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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 Saratoga movers
Tom S.
Great moving service. Highly recommend!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
Great communication leading up to the move. Always responded very quickly to my questions. During the move itself, they were very fast and efficient, completing the move in less time than I expected. They took care of valuable items. Very happy with Santos. Will use them again!
Vivian G.
Reached out to Tony to move a piano, and he scheduled for next day. He was on time and did a good job to move the piano securely in his truck. Thank you!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Bob S.
Team of 4 moved our family in a day for a local move. They took great care to wrap all our furniture to protect it. Was impressed with their speed and effort. Would use again.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Sharon C.
My client was very happy with the movers. They were very professional and very fast. And most importantly, they speak English. Will definitely use them again for my next move. Thank you!
Ganeshan V.
Start to Finish, it was an amazing experience. Donna from iMoving was very helpful and extremely responsive. She sent a very nice crew home. Sean and 2 other members came home for the move and did an excellent job - very soft in handling delicates, very patient and helped move things around. I have used movers before and they always seem to be in a rush and drop boxes and leave asap. The experience with this group was very different. I will use them for any future moves.
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Rob H.
Trusted movers? You betcha! Not only are they TOP NOTCH, they're also true to there company name. I coordinated my move with Sammy, who is very accommodating in scheduling my move. He scheduled me with 3 guys: Domingo, Sergio, and Alfredo. All were amazing. Very professional, fast, efficient, creative and customer service oriented. They made the impossible possible. What I thought was hard, they made look very easy. To me, they were the A Team. But according to there track record (see other reviews on yelp) there entire team is the A Team. They packed/protected my furniture well and was always thinking outside the box on how to maneuver my furniture to get it outside my place. I've done two moves with them so far. They were so good with my first move that I went with them for my second move. When I requested for the same crew, Sammy went out of his way to make it happen. Having done two moves with these guys, I can say they're very consistent. Thank you Trusted Movers!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Neelima A.
Scott and team helped us with our move and we are very happy about their service. Both the teams Scott sent for packing and moving respectively were friendly and professional. Scott is very responsive to the customer needs and priorities. There was a small damage/chip on an office desk during the move and Scott readily offered to get it repaired at his cost. Couldn't be happier and really appreciate the professionalism.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Anna H.
The movers were very fast and professional. Got everything where I wanted it.
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Lizabeth F.
Friends moving service was excellent! They arrived early, worked quickly, and made sure all of my stuff was handled with care. They are the most high quality yet affordable moving service I’ve ever worked with and I highly recommend them!!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Miho G.
All the great reviews are true! Two awesome guys arrived on time and completed the move with a great care! They kept their masks on during the entire project as well. We highly recommend Friend’s Moving Services to anyone :) Thank you for the great service!!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Jessica J.
Luis was great. After another mover bailed, I called Luis the same day and he was able to save my move. He hauled up my heavy table and furniture and treated everything with care. Would work with him again!
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Scott for help with moving a large bookcase and several boxes of books. The initial discussion was very thoughtful, thorough, and responses were prompt. There was a bit of a misunderstanding over scheduling, causing the job to be delayed for a couple of weeks, but on the day of the move, Tom and Shane were incredibly professional, great to work with, and just really sweet guys. Next time I decide to move I will definitely be contacting them again. Thanks!!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Ahdia A.
Friend’s moving service did a great job! I would highly recommend them!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Croft C.
Alejandro made it happen! He was on time and handled the job fast and professionally. I appreciated that he went out of his way to accommodate us even with our time constraints. I know who I will call for our next move. Thanks Ale's Movers! 👍
Moving, landscaping and more inc.Moving, landscaping and more inc.
Jessica J.
We scheduled a move but the team did not show up or respond to numerous calls, texts, and messages. This has forced me to scramble to find a new moving service with zero notice. Rick was very responsive at the beginning when scheduling so am not sure what happened
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Thumbtack Customer
Our original plan to move the refrigerator from our residence to our new place fell through. I got a quote from Scott within 30min of posting on Thumbtack and within a few hours set the time and date for the move. Scott and his guy came on time the next morning as agreed. They were professional and courteous. We got our fridge moved to the new place within an hour! They were so efficient and saved our day. Thanks, Scott!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
George A.
The Stuart Moving team is definitely top notch! They responded to my inquiries quickly, were very flexible with schedule, arrived right on time, used great care in moving heavy furniture, charged a very reasonable rate and were highly professional. I used their services twice to move furniture around in my home during construction and received the same high level of service both times. Plus, they are very nice folks and enjoyable to work with. I highly recommend Dante and his team.
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt, careful service. Easy to work with. We had some large pieces of furniture moved to a different room and some taken to a charity.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Mary b.
Freind’s moved our piano. They were able to come right away, and were careful with the piano and walls. Would certainly use them again.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Joanna B.
Rick and team were fantastic - I couldn’t believe it, they were in and out of my apartment in 30 minutes for a 1-br move. When they delivered my items, again it was less than 45 minutes. Moving can be incredibly stressful but they made it so much easier and made for an efficient and limited stress day. Very fair price as well, couldn’t recommend highly enough!
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Katy L.
I am a returned customer. Had been happy the first time as well as the second time, and definitely will hire them again with my moves in the future.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Shaun B.
We got 3 professional helpers and they were very professional and quick, but also very careful and fun to work with. I have done many moves and they were the best. I HIGHLY recommend. Thank you guys.
happy house movershappy house movers
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