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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 Thornton movers
Anuj D.
Did an amazing job of moving all of our stuff. Both movers were very professional, friendly and quick. Would definitely recommend for any moves! Pricing was very competitive as well.
Samurai Movers LLCSamurai Movers LLC
Howard P.
Julian and Omar were extremely careful but also very fast in moving our furniture! We would highly recommend them and EZ Movers for any move in and around Colorado. Great job at a reasonable price.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Trapper L.
I had a great experience with Elite Moving. They moved me during a snow storm and into a location with 3 stories. Not the ideal moving conditions by any means, yet they were friendly, professional, and went out of their way to ensure everything was taken care of. 5 stars!
Elite MovingElite Moving
Stefanie P.
First time using movers— and Brad made the process so easy and was so responsive and quick throughout the whole process! Highly recommend Movely!
Movely, LLCMovely, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The guys at Skyline Moving we're wonderful! I will recommend them to everyone I know. They were professional, courteous, and our moving experience was quick and painless!
Skyline Moving CompanySkyline Moving Company
Cheryl E.
Skyline Moving is superb! From the owner to the moving staff, these men were impressive. I was at ease with hiring Skyline after meeting with Justin, the owner. On moving day, the entire crew of four were all so respectful, hardworking, courteous, and caring! I was so impressed by their professional work ethic. Bonus... they completed the move at the low end of the estimate with zero damages. Thank you, Justin, Jersey, Isaac, Ricky, and Luke!!!
Skyline Moving CompanySkyline Moving Company
Caroll D.
The movers were hard working and very polite.
Home Control USA MoversHome Control USA Movers
Carla C.
Amazing team! I was in a bind and 1Stop Movers saved me. They booked my move within 5min of my inquiry. Went way beyond to make sure my furniture was well taken care of and in the room I needed (even though it was an almost impossible basement room to move the items into) thank you for the help and amazing job! Carla
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were professional and friendly. They called me when they left the warehouse to let me know they were on the way. They moved some really, really heavy furniture with no damage. The price was excellent and well worth the money.
Karen P.
JT and James were fabulous - thanks for making a moving day fun!
Christina E.
They were very punctual and professional and were even understanding and flexible to accommodate a schedule change around our boys’ baseball tournament. The movers were hard working and very quick and efficient, yet careful while moving everything.
Fantastic Movers LLC.Fantastic Movers LLC.
Greg L.
Best movers I’ve ever used (and I’ve moved a lot). Omar led his team well. He Christian and Sir Robert were well coordinated, conscientious and respectful of us and our belongings. I highly recommend EZ.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Doug K.
Highly recommend! Great guys, good communications and the move went really well!
Mark S.
D&D Movers were outstanding and took care in the moving and packing of our items. Worked hard in a record hot day and were efficient. Just ask about any additional costs and they will be upfront with you. Thanks again to Djen.
D & D Movers, LLCD & D Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The crew was on time, moved went quickly, and they were careful with my furniture. I would use them again. The price was much cheaper in comparison to my previous moves. I will use them again and recommend them to friends and family.
Sayers Citywide MoversSayers Citywide Movers
Victoria H.
Had a fantastic experience with EZ Moving this week! They were quick, professional, and got it done in two hours (Northglenn to Denver)! They’re very reasonably priced and I will use them again for my next move. Very happy I used this company.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Meryl F.
The crew that completed my move today was excellent. Everyone was friendly and professional. They were on time and got straight to work. I appreciate the care they took of my items. I absolutely recommend them for all moving services. I will definitely hire them again.
The Other Side Moving & StorageThe Other Side Moving & Storage
Leslie S.
Brett and team are responsive, quick and professional. Smoothest move I’ve ever had! Thanks guys!
Switchback Moving CompanySwitchback Moving Company
Dana J.
Skinny Guy moving was great! They came in, did they job quickly and efficiently, and were on their way. It was like a well-oiled machine. Their prices were also far more reasonable than any of the other big box movers (looking at you College Hunks). Thanks, gentlemen!
Skinny Guy MovingSkinny Guy Moving
Mike a.
Moving guys we’re really friendly and nice. We’re pretty careful with everything. Only dropped a few boxes and broke a few things. The issue was on the items they didn’t move. I paid a lot for a return trip. We had the basement left and a few other items. They came back with a half full truck and still beds and other large items at the house. I told the owner about these issues and just got excuses. I was not looking for a credit or for them to move the final items.
Dana W.
These guys came in loaded my stuff delivered and unloaded my things so fast it was awesome. They were professional and super friendly. I will definitely use them again if I ever move again snd I will definitely refer them to anyone I know who is moved
Samurai Movers LLCSamurai Movers LLC
Carolyn H.
Awesome movers! They worked so hard and we’re so careful to not scratch walks. Very polite and efficient.
Gomez Instant Furniture delivery And MovingGomez Instant Furniture delivery And Moving
Greg A.
I've been looking for weeks to hire someone to move an old heavy, 300 pound juke box. It was a half hour job, moving less than a mile away including 1 flight of steps. All I heard from everyone was $400 dollars, we have a 2 hour minimum, good luck no one will move your juke box for less than $250. For a half hour work, that made no sense. I was lucky to run into Scott and Brian, 2 strong guys with a great work ethic, that own White Buffalo Logistics! They did it for less than half of the $250! It was a hard job and they didn't complain a bit. If you keep hearing sorry no one does a move for less than 2 hours minimum, don't buy it! Scott and Brian specialize in whatever move you need! They are pros and I'm glad I met them, you will be too! White Buffalo Logistics!
White Buffalo InstallWhite Buffalo Install
Thumbtack Customer
We started off rocky with the estimated arrival time changing. They showed up and moved my stuff really fast and they were friendly.
Sayers Citywide MoversSayers Citywide Movers
Ashley S.
We had the best moving experience! They were super helpful and professional through out. Would defiantly hire again for our next movie!
AALL Care Free Moving CompanyAALL Care Free Moving Company
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