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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 Midtown movers
Scott E.
Last minute labor needed to unload appliances. Responded quickly and had no problem taking care of the move
A Plus MoversA Plus Movers
Dhruti J.
I had a great experience with Labor savors LLC. They completed the move for me in minimum time. I would definitely recommend their service and also would consider them for future move.
Labor Savers LLCLabor Savers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had a labor only move and they did a great job moving my stuff up two flights of stairs. They arrived on time and finished quickly. Workers were professional, friendly and careful with my belongings.
404 Movers404 Movers
Joshua W.
Bear's Moving Company offers you an unrivaled service in your moving-labor and transportation needs because of their responsive communication, care in transporting precious and heavy items, and at a great price. That was my experience and I hope yours is the same with Qualin and the Bear's Moving Co. Protip - During the move, you can also offer to help load or unload to decrease fixed hourly price if less time is taken. (Pay per hour)
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Thumbtack Customer
Todd made all of the initial set-up a breeze. He was able to coordinate our move iwth minimal impact on my time and great communication. All the expectations he set for time, labor, cost, etc.. were transparent and accurate. The crew that did our move were exceptionally professional. They took extreme pride in making sure our belongings were protected and no damage occurred to our property. I could not have been more satisfied with how everything went.
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Lauren H.
2 hours late to begin with. They sent 4 day laborers to my house for our move. These guys knew NOTHING about packing or moving furniture! The contract says they would be professional movers dressed in uniform. They were not at all! None of these guys even knew each other and it was clear they were new to this. They were all standing around waiting for instructions from one guy who was not delegating like he needed to. I ended up taking over to give them instruction to move things along as the clock was ticking and nothing had even been packed in the truck after 1.5 hours! I actually ended up moving quite a bit myself because they were SO SLOW. They did a lot of standing around, smoking cigarettes, waiting for more instruction. It was so frustrating, as if moving day isn't stressful enough to begin with! I would NOT recommend this company at all. They are NOT movers!
Atl Moving CrewAtl Moving Crew
Thumbtack Customer
404 moved me from a house in Marietta to a house in Dunwoody and it went perfectly from my first contact with them thru Thumtack. After checking out 4 different moving companies, I selected 404 based on their reviews. They were also considerably less than the other better known movers. I requested a three man crew and was very happy as all three were pleasant, efficient, courteous, professional and fasssssst. They handled my possessions as gently as an egg and positioned every piece of furniture exactly where I wanted it. Also, it was very important to me to hire trustworthy men and not use a company who picks up day laborers who don't speak English. I wanted to use a company with a regular crew and I am SO glad I did. I just cannot recommend 404 Movers highly enough, and in particular their A+ Team with DeMarco and Chuck. My move was stress free and easy as pie because I used 404 Movers.... Thank You 404 Movers!!! Mrs. Chuck White Dunwoody, Georgia :)
404 Movers404 Movers
Kenneth S.
I secured these movers in advance for a 9/21 move. I was assured a 12pm appointment when I spoke with the company. On 9/21 at approx 12:05, I called and see why the movers had not arrived. I then was made aware of a 12-1 window. Fast forward, the movers arrived at 2pm. Keep in mind, I selected the 3 men option. I was told they were told to charge me $65 (assuming bcuz they were late and lack communication) per hour and we both signed the contract. As they loaded and we arrived to the drop off location, I noticed the crew went from 3 men to 2 men. One of the guys approached me to tell me that he had made a mistake, my rate was 100 per hour, not 65 per hour, but starting at that point through the end they would charge me 65 per hour. Keep in mind, we’re about 3 hours in the move at this point. I said okay with a blank stare as I just wanted the move to be over and done w/ this company. Also, be mindful, it’s only 2 men at this point (the 3rd guy has disappeared) so $65 is the hourly rate. Obviously I selected 3 men bcuz I was on a time schedule., but again, I just want this move to be over. Well it took them a total of 5 hours to move a (2) bedroom 800 sq ft apartment. Oh did I mention, I personally lift boxes and had them outside my apartment so it would be easier on them and speed along the process. This company is a ripoff and I would not recommend them. I actually felt sorry for the workers.. I started letting them just put my belongs in the garage as they appeared to be overworked and about to die from the labor of moving.
