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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 Wichita movers
Susan P.
Cristian and his team are fantastic! We needed furniture moved between floors/rooms at our house and some that needed moved to our son’s house 5 miles away. They never stopped moving and were efficient, organized and fast! I highly recommend Ready Moves - you will not be disappointed.
Ready Movers LLCReady Movers LLC
Dave B.
We hired them to move a baby grand piano. They were very professional, on time, great teamwork, great value. I highly recommend them for your next move. Thanks xpress moving!
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Nisha D.
Show up looking like professionals with all the equipment you'd need to move a piano. Very sloppy moving the piano.
Gina O'Ryan Certified Professional MovingGina O'Ryan Certified Professional Moving
Nancy M.
Cristian was excellent at communicating with us before, during & after the move! His staff were all very kind and friendly throughout the long day of moving in 101 degree heat. They moved all furniture carefully, and a lot if oufurniture were
Ready Movers LLCReady Movers LLC
Xavier C.
Xpress is top notch! These guys were the best moving company I’ve ever worked with, and I move fairly much. The combination of carefulness with expedient moving is a testimony to their experience in this field. You get the most bang for your buck with Xpress.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Zach G.
Amazing. Super efficient, professional, and very nice. Had a desk that was damaged during the move and they knocked off the full value of the desk from the total moving price. They insisted in on it and took full responsibility for it. Absolutely amazing movers and I will use them again.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Pat C.
The people I dealt with, both in the office and during the actual move were very efficient and friendly, which helped so much to make the move less stressful. I had not finished all the packing and the guys just said, "don't worry, we've got it!" Whew! They wrapped everything for protection, even though only moving from one apt to another in the same complex, very close by. Thanks again to everyone at Xpress Moving, for making this one of the easiest moves I've ever made!
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Adrienne B.
I hired Get A Move On a week after I had another well known company move me into my new home- that company was awful. I hired Get A Move On to move two dressers the other company put in the wrong rooms on different floors as well as moving a huge couch down ninety degree steps that was too big for my sitting room. Two slender movers showed up at my door and I was skeptical. They ROCKED. They magically got the couch down the stairs (took the railing and light fixture off)-which was no easy feat. They also had integrity and let me know when a small groove was put in the wall. I expected something to happen as I wasn’t sure I’d get the couch downstairs. Excellent service, friendly and professional. I’m not moving again but if I need anything moved inside the house I will most certainly call them again.
Get A Move OnGet A Move On
Daniela D.
Romaine and Ian were polite, clean and hardworking. And equally gracious with a job that was estimated at 2 hours but ended up being 5! I definitely could of not got the move done without them! If I ever move again I will definitely hire Xpress Moving again! Thanks guys!
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Thumbtack Customer
They are moving my double recliner couch for me.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Susan B.
Delayed move by 1 day due to weather and lengthy previous booking. $65 add on service fee in addition to the 3 person charge. 3 movers did an excellent job.
Gina O'Ryan Certified Professional MovingGina O'Ryan Certified Professional Moving
Luis c.
Very helpful guys. Made moving day so fast.
Get A Move OnGet A Move On
Thamer A.
Excellent moving service! they were on time and everything was handled professionally.
Ready Movers LLCReady Movers LLC
Andrew S.
Fantastic experience. Ready Movers responded quickly and got the job done in a timely fashion. Couldn’t have had a better experience and highly recommend them to anyone looking for some moving help. 5 stars!!
Ready Movers LLCReady Movers LLC
Kevin C.
They showed up on time and work was done in timely manner with my move. No complaints !
Gina O'Ryan Certified Professional MovingGina O'Ryan Certified Professional Moving
Christine M.
Awesome service, very honest and respectable, I highly recommend Xpress Moving!!
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Sheri B.
They answered all my questions. The price was in my budget. They moved my piano from 1 location to another location it arrived in the same condition and very professional. I would recommend them to anyone who needs something moved.
Get A Move OnGet A Move On
Thumbtack Customer
Moved a heavy safe in under half an hour down a flight of stairs. Awesome!
The Squirrel Guys LLCThe Squirrel Guys LLC
Nina K.
They did some furniture moving for me. I was happy with everything. I would recommend.
The Family.  All remodeling and handyman services.The Family. All remodeling and handyman services.
Oliver M.
Amazing work, moved a piano, couches a desk all in 30 minutes. Awesome job.
Ready Movers LLCReady Movers LLC
Teri F.
They were great moving my great grandmother's piano and really friendly. Highly recommend.
Get A Move OnGet A Move On
Amy H.
...dropped my antique upright piano...frame is broke now...trying to see if we can even repair it. the moving guys were really nice, Romaine was professional, but they dropped the piano on its back multiple times. I had asked kiara if this company had piano moving experience and she sent me a picture and said yes. it was a MESS!!!! If you are moving a piano, i do not recommend this company. Video and pics to come.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Festus A.
Quality, promptness, good work ethics and the best value for money you could ask for. Lowest of the quotes of the top movers around and excellent service. Highly recommend them, great teamwork and leadership. All items handled with care, our piano was loaded and unloaded well too. Could not ask for a better result or price point. We would definitely use this mover again and would recommend Xpress movers to family, friends and others.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
Courtney L.
The guys showed up a little late, but i blew it off. Then, they showed up and made a big deal about the things i wanted moved stating their boss didn’t give them correct information and they did not have any moving equipment. I asked a week or 2 before if that stuff was included in price and never got a response. So an hour into the move, someone showed up with something for them. The movers were somewhat professional, but it got the job done. I would make sure you ask all your questions and get proof so you don’t get stiffed.
Gina O'Ryan Certified Professional MovingGina O'Ryan Certified Professional Moving
Craig H.
They were fun to work with and very responsive to our moving needs. I highly recommend them.
Xpress Moving & FurnitureXpress Moving & Furniture
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