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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.

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’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. 

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. 

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 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. 

Reviews for Surprise movers
Kari P.
The guys who came out to help with my move were great. They moved very quickly and got everything moved without hassle. Would definitely hire them again!
Ida E.
On moving day we realized our load was twice the size of the truck. Since we could not scheduled additional time, we had to move half the load ourselves. It would have been beneficial to have the mover inspect the load before agreeing to the move.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Neal T.
What can I say, our odds we're stacked against us with a timeline to move due to uncontrollable circumstances. Jason and crew jumped in and made it happen. We will be moving again in a year and plan on reaching out and using true move again.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Bill j.
the guy incharge of the move was very experienced and work his two guys well. It was a excellant move ............thank you very much. Bill J
Helping Hands Household Solutions LLCHelping Hands Household Solutions LLC
Amy H.
I recently used Moving Hogs to assist with moving to a new home. The guys were very professional, timely, and took pride in their work. They were very efficient with their loading and unloading of my stuff. I would highly recommend these guys to anyone that is looking for movers.
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
Diane L.
This company was reasonable in their price and flexible in working with my situation. They moved a table for my daughter that I paid for as a gift. They trusted that the money would be there as I promised and even made extra effort to fullfil the job when my daughter didn't hear them at the door (they could have just gone home). The move went smooth with no issue (they were moving a table that had not been moved for approximately 19 years..there really could have been issues).
Trickshot BilliardzTrickshot Billiardz
Brian S.
Excellent service. The gentlemen that completed my move were very professional, efficient, courteous and prompt. I will use this company again the next time I move and was very happy with their services.
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Bob C.
Move went well. On time. Responsive, pleasant. Would recommend.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Deidra T.
Excellent Moving Company! They were very professional and personable. They handled my items with care and moved my items efficiently and efficiently. Would definitely reccomend them to others and would use their services again!
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Jennifer M.
Morin is very patient and professional! It took me some time to get my move situated with regards to the date but all the while Morin was very reassuring. On Moving Day his team showed up very friendly, courteous and professional and gave great care to all of my belongings. The packing portion of my move took a little longer than expected and they were able to work with me on changing my delivery date to the following day without any trouble. No one likes to move, and the team made the process uncomplicated as possible. Thank you for all your help! I will definitely use you in again in the future should I find myself needing to move.
Ants on the Move LLCAnts on the Move LLC
Dave S.
It was obvious that Frank had moved a lot of pool tables. Very experienced.
Trickshot BilliardzTrickshot Billiardz
Diana G.
Guys did good job moving our sofas very helpful
Helping Hands Household Solutions LLCHelping Hands Household Solutions LLC
John P.
Good company. They took great care when moving my things.
Thumbtack Customer
Mastermind Moving is not a company I would use again. There was nothing outstanding about them.
Mastermind MovingMastermind Moving
Cyndi N.
Great folks and would hire them again in a heartbeat. They were happy to move things around until we were satisfied that things were where they worked best. They even picked up and delivered a table and chairs that we bought at a moving sale.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Tiina A.
These guys accepted a last minute job after another mover flaked out. They worked crazy hard and got our entire house moved quickly and efficiently with great care for our belongings. Wish I would have called them first!
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
Monica L.
We needed help moving a heavy item upstairs & was so glad to have someone who was quick to respond and accommodating to our scheduling needs. Communication was great and we appreciated him using extra blankets while moving our item. Highly recommend!
The Move: Relocation & Delivery LLCThe Move: Relocation & Delivery LLC
Carolyn V.
So efficient and professional. I would definitely recommend DTS for all your moving needs.
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
John M.
Quality work. I would definitely use him again to move my pool table.
DiMura's Moving Services LLCDiMura's Moving Services LLC
Sharon V.
I would highly recommend DTS Logistics. Cliff responded immediately to my request, moved our item that same day, and it was a lot cheaper then other companies. He is very professional. DTS Logistics is the moving company to use whether you have a small job or a big job!!
DTS LogisticsDTS Logistics
Mario G.
Moved from one side of the valley to the other. Caleb and he crew have a great work ethic.
E.G. TransportE.G. Transport
Shad S.
Great guys! Quick move they didn’t test at all just kept going. Wrapped furniture and were careful!
The Moving GuyThe Moving Guy
Joyce E.
These Christian men were very responsive to our needs. They responded to every message and kept me updated on their arrival times. None of our furniture was damaged and they were very careful with everything. No glass was broken either. They were a little slow, however, this was from the careful way the handled our antiques and Ethan Allan furniture. Thank you for your hard work. This was a local move and took 3 truck loads and two trailers to move everything. We moved from Surprise to Sun City Festival.
Heller Brothers Moving ServicesHeller Brothers Moving Services
Dennis H.
First time user of Thumbtack services. I was very impressed with these movers. They were prompt, on time, and courteous. The owner Greg runs a good crew. Wes and Teradon were the moving pros. They wrapped and secured our possessions and delivered them without any problems. I would recommend them and use their services again.
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Sabrina A.
These guys are awesome! After not being able to use our normal movers, we decided to go with DiMura’s...seriously, the best decision. If you get a quote for movers, don’t hesitate to use them...we will be in the future for sure! Again, thank you sir and my husband definitely enjoyed chatting with you during and hearing your stories!
DiMura's Moving Services LLCDiMura's Moving Services LLC
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