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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 Anderson movers
Nicole K.
They communicated very well, worked fast, the movers were very friendly and took care when moving our items.
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Christine O.
They were the first ones to respond with my moving request. They were friendly, courteous, and moved everything in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend Honest Don's!
Honest Don'sHonest Don's
Carolyn P.
In & Out Moving is a very young company, who I rate as good/very good and on their way to being an excellent company. On moving day, a customer should be prepared to be flexible with schedule and timing. To my relief, I had not moved my household tools, I could provide all the tools necessary to disassemble pieces such as beds, glass top tables, etc, as the crew was not in a truck equipped with those. As stated, the company is very young and has not yet acquired all moving vehicles and equipment that will come with experience and years in the business. As for the owners and the crew, I do have to give 5 stars for attitude and hard work. I have never seen three men move a truck full of furniture from one house to another so quickly and this is the umpteenth time I have moved house. The moving crew worked well together, and pushed themselves to do the very best they could. The move started late, but I still expected the crew to give themselves a much-deserved break. They did not break, but pushed on until every thing was off the truck. I hope that as time and more moves go by, they will learn that breaks and pacing the work are necessary and help ward off fatigue and makes the off-loading not so difficult. In all fairness, our stuff was not easy to move because we have multiple large pieces, multiple items that needed disassembly and re-assembly, glass and other fragile items. All in all, I am happy that In & Out moved us. The whole company does work hard and gives the very best of themselves.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
Jim H.
My quote was reasonable, no hidden fees. The day of the move, these guys were on time and respectful with our belongings. They were also extremely easy to communicate with. I hate moving, and don't want to do it any time again soon but if I had to do it, I'd definitely go back to Pick Up Movers. One more thing, the pricing never changed. They kept their words.
Pick Up Movers LLC KYPick Up Movers LLC KY
Mike D.
These guys were very professional and did an excellent job at moving even the most difficult stuff.
First StepFirst Step
Thumbtack Customer
Guys did a great job moving a piano from my church to my home. They were friendly, professional and prompt!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Janel p.
Can’t say enough great things about these guys My go to movers/handymen for me and my family from now on!!
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Erika D.
Five stars. Very professional, fast, affordable, high quality of work. Definitely recommend. They unloaded a moving pod for us, we thought it would take 2-3 hours. Crew of 4 finished in under an hour.
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
James D.
Awful , unprofessional, disappointing. These are just a few words I would use to describe my experience with IN AND OUT MOVING. The company was hired to pack me on Thursday, November 5 and move me on Friday, November 6. I have intentionally waited a few weeks to make this review giving them an opportunity to make the situation right. I have called Kevin (the owner )three times and text him once and I’ve also emailed and got no response from them. When I spoke to the logistics manager Jason who informed me that even though the manager had offered a discount to cover part of the cost and then he (Jason) offered the same amount that the two owners were unwilling to actually honor that. I initially declined their offer because my family and friends did at least 1/3 of the work minimum.They sent a group of inexperienced people to pack ( they started around 10 o’clock and left just after 4 PM) and only got through about 60% before they left that day. The next morning when my movers were to arrive they showed up around 930 and they were immediately overwhelmed and disappointed. One immediate concern was that the Packers didn’t pack everything. The next concern was that they didn’t have enough trucks for people. We had contracted them for six men and three full-size trucks. The manager Katrina stopped by my home Thursday to check on the packers and reiterated that they would have three full-size trucks and six people and possibly another manager named Jason. I was concerned based on how little they got done on day one and whether we would be able to get everything out in time for my buyers on Friday. I asked her if I should get a trailer or two to help out and she reassured me that they would be able to get the job done. The movers that did come Friday we’re very disappointed. They said that the company “continually puts them in this position” and also noted that “we always look stupid and have to face the customer and deal with the problems”. They arrived that morning with four guys one large truck and one small truck and immediately noted that they were not going to be able to get the job done in one day. The guys that came to the house tried to make the best of the situation. I gathered them in my driveway that Friday morning and let them know that I was gonna work right alongside them to help them get this done which they really appreciated . It absolutely wore me out moving all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I had to borrow two trailers and two pick up trucks on Friday and my wife daughter dad and I worked all day Friday loading packing and hauling. Yes the job that I hired them to do I ended up having to do because they couldn’t get it done. We didn’t get out Friday night but we stopped at 9o’clock because the guys we’re moving slow and we’re tired from trying to get this job done with 2/3 of the crew and 1/3 of the trucks. I called the owner Friday night and expressed my displeasure and let him know his guys were worn out and they needed to go home. I had to call the buyer of my home and let them know they could not get into my house because my movers did not all show up and we weren’t finished and still had an entire floor left to go Saturday. I knew they weren’t going to get this done Saturday without more help so got 8 additional adults plus my wife and I, a van an SUV, three pick up trucks and two trailers and we worked our butts off to get out so that our buyers could get in by noon. Not only did IN & OUT MOVING breach the contract and not get us out on time and not get us moved, and not only did my family and friends all have to pitch in to get the move completed but they charge me full price! One of the most unprofessional and disappointing jobs I’ve ever hired anybody to do on any project. Their response for us doing 1/3 of the move?....” you didn’t have to do that“ to which I responded you weren’t even out on time with all the help we gave you. Their response to overcharging me “you don’t like it will see you in court“ It’s hard to imagine a company in today’s day and age treating people so poorly and being able to stay in business.
In & Out MovingIn & Out Moving
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