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Q & A

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.

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. 

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 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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Alpharetta small moving professionals
Charisse M.
Great experience! Jason so friendly and professional. He was willing to help me with a very small job of moving one piece of furniture! Just what I was looking for and got it done! Thanks Jason and company!
Faith Moving Co.(Only God moves better)Faith Moving Co.(Only God moves better)
Maureen R.
DO NOT USE this company! Not only are they not insured, they are not registered with the Georgia Secretary of State. In fact, their company license was revoked in 2016. However, they continue to operate illegally. They operate under aliases when they are being sued. I have pursued a lawsuit against this company for failure to pay for damage to my high-end furniture. Do your research on the owner Malik or Malak Abdus Salaam as well as his workers. Ask for background checks. So, be careful who you let in your home! These other glowing reviews be very wary. Don't believe the hype! I have pictures, recordings and text correspondence from the owner who said he would pay for the damages, but has failed to and my move was over three weeks ago! DO NOT USE! 9.16.19 UPDATE: Not only is Malik Abdus-Salaam d.b.a The Movers/The Real Mover illegally operating a business, he is collecting payments via Venmo in DIRECT violation of the user agreement he signed to use this app. He cannot collect payments for services rendered in business transactions. See my picture of the email received from Venmo. I have also filed a case with the State Attorneys Office and have a pending small claims suit. This company has BAD practice and operating illegally. Whatever you do, DO NOT USE and definitely do not pay him via Venmo or any other form other than a legitimate invoice! But, save yourself the headache and run to a legitimate moving company, NOT The Movers or The Real ATL Movers!! 10.7.2019 UPDATE: This review is an update to the initial and updated reviews above. Malik will counter with a response stating it is unfortunate that Ms. Russell has gone to great lengths to disparage his company, blah blah blah. If you are reading this review and contemplating on hiring this company, ask yourself if Malik can respond with his "professional appearance," why hasn't he done right by his customer? YOU will be next! DO NOT believe his response. It is now well over a month and Malik, aka The Movers, The Real Movers has yet to produce insurance and will not respond to my request (advice from my attorney) for him to provide the name of his insurance company so I can file a legitimate claim for my damaged items that he will admit that his workers damaged. However, claimed I needed to wait a month and now will say because I went this route, he will not pay. Well, these are pure excuses and a blatant disregard for the care of a customer's personal belongings. This persistence of bringing light to this issue is the principle of the matter because my bank has already credited me for the full amount of the move which was $1275.00 AND he is ducking and dodging the process server for the small claims case I have pending. He refuses to be served, yet states he wants his day in court. Well, answer your door when the process server comes to serve you and let's have OUR day in court Malik! There are other legitimate moving companies on Thumbtack and Yelp that HAVE bonafide insurance and take care of their customers when damages occur. So, do yourself a favor and bypass this shady company!
The MoversThe Movers
Mike K.
I would not recommend this company for any move small or large under any circumstances. Issues I had with their service were numerous and at every point. 1. Timeliness - Showed up to the job 1 hour and 30 minutes late 2. Professionaliam - Driver asked me at one point why so much had to go on the 2nd floor and another point told me if I ever needed to move again, do not call him. 3. Work Ethic - The movers sat in their truck for over a half hour waiting for the Lowe's driver to finish the refrigrator installation so they could park in our driveway. They could of parked in the street and began moving stuff into our home. I personally moved items off the truck and on to the truck to help get the job done. 4. Team prepared - The team had no idea what the were moving. We were moving a 3700 sq ft home and the drive called me an asked if I was on the 1st or 2nd floor of the appartment building. Their sales person walked our home when we received the quote. No clue what they were moving. 5. Careful - We have multiple items broken, damaged beyond repair. When brought up to owner, she quickly asked what insurance we purchased. At no time during the intial quote was insurance ever brought up and that they would take no responibilty for items being broke or damaged. I could go on with a few other issues, but I hope you get the point. DO NOT USE TAGGABOX FOR ANY MOVE SMALL OR LARGE....PERIOD.
Taggabox Moving & StorageTaggabox Moving & Storage
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