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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 Shelton movers
Michael C.
We had a great experience with Abode. Quick responses to questions, professional and courteous attitude, and solid moving help. It's also nice to hire someone with their own truck, so the movers simply show up, pack it up, and drop it off at the new place without the need for us to separately schedule the movers and truck.
Abode & BeyondAbode & Beyond
Sharia B.
I had a very good experience moving. Chris’s company was very accommodating and helpful. I was stressed by the move and he was able to calm all my fears and got the job done quickly and smoothly. They moved an entire house of furniture to my new apartment with no problems and a garage full of boxes and stuff to a storage unit at a different location. They did all of this in a few hours, they were quick and professional. The cost was very affordable for all of the work they performed. I highly recommend this company for all your moving needs.
General Solution LLCGeneral Solution LLC
Matt N.
Will update shortly. Item hired to move was damaged. Waiting for the issue to be rectified.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Karen W.
Alex and his crew member did a great job moving very heavy furniture on a very warm muggy day and had a great attitude the whole time. I am very grateful for their help and will definitely call him again for future moving jobs.
Alexander HerreraAlexander Herrera
Teri R.
they need to be better prepared for the job. they needed better equipment to move our fireproof file cabinets
New Chapter Moving Company LLCNew Chapter Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Moving is always a stressful experience. Especially when it's a long distance move from Connecticut to Ohio. There never seems to be enough time to prepare. I hired Movers-For-A-Cause. It was the best decision I could have made. Reggie kept in regular contact for the two weeks prior to the move date for confirmations. My move was especially tricky because I also had a loaded 10x14 storage unit about 40 minutes away absolutely filled to the brim with boxes. He came to the apartment a week before the move date to survey the premises. He was able to give me an extremely accurate price based on what he visually saw, as well as the description of the full storage unit. When moving day arrived, we arranged to meet at the storage facility to load the boxes first. He was right on time. He and his team took on an unexpected laborious task because over time boxes had tilted, fallen, caved in, and some needed to be re-boxed. I left to return to the apartment and finalize the remainder of the move. Reggie's men completely took care of the storage unit and called me when they were on their way to my home. The procession was steady and professional. In and out. The apartment emptied and Movers-For-A-Cause were on their way. We arranged a satisfactory window of time for the next day's arrival to allow for hotel sleep time. For me, the drive was long and tedious, but I was completely relaxed based on the arrangement we had. The next day we had a couple of follow-up phone calls and, just as planned, they arrived at the new place. They unloaded everything very carefully into the new apartment and unloaded all the storage boxes into my garage. It was finally over. When I moved from New York to Maine, the experience was a nightmare. The movers were unprofessional and did not uphold the original price. Reggie's price was exact without even a slight variance. Plus the service was as professional as one could hope for. I've already let them know that if I ever need to move from Ohio back to Connecticut or the surrounding area, they will definitely be the ones I call. ***** FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY *****
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Courtney I.
Where to begin with Michael and Gucci & Sons?? there aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful they were in what seemed to be an endless and complicated move. Everyone eased our biggest fears and anxieties the minute they promptly arrived. AND they were able to seamlessly pull the move off in such short notice!!! We have already commissioned them for our next and final move. We would 20/10 recommend them to anyone, anywhere, anytime!!! Thank you again, Michael!! 😇
Gucci & Sons EnterpriseGucci & Sons Enterprise
Linda A.
KNL moves fast!! I put my request in and within 10 minutes I received a call from Diego. I wanted the work done ASAP and same-day and Diego was able to show up within an hour to start unloading. They went above and beyond. Diego came with 2 additional people to unload boxes for me. He was great! Super smooth. The job was done in less than 45 minutes. All items/boxes came from a packed 10' U-Haul truck. The whole team moved fast and before I knew it, the job was done. Truly appreciate them moving fast and answering my request. I so recommend Diego and his team!
Ann M.
I am so thankful we hired St. John Moving! What an incredible company to deal with and what a great crew!!! We moved from a second floor walk up to a second floor walk up. Both locations have unique challenges with narrow stairs and tight curves. The crew was amazing. Everything treated with such care to ensure we went from location to location without issue. No challenge was too much and they worked diligently to find the right solution. The couch was the biggest challenge. Every option was looked at to get it into the new location (even hoisting it to a second floor window) and when it was determined that there was just no way they suggested a company that could come out to disassemble and the reassemble it for us. And this was at the very end of a long day in 90 degree + weather. No ask was too much and no corners were cut They are efficient, diligent and professional!! They even offered to haul a few items to the dump for us!!!! We could not of asked for anything more from ST. JOHNS MOVING and we thank them for all their hard work!!! They are the only moving company I’ll be hiring in the future!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Furniture moved from Ct to the Cape. Prior to arriving they phoned saying what time to expect them. All was packed and delivered nicely . All round good service. Thank you !
On Time Services LLCOn Time Services LLC
Katrina G.
These guys are awesome! They helped me move furniture on very short notice and provided quality work. They showed up on time, communicated well and had fair pricing. I would definitely use their services again and highly recommend!
Nova Renovation LLC & Handyman servicesNova Renovation LLC & Handyman services
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