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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. 

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. 

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 Albany movers
Vivian M.
I needed to hire movers last minute and Larro’s moving company responded immediately and were able to accommodate my moving date. The movers were great and got everything moved in 2.5 hours! Also, the price was very reasonable as well!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Megan L.
Had a great moving experience today, I had to do a move last minute at my place and they responded quickly! They were able to arrive within an hour and the move went smoothly.
J/H Moving and DeliveryJ/H Moving and Delivery
Cassie K.
5 stars for our experience with Hustle and Muscle. Despite a last minute change with our pair of movers, OJ showed up and did an amazing job moving our possessions from Berkeley to Livermore in record time. He was a total professional and took time to carefully wrap and tape down our fragile items before loading them into the moving van. We will be recommending OJ and this moving company to anyone considering using a moving company.
HUSTLEandMUSCLE •Veteran Owned•HUSTLEandMUSCLE •Veteran Owned•
Elif K.
Great work! Timing was a little wrong but moving and fast work was amazing.
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Omar C.
Larro’s movers were awesome. If I recall correctly, Miguel, Luis and Carlos were our 3 movers. They were covid safe, punctual, friendly and worked hard straight through the work hour. They were very careful with our belongings by wrapping them well and moving them with care. They worked quickly and packed the truck with efficiency. I would definitely hire these gentlemen again. Thank you.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Ian M.
If you are moving, big or small, these guys are the professionals you want to use! I was so impressed with their care for my boxes, thoughtfulness of my plants, glassware and ceramics. These guys even move my giant Argentine Parrilla. GO WITH LARRO'S! I just made that up!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Jacklyn B.
I had to reschedule my move several times because my pod wasn’t delivered and the pod door was stuck. They were so nice and understanding and worked with me. I finally got my stuff moved in and I couldn’t be happier. Such nice guys. They were fast too.
QB MovesQB Moves
Kelina L.
Highly recommended. Matt was professional, efficient, and skilled at moving. He was also super-strong, fast, friendly, and careful with delicate items. He knew how to safely stack items and securely carry items. He carefully placed all boxes in the locations that I’d specified, and had useful tips for me on moving metal file cabinets. He was very strong and efficient, and could carry three very heavy boxes at once, and then zip up the stairs with them! It took me two days to load the moving truck with my arm injury, and he unloaded it in just a few hours. Amazing. Highly recommended, he made my move so much easier.
MJC MovingMJC Moving
Anand D.
Truket did an amazing job with our move. The crew were highly professional, efficient and very diligent with our cargo. Highly recommended!
Jennifer e.
Victor and Kevin did everything right when moving my newly purchased couch. They were punctual, courteous and quick! I will use this service again!
Thumbtack Customer
Max was at my door on time and he and his assistant worked really fast so it was done quickly. I used PODs containers, so I didn't know what time those containers were coming, but Max was quite flexible with the time and I really appreciated that. I'd use him again for my next move.
A-Z Move!A-Z Move!
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