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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Madison movers
Bahruz A.
Great movers! Moving Unlimited LLC is the best movers I have ever seen. Thank you Alex!!!
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
We had moved several times, and all over the world, so we are experienced with moving/movers. We were pleased and satisfied with the service provided and definitely recommend them.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
John M.
Courteous, accommodating, skilled and strong. All great qualities in a mover. Would hire again, definitely. Moved a large church organ for me.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Andrew C.
The moving service was very streamlined and appreciated that the work was done good, fast and right. I moved to the second floor and was coming from Chicago so I actually had uncertainty with my timing but wanted to be moved in as early as possible. Lemzel was quite helpful and accommodating, friendly and worked with my schedule. I appreciate the turnaround and thank you for getting me moved into my apartment. I would definitely recommend!
Jumpin' Joy ServicesJumpin' Joy Services
Julia B.
The movers were great. They did a thorough job and everything was moved safely. My only complaint was that the start time estimate was 12pm and they didn’t arrive until closer to 3:30pm.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
I arranged a move from out of state. All done by phone and text messages. Alex was so accomendating. They picked on time and delivered my items were delivered without a single scratch. If you need a mover you can trust, go with Moving Unlimited. You will be glad you did!
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Kristin e.
They were professional, quick and proficient. They went above and beyond to make sure my brother and his family were taken care of with their move. The best movers in town hands down.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
George T.
Our storage units had been packed over 3 months and used for 6.5 months while my house was built. the movers did a good job of navigating the mess and did well to get me moved.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Porscha P.
The 2 guys handling my move were great! They worked hard to make up for all the mixups going on with the owner and my planned move. The mixups began with the movers showing up an hour late and they were told they were only moving a 1 bedroom apt so they were in a small truck. My house was a 4 bdrm/2 bth so one of the guys had to go back and try to get another U-haul truck big enough for my items which delayed my move another hour. He was unable to get a big enough truck still so my move ended up taking 2 trips to get everything. When it was all finally moved 6 hours later after the return of the 2nd mover the owner shows up to collect the bill and charges me not only for the time the guy was gone to try and get a bigger truck but also the extra time, mileage, and gas for having to make a 2nd trip to get the remaining items at my house even though this was clearly his mixup and fault for not reserving a large enough truck to begin with. Not to mention the sticker shock I received seeing all the extra fees added to my bill to include the U-haul truck rental cost, mileage, gas, equipment (dolly, blankets, etc.), disassembly fee, and more. The $70/hour is a complete gimmick. It only covers the labor cost of the the 2 movers so a bit of false advertising there. When it was all said and done and all the hidden fees (how $70 x 6 hours added up to over $650 I’m still trying to figure out), I might as well have hired a more reputable moving company and probably would have paid less, taken less time, and had less of the headache and mess of a move. Definitely will not be using this company again or recommending to anyone else looking for help with a move.
DJANGOS Moving & LaborDJANGOS Moving & Labor
Dana B.
Hired to move a mattress. They were prompt and friendly, would definitely hire again!
Billenda H.
I was looking for a short-notice move for my mother. This company answered me nearly immediately and I was first impressed when they needed to know Covid restrictions and directions of the new senior institution where my mother would be residing. Then I had other questions and Ernest promptly replied to each one. The day of the move they were a little late because of a longer-than-explected morning move earlier. However, they kept me informed and from worrying about their arrival. Once there, the team of three capable young movers, they were careful, pleasant, and wasted no time in getting mother moved out and in within the time we had predicted. I would definitely use both Thumbtack and this company again and refer them to others. Thanks guys!
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
With only one day notice, Alex and his crew moved my belongings from storage to my home about 15mins apart from each other. They worked fast, they where Easy to talk to, and completed the task at hand efficiently. would recommend to anyone moving locally,
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Mark D.
The movers did a great job. Very careful with my belongings. Quick and efficient. Couldn't be more satisfied
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Kathy D.
An office move is never an easy thing to do. However Alex and his crew of hardworking, energetic guys made our move as stress-free as it could have possibly been. Alex even came back a second time 2 days before the move to walk through our offices to make sure we were doing all that we could in terms of packing and organizing. He offered great tips for packing. They showed up on time, and got right to work loading us up. I would use these guys again in a heartbeat.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Lara S.
Pros: They gentlemen were very nice, polite, and punctual. They worked hard to get our stuff moved and placed things where requested. They also worked diligently to accommodate multiple date changes when we were trying to close on our home. Cons: The actual cost was more than 50% higher than quoted. Multiple pieces of furniture were damaged. Conclusion: Even with the increased amount they were still cheaper than anyone else who quoted me. Great for moving most items, but I would not ask them to move nice furniture again.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
Lisa P.
Super job moving a couple of antique tables. I would make them the first people I called if I had another job!
Big Boys Junk RemovalBig Boys Junk Removal
Lewis C.
I hired them for loading only for my interstate move and they were very flexible with time and helpful. I would highly recommend if you're in Huntsville area.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Tom F.
I was in a pinch needing someone to help me move a treadmill and Brian was a pro! Great guy, professional, responsive, and very communicative. Will use him again! Thanks Brian!
Brian MannBrian Mann
Ann P.
Jordan Smith and Markus were punctual, professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. They treated my items with the utmost care. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I will definitely ask for them again & recommended Moving Unlimited to everyone. Great Job Guys!!!!!
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
Megan K.
We had a wonderful experience with this company and I plan on telling everyone I know about them!!! : ) They were very careful with our things yet very fast and didn't waste any time goofing off. Alex was extremely pleasant to work with. The team that did our move was A+ and we are very happy that we chose them.
Moving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home ImprovementMoving Unlimited /Pro Painting & Home Improvement
David R.
This was one of the most professional crew’s i have had the opportunity to move with. New In the area we did not know who to pick, but you cant go wrong here. From the care they made in handling our furniture, to the hard working crew that was punctual and completed +/- 15 min from when they projected. Thank you and would highly recommend. David R. - Madison, Alabama.
Packmasters Moving and Storage LLCPackmasters Moving and Storage LLC
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