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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 Griffith movers
Tracey S.
The movers showed up late however, from the moment they entered my home they were very professional and friendly. They assessed the move, protected my door ways and floors, broke down bedrooms, carefully wrapped furniture, moved heavy exercise equipment and over 100 boxes. Once we got to the new house they worked just as hard they put everything back together, and made sure to put boxes where they belonged. The movers did not stop until they completed their job. They were awesome! I would highly recommend them. Their company name really says it all. (I was even compensated for the late arrival) Thank you integrity
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Itoy W.
These gentlemen were so good. The move was swift and they were careful with my belongings. I will definitely be using them again. I highly recommend.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Bryan W.
First off I had a moving company already set up prior to reaching out to these gentlemen and they never showed up..however I reached out to Cortez and these guys were outstanding very punctual, professional, I would hire for more jobs in the future.
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Dave S.
Joseph, who owns the company, and Jacob, who came to assist, were amazing today! Here is why you should hire these guys: 1) They got me in sooner than anyone else could (one day notice), underbid nearly everyone else but had better reviews than most. Hmm. What does this all mean? It means that they are likely a small enough company to not have the corporate overhead, and schedule, of a large regional fleet. What's that mean to you? It means you save $$$! 2) When they couldn't get my heirloom through the door they went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure the move was completed safely and with quality! They watched and protected ALL the belongings, not just the one they were responsible for, taking care to ask if I wanted certain items wrapped in plastic or blanket before they attempted the large piece. At one point I thought all hope was lost and told them, "Ah, hell with it. We're not gonna get that out of there without breaking through the wall." But they asked me to let them try one more time, and I let them. They put the thing down backed up and planned. Then they rolled up their sleeves and figured out a way! It took an extra 45 MINUTES, but it was glorious to see my item out without damage to the room! Large things moved, a door off hinges!!! They did all this for me for the same low price! I stood and watched. Not a scratch on a single thing!!! Not even a bump! (I felt terrible that they spent so much time at my place for one piece, so I tipped well. You should too.) 3) They wore a face mask, were extremely patient, kind, professional, enjoyable to work with (they raised my spirits before the big win) and are incredibly dependable! Jacob even made some nice comments about the are I live in (Thank you, sir!). Joseph asked me if there was anything else they could help with and spent some time with me *after* the move. It's clear they actually care about their customers! This is the ONLY small-move company I will call now! Thanks JC Elite!!! -Dave Swoboda
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
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