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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 Gainesville movers
Ansley T.
11/10 all around! If you are in need of movers, Coop Troop is the best! My move was not the easiest (3rd floor/lots of stairs). Coop Troop was time efficient, friendly, and super affordable. I 100% recommended these movers and will definitely use again!
Coop Troop ServicesCoop Troop Services
Alicia W.
My movers worked hard to get my stuff moved quickly. They packed my storage unit to the rafters to get everything inside, miracle workers!!
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Alicia W.
The movers were professional and efficient. They wrapped all my furniture in blankets, then shrink wrapped. Everything was clean and undamaged. I will definitely hire them for my next move!
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Melinda G.
My experience was very positive and I will likely use them again in the future. Movers we’re careful, respectful. My only issue was communication. Neither mover was fluent in English. This is not a problem if I know ahead of time and can arrange clear communication. All in all happy with U-Local Moving Services.
U-Local moving serviceU-Local moving service
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were great, friendly,careful and fast, kudos! Unfortunately the furniture list was off and I moved the rest myself by choice instead of incurring more cost. The list had patio set/fire pit furniture in stead of two recliners and love seat and they were not set up to move my mechanical weight set of which did not get moved. I would still recommend them just make sure the list is correct.
2 Brothers Services Inc.2 Brothers Services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We would highly recommend Big Deal Movers! They were very friendly and polite. Went above and beyond what we asked them to move and were very fast and efficient :)
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Matthew L.
Great guys. Very accommodating with my moving needs
Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)Prodigy Movers (Local & Long Distance)
Alan M.
Highly recommend. They don't waste your time and are very up front about pricing and what they offer. Arrived on time and worked very hard and fast. Moved everything safely, reassembled anything they had to disassemble for the move, and offered to arrange furniture how I wanted. They won't try to nickel and dime you or exploit you like a lot of the bigger corporate moving companies. If I ever need to move in the metro area again I won't waste any time looking anywhere else.
Metro Moving Ltd. Co.Metro Moving Ltd. Co.
Laurie B.
This team was AH-MAZING!! Moving in July in Georgia is never easy. D and his guys were incredible! You will not get better quality if work or service than Get Moving! We cannot thank them enough for all of their hard work!! 🙏🏻♥️🍀🌈
Get Moving, LLCGet Moving, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were amazing! Highly recommend using this company for help with moving. They are fast and very professional
Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)
Thumbtack Customer
It was extremely easy to schedule my move with Next Door Relocaters. The movers did an exceptional job moving my items from a storage unit into my apartment. All of the furniture was wrapped and handled with TLC, only one 8x10 photo frame was broken during the move, which can easily be replaced! However, there are a few reasons I can not give this establishment a perfect 5 star rating. My first concern is the movers were not punctual. They arrived an hour after the scheduled start time. Secondly, I was told when I got the original quote that the estimate would be emailed to me, and it never was. After the completion of the move, I was told I would receive an email invoice with a complete break down of the costs. Unfortunately I had to call multiple times to request my receipt, before one was actually sent to me. I do recommend this company. However, I would like to see management address these concerns for a better customer experience in the future.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Holly H.
Nick is awesome! Showed up, was careful in moving everything and completed stuff on a timely manner!
Nick Spic N Span MoversNick Spic N Span Movers
Nisha L.
Excellent service , great price, and punctual. I highly recommend Buckhead Hauling & Moving.
Buckhead Hauling & MovingBuckhead Hauling & Moving
Jonathan K.
This was my 2nd move in the past 2 years. The previous move (with another company) was a nightmare, this one was perfect. Fairly priced, workers were careful and efficient (and good guys too). Everything was done as I asked in less time than estimated. Absolutely zero complaints.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Thumbtack Customer
BEST MOVERS EVER!!! I can not recommend them highly enough! Paki was totally professional throughout every aspect of our move. He and his partner were very friendly and good humored. They even interacted with our grandson throughout the day. We really believe if you use any other movers, you have made a terrible mistake! Oh, their price was outstanding too! I highly recommend Paki and his team!!!
Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.
Thumbtack Customer
They moved my five room apartment in two hours flat. So pleased and very impressed.
Man 4  The Job LLC (All Purpose Service)Man 4 The Job LLC (All Purpose Service)
Bernard D.
Extremely professional in every facet of the project. If you need a pool table moved, this is the company for the job!
WNC Billiards LLC.WNC Billiards LLC.
Tiffany B.
They arrived on time, got straight to work, were very courteous and polite! The table they moved for us looks great and the pricing for the move was excellent! I would most definitely hire these awesome guys again! I would also recommend them for your pool table needs for sure!
Arrow Billiards Company  (ABC)Arrow Billiards Company (ABC)
Scott D.
Great moving experience. Very pleased. Excellent communication. Great value. Would definitely use again. Recommended.
Metro Moving Ltd. Co.Metro Moving Ltd. Co.
Thumbtack Customer
The guys were great! Showed up ready to go. Moved fast and very professional and nice. Very affordable as well.
Valcin's Moving CompanyValcin's Moving Company
Cindy G.
Best moving experience by far! Thomas kept in close contact to let me know exactly when they would arrive. They moved my awful, heavy furniture with ease, packed the truck like tetras experts and took extraordinary care with my things. Incredible value for the hard work they did! Hire these guys!!!! You will NOT regret it! 😊
Karolyn M.
Responded to texts quickly. Completed the job quickly and professionally at the agreed-upon price. Would definitely use their moving services again!
U-Local moving serviceU-Local moving service
Thumbtack Customer
We had our entire home moved. Paki and his team were wonderful. We were very happy with the service provided.
Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.
Regina S.
I was very impressed with Smooth Moves professionalism and value, but I decided to hire another vendor that I spoke with. It was simply a question of timing.
Sarah C.
The movers were amazing! They were efficient, professional, careful, and courteous! I cannot recommend them enough! I will definitely use them again!
Grubbs Go LLCGrubbs Go LLC
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