Atl Moving CrewAtl Moving Crew
Thumbtack Customer
I have not logged onto this account in some time. But since Thumbtack is requesting a review of the last contractor I used, here you go... Long story short. I hired 404 Movers in September, 2014. I placed a stop payment on check the day after move and sent a partial payment the same week. Basically for property damages, lost tools and what I felt to be excessive charges (4 men / 9 hours). It escalated to the point of 404 Movers contacting their attorney and we have since settled out of court. Below is the email I shared with my attorney in September, 2014. At the moving site, I was very disappointed with the movers’ lack of organization which became very unprofessional. They did not bring the packing materials that were needed to protect my furniture. They did not have standard tools for disassembling furniture and asked me to use my tools. And it took four men nine hours, totaling 36 hours to move me; not including packing. To add insult to injury, after the movers left, I discovered that they did not do what I asked them to do. They did not pack my storage unit as I instructed, i.e., where I could have easy access to selected boxes and furniture. Upon arriving at the apartment unit and because the 10th hour was upon us, I instructed movers to leave all boxes in living room and to not distribute boxes to various rooms or to assemble furniture. I did not want to be charged additional hours for slow labor. I am still reassembling items myself. The movers lost many of the parts and screws to my furniture and I am still replacing them. And the worst part is that they damaged furniture. Some of the solid wood items have scratches and cracks and the piano has extensive damages. I have yet to find some of the tools and parts to assemble beds and flat screen TV. It has been two weeks since the move and I am still discovering damage that the movers caused to my furniture. Because I cannot move heavy furniture myself, I will have to pay another moving company to organize my storage unit so I can gain access to all items. There may be additional damage to furniture/belongings I have yet to discover. I'm still trying to straighten out the mess they made in my home and storage unit. Please note that I submitted the same move requirements to several moving companies and received lower estimates. I shared with Mitch that I wanted to hire 4 men to speed up the process. I was quoted $399.80 from Stone Mountain Movers, $520 from Basik Movers and $858 from Atlanta Peach Movers. Hourly rate and the number of men varying. I asked Mitch the approximate time it would take to complete move and he did not know. A few days after the move, I notified 404 Movers that I stopped payment on the check. I detailed my grievances in a letter (email) to them. I sent them a cashier’s check for $417 as a reasonable settlement of this dispute. The $417 did not include the $100 deposit they received in advance. So I have since paid a total of $517.
404 Movers404 Movers
Tina P.
HORRRIBLE AND RUDE!!!! So long story short my original pro Wada Moving never confirmed, so the day before I was scrambling to find someone. My fault I did not entirely read their profile to see that they only provided labor. So two young men show up and clearly one was in training. He was not moving very fast and didn’t seem to be able to handle the job or workload. We finally got some stuff loaded on a box truck I provided along with dollies, hand trucks, moving blankets, etc . drove around to the the back of the property as I was moving within the same complex. The one guy turns to me and says we only have 20 min left. I said well we haven’t even completed one load yet. I had paid for 2 hours but the fact that it took them so long, I called the owner Norma (who by the way demanded payment via Zelle upon their arrival). When I called to complain about the one kid who was clearly green so said they have to train. Him and I said well he should be trained along with 2 seasoned professionals, Not on my dime when you are charging by the hour!!! All I asked for was an additional hour and she was not even slightly willing. She wanted to charge me an additional hour. She said she felt the guys we’re threatened and told them to leave, leaving me with truck still not completely unloaded. Not to mention the new guy was unable to carry sofa and I had to help him carrying my sofa up two flights of stairs on my shoulder NOTE: I paid by Zelle which was what she demanded….I was told by my bank to never pay by Zelle unless it’s family/friend or someone you trust!! Rip off. No wonder she wanted payment immediately via Zelle, there is no recourse. The. She proceeded to call me a racist, I told her I have black people in my family and that is the farthest from the truth!! CANT BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE IN BUSINESS!!! Who acts like that!?!
T&N PartnersT&N Partners
Melody Y.
I contacted Precise Movement (along with a # of other moving companies) on Friday for a Saturday moving request. My project details included the following message: “Hello. I'll be moving out of my condo tomorrow. I need help unloading the condo. The items need to go from the 3rd floor of the building into a truck that will be located downstairs. There are no elevators. I'll be moving out of state so I do not need assistance beyond moving the items into the truck (that I already have). There is not a lot of small items. More so just furniture including: 2 king mattresses, 2 king bed frames, 1 couch, a kitchen table set, 4 small bookcases, washer & dryer & kitchen appliances (including refrigerator, oven, dishwasher & microwave). I estimate 2 hours to move everything out.” Upon calling, Precise Movement provided the most reasonable estimate: $175 total - $150 for the 2 hours of labor and $25 for a stair fee. There was an additional $25 for a long distance fuel fee that was removed because my location was right at 10 miles. I said “do you have moving equipment because the appliances are heavy?” I was given a response of “Oh, we have everything you need to move.” Cool, we agreed to a 1PM arrival time. After our phone conversation, Jeremy (Precise Movement) said he would send an invoice to confirm. I never received an invoice but thought nothing of it. The next morning, I request an invoice and confirmation. Jeremy calls to confirm (provides no invoice) and asks if he can come earlier at 11AM. I say, no problem and proceed to get the truck early to accommodate his ask. As it gets closer to arrival time, he asks if he can instead come at 3PM and even offers to provide a discount for my flexibility. I say, no problem… take your time! 3PM comes and goes with no communication. By 4:30PM I’m calling other movers to see if they are available. No one can come until tomorrow (when I’m supposed to be out). By 5, I’m calling and texting Jeremy, no response. It’s now 7PM and Jeremy finally calls me to let me know his keys and phone got locked in the car. Fishy but understandable. He can still come and will be there in an hour. I say, ok. I’m getting ready to go because I have to leave for an event. My boyfriend will stay and help with the move. So, I’m not even looking at the clock. Jeremy arrives 2 hours later at 9PM with NOTHING, no hand trucks, no back straps for the heavy items, no tarps for safe moving, no wrap for the appliances, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I don’t think anything of it, because I assume he has stuff in his car. Jeremy, his helper and my boyfriend start moving stuff into the truck while I’m heading out the door. As I’m leaving, Jeremy and friend are struggling with the king mattress and he says “ I forgot my back straps for the heavy items.” So… you were performing moving jobs ALL day and you somehow forgot that you were a mover??? I leave and say text me when you’re done, I’ll CashApp you. It’s now after 11PM and I haven’t heard from Jeremy. I text my boyfriend to ask how it’s going and he says “not good, I’ll tell you later.” They don’t get done moving until midnight. I receive the text from Jeremy that they are done and my total is $435. FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS. He said he would give me a discount down to $400 for my flexibility today. If you recall, my original total was $175. How did the total jump over double the original stated amount? I immediately call Jeremy to ask for a price breakdown. He’s miraculously able to finally provide an invoice. It’s sad that he didn’t plan on giving me an invoice until I demanded it. On said invoice, I was charged for the 3 hours of work performed ($225, that’s fine), I was charged a $30 staircase fee (was originally $25), I was charged the fuel fee $25 (he originally agreed to remove this), and I was charged an appliance fee of $125 ($25 per appliance). If you did the math, you probably noticed the math wasn’t mathing. That’s because he originally quoted me $175, then quoted me $435 over the phone. And the invoice actually says $405. At this point, I was very grateful for my $5 discount and paid the man his requested $400. Here’s what grinds my gears. We verbally talked about what was included in the move and I physically wrote down what was included in the move. Yet, I was never told about an appliance fee. After reviewing the invoice, I’m not even mad about the extra fees because the work had to be done and you did the work. I call to tell him, in the future, if you’re doing business you need to be honest and upfront about everything that’s included so customers can make an informed decision. Because I had other options and I didn’t need to go with you. Here’s where the s**t hits the fan. I get home and my boyfriend (who was a professional mover for 2 years) says you shouldn’t have hired them, they were not professionals. Apparently, they were “organizing the truck” for a large amount of time. My boyfriend took most of the smaller items down himself because they were so slow and in the truck far too much. And on a number of occasions he had to tell them to speed it up. I get it, you get paid by the hour so you’re trying to get your money. But I believe, if my boyfriend wasn’t there, they would have taken 5 hours if they wanted to. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM: There was significant damage to the appliances, particularly to the refrigerator. Jeremy didn’t provide any covering for the larger appliances. Which is odd given the additional appliance fees. The smaller appliances like the oven and washer/dryer are ok. I saw a couple dings here and there that weren’t too bad. But, the refrigerator front looks like someone was beating and scraping it. Now, if these appliances were old and dusty, I wouldn’t mind so much but I just paid over $7k for them just 1.5 years ago. Almost brand new, top of the line stainless steel name brand appliances. And for as a mover to treat them like crap is so disappointing. Jeremy and friend couldn’t handle the weight of the fridge going down the stairs, so they leaned the front of the bare fridge on the metal railing as they descended which is what caused the damage. After seeing this occur for one of the 3 flights, my boyfriend took over to do it properly. As a professional mover, he was able to guide the fridge from the back and asked both men to take a side each on the front. I would imagine since you’re both now in the front, you should be able to help course correct and monitor both of the sides of the fridge. When I brought this up to Jeremy he said “your boyfriend actually was the one to bring the refrigerator down the stairs.” Jeremy basically said any damage done was not his fault. In fact, he claimed there was a blanket over the fridge that my boyfriend removed. My bf has no reason to lie. He would gain absolutely nothing from it. So, not only did you (Jeremy) refuse ownership over the damage that you made but the larger concern is that you are so busy finger-pointing that you are not taking ownership of what you SHOULD HAVE DONE as the HIRED CONTRACTOR to better prepare for your job. As a professional, there are things you should have done to prepare for an appliance move. Why weren’t the appliances wrapped beforehand? What did the $25 fee per appliance go towards? Why wasn’t there extra help? I never mentioned my boyfriend would be there to help. So you brought 1 other person to move an extra large refrigerator that encourages 4 people for a safe move? If you weren’t able to provide the equipment, personnel and knowledge needed to professionally move large appliances, you shouldn’t have taken the job. Simple as that. Photos of damage included but it's hard to take quality photos of stainless steel.
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