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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 Jacksonville movers
Amanda L.
Amazing movers! Did a great job and were finished in the time quoted. Will definitely be using them for any future moves and will recommend anyone moving to use Buds Moving Company
Bud Moving CompanyBud Moving Company
Leslie B.
This was my second time using this moving company and I had another great experience. Maggie was great to work with in coordinating my move. The movers were efficient and had a sense of humor which is always a plus when moving! Thank you for a smooth move!
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers helped with loading a moving truck. Did an outstanding job.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Ralph and his helper were professional, friendly, and hard working. This move had a few trips to different locations, and Ralph completed the moves in a timely manner. I would recommend Able Body movers for all your moving needs.
Able Body Junk Removal!Able Body Junk Removal!
Dawn C.
Movers were on time, moved quickly & efficiently and were very careful with all pieces.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Russell K.
Hands down the best local moving service! They moved my mom fast and efficiently.
GRAND DELIVERY LLCGRAND DELIVERY LLC
Cynthia K.
I was very pleased with the way these guys handled moving our piano! They were very careful to wrap and protect it before the move. Would definetly use them again for any move we have. Highly recommended them for your moving needs.
All In One Trades and MovingAll In One Trades and Moving
John B.
I was attracted to Bud Moving Company first because of the price, very reasonable compared to other moving companies I reached out to. They moved all my furniture and boxes with great care, wrapping all the furniture in pads and plastic. They were efficient and quick about the move. They were on time for the move and very professional. I will certainly use them again!
Bud Moving CompanyBud Moving Company
Amolien C.
Had a great experience for my recent move. The movers were on time and provided professional service.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up later than expected but handled the move responsibly and at a value compared to other movers.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Bobby H.
The mover's was very professional and careful while moving items. And very friendly and nice I will recommend to anyone.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Kenneth B.
My last move was a disaster. The movers were terrible and had no clue what they were doing. So this time when I had to move back home, I wasn’t going to hire inexperienced movers. I hired Pick Up Movers for their reputation and they really delivered what was promised. They didn’t charge me astronomically and even there were no hidden costs at the end of the move. They were punctual, both on the moving day and for the delivery. My belongings have traveled so well that all my valuables survived this journey. I am very satisfied with the overall performance of this company.
Pick Up Movers LLC Savannah GAPick Up Movers LLC Savannah GA
Erik B.
Movers were punctual, careful and friendly and without any doubt I will be using their services in my next move.
Pick Up Movers LLC Savannah GAPick Up Movers LLC Savannah GA
Gary W.
Moving to another state and they were able to get me moved quickly and deal with unexpected issues very professionally.
Rock-A-ServiceRock-A-Service
Keesha T.
I inquired about moving services with several different companies before deciding to schedule my move with Door to Door Movers. Maggie was very helpful during this process and answered all of my questions. The movers were efficient, arrived earlier than expected and took great care of our items.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Lamarius A.
Movers worked fast .
Bud Moving CompanyBud Moving Company
Sue G.
Move was quick and easy
All That Moving Jacksonville, LLCAll That Moving Jacksonville, LLC
Jason W.
Best movers ever!
PT Movers JacksonvillePT Movers Jacksonville
Lea A.
From beginning to finished, everything was handled very professionally. The movers were prompt, courteous, hard-working, and very skilled in moving and wrapping my furniture so it will not get damaged. I will recommend and hire Door to Door movers in the future.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Careful, efficient and friendly movers.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Rosalyn J.
Pro Movers did a wonderful job moving and installing my washer and dryer upstairs! I am very satisfied with the services they provided!
Pro Movers & AssemblersPro Movers & Assemblers
Angela M.
The movers were polite and professional.
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Terry A.
Great guys. Great movers.
Bud Moving CompanyBud Moving Company
Alyssia A.
Had a great move with tony
Door To Door Movers & Apartment MoversDoor To Door Movers & Apartment Movers
Damian K.
This is an excellent moving company with people with excellent work ethic. I hired them for a long distance move. The movers on both ends were very professional and helped us reduce the stress of moving. Our new place had hardwood floors and when I told them about it, they brought rubber protectors and blankets to protect the floors. I highly recommend them.
Pick Up Movers LLC Orlando,FlPick Up Movers LLC Orlando,Fl
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