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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 Apple Valley movers
Rhonda H.
The movers arrived 15 minutes early, began working immediately, worked continually throughout three locations and finished up neatly and professionally. I would absolutely hire them again. Both movers were courteous and accommodated my instructions carefully. Thanks to Ryan's Moving and especially Jason, the supervisor!
Rubicon Moving & StorageRubicon Moving & Storage
Mary E.
Came on time and did a quick professional job. They were careful not to damage the furniture being moved or the floors, walls and doors. I will definitely use again when I need heavy or bulky items moved,
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Bobby f.
Mario and his crew did an awesome job with our move. We moved locally with a 3 bedroom and was done within 5 hrs. Couldn’t have asked for anything better. The guys were professional and super nice. Great job Mario. No damage to any furniture.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Scott S.
I had a recliner chair to be moved to a different room. They showed up on time and were polite and professional.
Mexicano Junk RemovalMexicano Junk Removal
Kelsey l.
We had our pool table moved from an upstairs loft and the guys had to get through a tight staircase and they not only worked fast but they did an excellent job handling the table, disassembling, moving and expertly reassembling. They took their time to ensure it was perfectly level and that the area would be well suited for the table once done. Thank you!
Leisuretime Pool TablesLeisuretime Pool Tables
Tony A.
Mario and Anthony were great! Very professional and offered good moving advice when they saw it was needed. Great work ethic.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Sherry R.
Joseph did a great job, was on time got everything moved, nothing broken. Great price. He also took care of some electric work. I would hire him again.
Marilee P.
Garry was very easy to work with, accepting whatever choices I had to make without any hesitation. He and his helper were extremely careful in handling the furniture, taking time to wrap each piece thoroughly and unwrap after each piece was in place. I highly recommended these movers and I would certainly call on them again if necessary.
Garry Hughes Careful Movers LLCGarry Hughes Careful Movers LLC
Starr L.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I had an overall great experience with mike & Shaw Moving Co. They were on tine, friendly, professional and were very helpful in all they did. Mike and Javier were amazing and I’ll be using this company for all future jobs I may need if I could give more stars I would!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Jeannette c.
Hello you do not want to use this company they moved me damaged my purses when I pacifically asked him not to put my purses and bags they tried to tell me I still owe them for 2 hrs of service the worker/packer and lady in the office Marie could not get the hours right I was going by the time the worker gave me I ask him about the time 3 times they told me I would have a bigger truck after paying deposit $330 the next morning they came in a smaller truck the lady in the office Marie called the worker on the phone and texted him the whole time he was there I'm not paying for phone conversation and when he did not reply or answer she would call me or text me on my phone for him SMH Marie in the office tried to tell me I only paid $660 and I have PayPal receipts saying I paid $790 she said it must be a mistake on PayPal SMH really saying I didn't pay for 2 hrs somebody been in the cookie jar stay away from this company now they want to give $60 for 2 large bags of purses damaged smashed up and I sent her photos 4 of the purses in the photos we're designer bags I still have designer purses still in the bag then Marie says she spoke to her manager or someone and she can offer me $100 a joke right I told her I would be more then fair pay me $250 that's not even the price of one designer bag they took my kindness for weakness now we will be going to small claim court and I'll be filing a claim also Marie told me I didn't have insurance because my bill was not paid in full but I have all my PayPal receipts saying it was STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY A BAD COMPANY and MARIE is a joke see you in court Mike & Shaw Packers & movers co. or should I say Mike & Shaw Packers lying and damaging Company
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Lea L.
This moving company is a joke...don’t ever hire them coz they will gonna screw you big time...payed them up front for their deposit and didn’t show up on the date and time they should!!!... called them if their people are on their way and said they will be late 15mins...after 30mins called them again and they said their van is an operable to drive so they schedule me the next day 10:30- 11am...the next following day I called them around 10:40 and they never pick up the phone but they have the nerve to send me a picture of my apartment saying no show...he said their people was at my apartment at 9:45 and left at 10:20, told him the schedule was supposed to be 10:30-11am and they show up so early and left not even on the time schedule they were given...again he said they are only giving a 1 hr wait after that they leave, but my point is your guys came up not even on the scheduled time and left not even waiting for 1hr???...you guys didn’t even realize what you put me tru!!! Never again to do business with you people!!!... your company doesn’t deserve a 4star I bet those reviews are just nothing but a fabricated by your own people...hope this review will help a lot of people in the future not if u guys delete it!!!
Rubicon Moving & StorageRubicon Moving & Storage
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