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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 Valparaiso movers
Lisa S.
Kelly from Mountain Movers responded almost immediately and managed to come that same day to move a piece of furniture within our home. He was professional and courteous and did the job quickly. We would definitely contact this company again and recommend them to others for any moving needs.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Mandi L.
I had this company move my spinet piano to my new house, they were on time and so friendly! I would hire them again without a doubt for any future moving needs!
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Angela V.
I wish they would let me select all the options!! Professional guys!!! Quick response! Strong guys! They moved our 309lb hot tub in a tight situation! They did it gently, and quickly! I live in Valpo.. they came from Alain Illinois. They responded first before anyone else early in the morning! They were thorough, efficient, reliable & communication was excellent! HIRE THEM!!! if you need any moved or need to move heavy things! They know what they are doing!! They were reasonably priced too!!! I am excited to know I could count on them if I need to move or need anything heavy moved! Nice guys too! They were fast too!!!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Joel S.
So great to have this team move my grand piano! Thanks guys!!!
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Katie M.
Jordan and his team were great to work with! Highly recommend for any moving help needed.
Moving U BetterMoving U Better
Kelsie l.
Highly recommend this moving company! Not only were they accommodating, flexible and extremely kind! But also affordable! 10/10 🙏🏽
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Rickisha E.
I asked on VERY short notice for your services and you and your crew were VERY accommodating and fast but safe working, all of my items were moved from my house to my storage in no time, with no dings or scrapes... I'm recommending you guys to everyone for ALL of their moving, needs large or small. Thanks you guys..
Crisler MoversCrisler Movers
Jacqueline H.
Rick quickly returned my call and quoted a very competitive price which he immediately texted to me. They were also able to move the baby grand the following day on time.
American Music World inc.American Music World inc.
Kirby S.
Arrived about an hour early. Did an outstanding job performing the tasks of moving heavy items upstairs, as well as out of the basement to a dumpster in the driveway. Absolutely, I would hire them again.
Brothers Helping HandsBrothers Helping Hands
Dameron R.
I was going to hire this pro to move my husband and I across several states, however we had to change course and move from our apartment to storage for 1 week. The pro said they would arrive between 10-10:45am. I get a call at 10:45am with the pro saying the Uhaul place will not accept “our paper”. This pro or his co-worker had No drivers license. The pro then asked me could I come show mine. I did because we had no other options given we had to be out of our apartment the same day. Once I got to the Uhaul counter to show my license the pro switched from a bigger Uhaul to a smaller one. He turned and asked me if my stuff could fit in a smaller one, I said I don’t know (keep in mine I’m not a moving expert). He wanted to save money because he said he’d give me a $50 discount, so he wanted a smaller truck. This caused the pro to have to make two trips costing me and additional 3 hours at $100 an hour. I have NEVER did business with a moving company that has no valid drivers license. We ended up paying $650 for a two bedroom Apt move that should have been completed in 3-4 hours, not 6-7 hours. Not to mention the storage was unit was less than a mile away from our apartment. But because he wanted to cut cost for himself, it cost us more money.
AB MovingAB Moving
Rylee B.
I’m am so impressed with the strength and attention to detail RTO Express had with my fish tank. It was a 220 gallon fish tank that we had on the second floor of our home. It had to way well over 400-500 lbs and these two guys successfully moved it downstairs to my first floor without damaging the walls/ staircase/ or floors! I am so grateful for that! They were also the best priced out of the 5 companies I contacted on thumbtack. I’ll definitely save their phone number for any future moving services we need!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Alfred K.
Greg and his helpers were able to help us out with limited notice, showed up on time, and finished our move in a very professional manner taking extra precautions with our possessions and even making sure we were happy with the end placement.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Pauline K.
They responded immediately to our request for an estimate to move furniture & a gun safe to another room in the house due to flooding. Within the same day they arrived when stated & got the job done professionally. Will definitely use them again. Their rates are very reasonable for the quality of work.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Michele R.
Steve, Alex and Trey did an amazing job! They are some of the hardest working guys I’ve ever seen. It was a 2 part moving job and one of the apartments was on the 4th floor!! Could not have done it without them. They were a God send!!! I’d hire them again in a heartbeat!!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Marie W.
Jose moved me today. He was very polite and took good care of my belongings. I wish him all the best with his company, it's really nice to see strong young men working hard and be proud of their work. Thanks so much for helping us Jose and I wish you (and Max =) all the best!
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Dan R.
I was very impressed with Mountain Movers. I was contacted right away following my online inquiry and revived a mutually agreed upon delivery date and time. I was contacted before their arrival and given an exact time for arrival and delivery. My mothers 100 year old piano was handled with great care and payment was effortless with Zelle. I highly recommend their expert service!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Kathryn E.
These gentlemen were ready to work today when they arrived at my storage unit. They got right to work and filled their cargo van up with 60 totes and brought them back to our garage. They neatly stacked them quickly then went back to the storage unit for another load of furniture to be placed in our home. They finished up in about 2 1/2 hours including travel back and forth from unit to home. They were very respectful, followed my instructions to a ‘T’, and was quick about getting the job done. I highly recommend them to take care of any moving need you have! They know how to get the job done right! Thanks fellas!
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