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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 Marietta small moving professionals
Mark A.
This company was very easy to work with and made good on everything they quoted. Even on a holiday, they came out and knocked out a small move for me lifting heavy items and moving them to different floors within the house. Very responsive and professional. I will definitely be using them again.
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Thumbtack Customer
My first contact with Next Door Relocators was with Stephen. He was very professional and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction. I hired the movers after speaking with Stephen and reviewing company ratings on Thumbtack. I had a small move, across Atlanta. The movers, Charles, Hakem and Recardo were efficient, prompt and pleasant to work with. They wasted no time in loading and unloading my belongings. I had an antique armoire that was wrapped and well protected for the move. Everything arrived to the destination intact. Based on my experience, I recommend this company and they will be the first company I call if I need movers in the future.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Monica H.
I picked this company because of the ratings and pictures. Movers were not punctual, over an hour late. They got a truck that was too small so they left with my things in there truck to take a break and get another truck and returned 2 hours later. This move started at 10:36 and ended at 6:00 pm for a two bedroom apartment. They did not bring enough blankets to cover all of my furniture. They were under manned. My day was long and exhausting from helping and waiting. Damaged a few furniture pieces and gave me 10% off. This moving company was unprepared and seemed inexperienced. This was my first experience with a moving company and using Thumbtack. Next time I will choose a company with more experience.
Top N Town Moving Services LLCTop N Town Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Next Door Relocators for a partial furniture move from a 4 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment approximately 7 miles away. The company agreed to move me on the morning of July 1st. I put a $100 deposit on my Wells Fargo debit card to secure the service. I provided them with a complete inventory listing of everything I needed to move and they provided me with a reasonable quote between $500-$800 for 2 movers. I advised them in writing that my driveway included a hill and a small bridge that the truck would need to navigate. The problems began a few days prior to the move when they called me to switch my time from 9am to an afternoon move. I wanted to be the first move of the day but I agreed to the change. The next problem came on the day of the move. The movers arrived around 2pm and advised me that the truck could not navigate the driveway and they would have to return the next day. Since I had already scheduled an appointment for ATT to install services on the 1st, I asked if they would move 2 mattresses and 2 Big Screen TVS that day to the new house that day. They agreed to do this. When this was completed the mover said that I would be charged for 2 hours for day 1 - I agreed. Two movers arrived the next morning to complete the move. They still couldn't manage to get the truck down the driveway so they had to carry everything from the house to the street. Two additional men showed up to help with wrapping the furniture and I spoke with the company on the phone and agreed on an increased hourly rate for the 4 men. The movers do a great job wrapping your furniture and worked very hard but it is time consuming. It took from 10am until 5pm to complete the move. Okay - now it was time to pay - 3rd and biggest problem. I spoke with the rep and she gave me the total of $1,122. I told her to leave $100 on the Wells Fargo card and put the remaining amount on my Capitalone card. Well, the next day I was surprised to find another charge of $475 on my Wells Fargo card in addition to the $1122 charge on Capitalone and the $100 deposit already on Wells Fargo. Since we did not agree on the final charges I asked for an invoice which was never provided and then they wouldn't return my calls. So I was charged $1600 for a move that was estimated to cost $800. These people are crooks!!!!!!!
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
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