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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Carmel movers
Tony V.
Movers where professional and quick...great option for moving large items within your home!
Affordable MoversAffordable Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job, were efficient, and very friendly. Both the scheduling and moving were done well and would give Big Guys Moving a call the next time we needed movers. Thanks!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Patricia W.
I've moved 14 times over my career and Always on the Move was one of the best movers. Very professional, helped beyond what was ask of them, reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend them.
First StepFirst Step
Julie B.
What an outstanding group of moving professionals. Quite impressed and will use them again when we move next year.
Triple Berry MovingTriple Berry Moving
Dara W.
Best movers I’ve worked with.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Susan M.
Don made moving my couch so easy..and he is the nicest guy! If I have stuff to move again I’ll be contacting him🚛
Honest Don'sHonest Don's
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with Big Guys Moving. The gentlemen arrived on time, even a little early! The movers worked quickly and efficiently and were so nice. Very appreciative of their help!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Hany B.
This is the best moving experience ever for me, they were so friendly and nice. They took an excellent care of my furniture and all my belongs. They really worked hard and they have a very nice smile on their faces. I highly recommend EkoMovers to anyone needs help in moving and looking for a serious and nice movers.
Thumbtack Customer
Online scheduling system worked well, they showed up on time, and the two movers took good care of our furniture and home as they moved items in. They were also pleasant and friendly to work with.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Bruce K.
This company did a great for us in moving our furniture!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Jennie S.
We had one large item needing moved between locations. Mike was responsive, easy to work with, and worth every penny versus renting a truck to move the item on our own. Highly recommend!
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Ashley J.
They worked all day and moved my office. They were great.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Cecelia B.
We were 100% satisfied with Always on the Move Highly recommend
First StepFirst Step
Toyia J.
I called on this wonderful company after another group of movers fell through. What a blessing to use Integrity Movers. Best I have had by far!!! They did impeccable packing and moving at an exceptional value. They treated every item as if it were highly valuable. Just a great group of guys who made my life so much simpler!!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Rick S.
Fred and Chris came over to help us move things around in the house. Some pieces were very heavy. One estimate that I got which was twice as high as Wii would not move the heavy pieces. I thought that was what movers do! Anyway Fred and Chris moved them without complaint and without damaging anything. They had a great attitude and were very professional. They were running a little late for the appointment time and called a head to let me know. They were only a few minutes late. If I need any future moving needs, I would hire Wii in a heartbeat. I highly recommend them. They are outstanding and cheaper than most.
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Vinay A.
Back to Back movers was professional and gave me a good quote for the movement
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Big guys moving is just what they advertise! They came to my home and moved a huge bed upstairs with mattress, etc... and additional furniture to the basement. They are professional, polite and very helpful. I would definitely hire them again!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Richard A.
The movers were professional, and communicative and I think affordable overall. Nothing was broken.
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
Catherine D.
Big Guys Moving did a wonderful job. They were professional, thorough, careful and super nice. They went above and beyond the call of duty during and after my move. I would highly recommend them!! Thanks Big Guys!!
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Moved my 94 year old mother and the 2 guys did a great job........they were very careful of all the furniture..... very polite and friendly.......I would definitely use them again should I need a good mover.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Elizabeth R.
Mike and his team moved an elliptical from my moms to my house and did an amazing job! They were super fast and super nice. Will deff use them again if I need anything moved!!!! Thank you guys so much.
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Reached out to Integrity Moving Service on Saturday and were very helpful in getting me help the next day! Tayrell and Daniel were very friendly, professional, and quick. Had all of my large items moved out in under an hour. 10/10!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Mark B.
Great job. Carefully moved elliptical, including up stairs, quickly and professionally. Will use again!
Back To Back MovingBack To Back Moving
John H.
10 Stars for the crew who came out!!! These guys quite simply are heroes. They moved an 800 pound marble table to the second level of my townhome. This is not your typical run of the mill move job, and I was impressed with their willingness to not only take on the job but to execute it in a first class manner. I would highly recommend these guys for any moving projects that you have. Finally, I want to thank these guys for their work and the courage they demonstrated while working on this project!!!
Brother's Hauling & MoreBrother's Hauling & More
Angela K.
The movers were right on time and very friendly and professional, very appreciative and efficient! I had no issues
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
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