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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Dunedin movers
Don W.
Great move, reasonable price.
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Gaurav K.
Best movers I’ve ever used. Jeremy and James were great. They were efficient, friendly, and careful. I would recommend their services as they made the move much easier than expected. I will use them again for my next move.
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Colleen D.
Awesome job today. It was a tough move at the last minute and this team was so professional and made this move easier! We would definitely hire them again and recommend with confidence! Thank You!
Tiny Muscle MoversTiny Muscle Movers
Kyana C.
Caleb and his crew did a wonderful job moving my furniture. The weather was awful and they still were efficient and careful with my things. Caleb was extremely professional and I would use his service again when moving 10/10 would recommend.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Landon R.
Pride Moving is the moving company to hire. They wrapped up our fragile pieces and took care to get the job done without wasting time. They even took the truck to our storage unit to drop off one piece. MJ knows what he’s doing.
Pride MovingPride Moving
Kathryn p.
We can not express enough how wonderful these gentlemen were. I will be recommending them to everyone! It was a fast move, less than 36 hrs from the time I got a quote to being all moved in! Were else could you get service like that!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I got a call on a Friday morning that I had to be out of my place by 12 pm that Sunday, leaving me with less than 48 hours to move. Immediately I started searching the internet for local movers and was connected with Josh and Big Man’s Moving Company through Thumbtack. Josh immediately sent me a message and arranged a time to call. After missing his call, he took my call at 8:30 pm that evening (after business hours). Even though they were completely booked for the upcoming weekend, after hearing my dilemma, Josh offered to move his afternoon appointment an hour or so and do my move over the lunch hour. Originally we had agreed he would just move the heavy furniture, but when he arrived and heard my story, he agreed to take absolutely everything at a VERY fair additional cost. Without Josh and his team, I would have probably lost my things because I would have been unable to get them to the new location in time. They were so dependable, polite, friendly, efficient, careful and thorough through every part of my move. Everything arrived to my new place safe and sound, not a scratch one. I honestly couldn’t have done this without them. They truly were my angels in disguise and helped me out when I was in a terrible dilemma. Please consider Big Man’s Moving Company for your next move. I promise you will not regret it! Thanks, guys!
Big Man's Moving CompanyBig Man's Moving Company
Lisa J.
Excellent work with quick appointment time. Took time out to remove legs and door in order to get the sofa in. Highly recommended for small and larger moves.
Reddy Bin Moving & Storage LLCReddy Bin Moving & Storage LLC
Carrie g.
Used them when I downsized storage and moved some things around. Very friendly and considerate. I would definitely use them again!
Elite Hauling & Junk RemovalElite Hauling & Junk Removal
Maegan m.
The team that came were amazing. They handled everything with care and made sure we were taken care of before leaving. Best moving company I have worked with.
Pride MovingPride Moving
Laurie S.
So happy that I found Athletic Movers! Jeremy and James were just great, from first contact to arrange the move, to driving the truck away a few hours ago. They were timely, professional, polite, helpful, and pleasant. I so appreciated the flexibility when things changed, as well as the fair pricing up front. Except for the downpour during unloading, I’d say it could not have been better! Highly recommend!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Gina D.
The two young men that came arrived on time and wrapped all of my furniture so nothing was damaged. They took my bed frame apart and assembled it also moving things around to help me configure my rooms before they left. They were professions, efficient, and went above and beyond. They were very reasonable and made a typically stressful event seamless. I highly recommend this company. Sophia was excellent at communication as well. Moving is tough but these guys made it easy for us.
2 Friends and a Truck2 Friends and a Truck
Daniel W.
The crew was very friendly & professional. They brought 4 guys to move a large entertainment center & we asked them to come back next week to power wash our driveway. Excellent service!!
Kingdom Cleaning LLCKingdom Cleaning LLC
Kate T.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!! Words cannot express how thrilled we are with the work Barnett Moving Specialists did for us today, and let me tell you - they had their work cut out for them, yet somehow, they managed to save us a whole lot of time and money! Last week, we moved into a new house and hired a different moving company. When the truck was packed, there was still a U-Haul worth of our belongings left in the old house to pack, but the other movers didn't have enough room. So, this past weekend, my husband and I made several trips to get our stuff, but it was too much... way too much. This morning, in a jam, I found Barnett Moving Specialists on Thumbtack and they were able to get the job done - same day! Byron and Ashona met me at our old house, did a walk through with me and said they would have everything to our new house this afternoon. When they showed up with our belongings and I asked them to unload everything into our garage, I didn't think they would have enough room. The U-Haul was packed! On top of that, I was not looking forward to a mountain of things strewn all over the garage, not to mention another whole truckload of things to go through... I had to get on a conference call, so I let them do their work. Thirty minutes later, they had everything unpacked, organized and looking spectacular in our garage. I'm still in disbelief. We are beyond thrilled. Thank you, Byron and Ashona, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you did, today. Rock star service.
Barnett Moving SpecialistsBarnett Moving Specialists
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