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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 South Austin movers
Thumbtack Customer
I have moved several times in my life from local moves to state to state moves. My move with this company took place just over a month ago. I will say they are easy to reach by phone. The day of the move I was scheduled for 7:30am, but the movers were very late and arrived at 8:49am. During the move my glass microwave plate was broken along with a bookshelf and the movers got lost going to the second location. The movers were pressed for time because the company had not scheduled enough time for my move. The company knew in advance they would have to go to 3 locations for me. The end of the move was extremely rushed. Since a move in itself can be stressful this moving company did not help in decreasing it. To improve service: Be on time. Have movers take responsibility for broken items. Be careful not to overbook the movers.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I would've given five stars but the movers were three hours late for our move. We were moving from two buildings that you have to reserve elevator time and luckily they were both flexible if not the move could've been a disaster. However, when they showed up the guys were very professional and did an amazing job moving us. We booked the move the week of the move so we were very thankful that they were able to move us. We would hire these movers again for our next move.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Sarah A.
Movers were great. Wrapped everything meticulously and nothing broke in the move. They even disassembled and reassembled our furniture. Movers were on time and worked quickly to get us moved.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Charlotte S.
Moving is stressful, but Mountain Movers made it way easier. Transparent pricing, quick and careful moving. 100% would recommend!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
My move consisted of a cross-town move, one bedroom to one bedroom apartment. The move-out and move in time took much longer than expected and the treatment of my belongings could've been better. Overall they were able to complete the move.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Clive P.
There was no issue with the move. I would recommend Alsam movers.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Lilliane S.
My boyfriend and I moved yesterday into our new place and King David Moving was great. The company called to confirm our move the day before, and the lead mover, Martin, called when he was 15 minutes away the day of the move. We had a move window of 8-9, and they were there right on time. We had three movers for moving a 2bed. We were finished right around 1 or so - under the estimated time and budget. Martin and crew were super fast and very nice. Best move experience in Chicago.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Patrick C.
Our movers were very efficient and got everything done in a timely manner. We’ve had horrible moving experiences In the past but AB movers made our recent move stress free.
Always Blessed MovingAlways Blessed Moving
Anna H.
The movers were punctual, moved quickly, and were very professional.
J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.
Leonard L.
Next Door Movers were very professional and efficient. Their estimate on how long the move would take was barely a few minutes off. Would highly recommend Next Door Movers for your next move.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I was moving a lot of valuable furniture that had to be picked up from multiple locations. The movers were very cooperative , arrived on time and moved everything in an orderly fashion. I will definitely hire them for the next move.
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Jon K.
Incredibly efficient movers that made my couch moving a breeze. Would absolutely recommend for any others who are looking for a reliable moving company.
Pro Smart MovingPro Smart Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great expeirience. Movers worked quickly and efficiently in getting things moved.
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Joshua W.
They were great movers! They made sure that everything they moved was done so safely and efficiently. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to move.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Mary S.
Movers were great and strong and very nice!! Thank you for a smooth move!!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Heidi L.
The movers were very kind and did a very careful job of moving the piano.
Zoye ServicesZoye Services
Patrick C.
The team was fast and efficient!! The move was very stress free thanks to our movers
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Vu P.
The two movers arrived on time and took good care in moving my belongings.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Julia M.
I was so happy with Galindo Moving! Very quick, and smart moving! Thank you!!!
Galindo Moving & DeliveryGalindo Moving & Delivery
Tri L.
Good movers. No damage to furniture when moving. Very responsive to my text and calls.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Elias P.
Best moving company I ever had in years!!! This is by far the best moving company and I would like to recommend it to everyone in the market searching to hire the best movers! Thanks Door 2 Door Moving for assisting me today at the last minute!
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Alfonso P.
I just called Door2Door moving services to book a last minute move and they were fantastic! Really straight forward with the rates, and even better the fact that they were able to book me the same day! Door2door moving services saved my move! Had called other movers and they ended up not showing up SMH. These are your guys!!
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Jesus D.
Mr. Salvador Dominguez communicated timely and professionally. He helped with the moving van rental pickup and driver. Completed the move despite additional time needed. The move was for my daughter in Chicago while I coordinated the move from South Texas. Responsible and trustworthy.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Keshia C.
Integrity was the best decision in regards to my ld move. The movers were professional, on time and the price fit my budget. Would definitely recommend them for any ld move.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
These movers were awesome! They arrived on time and worked in a team that allowed my move to go seamlessly. When we arrived to the final destination, the movers sorted the boxes and even double checked with me before they left that everything was sorted out properly. None of my things were broken (VERY important). This was one of my best moves, and I would highly recommend Chicagoland Moving and Storage to anyone looking for a professional and responsible mover.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
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