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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 Decatur movers
Thumbtack Customer
Dietric was very responsive, professional, and fast! After another mover no-showed, I called DA Lowe Movers for a same-day move. They arrived 3 hours later!
DA Lowe MoversDA Lowe Movers
Kenneth M.
247 Moving and Freight provides top-notch moving services without any drama. They moved my office in a timely and efficient manner. I highly recommend them.
247 Moving & Freight Inc. (Acworth)247 Moving & Freight Inc. (Acworth)
Mia I.
Great movers! Came on time and moved us efficiently. Also very professional, would recommend!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Derek M.
My move was terrible. The movers arrived with no truck and it took three hours to secure one. The crew was great but the move itself was a disaster. I received little to no contact from Bellhops and would not recommend.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Meggan P.
The actual movers who came to our house: (Tate, Fred, Gabriel, and Quinn) were wonderful- they talked me off the ledge of stress as it was just me and my 13 year old daughter trying to move from a 2500 sq ft house. They were patient and persistent as moving issues (steep driveway, narrow stairwells and hallways) came up. However, the people at the call center who booked my move were less helpful. They didn't tell the movers after I updated my inventory a week prior to the move. Nor did they tell the movers about the two beds that needed to be dismantled and set back up. The movers adjusted and did what needed to be done, but better communication would have made it go more smoothly. So all in all, it was a stressful but successful move. My only suggestion is for the people in the office to communicate better with the movers.
Ray F.
My Movers rock was excellent they arrived when they said they would. It was an overall great experience small job of moving a treadmill.
My Movers RockMy Movers Rock
Shaun K.
SunnySide Moving Co did a great job. They were able to move a difficult heavy object up a tight stairway.
SunnySide Moving CoSunnySide Moving Co
Thumbtack Customer
The move team was excellent! They went the extra mile to make sure I was completely moved in even telling me I needed a different dryer plug and installing it for me before they left. Best move experience I've ever had and I've moved a lot during my life. I would definitely hire 404Movers again and would recommend them to friends and family or anyone who needs a reliable moving company.
404 Movers404 Movers
Brandie I.
There was a slight mix up with my move which caused a delay, but Eric corrected the mixup and the movers themselves were hardworking, professional, and all around good people. They finished the move before the three hour minimum, so they stayed and helped me assemble my bed, which was nice to not have on my to-do list for the day. (The last time I moved, my movers with another company showed up incredibly high, so it was also a relief to work with people who were in the same universe as I was.) Eric also was one of the few movers who was able to accommodate my move on a shorter notice and his rates were straightforward and reasonable. I'd definitely recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time, moved quickly and offered to move anything else ............fast, efficient and I will definitely use again , whenever the needed............
Valcin's Moving CompanyValcin's Moving Company
Laura L.
Midas Moving did such a great job with my move! They were on time, so polite, and went above and beyond to get my furniture moved quickly. I can’t say enough good things about this company. Highly recommended!
Midas Moving ATLMidas Moving ATL
Thumbtack Customer
The two movers NDR sent over were great. They worked well as a team. They were quick, very pleasant and did a great job. The move with just two movers took less time than when I'd had 3 in the past. And this move was about a 45 min drive away. Happy w NDR and would definitely recommend them.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Mukesh R.
Prodigy movers stick to their estimates by promptly completing work within the expected time unlike most other movers who drag the time and increase the cost. I was able to move my two bedroom in about $400. Highly suggested.
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
Dara S.
Prodigy Movers did an excellent job with my move. They were friendly, punctual, efficient, and creative and careful with maneuvering the large furniture I had. They made my move smooth and stress-free. I would definitely hire them again!
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
Sandy w.
Great job moving , polite and efficient even in the rain . I will definitely use them again on my next move in a few months.
Dubem N.
Moved items very efficiently.
DevDawg ServicesDevDawg Services
Sharonda W.
Did a wonderful job with my move. Had no issues or problems. “Team Work Makes The Dream Work” Will hire again for next move!!!
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Thumbtack Customer
These movers were efficient, professional and easy to work with. They were also incredibly affordable, I will definitely be using them with any future moves!
Everything Goes Moving Company   LLCEverything Goes Moving Company LLC
Shane R.
Tony was very responsive to my intital questions and followed up with me the day before my move, the morning of the move and right before they were going to show up. My dad helped me move to ATL from NC and CrossFit Movers saved the day once we got to town. Professional, efficient, very friendly and just all around great guys. Worth every penny. Book them for your next move, you won't regret it!!
Crossfit MoversCrossfit Movers
Sunny C.
canceled moving last minute.
Ike's Moving ProsIke's Moving Pros
Kartik D.
We are really happy with this moving.
RLMJ EnterpriseRLMJ Enterprise
Elizabeth W.
Michael and Holden at Falcon Movers are so amazing! They showed up on time and knocked out our move in the time we allotted. When we had last minute scheduling changes they were able to work with us. Super nice guys! Last time we moved we went with some randos last minute and a lot of our cheap furniture broke in the move. Michael and Holden secures all of our furniture safely and it all remained intact through the move. They were so careful and gentle with our stuff that some open totes/boxes we had moved didn’t spill out into the truck.
Falcon Moving AtlantaFalcon Moving Atlanta
Lindsay P.
I've trusted them to move my piano twice now, and they never disappoint! If you need your piano moved, look no further. These are the guys!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
On time, professional, skilled, careful. Will use them again. This was our 5th move in 6 years, and one of the smoothest because of Tate the Great Movers.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLCTate The Great Moving Company, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Next Door Relocators were excellent, very skilled, and professional. They went above and beyond regarding multiple details that made our move day a cinch. Moving is stressful and these guys really helped us to feel better on move day. Thank you guys.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
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