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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 Hercules movers
Dianna T.
They did a really great job moving us from our 4th floor apartment to our new apartment on the 2nd floor. Super friendly, very thoughtful, and joy to have help us move.
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Anne T.
Jubel Moving Services was a great hire for our move! They were responsive right away and it was very easy to set up an appointment. They were on time and worked very hard--I underestimated my project by hiring a 2-person crew instead of 3 but the Jubel team still did an excellent job and finished the project in the appropriate amount of time. We were moving from a 3-bedroom home with stairs to a 4-bedroom home with stairs, so for fully-furnished multi-room house moves, I recommend a 3-person+ team. They disassembled larger pieces of furniture and wrapped/secured everything very well before loading onto the truck. Very impressed they were able to complete everything within a good timeframe even with 2 people. All of our belongings were moved safely and securely! Their truck is huge so everything fit in one trip. Would definitely recommend this company for anyone in need of some solid movers!
Jubel moving & StorageJubel moving & Storage
Lorne E.
Looking for a mover, we found HUSTLEandMUSCLE. Just a clever name, we wondered, or the real deal? We decided to find out. We contacted them on a Friday, and the crew of two was at our place Monday morning. Francisco and OJ were on time, personable, and professional from start to finish. They loaded the truck quickly and carefully. They even pulled the lightbulbs from the lamps and packed them away; never saw that before. Their experience showed throughout the move. When they needed more information, they asked for it. They completed the job well within the estimate. Moving can be a challenge; however, this company and this crew made the experience virtually painless. Would we recommend these movers? Absolutely! Matter of fact, we’re actually looking forward to our next move – but only with Rick and his people at HUSTLEandMUSCLE! Lorne Evje Clayton CA
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Ed T.
This company was very professional and showed they cared for the items being moved. Glad I used them for bringing my fridge up and down a staircase!
Tina M.
They were the best, even though they are only a two man team, they were very efficient and organized. How they move my sofabed without scratching the door was awesome. The best!!!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Fariha F.
We had a really great experience with Matt’s Motivated Movers. They arrived on time and worked very quickly without damaging anything. They were very professional and I would hire them again. Thank you guys!!
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Kenya C.
Trinity was great. They were quick, efficient, and very professional. Very friendly and wiling to go the extra mile. Job turned out to be bigger than I anticipated and they handled the extra work with no problem. Will definitely hire again. Best moving experience I’ve had!
Trinity ServicesTrinity Services
Lisa J.
The team was prompt and professional. Larro's was responsive from start to finish. They did a great job moving us from a one-story to two-story home and placing our furniture, even setting beds back up. They definitely handled the heavy lifting at a fair price.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were great. They met me at the first location, loaded the first item . Our friend took us to the storage place and took what I had said to pickup. They took more than I had said. They were great. They everything thing to my home. They charged a flat fee. I will highly recommend their service.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Sergio H.
They did a fantastic job with the move. On time and response to all questions I had. I would highly recommend and could not thank them enough for all their hard work especially on a extremely hot day. I was exhausted and didn't lift a thing but they kept at it with 100% enthusiasm. Every item make it to new home and placed together :)
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Mercedes h.
The task was to move a 32x67" box containing a 300lb. sewing table into the house. A major concern was that the Pergo floor not be scratched. They had blankets to protect the entry way and floor. Their experience and congenial manner were very much appreciated. Bad bing, bada boom--it was accomplished very carefully and quickly. Very satisfied with the experience and highly recommend.
Avila's Hassle Free Solutions, IncAvila's Hassle Free Solutions, Inc
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