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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you’re trying to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to use digital tools to avoid exposure. When searching for movers online, ask if they’d be willing to do a video chat to assess the size of your move. This will be in place of the typical “walk-through” they perform, and they may be able to give you a price quote. You can also discuss safe strategies for completing the job during your call or video chat.

How can I find out if a mover is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Your local city or state’s government website is a great resource if you’re trying to figure out whether a mover is considered an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a source of national guidelines, visit the CISA website’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. On this page, you’ll find 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors. But note that some -- not all --  jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a mover when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a mover, consider making adjustments to accommodate current guidelines. This may involve staying outside while the mover works inside your home or letting the mover handle only parts of the move.

It’s important to follow social distancing guidelines while performing any service work. For example, do not make physical contact with the movers, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

Does a mover need to enter my home?

A mover will likely need to enter your home -- unless you’ve placed all of your belongings outside beforehand. To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might to consider keeping all (or most) of the work outside and/or having at-risk individuals leave the house while the movers work. 

You can minimize exposure by doing a preliminary walk-through by video call instead of in person. Discuss your options with the top movers near you before hiring one.

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. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for moving services?

Most local moving companies are likely to accept some form of digital payment. Particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies are likely to conduct transactions through platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Square Cash, Venmo, Google Pay and more. 

To ensure the mover accepts a platform you can use, you can peruse the mover’s online profile and see what is listed there. You can also ask the mover about payment policies during a consultation call.

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.

Reviews for Daphne movers
Carrie N.
Great company! They were very careful moving my furniture and quick responding to me when searching for a moving company. I will use them again in my future move.
Thumbtack Customer
L&L Moving was able to very quickly and carefully move a 3 bedroom house for a price that was much, MUCH lower than the competition.I was very impressed with the value and professionalism this company offers. I wouldn't hesitate in the future to use L&L for any future moves.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Joshua N.
The movers were the hardest workers I've seen in a while.
Lions MovingLions Moving
Chloe T.
Arrived on time. Moved two large, heavy, antique chifferobes from one location to another up and down steep stairs and through narrow doorways and across hardwood floors without damage to furniture or historic home. Took furniture apart where needed, carefully wrapped. Checked to see how best to move things and where I wanted them moved. Unwrapped furniture, placed it properly and did any putting back together needed. Very professional, competitively priced, and thorough moving company.
The Help Moving and DeliveryThe Help Moving and Delivery
Shana E.
This company was great! Movers were on time, courteous, and efficient. No issues whatsoever!
The Help Moving and DeliveryThe Help Moving and Delivery
Terry D.
I changed the date two days before the move and Frank handled it smoothly. We had to unload during a downpour and they handled that smoothly, too. It was so reassuring to deal with people who could cope with all the challenges that come up in a move.
Lions MovingLions Moving
Georzette M.
I wish I could have check the highest scores across the board. I was military and have used several moving services. Not one can compare to this company. They were extremely professional, on time, and worked diligently to get my move completed in a very timely manner. I even received follow up calls to make sure I was pleased. This is a top notch moving company and this very picky lady would HIGHLY recommend them.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Jennifer O.
This was the best set of extra hands for the move I could have asked for. On time, good price, quality work and polite. I needed just a few items moved that were too big for me to move alone and everyone else was charging me all kinds of amounts for “two people” or “two hour minimum” PLUS a truck and gas. That should be included obviously. EVERYTHING was included in my quote, EVERYTHING!! And it was quick and easy. Thanks so much for the help.
Coastal Junk & Hauling LLCCoastal Junk & Hauling LLC
Shelley W.
Baird was excellent to work with, and handled my items with care. Lee is great to communicate the move details with you.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Donald L.
I called James Cook less than 24 hours before I had to move. He called me right back, we discussed what had to be done, gave me a good price and was ready to go (with additional help) the next morning! I would recommend James Cook to anyone who is planning a move! A+ James, thank you again! :-)
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Deborah H.
Four young men moved us. They were cheerful, polite and careful with the floor, walls and furniture. They worked quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend this company!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Frank and the team were absolutely fantastic. I would use them any time I could. We moved from Mobile to Atlanta. Very trustworthy and conscientious.
Lions MovingLions Moving
Cindy m.
James was very professional and did an excellent job will recommend him to my friends and family Will definitely use him again on our next move Very pleased with his work
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Angela W.
They were very professional and such sweet guys! Thank you for your patience and great work! Looking forward to using your service again. Thank very much you guys made this move a lot smoother!
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Frank and his team provided great value for the money. These guys are incredibly hard working, and managed to pack a 3 bedroom house in just over 2 hours. Upon arrival to the new house, they unpacked, put the boxes and furniture in appropriate rooms, and even navigated a spiral staircase without any damage to walls. The reason for the 4 stars is singular: There was one piece of furniture that sustained a damaged leg in the move, but they brought it to my attention immediately. Given the the price I paid and how hard they worked, I did not ask them for compensation to repair the piece. With that said, I would absolutely hire them again or recommend them to friends and family.
Lions MovingLions Moving
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