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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 Lafayette movers
Nerissa B.
Wow! We really appreciated JP Moving Services! JP was professional, efficient & very careful! He and his team took good care of our belongings as they moved them into our new home. Highly recommended! Great addiction to thumbtack community - thanks! I strongly recommend JP Moving Services! We will share your company with those we know need moving services.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Jordyn A.
I hired Master relocation movers for a long distance move. I was relocating from San Francisco to Portland and kind of waited till last minute to find a moving company. I was relieved when they said they’d be able to help me move. They gave me a good rate and got everything here safely. They were very communicative and made sure to update me while they were on the way. I’d definitely hire them again!
Master Relocation MoversMaster Relocation Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were great moving a large item like our chicken coop
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Daniel D.
Fantastic movers, very professional and definitely recommend. Only thing to note is that you should be explicit about each and every thing needing to be moved, because the truck/van is sized for the job description. Better to overestimate than under.
Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.
Ellen M.
Outstanding moving service. On time, great attitude and exceptional performance. I bought a craigslist armoire that I could not move by myself. Gogo came to the rescue, carefully wrapped the furniture, loaded it on the truck and then delivered it with equal care. Highly recommend.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Sarahjane S.
Super fast, pro moving job and on time and accurate to quote. Highly recommend
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Sydney L.
Quick, professional, easy to work with! Couldn’t have done our move without them
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Jen L.
They did a small move of a heavy appliance for me, and it worked out great! On time, careful, and nice people.
DomĂ­nguez Logistics LLCDomĂ­nguez Logistics LLC
Greg A.
I needed a piano moved quickly and Tony’s team offered a great price at a moments notice. Highly recommended.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Kelly D.
I needed a large job moving my office and I didn’t have much time. They responded quickly and booked it for the day I needed, which was only a few days out. They were punctual, professional, and so easy to work with. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a good fast mover! Excellent job!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Alyssa Z.
We hired them to move some stuff for us and payed a fee. 3 hours later and no response. We are hiring a new crew to help us.
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Teny S.
Very responsive and accommodating on a last-minute request for an in-house move. The team communicated their arrival time and were very easy to work with. Very professional. Would recommend based on my experience.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
David C.
hard working father / son duo. Moved faster than I ever could. They were cautious with all of our stuff. We’ll be using them again in the future. Ed and Jesse - Thanks again!
E&J Moving and HaulingE&J Moving and Hauling
Jim K.
ML movers were quick to respond to our request and able to schedule our move quickly. They provided an hourly rate that was a bit higher than other quotes but their schedule worked best. Their crew of three was friendly and prompt. I give them 3.5 - 4 stars as they were not so fast (extra breaks, taking phone calls), a bit disorganized (waiting for lift gate, 2-3 people hanging around to unwrap a single piece) which wasted time and cost more money than expected.
ML MoversML Movers
Vanessa V.
Dante responded super quickly to my online request and was able to come out the next day. I liked that there was no hourly minimum as I only needed a few things moved to different rooms of the house. He provided a live map tracking system so I could see when he was arriving and he came 10mins early. He and his partner were very friendly and had no issues moving the furniture (even though our sofa was too big to fit through the door they managed to get it through the window). Great service and would definitely hire again!
Christopher K.
Brian, Chris and Daniel were awesome movers. On one of the hottest and smokiest days of the summer they were quick and efficient, even though we hadn't packed very well. It was also great to be able to find a company on pretty short notice. Would highly recommend.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Jenn A.
I had an excellent experience with AHD Relocations. They were very prompt from initially making a request for a quote to being able to accommodate a quick turnaround time on move and so friendly, fast and professional the day of service. Their initial quote and cost of service day of matched and their work exceeded my expectations. Definitely will use again in the future, thank you ADH Relocations!
ADH RelocationsADH Relocations
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