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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 Winter Haven movers
Adam l.
Great movers.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely hard working and professional ... from corporate to the movers themselves. Price was fair and move was completed faster than expected.
EkoMovers of FloridaEkoMovers of Florida
Jonathan W.
They were 1.5 hours late to start the day. When I booked the movers, I verified the start time with the CEO, TWICE! The actual movers were ok but slow. The movers, which claimed to come with all moving supplies, borrowed 4 rolls of tape. The CEO wouldn’t let the movers take any toll roads on the way to the drop off location. The movers and I left the house at the same time but the movers took an additional 1.5 hours to get to the drop off location. The CEO had them drive down I-4 during rush hour, while I sat at the drop off location and waited. I had to have a lengthy argument with the CEO (and probably owner) to get any kind of a discount and the discount was nowhere equal to all the time wasted. If you are looking to have your time wasted and get overcharged, this is your company.
Atlantis Delivery Services LLCAtlantis Delivery Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move was very easy thanks to these movers. They called to say they were on the way, and, when they arrived they started to work. They assessed what needed to be done and didn't waste any time. They were very willing to do any thing we wanted them to do. They wrapped all items and used blankets so that no damage was done to any thing. Both men were very polite and obliging during the entire move.
Legend Movers 4 YouLegend Movers 4 You
Fabiola M.
I would definitely hire this company again. They helped me move from winter haven to Miami. They were very professional and on time and efficient. Next time i move they would definitely be my Go To company to hire. Thank you guys.
Homestead RevivalistsHomestead Revivalists
Rolande f.
Work was done in a timely manner. Jesse the mover was awesome and very considerate of my time.
We like to move it movers L.L.CWe like to move it movers L.L.C
Grace H.
They are nice people,nice team. Charge very reasonable. I will call them again for moving !
Kenchy professional moving & cleaning  llcKenchy professional moving & cleaning llc
Renee v.
Yelle moving service we’re on time and finished quickly. We would recommend them again.
Yelle Moving & Junk RemovalYelle Moving & Junk Removal
Marilyn R.
I hired Mike & Sons to move my belongings from one apartment to another. They were responsive, always answered my messages. They showed up promptly to do the job. They were careful with my furniture. They did extras for me that I never asked them to do. Great job!! I will hire them if I need to move again.
mike & sons transportmike & sons transport
Kimberli H.
So glad I hired these guys. Mike was great with his response times and they were all so polite and fun. They moved everything perfectly and quickly.
mike & sons transportmike & sons transport
Neoshia W.
Very good service, they arrived on time and moved my lift chair in without damaging my walls or the chair. Was very professional I will definitely use again.
Your best Move !Your best Move !
Donna M.
Best moving experience ever, from the get go. Punctual, responded promptly to my questions and concerns. Polite and pleasant to deal with. Definitely will hire again in the future!
Melvin R.
Do not use this moving company. The owner is a fast talking used car salesmen. He over books and under deliver's. He charges high prices for poor service. Don't hire this company!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Karelyne M.
Thank you Apika! First of all they arrived on time. They work fast, clean and neat. They came ready with everything they needed to do the job. I had a really big move with valuables and they made sure everything was cover and protected. They left everything clean even after almost 12 hrs of work. They made sure I was pleased with the job before leaving. They answer all my questions before, during and after the move. From start to finish they were courteous and very respectful. I am military retired and I know when someone does a good job and let me tell you they did an EXCELLENT job! I will work with them again and I highly recomend them. So if you still worry or have doubts about hiring them now you can have the peace of mind that this is the best moving company I have worked with.
Lisa S.
Very slow what should have been a four to five our move ended up being more like 8 they had to make two trips even with a 28-foot truck on a two bedroom apartment and a half full garage
EkoMovers of FloridaEkoMovers of Florida
David k.
Jose and Jesse did a Great Job, what I thought was a few things ended up filling thir truck. They worked hard and steady was careful with our stuff and showed us that everything worked after they unloaded. Would recommend We Like to Move it to anyone that is in need of this service.
We like to move it movers L.L.CWe like to move it movers L.L.C
Kaitlyn M.
I hired this company to do my move. The guys were great and so kind. They handled our items with care. I wanted to rate them 5 stars because I really really liked them and appreciated their hard work but they left a lot of items at the old house such as artwork from the walls and other odds and ends. They used a rented uhaul truck so they had to do multiple trips vs one trip if they had a big traditional moving truck. Again, I’d hire them again because they did handle my items with care and they were beyond kind and professional and lovely. But we wanted them to do one more trip for us to get everything out of the old house and they wouldn’t do it because they had to get the uhaul returned. So when you do hire them (which I do recommend!), just be sure to communicate better than I did prior to the move so you don’t end up taking 9 thirty minute each way trips in your small suv to and from your old house during a tropical storm to be out in time for the new owners…
Your best Move !Your best Move !
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