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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 Sanford movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did an exemplary job with my move. They were very efficient and diligent workers. They were great communicators and friendly. I would recommend them for any move as they moved very fast paced.
Atlantis Delivery Services LLCAtlantis Delivery Services LLC
Jay G.
BKB Movers did an excellent job moving my furniture and appliances. They were very professional and ensured everything was moved safely. I would definitely recommend using them if you are ever in need of moving.
BKB MoversBKB Movers
Daniel S.
The team over at this moving company came out on time and moved all my home items with great care. I recommend them if you need anything moved in the Central FLA area.
Jen Y.
The movers came a little bit late but it is not a problem with me. They were friendly and moved all my stuff in a reasonable time. Carlos was excellent, very enjoyable to work with. Unfortunately, there was a small damage to my china buffet at the front bottom. I guess the mover did not put padding at the bottom. I was very pleased that Sebastian Moving repaired it on the same day and did a good job on it. So overall, I am still happy with the experience and probably will use Sebastian Moving again if I have to move.
Sebastian MovingSebastian Moving
Patricia H.
Fantastic experience. Hired them last minute for next day service and they were exactly on time, moved everything super quick and were very nice! If we weren't moving out of state we would use them for EVERY move!!!
Jackboy MoversJackboy Movers
Pavan K.
I am glad I hired Dynamic moving solutions for my move. They were very professional, showed upon time and were very helpful. They were fast and moved all our stuff very quickly. I recommend these guys.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Gwen R.
Dynamic's manager Jose is Great! Enjoyed my working experience with him. The three movers on the day of my move were very good at their job. I was a little dismayed with the timing. I thought they could have done the move in less time. Overall 'Good Experience'.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Punctual, quick movers that know what they are doing. Made my move very easy. I would recommend them to anyone in the area
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Kadyann S.
When I was in a bind and needed movers this company was the first to respond. Ashley was very professional and the movers were prompt. I am grateful to have done service with them
Set apart removal and haulingSet apart removal and hauling
Laura J.
Terrell and Kevin were exceptional, friendly, on time, professional and made the move effortless. I would DEFINITELY use Dynamic Moving Solutions again and would recommend to others.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
They were phenomenal from start to finish! We had to change the date 3 times, and it was no problem at all with anyone. The day of the move 3 movers showed up and were so incredibly good. They got the move done faster than we ever expected! I would recommend this company to everyone!!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Kimberly W.
I didn't get my things moved due to a mix up on my part but the entire process was amazing. The responsiveness and professionalism by everyone is top notch. Based on customer service alone I know my move would've been great. I look forward to using them on my next move.
Jackboy MoversJackboy Movers
Naresh E.
They came on time and moved our stuff without any hassle.
AB movingAB moving
Keerthi G.
Would def recommend. Prompt and helpful with moving additional furniture.
Kenchy professional moving & cleaning  llcKenchy professional moving & cleaning llc
Thumbtack Customer
E-Z Moving were excellent! Thanks Thumbtack team.
E-Z Moving & Delivery ServiceE-Z Moving & Delivery Service
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience! Carlos, Mark & Steve took excellent care of our move. We had no damage, they were professional and FAST! If we ever move again we will definitely use Sebastian!
Sebastian MovingSebastian Moving
Josette E.
I would recommend Dynamic Moving Solutions. The movers showed up on time, they went right to work/didn't waste any time, and they worked hard to ensure that I was pleased with their service. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due the lack of responsiveness from the call center who never answered or returned my calls on the day of my move.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Aaron W M.
Super fast and easy to schedule. Great value and great group or movers.
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Kimberly W.
They came through in a pinch and helped me move my things into storage. I love that it is a family business and everyone helps out. Quickest move I've ever had. Great value and good hard working people.
Moving and cruisingMoving and cruising
Charles K.
Had a fantastic experience with these movers. They also packed our home for us, and we were very pleased with all of their services. Moving is stressful, and this team was very client-focused and took great care of us! Highly recommended.
We like to move it movers L.L.CWe like to move it movers L.L.C
Amanda M.
The movers were on time & excellent to work with. Very friendly & hard working.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Joshua Y.
An excellent experience. I'll definitely be hiring these guys again for my next move.
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Sara N.
United Pro Movers were very communicative and professional. They did a great job!
United Pro Moving FLUnited Pro Moving FL
Tia R.
Get it Done Moving has got to be the best moving company in the Central Florida area. Atis and his team was amazing. Atis came to my house a few days before my move and gave me a direct quote. He sent two gentleman who were very professional and fast. The two men move everything with care in my three bedroom home in 5 hours total exactly what I was quoted. The price was right and the service was excellent. I would defiantly recommend this company to my family and friends. Thanks guys.. you ROCK!!!!
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Thumbtack Customer
Great group of guys!! this was my third move, the guys made it easy and stress free!!!
Maestro Movers LLCMaestro Movers LLC
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