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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 Lancaster movers
Monica r.
I hired Tetris Pro Movers to move me on 6/27/20 and I have never used movers before. I have had the best experience using Tetris Movers..... I had 3 awesome guys who assisted me with my move..... they were extremely professional, awesome workers, and helped me with everything from start to finish. Their rates were very good, and I recommend them to anyone who needs movers...... I definitely would use them again. Thank you Tetris Pro Movers for a job well done.
Tetris Pro MoversTetris Pro Movers
Sherry C.
Guys did a great job. It’s always a little scary having a piano moved because they are valuable pieces. The piano was successfully moved without a scratch. I’d recommend this mover and would call them again
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Lajuan G.
I had to arrange moving help for my son while I am in Northern California. I was quite nervous trying to find a mover without being there in person. I would highly recommend this mover for any move you are considering. They were able to fit us in short notice and help my son get moved. My son ended up having more things than I initially thought and they were still able to accommodate and move him within the price they quoted. Very pleased with the professionalism, punctuality, value and the service. Thank you so much for helping my son get moved and make a fresh start!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Beth A.
Great experience from start to finish! I would recommend AB moving to anyone needing help moving... they were fast and efficient! Very nice and made our move a great experience!!! Thank you so much for your hard work!
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Joshua and his team. They really care about their clients and even go above and beyond to make the moving experience less stressful. I was dreading my move. I have a very busy life and was anxious about having time to pack everything. Joshua and his team helped me with every aspect of my move and assured me that everything would work out. Although my move was not easy, they did an excellent job and remained professional the whole time. They are the best movers I have hired.
JOSHUA HARMONJOSHUA HARMON
Thumbtack Customer
These guys went above and beyond. We hired them only to move our piano and our other movers that we had hired to move everything else were a no call no show. It was awful, it set us way back. These guys came to our rescue and did the other movers job. I am so glad they were there. They were super polite and worked very quickly. Can't recommend them enough.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Ray F.
I was very impressed of how well organized and knowledgeable the movers were of taking apart the pool table and put it back together. I will spread the word about this moving company.
Mannplann LLCMannplann LLC
Art D.
Sparrow Moving was outstanding in every way. Mike and Ethan (Eton? Sorry if I got the name wrong) arrived within the designated time, worked quickly and efficiently, and nudged me to move more items than I had originally intended (but I needed to move eventually anyway,) They were flexible enough to satisfy my requirement of one pickup location and two dropoff points. They even assisted my wife in wrapping some items that she will be moving separately in several weeks.
Sparrow MovingSparrow Moving
Roy C.
The guys were great! They came and gave me a free estimate and the final price was the same. They had to move my belongings into a storage facility because I sold my home and had to leave but my new house had not closed yet. So I ended up having J&G move me twice. Everything arrived is good shape. And for the first time in my life, nothing went missing during the move! I highly recommend the guys at J&G Full Service Moving!
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
EY E.
These guys were excellent some of the best customer service I've had in a long time kind courteous and very professional they treated my move like they were moving their own items. I really appreciate that.
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Alex S.
Disassembled and reassembled furniture, got the move completed quickly. Highly recommended!!
LA Moving StarLA Moving Star
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional. Arrived on time and moved everything perfectly. And, they are very nice, friendly people!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
101 did a fantastic job with my move. They had to deal with large items going into a tiny apartment. They were able to get my baby grand piano up a huge flight of stairs with a really tight turning radius. They were very efficient and pleasant to work with, especially during such a highly stressful time for me. They offered me a very reasonable price for my move. I highly recommend this company for any moving needs.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Anita E.
The Customer service is exceptional and the communication with Jose and Alex was immediate. The two guys that were sent out to move me were very nice, friendly and professional and I told them I would refer all my friends and family to your moving company.
Sky MovingSky Moving
Gloria T.
Thank you so much for your help. All furniture was handled with so much care and they both moved all furniture quickly. They also came really early in the morning for the move and was punctual. I definitely would hire again and recommend to my family and friends.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Heather M.
Alex’s piano movers did a wonderful job. I was hesitant because the deal almost seemed to good to be true- they were very economical- but they were absolutely awesome. I highly recommend them and if I ever need to move a piano again, they are first on my list!!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Lashonna G.
These guys were AMAZING! They were ON TIME, affordable, fast and very flexible. I called them out to handle a move after another moving company and every time I changed the work scope they handled it with the upmost grace. Service with a smile. This move was done in 109 degree weather. Yhe quality and care of their work was never impeded. I will definitely refer them. I will definitely use them again. Don't take chances with your property....hire dependable companies!.
Baka moving and servicesBaka moving and services
Kelly W.
If you’re looking for a trusted mover, look no further than Inception Moving! Jimmy was kind + responsive and addressed any questions/concerns I had about moving a large + valuable Antique piece I had purchased and wanted delivered to me. I appreciated how thorough + careful they were in the handling of said piece. As an Antiques Dealer, I source + sell a lot of rare & delicate antiques and I have no reservations about using them in the future or recommending their services to my clients!
Inception MovingInception Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job. Moved me with very short notice. Showed up on time, communicated well and worked hard. They also were able to complete the job within the estimated time that they quoted me. Would recommend them to anyone needing movers they can count on to do a professional and efficient job.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Georgia D.
Prompt, delivered the piano as if it was their own. I would recommend them to anyone who needs to have a piano moved.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Renee A.
Great great guys for moving I would highly highly recommend them as I will use them again and again
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Natasha M.
good movers . nice guys and professional . they take care of your items to ensure they are well taken care of . would hire again
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't have ask for a better moving experience! We were moving my mother from one senior facility to another which was already a stressful situation. Frank and Renee were so thoughtful and sensitive to the situation. Frank told my mom to stay in her chair as they moved around her letting her know it would be the last thing on the truck and the first thing off so she would have a comfortable place to sit. They worked quickly and careful. I would not hesitate to hire them again and would recommend them to everyone.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Joshua and Justin were live savers helping us move out of our house. Great guys who did an excellent job!
JOSHUA HARMONJOSHUA HARMON
Thumbtack Customer
Move was great, but they ran out of gas before delivery and delayed process 4 hours. Poor planning, otherwise job well done.
Sky MovingSky Moving
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