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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 Newark movers
Fanny M.
Moved belongings into moving truck far faster and more efficiently than professional movers at other end of move.
Get It Done ServicesGet It Done Services
Thumbtack Customer
I hired On Demand Moving Services 5 days before my move. The price was reasonable compared to other moving companies. Tlhe owner advanced my move date one day earlier to beat the Blizzards of 2016. The movers were friendly and
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Susan Z.
I had a very good experience working with Tayo from HighEnergyMovers. It was a small move, moving my son's items from a college rental into a storage warehouse temporarily. He will be moving to Philly later this summer and I plan to use HighEnergyMovers for that move too, if they are available.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a small move of some furniture that I purchased at an estate sale. The movers were great. The movers called to let me know they were on their way and were on time. They were polite, careful, and very professional. This would be a five star move-- except for a small issue with scope of work. Be very clear about the content and scope of work. I recommend these movers and would use them again.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Dennis Anyasi E.
Dennis and his team were punctual and moved the piano with utmost care. I recommend them to anyone planning a piano move.
B&N Piano: Professional Piano Movers Fully InsuredB&N Piano: Professional Piano Movers Fully Insured
Daniel S.
Lanre and the On-Demand team did an EXCELLENT job moving my new piano. I've hired piano movers before in several states, and On-Demand was far-and-away the best experience I've had. They wrapped the entire piano in blankets and shrink warp so that it could not be damaged during the move, and they handled the piano with care throughout every step of the move. I definitely recommend On-Demand for moving pianos throughout the upper-Delaware, SE Pennsylvania, and Eastern MD regions.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Robert C.
A to B Moving was a great choice. They are professional, punctual, and they provide great service. If I ever need to move again they will be the first people I call!
A to B Moving ServiceA to B Moving Service
Nicole R.
Great job moving piano. No damage
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Erick w.
Movers were professional punctual and effective.
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
Anissa K.
This moving company was punctual, professional and efficient.
Two Clever Fellas, LLCTwo Clever Fellas, LLC
Tanya W.
The movers were very nice and professional, and did a great job at getting my pool table moved and set back up. Would definitely recommend this company.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Thumbtack Customer
We have moved a lot in our lives & these are the best movers we have ever had; professional, personable & prompt. Thank you, On-Demand - great job, guys!
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Deirdre M.
Great service. Moved furniture quickly and efficiently.
Get It Done ServicesGet It Done Services
Casey C.
Problems with scheduling and communication. Movers were ok.
Two Clever Fellas, LLCTwo Clever Fellas, LLC
Alicia C.
Used TCF for moving furniture. Great customer service, kept informed along the way. Moving guys super nice and followed safety standards. Will recommend and use this company again.
Two Clever Fellas, LLCTwo Clever Fellas, LLC
Sachin M.
He was careful in moving the mattress and brought a protector as well for it!!
Get It Done ServicesGet It Done Services
Vincent D.
Fantastic help would recommend to anyone looking to move
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
Beth H.
The movers were extremely polite and very hard workers.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were well prepared and did an amazing job.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Gladys A.
Elijah and his helper came to a move couch for me. They were able to move the couch upstairs and remove a TV stand that I no longer needed. I appreciate the quick turn around and help
The Affordable MoversThe Affordable Movers
Carl G.
October Ocean responded quickly to my request, and their movers were prompt and thorough. I highly recommend anyone in the Philly area book them for their next move! These guys are great. Very friendly and professional.
October Ocean LLCOctober Ocean LLC
William M.
The movers were right on time and got the job done quick!
Two Clever Fellas, LLCTwo Clever Fellas, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were great! Fast and efficient with excellent customer service.
Revell Moving Co.Revell Moving Co.
Kimberly R.
Great and smooth moving experience! On time, efficient, careful, and pleasant!
A to B Moving ServiceA to B Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Reasonable company. I like the two movers we were working with.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
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