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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 Smyrna movers
Lisa O.
Best moving experience I have ever had. The young men that moved me were professional, moved quickly, and carefully. I definitely recommend Next Gen Moving!
Next Gen MovingNext Gen Moving
Joanna A.
Selecting U-Local Moving Service was a great move for me. The moving team was careful, helpful and efficient. They worked well together as a team. I especially appreciated the clear communication from the management before the move.
U-Local moving serviceU-Local moving service
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were on time and courteous. They moved every item with care and in great time.
Taggabox Moving & StorageTaggabox Moving & Storage
Crystal G.
Great communication, fair pricing, and moved furniture to location quickly. The movers had really positive energy and I appreciate that. We will use again for the next move!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Anthony D.
I highly recommend this moving service! They moved fast and took care of my items. I will definitely be using them again in future moves. 5 stars!
Jamie R.
Great move. Took real good care of my furniture. Best movers in the area
DA Lowe MoversDA Lowe Movers
Lucy M.
We had a great experience today with Hero Movers. They did a fantastic job moving a piano for us. The team was friendly, hard working and professional. Thank you, Hero Movers!
Hero MoversHero Movers
Dustin L.
My wife and I used them to move into our new house. They were wonderful. They were efficient and they wrapped everything to protect it. This was the best movers we have had and we’ve moved a bit! We would definitely hire them again. I’d recommend Eboni and her team for whoever needs help moving at a great rate and extremely professional movers.
Easy Moving Services LLCEasy Moving Services LLC
Jack M.
Bear Moving Co. were great. When I move again, I'll be hiring them again. They were clear and upfront with their fees and charges. They came on time and moved everything efficiently and quickly.
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Earl C.
The easiest moving experience ever! I would definitely recommend them for any of your moving needs!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Hamza J.
Midas Moving ATL simplified the process of moving for me at a reasonable price. They came in, carefully disassembled, wrapped, and delivered the inventory in a timely manner. I was satisfied with their service and would recommend them for moving needs.
Midas Moving ATLMidas Moving ATL
Stephen K.
Way too expensive. Over $600 to move a 15' storage unit two miles. Workers not incentivized to move quickly or safely.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Andrea T.
Brandon, Alex and David were a fantastic moving team. They were available and responsive with short notice and a fair price. They took care of moving my family into our home and was a huge help with a challenging move. They saw it through to the end and were careful with moving our things. They were respectful, kind and helpful. Brandon even went above the call of duty and helped to organize the truck so everything would fit. Will definitely hire for future moves again. Thank you!
V.I.P. MovingV.I.P. Moving
Sharon W.
Movers did a great job.
Falcon Moving AtlantaFalcon Moving Atlanta
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were polite, hard working, got things moved quickly and handled my furniture with care. Definitely would recommend them.
404 Movers404 Movers
Syleah A.
Greta movers! Will hire again
On Target MoversOn Target Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Have moved more than 15 times and this move was at the top of the list in terms of service, price, professionalism, timeliness, trust, and overall satisfaction. Ronnie Morris is a consummate professional and delivered above and beyond. If you need to move within Atlanta, go no further...
RLMJ EnterpriseRLMJ Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Thomas and all the guys at Tate the great were very helpful. I contracted with them for two moves (once into storage and then back out of storage) and they did a great job. The movers moved much faster than expected. I highly recommend them!
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLCTate The Great Moving Company, LLC
Jana H.
I have moved a lot in my life; I've seen it all. Bear's Moving was pretty close to perfect. They were punctual, professional, and didn't cut corners. Moving is Hell but they didn't make it any worse. A Five Star endorsement all around!
Bear's Moving CoBear's Moving Co
Laura E.
Faith Moving Co. (Only God Moves better) representatives came ready to work and not play. They listened to my specific request, moved everything without damaging anything, and I'm very pleased with the professional provided services. I highly recommend this company.
Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving & Storage. (Only God moves better)
Elyse W.
Mike and team had a heavy lift moving a Murphy bed and treadmill for me. So grateful for their quick service and ability to move these items for me.
Allen Home Furniture Moving CoAllen Home Furniture Moving Co
Thumbtack Customer
The guys, Sid and Lamont, were prompt, friendly and overall great movers! The best move so far since I've lived in the Atlanta area.
404 Movers404 Movers
Ebun A.
They were punctual, completed the move and put everything back together well. The move took a little longer than expected but everything else was smooth.
Wright-Way Relocation Services, LLCWright-Way Relocation Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move was for a one bedroom apartment. I hired two men. There was a lot of back and forth with different people each time to schedule. Once, when I called to confirm, he told me he was eating lunch and asked that I call back. I received a two hour window for arrival. On the day of the move, I spoke with two people who tried to get me to change my move to another date. They ended up sending a different crew who arrived 3 hours late from the end of the window. They did keep in touch the entire time but it was clear from each call, they wanted to reschedule my move to another date. Thankfully, I was compensated with a 3rd mover which turned out to be needed anyway since the location I moved to was very difficult to get into. The movers that arrived were nice. I must say Nick worked really hard the entire time and his efforts did not go unnoticed. One of the movers must have been new or a little less experienced. After my boxes were on the truck, the supervisor spent time rearranging them. I thought this was less efficient to move the boxes two times. I call it working harder, not smarter. To their credit, it was my first move with professionals so maybe that's how it works. Overall, the move went as expected and their rates are great. If you have all day to move and can be flexible with your time and date, 404 Movers will get the job done whenever they arrive. Next time, I'll hired 4-5 men to lessen the move time and I can just sit and watch.
404 Movers404 Movers
Alison C.
The guys at Stressless Moving were awesome! They shrink wrapped and moved everything quickly and efficiently. Just a great group of guys. You will not be disappointed. -Alison C
Stressless Moving Service,LLCStressless Moving Service,LLC
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