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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 Walnut movers
Perry R.
We havd a very good experience with our move with Simple Moving. Their lead person Joseph did a fantastic job with his team of 5 persons. They were very cordial and the workers followed instructions well even if our move took 3 loadings and unloading. I will highly recommend them for your big moves.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Christel M.
Awesome service! He helped my mom move and she was very happy.
Elizabeth S.
Dustin and Nick is were the greatest help today helping me move! The page responded quickly and was even able to do it for me same day. They were always in communication with me and made the process very easy. They brought everything they needed and more, with wardrobe closets and more packing tape to make the move very simply. They moved everything quickly and I didn’t have to lift a finger the whole time. They only charge 2 hours minimum instead of other places that charge 3, the total value exceeded my expectations for a completely stress free move. Highly recommend DoStar!!
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We will never use this company again! Beyond upset! 2 men, 1 that was prob in his 60s with a limp. Both took their time. It took them 12 hours...12 hours! This is our 5th move overall & I've never had anyone take more than 6-7 hours. Got charged over a thousand dollars! On top of that, they gashed the flooring from the house we moved from. Told the mover/ owner and he said it's not their problem that they only cover damaged furniture. I took a pic & showed him. Over a thousand dollars is a lot of money for a move. If the owners of this company were in my shoes, how would they have handled this situation? Will not use or recommend this company company!
Sky MovingSky Moving
Perry R.
Great job by Joseph and his 4 team members. We had to load 3x and ended past midnight for a total of 13 hours but I didn't see 1 person complain at all. I highly recommend this mover especially if you have a lot of stuff to move. Very easy to work with and pleasant too.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Charles and his crew quickly and smoothly moved all our items, which included an upright piano and a commercial grade treadmill! They were able to maneuver the treadmill down a flight of stairs, which took a lot of teamwork. Would definitely recommend and will potentially use their services again to move my parents to their new house.
C.M.N. Construction Inc.C.M.N. Construction Inc.
Maria S.
Reliable as their name states, describes them best. I’m very impressed at their work ethics and they have protected my most precious stuff like it’s their own. Yerbol is very polite, punctual, simply amazing. I will definitely contact them again on my next move.
Thumbtack Customer
Nice guys to deal with, very friendly, on time, helpful, move went smoothly but felt a little bit rushed because of time, took a little bit longer than expected. The only complain I have is that we forgot few things at the existing location because of this. Recommend their use. sothh smooth,a bitv / rushed at theyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
John W.
This was a move out of an assisted living facility for a deceased resident. Some of the items went to my house. Some of it went to storage. And quite a bit of it went to the dumpster. They were very flexible with the multiple destinations for the clean out. They helped me box some remaining loose items as well that I hadn't gotten to. I will use them again.
In And Out Moving Co.In And Out Moving Co.
Christel M.
Frank and his team were awesome! They showed up on time and worked quickly. I was afraid of damage to my mirrored dresser but Frank and his guys handled it perfectly, not a nick or scratch on any of my furniture. I was very happy with their services. I need a few things moved in a few weeks, guess who I’m calling??? Frank of course:) Hands down the Best! Thanks again Frank!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
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