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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 Montclair movers
Brandon R.
LA Moving is the best. I had two massive air compressors that need to be moved into a difficult spot. With three guys, they did a fantastic job of moving these behemoths without a single scratch or break. I will definitely be using them for all my moving needs
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Esther L.
Donald and his team went above and beyond my expectations for the move. They showed up on time and immediately got to work. They loaded up our apartment fairly quickly and wrapped all of our furniture with care. Please keep in mind that I live in a three-story building and they managed to bring down my furniture three flights of stairs with swift precision. We moved from San Bernardino County to orange county so the drive was obviously far but they made it promptly from the first location to the next. Of course in every move sometimes things get damaged or jumbled— it is totally expected and no move will ever be perfect. But this is where Donald and his team stand out from any other moving company I’ve dealt with: they will not leave until everything is done right. We had a hiccup with a few pieces of furniture and Donald came back on his day off and made everything good as new. He even offered to replace pieces if he was not able to repair it himself. This speaks volumes to his character, accountability, and the trustworthiness of his moving company. So many others would have said the problem was there before and moved on—But not Donald, he made sure everything was to my satisfaction. Thank you so much Donald and the rest of the team for helping us move into our first home! I would hire them again and recommend them to everyone I know!!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Joanna R.
Great and on time ! I was searching around for a last minute mover and came across them ! Friendly and reliable , nothing at all was damaged everything was wrapped and taken care of
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Maria S.
This team was fantastic. They were super quick to respond, and were able to schedule my move promptly. They handled my items with care, and were super friendly. Strongly Recommend!
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Larry called me the day before to confirm. When Larry shoes up with a gentleman named Wesleyan (spelling) they do a full walk through of the house with me. Then they took off to work! They disabled the bed and dining room table and put it back together when they dropped off. They wrapped the edges of the main door they were going to be coming in and out of. They got every single thing in the truck they needed too and my wife comfortable to leave to the new place and have me clean when they were on their way. Our move was was about 80 to 90 miles. They pulled up when I got there and started bringing all the stuff in asking where we wanted things. We wanted to get a fairly large love seat into the master and they took the feet off the thing and made it happen. They moved everything in and when we looked around no door frame and no wall scuffing. Larry was the most reasonable when it came to hourly rate and when it was all over for a 4.5 hour move I was happy to pay him for their help. Best, easiest move ever! Thanks guys!!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
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