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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 Brookfield movers
Geri V.
Busy Bee Movers were fantastic! They were right on time and handled the move of my baby grand piano as if it were their own! I would use them again for any move!
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Kirstin j.
Courteous and careful with moving my furniture
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Efficient movers! They did an excellent job. Very polite and helpful.
Pat's Movin and Haulin, LLC.Pat's Movin and Haulin, LLC.
William T.
They moved some freshly cut walnut logs for me. We had to reschedule a couple of times due to their previous moves taking longer but communication was good. Once they got to the job, everything was smooth and they got it done.
Top Notch Moving and StorageTop Notch Moving and Storage
Emile H.
Pedro was the epitome of a professional. He and his assist worked very diligently to complete the move within the time frame originally quoted even though the move became somewhat complicated because some disassembly was necessary. Any future moves I need I will call this company first and will definitely recommend them to my professional friends who really will appreciate his responsiveness, promptness and professional courtesy.
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
Umar F.
Deandrew and bus crew did an amazing job. My move dates were uncertain and they quickly adapted and made my move work. They came very prepared to help pack what I couldn’t and wrapped all my leather sofas to ensure safe transportation. I’d move again knowing deandrew and his crew can do the job. Honest, competitive price and good people.
Top Notch Moving and StorageTop Notch Moving and Storage
Leigh W.
They were on time very careful when. Moving the appliances. Would highly recommend
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Robin F.
Wow...just wow! These guys are amazing! They worked quickly and were very nice! It wasn't easy, but they moved the heaviest piece of furniture without any problems. They came out the day I needed them and were very affordable. I am so happy (and lucky) I hired this company first. I plan on recommending them to everyone who is looking for movers. Thank you New Age Moving Co.!!
All American MoversAll American Movers
Dan K.
Great job by the crew from H M & M moving us into our new home!
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Sarah G.
Roger & team did a great job moving our new treadmill down into the basement. Thank you!
Phat Lady's Kids LLCPhat Lady's Kids LLC
Brian H.
The crew at Busy Bees was great! We had a 4 bedroom house crammed with stuff and 3 of their guys moved us in a single night. The guys were nice and helpful in what we we needed them to do. I will use them again in a few weeks to move my hot tub highly recommended!
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Pallavi P.
Thank you for the service today. The guys were very professional and friendly and helped us move our stuff hassle free. Would definitely recommend to others.
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Ruth H.
These guys were absolutely amazing and they got things done even faster than we were expecting. Will definitely be picking them again if we move again!!! Great job guys!!!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Erika R.
I had a large entertainment center moved from an upstairs room to my garage. This company was easy to work with, super responsive and the gentlemen that came to work were very personable and professional.
Doitindependent Junk Removal & MovingDoitindependent Junk Removal & Moving
Jon R.
Genuinely nice people! They wrapped all my furniture, carefully transported, and placed them were I directed them. I also found their pricing to be reasonable. I highly recommend them for your moving needs.
Moving Dept. Plex MultiserviceMoving Dept. Plex Multiservice
Abhishek C.
Absolutely the WORST, I repeat the WORST movers in the history of moving services. How can I give them 0 starts because these guys do not deserve even half a star let alone one whole star. I have never spent so much time writing a review but I am going to this time because I hope these guys never get any business ever again, they were literally SO BAD ! Pardon any spelling mistakes because I am so angry !! I had to go with these movers who I found online because I could not find anyone else in the time frame I needed. If you were to ever believe a stranger, believe me this time and go with some other moving company and save yourself the money and a ton of headache and frustration. Here are some of the many many FLAWS:- 1) WORST packing. Did not label boxes even after reminding them 5 times. Packed completely haphazardly. 2) Non English speaking workers. Could not communicate with them to do some work in a specific way. 3) Completely distracted workers, were on the phone or other distractions. 4) Gave me a low quote initially and then charged me $2500 more than the initial quote. Even with bare minimum stuff they kept increasing the charges. 5) Lost all the screws or packed them in a box which is unlabeled. I am unable to find anything because I cannot find the right box. Everything they packed is unlabeled. 6) Took more than 2.5 weeks to deliver stuff. The unload crew seemed like they were undocumented workers because no one could speak a word of English besides one person. Unload was done as haphazardly as possible. 7) Unloading guy tried embezzle me for another $500 saying his truck was too big and cannot fit in the area of unload. So he will have to use a shuttle to deliver my stuff. When I declined he made me wait for hours saying he is discussing with the company. Finally he agreed that company will pay for the shuttle. Later I found that the "shuttle" had three other people's boxes, which he was lying from the start. Oh did I say it was WORST MOVING SERVICE ever ! Because it was !! PLEASE GO WITH SOMEONE ELSE, anyone ELSE !!
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
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