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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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 Lakewood movers
Travis T.
Fantastic moving company. No surprise charges. Really friendly and efficient movers. They were on time and worked really quickly and safely to get the move done perfectly. Would recommend to anyone and everyone.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Mike P.
I had a great experience with Superior Moving. Couple of nice guys showed up to move my stuff from a 1bd apartment to a 2 bd home close by. They were super efficient and hard working, and managed to get everything moved over within a few hours. Definitely recommend for anyone moving.
Superior Moving & Storage Inc.Superior Moving & Storage Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
My move was pretty easy, just a few miles away. They showed up on time, took care in wrapping and moving items. Disassembled and reassembled. No complaints, excellent job!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Kellie W.
We had a small move to do. Picked up furniture from my son’s place to move into the home. Once here, had some large items to move outside formthe large trash and also move a couple things around in the house. They showed up 10 minutes late, but called to let us know they were stuck in traffic. Everything was done in a very timely manner. I would hire them again.
Christopher P.
Mannplann arrived as promised, on time, well equipped, and had the appropriate man power level for the task at hand. They move a pre-Fabricated BBQ Island through my narrow side gate. They never damaged it, and set it up after the move. I would use them again if and when I move from my primary residence. Excellent work.
Mannplann LLCMannplann LLC
Joey G.
Open and transparent about their rate. Lee , Aspi and Kolya did an amazing job moving my things. Very professional! They moved fast and were careful. They followed my directions of where to put things very well. They also wore masks indoors when asked.
Father and Sons Moving IncFather and Sons Moving Inc
Debe P.
They did a great job moving some very heavy furniture! I will use their services again.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Maryann D.
Logan and Kyle were absolutely amazing!!! I will put this on The Neighborhood and Yelp. 24 Srven is a great moving company.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were amazing. Donald and Max were fast, careful, friendly, and incredibly accommodating. They loaded what we asked and more in little under an hour. They also went out of their way to drop off a stove and washer I was giving to my aunt. Next time we move we're definitely hiring these guys again and recommending them to anyone who's thinking of moving.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Lisa H.
Excellent, careful service! Appreciated these guys who worked so professionally even in the rain and helped make our move as smooth as possible. Thank you!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They moved a few big items of furniture and numerous boxes.They were punctual and professional as well as very careful with delicate items. We highly recommend them.
Brian M.
These guys were great! One worker canceled at the last minute so the two of them worked like 3. It was amazing. I’ve never seen anyone move so fast and efficiently. Super friendly and they even took their shoes off at the new house every single time they went in. Super cool! I only gave them 4 stars because two of our items got scratched during the move, neither of us are sure how because they wrap everything so carefully and we didn’t notice until after they left so it was not too big of a deal. But, If I had to move again, Elite would be my first call. 👍
Elite Moving & transportation inc.Elite Moving & transportation inc.
I needed my vintage pool table moved. They arrived on time, and were friendly and very professional. They worked quick and I am 100% satisfied with the service. I recommend without reservation.
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Thumbtack Customer
The guys did an amazing job. Started as soon as they got to the job didn't stop once. Got 3 guys for the price of two,not one thing was broken or even damaged,I highly recommend this company to anyone looking at moving
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Dina H.
Nice guys. Came this morning and helped me with moving my furniture from one room to another. They were careful with my furniture and were willing to help do more if wanted or needed. Definitely will call them again!! Thanks guys!!
Mikhail E.
They were on time and came in for the clutch when the previous mover didn’t show up. They were quick, responsive and knew what they were doing. They were also very careful with our appliances and furniture! I recommend that you try them out!
Prime MovingPrime Moving
Argentina S.
They were both great...I just wished all movers would go hourly or timed used . It kinda sucks when you pay for an hour that isnt used. But overall they are great. They wrapped and took good care of my belongings. I would hire them again.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Krystalyn Laura R.
I had a *heavy* double vanity sink (already assembled in the box) that needed to be moved from our old house to our new house, and they did a great job. They were very communicative, punctual on the day of, and also helped unboxed the vanity for me. I would definitely hire them again in the future, and recommend their services.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Arena H.
Jermey was absolutely amazing. Very professional and respected my items and my home. I was definitely stressed about my total home move and he had a very calming and easy presence about himself. He is very meticulous and paid great attention to detail and ensuring my items were properly packaged since I had pre packed my things myself. Thank you thank you thank you Jeremy and team. You guys are great.
Ed and his team are stand up gentlemen. They helped me out in a pinch by getting me from CA to AZ in less than 24hr notice after being cancelled on twice. They did a hell of a job and the communication was fantastic. I coordinated the whole move from another state while my dad met them at the old house to manage the items. They took care of everything and got all the items to me safe and quick. They are your guys for any situation. I highly recommend!
Global MoversGlobal Movers
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