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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 Prichard movers
Thumbtack Customer
We had a good experience working with the movers. Didn't have much to move - but all was okay.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional movers! They took care of all of my furniture, not a single scratch on anything. Fast and dependable moving help. I would highly recommend using them for any moving needs!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Ann F.
I can not state enough how glad I was that I let L & L Moving handle my move. They went above and beyond. The crew of Blake, Clarence, and Jacob worked extremely hard and made a difficult move work. I can not give L & L Moving enough credit in making this move as easy as possible. Not only did they pack and load everything most excellently, they unloaded and placed everything where needed as well very quickly and professionally. Everyone at L & L were extremely courteous as well...I strongly recommend L & L Moving if you ever need the assistance of professional movers. You can not go wrong with L & L Moving.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very professional and nice. I would definitely call you the next time i move!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Robin B.
Everything went well with our piano move. I appreciated their responsiveness before the move. Would recommend again!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Moved bedroom furniture within a compound. They were punctual, efficient, and friendly. I would definitely use them again if I need to move, and if anyone around me is moving, I will be recommending them for sure.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Krista R.
L&L Moving service was top notch! We had a mover that fell through the day we were supposed to move, and I called L&L and they were able to help us move across the state the next day. They were on time, efficient, professional and very friendly. I would definitely use them again!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Tiffany C.
They were such an amazing asset to have as I was moving from one apartment to another one. They also went above and beyond my expectations when it came to moving not only my heavy furniture but my boxes and other things as well. I highly recommend them to anyone who’s moving!! 2021- I wanted to update this as I wished these guys were available to help me move again! I truly miss their wonderful services as they helped me move three times- twice in Mobile and once from Mobile to Biloxi. I'm up in VA now and am moving to a different apartment and find myself missing L and L moving. They truly are an asset to have!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Kathleen M.
The best moving company in Baldwin and Mobile County. I have used them twice now to help me move. They are always very friendly, punctual, and very accommodating. I would highly recommend L&L Moving & General Services.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a moving company quickly (like, within 48 hours) to move furniture to a storage unit across town and L&L was prompt, easy to schedule, courteous, considerate, on time and clean. I could not recommend them enough!! If I need to move in the area again, I will 100% use them again. They came with two men, a tool box, moving pads, moving truck, and were able to get all of my belongings to their next location safely. I've moved over 15 times in my life (military upbringing) and I've never seen such competence with a moving company. I cannot thank them enough. They made a stressful situation into a non-issue. Do yourself a favor and hire them!!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Alec L.
They made my move quick and painless!
The Help Moving and DeliveryThe Help Moving and Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with L&L Moving was great and the movers were awesome! I would not hesitate to hire them again or recommend them to friends and relatives.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Mark g.
Almost impossible move but they got it done
Coastal Junk & Hauling LLCCoastal Junk & Hauling LLC
Deborah B.
Be truthful about their prices their movers were great!!!!!!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They made the move easy and were fast and polite
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Ashley K.
Made my move much easier thanks
The Help Moving and DeliveryThe Help Moving and Delivery
Miranda P.
It was a pleasure to use my family and me as a moving company. Javier is quick to respond to any questions. Day of the move he and his partner were on time and very professional. Job was done in a very reasonable time frame for what we had. All around a great moving company and I would highly recommend.
My Family & MeMy Family & Me
Stephani L.
David and Tim did an excellent job on moving me and all my stuff into my new place. They had a positive attitude and were persistent when faced with a challenge, like moving my big items through cramped spaces. I will definitely hire this company again the next time I move. Great job!!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't have been happier! Everything was moved in a timely manner, no damages, and most important, the movers were extremely courteous and friendly. I would use again and highly recommend them.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Stacey D.
The movers did a great job and were very reasonable. Thanks!
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Akela B.
I would definitely recommend this company! They loaded our items quickly and efficiently . I sent him a message two days before our move to ask if he could help because our original movers canceled on us and he did not hesitate to provide his services. We will definitely be using them if we ever need to move again.
Coastal Junk & Hauling LLCCoastal Junk & Hauling LLC
Sydney F.
We have moved four times in the last year to due to uncontrollable situations and L&L were by far the best movers we have ever had. Honest, friendly, and hard workers. Highly recommended!
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Krystel H.
Worked quickly and were able to get me moved with a days notice!
Lions MovingLions Moving
Tammy R.
Quickly moved my furniture with no issues in a very professional and courteous manner.
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
David L.
Piano moving. Everything went well and they sent (3) people. Thanks
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
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