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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 Bartlett movers
Lindsay C.
Seamless move and very fast!
Quality Piano, LLCQuality Piano, LLC
Larry W.
This move has been a changeling from the start. And to moving across country in the middle of winter is just crazy. But the last part of the move was the most pleasant. JD and his staff were a light at the end of this journey. They were fast, Professional and just all around great people. If want you want a job done and are tired of all the drama that go's with moving just call JD Moving and let them take the drama and worries away!!! I would recommend this company to EVERYONE. And their pricing was real reasonable on top of everything else. Larry & Gloria
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Mitch K.
Highly Recommend Dominguez for any of your quick heavy moves - He responded quickly - Asked all the key questions - Kept me informed on the morning of the move - Followed up on my satisfaction later in the day - He moved a 400 lb Elliptical out of a basement and delivered it to my house without any problem - You can trust Dominguez
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent, fast work. Contacted Tom on a Monday he's was able to complete our piano move on Tuesday (local move). We will be using him to tune after the month he suggested so the piano has time to acclimate to environment in our house.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Daniel G.
Jason did a fantastic job moving my pool table! I highly recommend his service!
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Mike B.
Highly recommend! These guys did a wonderful job of communicating during the bid and planning stages. They were there to move our furniture when they said they would be. They moved us with great care and professionalism and then when when article would not fit in the elevator, they carried it up 5 flights of stairs without complaint.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Evelyn D.
They came on time and moved a treadmill to the basement as well as assembled it. Was completed in a very short time. I will surely use them again.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Jacqueline S.
Awesome job! Had them move some very heavy items (including a massive treadmill) and they managed to move everything while being extremely careful not to damage anything. They wrapped our delicate furniture and secured everything inside the truck. They were polite and got the job done quickly. 10/10 service! Would definitely hire again!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Nabeel A.
This team is great. Trustworthy and was very accommodating of all our needs. Just a great group of guys that I would highly recommend for your moving needs.
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Samuel R.
I needed couches and a fridge moved quickly because we were closing on a house. They quickly responded to my message and were at the door and ready for the job within 2 days. Fair price and communicated with me through the entire process. Would use the service again.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Sassan A.
From the get go they did an awesome job! The 3 man crew were on time, polite and finished disassembling the pool table in about an hr. They then provided me updates in transit and then took a picture of the delivery/ reassembly at the place I donated too. I would 100% recommend them to anyone moving. Great Job guys, and thanks again!
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Mary J.
It was a very difficult job moving a very heavy massage chair from a basement up the stairs and around a landing on the stairs to the first floor. He took off as much as was able and finally was able to get it up the stairs and out of the basement. Once it was out of the basement it was much easier sailing and we got it into our condo and he put it back together. I give him 5+ on his service. It was more time consuming then anyone thought it would be but he persevered and we are very happy and satisfied. Thank you very much Salvador!
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