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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 Pensacola movers
Shelley R.
Awesome moving experience. My move was in the middle of Christmas and New Years. James did an awesome job of working with me and my unorganized moving situation. I would highly recommend to ANYONE moving.
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Don A.
I hired L&L Moving to move my granddaughter to an upstairs apartment. I was not at the move. When I asked her to rate them she said "They were quick and nice. They did everything I asked them to do. The mover were great!" I will definitely use L&L Moving again.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Ruth D.
Very good experience with this moving Company. I would recommend them for small moving jobs.
T's HaulingT's Hauling
Debra M.
If you need a courteous hard working moving company, look no further! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Excellent with everything with my move!!!
Glo Motion MoversGlo Motion Movers
Satyajit R.
The move was totally painless. Every single furniture was well covered and there was no damage of any kind to any of furniture. We had three very friendly guys who handled the whole move very professionally and with a lot of humor. I will recommend this company for moves any day. I certainly intend to use them if need to move again.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Don B.
very well mannered and quick moving movers that get busy and stay busy. No loafing or playing on their phones the entire time they were here
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Alex T.
Great job with my long distance move. They talked and planned out the move ahead of time. I would highly recommend them.
Glo Motion MoversGlo Motion Movers
Menglin A.
My husband and I recently moved from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze. We looked at many movers and finally decided on L & L. I’m so glad we did! Our move ended up running longer than expected but they two guys working still was very patient and got the job done. I am very happy with them and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for movers.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Rodney T.
I highly recommend Glo Motion Movers. The communication was A-1 and their team was prompt, courteous, and diligent. Our move-in went really smoothly thanks to Que and his team!
Glo Motion MoversGlo Motion Movers
Joni W.
I just had the best experience with James Cook Moving Co. James made moving so much easier than I could ever imagine. From the beginning, he put my mind at ease conveying to me that he would take extremely good care of my possessions and he worked out the details in a streamline fashion. I would recommend James Cook Moving Co to anyone looking for a hard working, prompt, easy to work-with mover and reasonably priced, too! If I ever have to move again, I will definitely be using this company!
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Nathalie V.
L&L Moving and General services followed through with everything that was promised. The movers arrived at the origin location on time, loaded quickly, drove to the new location and offloaded all of the furniture and boxes quickly. There were no damages. The movers introduced themselves and were professional. The fee was reasonable. We would use L&L again.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Glen j.
I would highly recommend this company for your move.
My Family & MeMy Family & Me
Suzanne O.
During the move the movers scratched my hardwood floors badly. I talked to the owner he said someone would be out here to fix them. No one has come here to fix the floor.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Gale D.
Lester home improvements dis an excellent job of moving my furniture. Although a couch couldn't be moved into my bedroom they definately tried as the doorways were to small. The fridge couldn't be moved because the doors had to be removed no fault of there own. The guys were very nice and were very reasonable price wise. Thank You Lee Doyle
Chris H.
I cannot sing the praises of this company enough. Mr. Javier and Mr. Rayvon did an excellent job moving Me and my family. My experience throughout the whole process was positive. From the very beginning, Mr. Javier was very responsive and answered all my questions. On moving day, they arrived right on time and got straight to work. Both of these men were very respectful and professional throughout our entire move. I will be recommending this company to anyone I know that is moving. Great job y'all!
My Family & MeMy Family & Me
Robin N.
We are scheduled to move April 1st, but so far the customer service from Mr. Wooley, not to mention the quote, is excellent. I can post a review after the move, which I'm also anticipating as excellent.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Christine B.
Ben and his team were great! They arrived early, patiently waited when we ran behind schedule and were very prompt with loading and unloading. The fragile furniture was wrapped and the truck was loaded very professionally!! They were very friendly and conversational the whole time! They made the moving experience very easy and even set up the furniture for us. Lee responded immediately to my request for info and pricing. They were great. The ONLY reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was some of the boxes we designated in the beginning that were to be moved did not get moved into the apartment and others that did not need to be moved were. It was inconvenient to have to move the wrong ones back to storage and get the correct ones out as they were very heavy. This probably could've been solved with better communication. I would MOST CERTAINLY use L&L moving again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Lindsay F.
I had a great experience and will use 30-minute moves again!
30-Minute Moves30-Minute Moves
Shelby H.
Great moving experience. Quick response time and great quality of work.
Darylle O.
Did a great job helping move with heavy stuff in my house!
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
Annette S.
Although I had to cancel my move, I want to express my experience with L&L Moving.. They gave me an outstanding quote and keep the communication path open with repaid response. I was very pleased with their service.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Nathalie V.
I hired L&L Moving to assist with moving some furniture into my apartment from a trailer. The furniture was in Houston and I was going to pick it up over Columbus Day weekend when Hurricane Nate caused me to shift the date to two weeks later. L&L Moving rescheduled without a problem. I received regular check-in emails from L&L Moving prior to the second date and the availability and friendliness of the scheduler made me feel like I had a personal team ready to help in whatever way possible. The price quoted was reasonable and there were no changes in price from the initial quote. If I ever need to do a local move again I will call L&L.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Lions Movers to help with any project--big or small. Kevin and Zan get A++ for their friendly service, Tarzan strength, and hard work. After hours of work they were still smiling---quite a bonus to have hard workers with winning attitudes! They take pride in finishing the job well and took no short cuts. I will definitely use Lions Movers in the future for any moving needs.
Lions MovingLions Moving
Amy A.
Never had hired a moving company before. Lee's guys were very professional. The 2 men did not stop the whole time. The only breaks they took were when it had started to rain and they were unable to safely move my furniture into the house. But as soon as the rain stopped, they were right back at it. Was amazed that they were able to move it all and stay very close to the time estimate I was originally given. Would use this company again.
L and L Moving LLCL and L Moving LLC
Mike T.
James and his mover's were very respectful, and packed up our stuff pretty quickly. He has reasonable pricing the total cost for our house and garage was $2100 and we moved an hour away. Him and his crew worked till the job was completed.
James Cook's MovingJames Cook's Moving
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