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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 Kirkland movers
Abby C.
The Kingdom Movers were prompt, responsive and used a lot of care with moving heavy objects down hallways/stairs. I will hire them again for moving needs!
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Roze A.
Quick response from Seattle Moving Services was what prompted me to use them for our residential move. Eldi and Akbar showed up on time and were very professional in their work. They wrapped up all the furniture and made sure that there was absolutely no damage to the furniture or house during the move. I was especially impressed by how carefully Eldi moved a reasonable heavy wardrobe up three flights of stairs all by himself. Eldi is indeed a great asset to Seattle Moving Services. Thanks to Seattle Moving Services and to Eldi and Akbar for making our move stress free. From booking to completion of move, everything was professional. I'd hire them again if I had to move.
Seattle Moving ServicesSeattle Moving Services
Mark H.
This company was amazing from start to finish. I've used other movers in the past, and they were great too. But People Movers were amazing. The woman on the phone was very friendly and accommodating. And when the movers came, they were right on time. They moved fast and carefully. I was moving from a one bedroom apartment into a new house, so I didn't have a ton of stuff. But they moved quickly. I'd recommend them to anyone 100%, especially for little in-town moves. Total pros worth every penny. And speaking of pennies, they moved so quickly, it cost me less than I thought.
People MoversPeople Movers
Brittney W.
Kingdom’s Army moving was great to work with and made moving seamless. Will definitely use again in the future.
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Anastasia G.
People movers sent 4 guys to move us. They worked for 10 hours! And only took two small breaks. We will definitely higher them again and highly recommend for the Moving job.
People MoversPeople Movers
Megha A.
We were moving from a townhouse to a single family home and hired John Frank Moving company. They came before time, very efficient and careful with our belongings. Alex and Oleg came to support our move. I also recommended them to the folks moving in to our old place and they also hired them.
John Frank Moving CompanyJohn Frank Moving Company
Darleen R.
People Movers we’re on time, worked hard & steady & did an excellent job. Thanks again for a great moving experience!
People MoversPeople Movers
Stella G.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. I have a extremely heavy pool table and a heavy sofa and chairs to move. I think they are efficient and doing well to move it. I would use them again if I need to move any furnitures.
Jaime TorresJaime Torres
Linda F.
Carlos and his brother did an excellent job helping us move out of our space. They were responsive and professional throughout the move and were accommodating in assisting with moving everything in an orderly manner! I highly recommend them for small or large jobs!
Rain City Moving and StorageRain City Moving and Storage
Lara H.
Naj and Dante did an amazing job moving our piano. Naj was quick to respond and very communicative. The piano was moved carefully, and the piano and both houses were treated with care. Would definitely recommend All Season Packing for any type of moving.
All Seasons PackingAll Seasons Packing
Basar S.
This was our first experience with One Nation Moving but if we ever have to move again we will definitely proceed with them without any reservations.
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Ben C.
The guys with affordable movers were great when we needed to move a new dining table set across town. They were early, communicated throughout, and protected everything well during the ride. Would absolutely recommend them for anyone looking for moving help!
Affordable Seattle Movers NWAffordable Seattle Movers NW
Nishant V.
Excellent service moving my piano
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Asia A.
They were great! All my staff in good condition nothing get broken throw the process of moving and the deinstall/reinstall. Also, they make moving very quickly.
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
My move turned out to be somewhat complicated because of stairs and an elevator. In spite of that, the movers worked very hard and got it done in less than the estimated time. Everyone was professional and friendly, from the first contact through moving day. I would definitely use them again!
People MoversPeople Movers
Rajendra K.
Moving Clear provided great services and are very affordable. they were really quick and moved everything under estimated time frame. i would recommend them everyone!!!!
Kelly K.
Very happy with these movers and highly recommend. They were very careful with moving our large furniture and very efficient as well. Will definitely use again and recommend to our friends!
Save A Lot MoveSave A Lot Move
Michael H.
The movers took extra care to make sure not to damage the furniture or bump into any walls while they were moving items around. They did the work quickly and very efficiently.
John Frank Moving CompanyJohn Frank Moving Company
Becca G.
Juan and 2 men that helped move our furniture did such a fantastic job. Hiring Moving Clear was the best decision we made in regards to our move. They were 100 times more efficient than we would have been, and moved our entire house in 4 1/2 hours including 20-30 minute drive time. Additionally, they took great care of all of our belongings. Nothing was damaged. They placed everything in the appropriate place in the new house as well so we wouldn’t have to move things around later. Because we trusted them so much, we even asked if they would move our upright piano, which they agreed to and did without any issues at all. You will not regret going with Juan at Moving Clear. Their services are worth every penny!!
Emily Z.
Stan and Slava moved my 1b1b 600 sqft apartment in under 2 hours with a box truck from ground floor apartments <5 mi apart. I chose to pack my own items and furniture. I worked with this moving company through Thumbtack — they were responsive and patient with answering all my questions about the logistics. The price of the move was definitely worth the service. Stan and Slava were professional, courteous, and effective moving the boxes with great care and placing them all gently without any request from me to do so. They moved everything in an organized manner out of the apartment without damaging any walls or doors. They also moved everything into the new location without damaging any walls or doors and moved the boxes to the corresponding rooms based on my one-letter labeling system which was above and beyond for me. There were no hidden costs or fees when I closed out the move. I would recommend and hire them again.
John Frank Moving CompanyJohn Frank Moving Company
Abhinav S.
Helped move our 4bd heavy furniture quickly and safely. overall move finished couple of hours before estimated time without any single damaged item or scratch.
Terri C.
Juan and team did a fantastic job! Very responsive, efficient, thorough and careful with packing and moving. We would definitely use Moving Clear again! Thank you Juan!
Matt K.
Can not endorse people movers enough, they were excellent!
People MoversPeople Movers
B M.
Moving can be quite a frustrating process. However, AIRUS movers showed nothing but professionalism and kindness with my items. They were so gentle and efficient! So grateful for them. Highly recommend!
Vishal T.
The movers were very careful and professional in handling the items. I would definitely re-hire and highly recommend them! Great value too compared to the quotes from other movers.
Savage MoversSavage Movers
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