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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Montgomery movers
Dana C.
Move Gurus helped us with our office move in Montgomery and did an excellent job. Will definitely recommend!
Move GurusMove Gurus
James S.
This was my friend's move but it just so happen that I have been involved with his four moves over the last four years. The service that was receive from Move Gurus was the best without question. Glenn, Darius, and GSC were courteous, professional, and highly skilled. They took good care of the furniture, wrapped those items that needed it to prevent any damage. It was a pleasure having them do this move for us. In future moves, I would be very pleased to have them do the work. Also, the thing I like about Move Gurus is the honesty in pricing; there were no surprises once they arrived on site. Some movers start increasing once they arrive on site by adding for stairs, truck operations, and gas allowance. There was nothing of them with this firm. I would highly recommend Move Gurus for all you moving needs.
Move GurusMove Gurus
Thumbtack Customer
Long distance move with full packing services. Could not have been more pleased with the services. Price was half of nationwide moving companies. Everything was easy and smooth. Will call them again if we move back.
The Moving DoctorThe Moving Doctor
Chandrasekar M.
On time, moved as expected
Move GurusMove Gurus
Kevin C.
Quit in the middle of the move.
Move GurusMove Gurus
Artevia C.
My move was hassle free
Move GurusMove Gurus
Barry B.
Fast and courteous...great move
Move GurusMove Gurus
Elizabeth M.
Best moving experience I’ve ever had (and I’ve moved 14 times!). Owner was super responsive and texted back answers to all my questions immediately. I highly recommend!
Move GurusMove Gurus
Thumbtack Customer
a great group of guys. very courteous and respectful. would gladly recommend to anyone moving. I even had additional moving needed and without hesitation, they handled it. very satisfied customer here!
The Moving DoctorThe Moving Doctor
Vanessa S.
The service was excellent. The moving was fast and there were no damages to our bed. Would definitely recommend!
HotHaulersHotHaulers
Sierra H.
Mike and Rob were excellent from beginning to end. They were extremely careful with the packing of my items, had amazing communication skills, and worked extremely fast. They kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. They were fast and efficient, even on a long distance move. They got my items from my apartment and moved them into a storage unit effective and efficiently. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Thank you for making my long distance move smooth as can be.
Alabama’s Best MoversAlabama’s Best Movers
Michael S.
So, I moved to a different unit in the same apartment complex. Ground floor to 4th floor. About 5k lbs. Hothaulers was professional from the first message to the final load of belongings being delivered to my new home. They were quick, getting everything done in a little less than 6 hours. Nothing was damaged. If you're looking for a move done right and in a timely manner, this company will get it done. While I hope I don't move again for a while, I will call them if I do.
HotHaulersHotHaulers
Terrance J.
Mike and his crew are absolutely amazing. He came in with a superhero cape on and made me forget all about the nightmare that I had less than 12 hours before. They were punctual, communicated well and had an unmatched level of care. The conversation with he and his guys was refreshing as we talked about sports and places everyone has been in life. If I ever move or if my friends ever move anywhere else, we will not go with anyone if Alabama Best Movers can do the job. I’m so happy that they moved my apartment and as Mike said “It was meant to be” I wish I could give them 5 more stars! Book them today you WILL NOT be disappointed.
Alabama’s Best MoversAlabama’s Best Movers
Brandi S.
Thanks again for helping me with my move!! You guys were great. Went above and beyond. Will def use again!!
Move GurusMove Gurus
Scott C.
Brandon and Jonathan worked well as a team and met all my requirements. The move went smooth and I would recommend them to others.
Handy Helpers MovingHandy Helpers Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Movers showed up on time. They were polite and nice. They worked nonstop until job was completed. I would use them again!
The Moving DoctorThe Moving Doctor
Janair W.
Great workers. Came out next day and moved me. Great attitude, easy to work with. Definitely choose these guys if you have the choice.
Move GurusMove Gurus
Stephanie J.
The Moving Doctor was great to work with and handled our belongings with care. They were very professional and worked diligently. I couldn't recommend them more!
The Moving DoctorThe Moving Doctor
Thumbtack Customer
The guys that helped us move were on time, very professional, very courteous, had a great attitude and did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend them!
Helping Hands Moving Service, LLCHelping Hands Moving Service, LLC
Jason P.
This company provides great service! They are very prompt, very courteous, and very professional. I couldn't be happier with the entire moving process and recommend this company to my friends and family!
Pick Up Movers LLC Birmingham,ALPick Up Movers LLC Birmingham,AL
Alyssa M.
Moving day was good, but they weren't very responsive to my calls beforehand. Also didn't bring boxes when they said they would, so I had to buy my own.
The Moving DoctorThe Moving Doctor
Abbie L.
These guys were amazing. We had to book for a minimum of two hours. Once they finished moving everything, they stuck around and helped remove flooring. I will definitely call them again!
Move GurusMove Gurus
Morgan J.
Moved all of our things quickly and safely from our third floor apartment. They were very professional and had great customer service. I would use them again and highly recommend.
Tunj ControlTunj Control
April T.
Absolutely amazing experience!!! Movers were efficient, friendly, respectful and amazingly accommodating. They worked quickly and diligently and wasted no time at all. They finished the job in no time! I absolutely recommend them and wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again!
Clean House Moving and CleaningClean House Moving and Cleaning
Dannion T.
Two great guys were at my house within an hour to help me move a pool table that was far heavier than a normal one(~670lbs). They didn’t hesitate, and worked quickly and carefully. They even helped me unpack it and attach the legs! 10/10 would hire again
Move GurusMove Gurus
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