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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Columbus movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great stress free moving experience from College Movers. Highly recommended.
College Movers & Junk HaulingCollege Movers & Junk Hauling
Dr t.
Professional Movers could improve by never claiming to be "Professional" or "Movers". The time and date for my long-distance move were confirmed 12 days prior to the day of the move. I texted the night before "just checking in to see if we're still on for tomorrow at 8 am." There was NO response. I continued to make calls and texts with NO reply. I was forced to make last-minute arrangements and incurred unnecessary expenses and stress. What a sham.
Maverick MoversMaverick Movers
Zach h.
Don and his nephew were great! We needed help moving on a short notice. After contacting several movers, Dons beat everyone’s price and was able to get us on the schedule. They treated my mother and her items with respect. Would recommend for anyone needing an apt or small house moved. Great guys!
Honest Don'sHonest Don's
Deanna K.
My movers were prompt, efficient, courteous and all-around TERRIFIC! I would recommend Triple Berry to anyone. Moving is such a stressful experience and this team pulled it off without a hitch! Thanks!!!
Triple Berry MovingTriple Berry Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They arrived in time and handled a small, but difficult job. The movers were friendly.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Ochuko E.
Daniel and Ralph helped me move from Columbus to Indianapolis. They were very professional and efficient, and took great care to avoid damaging my furniture and the surrounding walls/floors. I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to move.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Kim W.
They should choose a new name as they have no integrity. Our items were stolen, damaged, we were charged an extra $700 for boxes, an extra $175 for moving the piano, labor charges were inflated and they want payment without documentation of charges. Worst ever movers now threatening us of legal action if we don’t pay. Advertise they take care of damaged items 100% but they want paid in full first. Would you pay $5,400 for a 3 bedroom house to be moved! Finally, they did not complete the job! We had to hire another crew! BEWARE!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Mary C.
The movers themselves did a good job, but their quote didn't disclose multiple hidden charges that added several hundred dollars to our total. We estimated around $600 based on their rate and time estimate and we're charged over $1000 between extra fees for method of payment and undisclosed extra fees for moving certain pieces etc. The work was acceptable but the transparency in pricing was terrible. Would not recommend without serious improvements in how they quote.
Ramp it up MovingRamp it up Moving
Michelle W.
They were timely and worked hard on a very hot day. They moved a 3 bedroom home in 6 hours from one town to another 30 minutes away. Thank you gentlemen!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Gene M.
They committed to a time (between 11AM and 12 PM) and date (Friday December 29, 2017), then called a few hours before to say they'd be late, but would send a 3rd man to make up time at the original price. Once the crew of only 2 men showed up (at 4PM) they were exhausted from the earlier moves and one of the crew took numerous long breaks slowing the load for a truck and 2 men I was paying for by the hour. After a couple hours, the supervisor called and said the 3rd man was not possible and asked me if they could send 2 men at an additional cost. I agreed as I did not feel the move would ever complete with the 2 men on site. The 2 additional men showed up a couple hours later and helped finish the loading and unloaded as well at the new place. By the time they finished this first load (there was a second load that was too late to try) it was 11 PM. Then I was confronted by a bill that was higher than I expected due to the long, long load time and exhausted workers, I paid ~$800 for a job that should have cost about $500 and been done earlier or maybe $800 and included both loads. Yes this was the holidays, but EkoMovers committed to the date and time and confirmed again only 2 days ahead of time. Oh there was some minor damage to my furniture, but I'm not that upset as the items damaged were utility items rather than fine items, but still...it was a haphazard move. How could they improve? Keep their commitments and not send exhausted crews out. Be careful and more professional. I would not recommend this company based on my experience. What's more, my neighbor across the street who was merely watching said he thought they looked pretty bad as well..
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