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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 Glover Park movers
Thumbtack Customer
They movers were professional and moved quickly.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Mr. J.
The movers were personable and was able to complete my move successfully. There was a small hiccup with timing and initial location, but once the ball started moving, the move was completed.
Vivian K.
I had a successful 2-stop move with Next Day Moving. The company was responsive throughout the process and answered all my questions patiently. The movers were careful with protecting furniture with shrink wrap and moving them into the new place. It was a full day move and the movers worked hard.
Next Day Moving LLCNext Day Moving LLC
Rebecca c.
They did a great job! Our move was a bit complicated because we moved from one apartment to two new locations and the movers made it the easiest move ever!
Alexandra L.
We had the best experience. Troyka Moving took on our move on short notice. The movers were wonderful: punctual, efficient, and careful. Thank you so much, Troyka Moving, for such a smooth and efficient move. Would recommend 100%
Katie A.
The movers were efficient and professional. The move went seamlessly.
Eastbay Movers and Landscaping Services.
Nelson P.
My experience with the TROYKA Moving company was excellent. I had questions before my move, and they were very responsive and helpful. During the move, the movers came on time and moved everything quickly. All my items arrived at my new location in perfect condition. I plan on using the company again for future moves.
Lanika M.
Nando’s exceeded my expectations. Best moving service I’ve used. Great service, professional movers and they moved quickly. Highly recommended!
Nando's Movers LLC.Nando's Movers LLC.
Michelle L.
Terrence was very responsive and engaged through the booking and on moving day, and his movers were nice and professional. The movers went out of their way to help me move things to trash and donation bins. Highly recommend!
Conor S.
BOOM MOVING made the experience of moving across DC as easy, quick, and painless as possible. The movers were timely, professional, and adaptable, as well as highly cost-effective. I would highly recommend their moving services.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time, courteous and all of my stuff survived the move! They did a nice job moving a piano and large art pieces.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Luis S.
I needed to do a long distance move but I had very little time. I was looking for a moving company that can do the moving very quickly. Then I found Baku Moving, they were very helpful over the phone. The price was good for me and the moving was really good without any damage. They were neat and clean and in touch with me for the whole moving. It couldn’t get any better. Well done Baku Moving!
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Brittney M.
Carlos and team did an amazing job! They worked quickly and efficiently to move all of my things. Everything was well protected and disassembled and reassembled perfectly. They were very kind and made moving as fun as moving can possibly be. I will definitely use Ally Move for all future moves!
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The were amazing. They did a great job corresponding with my beforehand to make sure everything was in order. On the day of the move, they were efficient, thorough, and mindful of the things being moved. Great moving company for single item moves.
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Amanda L.
Very nice guys and professional, but moved pretty slowly compared to previous movers we had who moved all our stuff into the apartment.
Tanvi S.
Movers were 1 day late. Although the moving went smoothly
Maryam n.
I had an emergency move and KL Moving was very accommodating. I was able to complete the move on time. Thank you so much!!! <3
KL Moving & Junk Removal Services  LLCKL Moving & Junk Removal Services LLC
Shawna T.
Very responsive and communicative in setting up moving plans. The movers were quick making what could be a stressful move day, very easy!
C & Y Moving LLCC & Y Moving LLC
Jesús T.
Excellent service, the moving crew wired really hard and completed the move with care and efficiency. I would hire again if I were to move again.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Colton H.
Very careful movers, so these movers would be a great choice if that is a priority for you. Movers were flexible when I requested to change the appointment time.
Next Day Moving LLCNext Day Moving LLC
Katrina T.
Boom moving did a great job with our move. They were on time and efficient. We were very happy with our choice in movers and would recommend!
Louis P.
We had a great experience with Baku Moving. The three movers that came and moved us were professional and amiable. We moved from a third floor apartment to a house that had two floors. They moved everything quicky and the vast amount of stairs didn't seem to brother them. I could go on and on praising them. They turned a stressful situation into a enjoyable one. Highly recommended moving service.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Farrah X.
The moving was smooth and quick, will work with them again next time I move
Captain Mover & Handyman LLCCaptain Mover & Handyman LLC
Ben C.
Our 2 movers showed up on time and moved everything quickly and efficiently.
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were great and moved quickly but carefully. The scheduling process for my personal piano move was more challenging since I was competing with a request to quickly move many professional Steinways by another party. The Lewis team was gracious, but could have been clearer about sharing other time options for the move. I would use them again, and recommend them for quick, thorough moving, however.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
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