me over $1000 to move from Edmonds to Woodinville. This is pretty outrageous considering my last studio move was under $500, the same distance, and done quickly. I will not be using them in the future.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Ryan S.
John Frank Moving did a great job for us. They handled moving some difficult items into our house with professionalism and ease!
John Frank Moving CompanyJohn Frank Moving Company
Heather K.
The guys did a great job moving us to a storage unit. We even had to move our sofa out a narrow window and they did it with no problem! We're hiring them again this weekend to help us move to our new home!
Moving Clique LLCMoving Clique LLC
Jessica D.
We recently had our move performed over the weekend and we are so glad we went with Moving Band! Our move was scheduled for 10 am and although our crew arrived around 10:30 am we did get a text from them an hour prior letting us know their ETA. They efficiently worked and wrapped all of our items with blankets and wrap, which resulted in no scratches or issues when they were unwrapped. The two movers were extremely careful and polite and moved quick! They got our two bedroom one bath apartment moved in just a little over 3.5 hours. You also cannot beat the rates and I would definitely hire them again! Thanks Moving Band for being so professional and helpful. You took the stress out of moving!
Moving BandMoving Band
Douglas K.
I can’t speak to a whole household move. I used them for only moving furniture. They were great! Prompt, professional and they did a great job.
Loyalty MovingLoyalty Moving
Thera Z.
Seattle Movers was incredibly efficient, thoughtful, and friendly.
Seattle Moving ServicesSeattle Moving Services
Dave E.
They responded quickly to my interest posting. Arrived on time. Were quick and efficient in loading, delivering, and installing my moved items. I highly recommend using them for your moving needs!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Teresa M.
They came, they moved, they got the job done! These guys were great!
Moving Services of SnohomishMoving Services of Snohomish
Garrett S.
Great service value and well worth it for anyone needing movers.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Igor A.
Excellent service. Would recommend to anyone I know for moving furniture.
Fast N Easy MovingFast N Easy Moving
Bobbi P.
I was looking for someone to move a piece of furniture from my garage into my home as I could not do it. I contacted JR moving they responded quickly and did not have like a minimum of days or hours or some thing that you had to book so they were a great fit. I am happy to say they were very communicative and also punctual and moved the furniture as if it was nothing will definitely use them again
JRobys LlcJRobys Llc
Justin C.
My review is for a 4-bedroom home move plus outdoor furniture from Edmonds to Seattle. Moving Clique took care of it right and I would refer them to my friends for future moves. The guys listened to all of my preferences and worked efficiently and took great care of my more high end items. They had to work extra hard because I had so much stuff but they did it without hesitation and were positive all the way. The experience was so positive it sure helped take the stress away of moving and starting out in a new neighborhood. Thanks guys!
Moving Clique LLCMoving Clique LLC
Debbie L.
I had a last minute moving job for the Team they fit my Daughter in and did a great job!!!!
Let's Get Moving!Let's Get Moving!
Sharon P.
Having moved multiple times in the last 6 years, Jake and his crew were hands down the best!
Emerald City Junk Removal & Moving - SeattleEmerald City Junk Removal & Moving - Seattle
Marissa M.
Best price and best movers I’ve ever encountered! Their logic in packing and gentle caring way with possessions was amazing!!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Heather K.
10/10! Had a wonderful experience for a last minute move, I was put in a bit of a bind when I had movers cancel on me but these guys saved the day! Kept a great attitude even when they were hauling my furniture around in 90 degree weather. Would recommend to everyone! Thank you!
JRobys LlcJRobys Llc
Mike C.
Perfect! Thank you guys! Hot tub and piano move, did an amazing job!!! Can’t thank you enough.
SNH MoversSNH Movers
Michelle B.
I hired Coast to Coast Movers to move a very heavy piano from one house to another, both with a lot of stairs involved. It was a great experience all around, they were quick to respond to all my questions, and were professional and on time, and the price was reasonable. I would love to hire them again in the future!
Coast to Coast MoversCoast to Coast Movers
Patricia e.
We hired Loyalty Moving to move a couple of heavy items from our Kitchen etc to the basement. They had a more reasonable price than the other companies who bid and good ratings, and that’s why we went with them. The came when they said they would, they did the job quickly and efficiently, and let us decide to the inch where the furniture and appliances should be placed. No fuss, no muss. They were great, and took all the stress out of these chores. Should we need to move anymore things, we will definitely do repeat business with them. Thanks, guys!!!
Loyalty MovingLoyalty Moving
Shaun I.
Superior customer service! Terri's moving was very competitive I'm price, provided excellent customer service and great care for our household goods.
Tetris Moving CompanyTetris Moving Company
Loyal H.
Responded quickly, on time, hard workers, and went beyond what I expected. They are very reasonably priced, and I would recommend them for any moving needs.
Alison L.
What a breath of fresh air these guys are! Moving is brutal... hiring these guys to help us with the heavy lifting, give us advice and generally be pleasant to work with was priceless. Highly recommend!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Chris G.
Guys that showed up were great and to the point. We’re able to get a lot of heavy items and a lot of boxes to fill up a 40’ container for an overseas move. Would definitely recommend these guys!
Ross Moving & StorageRoss Moving & Storage
Abby L.
What a Great team! We had a BIG, Heavy, oddly shaped shelving unit that needed to be moved from our garage to our upstairs kitchen … somehow. The Visionary Movers were so calm & helpful — working through all the options to find a solution and get our beast of a shelf into its rightful place. It wasn’t easy. It almost wasn’t meant to be. But they made it happen. And they were all such a pleasure to work with. Pros. Hire them today. I know we would again 👍👍
Visionary MoversVisionary Movers
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