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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 Tampa movers
TOni T.
Wow! My original movers had car trouble. I contacted them at 8am and they commited to come that day at 2! Their earlier job ended early and they showed up at 1230! Nelson and James moves everything I needed Great movers and they moved my heavy stuff quickly. I j underestimated my moving needs. The men were able to adjust their schedule and get my move done!!! Great movers! Great moving experience. I could not have completed my move without them!!!!!
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Donald E.
The movers from Swift Moves were a blur of constant motion! They were very courteous and responsive. We had a big move for us, but our Swift Moves movers stayed positive and motivated the whole time. There’s no way that I could have done this move without them, and I would definitely recommend they’re services to anyone who wants to have a quality moving experience.
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Chanell n.
The Athletic Movers were beyond professional and speedy movers! I would recommend them for your moving needs!! Thank you!
Athletic Movers LLCAthletic Movers LLC
Sylvia P.
Decided to use movers for the first time and so glad to pick Unlimited Moving. The moving quote process was so easy and fast.
Unlimited MovingUnlimited Moving
Sheila B.
Big Burns was very professional and I was happy with the moving of the furniture they moved for me I would recommend them for future moves
Big Burns MovingBig Burns Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Can't say enough good things about this company. My sister moved last year and hired The Smoother Movers and recommended them to me for my move. She said it was the best move she had ever had so I called and booked my move and sure enough they are really The Smoother Movers. Chris and Matt were FANTASTIC. Highly recommend. Mike Frimme
The Smoother MoverThe Smoother Mover
Becky B.
I've moved about 14 times in my life and they were BY FAR the best moving experience ever! I will never move with another company again!
FatBoi Moving & DeliveryFatBoi Moving & Delivery
Bill D.
Showed up on time and were very helpful in moving and rearranging during the move.
mike & sons transportmike & sons transport
Bethany B.
The pros showed up on time and got right to work. They were great and very personable. When contacting the company I was told it was $70/hour for two movers and was sent 3 movers. I ended up spending way over my moving budget between having 3 movers and the move taking nearly 5 hours.
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Lawrence F.
The two movers worked well as a team They were on time. The were very professional. They performed the move in two hours Outstanding move I would definitely hire Pride Moving again The rates were very reasonable Overall, a great job Larry
Pride MovingPride Moving
Jennifer T.
I would use this moving company again. If you need moving of anything, this is your guy! They moved 1000 Ils of granite in an hour with a great attitude. Excellent communication and punctual.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Stacey F.
If I could give Pride Moving more than 5 stars I would. MJ and Jonathan moved us today and were fantastic. The entire process from the initial quote & scheduling with Alycia and the guys executing the move was flawless. The guys were on time, even communicated the day of the move & when they were on their way. They moved everything quickly, including disassembling & reassembling furniture. They were careful with everything and they were a pleasure & fun to work with. I will highly recommend them to friends and anyone needing a short or long distance move. They do it all. I was dreading the process of moving but had the best experience & Excellent service with Pride Moving.
Pride MovingPride Moving
Kim A.
Pride Moving was an excellent choice for my move. They kept in contact throughout the entire process. I could not have asked for a better moving company. I will use them again in the future!
Pride MovingPride Moving
Glenn S.
I was negotiating my Baby Grand Piano move with Grand Moving & Storage within minutes of downloading the Thumbtack app. Not only was their price the best (I had been searching previously via Google with no luck) but this Team is comprised of consummate professionals. They were prompt (almost unheard of in the moving industry), courteous, respectful of me and my belongings and their work ethic and attention to detail were remarkable. This small move (with stairs) completed my move as everything else had been moved previously and the piano stored. The part of the move I had been dreading, actually ended up being the most enjoyable and “care-free”! Grand Moving & Storage will no doubt, be my “mover of choice” going forward! If you are looking for assistance, trust me; look no further!
Grand Moving & StorageGrand Moving & Storage
Raeven A.
Happy Moving was AMAZING! They went above and beyond to assist with packing and moving my in-laws residence. Both movers were extremely patient. Communication was exceptional through out this process. Highly recommend.
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
Jenni L.
Very professional, careful with all needed to be moved and even wrapped to be sure moved safely. Will hire again.
Mover MentalityMover Mentality
Heather S.
Swift moves was amazing! On time, quickly moved everything, and took the time to wrap items in plastic and blankets to prevent any damage. I am using them again on my next move.
Swift MovesSwift Moves
Jessica J.
Had a great experience with T&J moving. They were willing to go long distance for our move from Tampa to Orlando. Easy to set up the appointment, easy to communicate with leading up to the move and completed move as expected. Highly recommend them and supporting a small local business 👍
T&J MovingT&J Moving
Cindy F.
Completed my move in 4 hours. These gentlemen worked non-stop to complete my move in a timely manner.
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Leonor C.
The movers did an amazing job moving my treadmill out of my narrow front door. Highly recommend.
TruckLoad TampaBayTruckLoad TampaBay
Wande F.
Move and Go was very response and attentive to the intricate details of my requests. The requests of my move were interesting I was moving out due to a crisis. I greatly appreciate Move and Go's flexibility, patience and willingness to follow my requests. They arrived within the time frame stated and were careful with my belongings.I highly recommend Move and Go. FYI 2 hour minimum cost/pay for service.
Move And GoMove And Go
Joanna f.
I had an amazing experience with Grand Moving & Storage. They came right on time, stayed in constant communication with me and handled my move with ease. They respected all of my belongings and took great care in moving any items that were fragile or breakable. They made a point to move boxes to the appropriate rooms in my house including upstairs rooms. I would absolutely use this company for any moves needed in the future.
Grand Moving & StorageGrand Moving & Storage
Yan C.
Great moving services
Christina H.
Scheduled the move last minute after being quoted over $500 to move with another company. Really friendly movers, they were in and out quickly and you can’t beat the price. Took the time to take my desk apart to move and put it back together with no hesitation. Spoke with my roommate and assisted him with moving on same day along with junk removal service. If you’re looking for a quality, friendly and affordable service look no further!
Hudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.CHudsonhotshotsmoving L.L.C
Colleen C.
Happy Movers were great! Caleb was very responsive to my messages from the beginning. He kept in contact with me to make sure nothing changed before the move. Caleb and Jeremy showed up on time, we’re friendly and happy to be there to help us. They arranged and rearranged the couch several times and even gave their suggestions. I highly recommend Happy Movers and will definitely reach out to them again for the next move. If you are looking for professional movers who do a great job, don’t hesitate to contact Happy Movers, you won’t be disappointed!
Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)Happy Moving - (2 hr. minimum)
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