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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 Fort Pierce movers
Mary S.
Yohann made a very difficult moving experience a successful moving experience. Thanks Mary
First Line Movers CorpFirst Line Movers Corp
Thomas B.
moved out of my 2 bedroom condotwo way home across town I just purchased. Lenny came over on a Sunday and moved me in 3 hours for under $400. highly recommend him for anyone looking for a mover. would give him more stars if the option was available
Lenny VanGo Moving ServicesLenny VanGo Moving Services
Audra S.
I am very glad that I hired Quincy and his team. He worked with me on a reasonable price and day to move, answered all my questions and took care with my personal items. He stayed in contact with me while he was moving my items and eased any nervousness I had about moving my things. I contacted other companies before him that wanted to rip me off or make me pay extra because I had a small move. I am so glad I hired Let's Move LLC and I will recommend them to anyone I can as well as use them for any future moves. Thank you Quincy and team for being professional, courteous and kind.
Let's Move LLCLet's Move LLC
Christine K.
Joe and crew were the best! They were personable, prompt, and careful in moving a very heavy piano. Will recommend C&J to neighbors who may be moving and will be using them again if necessary. 👍🏻
C&J Trucking & Storage LLCC&J Trucking & Storage LLC
Betty J.
We needed a short notice move and it will be today but so far all my contacts have been wonderful with Lenny VanGo. He has worked with our crazy schedule. Today is moving day betty
Lenny VanGo Moving ServicesLenny VanGo Moving Services
Frances G.
Lenny and his men did an excellent job. They arrived on time; worked efficiently and safely. Our move was in 2 parts...one to our house and one to storage! We will definitely use them when we move again!
Lenny VanGo Moving ServicesLenny VanGo Moving Services
Thalia E.
Sedric did an awesome job moving furniture and putting them together for me, he was very efficient, professional, and work fast. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with moving and I would definitely rehire him again. Thanks, Sedric
Clear ItClear It
Steve M.
Cut off communications a week prior to move. All of sudden phone has no VM set up (blocked me ) Yes ,yes , yes’d me to the point where you feel comfortable and then disappear. This is my first experience with TT ! Forget it. No accountability, no responsibility. NEVER USE , same with this mover !!
VKH Movers of South FloridaVKH Movers of South Florida
Allie L.
Got back to me with an estimate faster than anyone else. Scheduled my move quickly and exactly when I wanted it.
Pick Up Movers LLC Orlando,FlPick Up Movers LLC Orlando,Fl
Lenny is a super cool guy....His team was amazing! I would recommend anyone moving to hire Lenny Van Go!!!
Lenny VanGo Moving ServicesLenny VanGo Moving Services
Sonja C.
Anderson Moving was excellent. Ryan and his team were responsive, punctual, professional and flexible. I would definitely use this company again.
Andersen MovingAndersen Moving
Diane C.
I can't say enough about how easy and smooth Ken-Do Movers made this for me. Considerate, polite, non-stop, got the job done! You will not be disappointed.
KEN-DO Movers, LLCKEN-DO Movers, LLC
Kyle R.
First time ever moving and was the best experience I could've hoped for.. Ryan, Jake, and Mitch were all fantastic. Professional, Fun, Quick, and courteous. Absolutely amazing welcome to Florida. Above and Beyond 5 star service.
Andersen MovingAndersen Moving
Kaylee D.
Francisco was AWESOME! He was so patient with us while we were waiting days for my parents POD to arrive. Him and his team put my parents (and me) at ease with their move. They didn’t leave until their very complicated SleepNumber bed was set up. I am very grateful for them for all of their help. We couldn’t have done it without them!!!! 100% recommend!
CrocsMovers, IncCrocsMovers, Inc
Marcia J.
Lenny VanGo moved my household to a new location as well as a second stop to storage. We even made a stop at recycling with a large item which was wonderfully helpful to me. The men were good steady workers, perfectly polite and courteous. They worked well as a team, were helpful and accommodating. The only thing I would do differently next time is to ask Lenny to come and estimate the job beforehand so all would know what to expect in terms of the time involved.
Lenny VanGo Moving ServicesLenny VanGo Moving Services
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