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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 Covington movers
Emily C.
Had a great experience with move plus. They worked quickly, were professional and easy to schedule. Will be using them for future moves!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Joanne K.
Mr. Cotton was great! I highly recommend him to anyone needing a mover. We will definitely contact him again if we need moving assistance. Thank you!
Frederick Cotton mootransportFrederick Cotton mootransport
Patricia M.
All Star Moving was professional and responsive. They called me a couple of times to confirm the move which gave me peace of mind. They handled my belongings with care. I highly recommend them.
All-Star MovingAll-Star Moving
Abe R.
Cameron and his team were amazing . He Is very easy to work with and moved my items very quickly. They took EXTREME care to prepare our items for a safe move. I highly recommend!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
James S.
Initially the 2 movers were pretty professional and acted like they knew what they were doing. When we reached my new residence my curve tv screen was damaged to the point where it was not viewable and was nothing more than something to be trashed. This was not noticed until after the movers left as it was laying in the floor. When I put the tv on my entertainment center that is when it was first noticed at eye level. I immediately called the owner of the company and he stated he would talk to the two movers. I heard nothing back until I messaged the next day. The owner relayed to me that his movers saw the internet technician bump my tv. Why was I not told this at the time of the occurrence if one of the movers saw this? In addition the owner of the moving company did not respond to me until I reached out to him the next day. I bought this TV 2.5 years ago for over a thousand dollars. I asked the owner for a portion of this to buy a new television and he has never responded. So they blame it on someone else when this occurred, but never notified me when I was told a mover seen the actions occur. Sketchy. They don’t correspond with me unless I reached out to them. I paid them around 600$ with over a 20% tip and have not received any restitution. To not be told anything by the movers or then the owner of the moving company I can’t trust them with my possessions. I lost a lot of money because of hiring them. They take no account for any actions and the owner is too afraid to talk to me. Finally to add salt to the fire when the gentleman first arrived to my apartment to move, they reaked of marijuana. Pay your money to a more trust worthy non-shady moving company.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Emily C.
These guys did a great job. They were punctual, polite, and professional. They worked quickly, and did a great job! They really helped make this move a better experience for us. We will be using this group again for future moves. Thank you, Manifest Shipping!
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Bri A.
Excellent experience! Fast, punctual, and professional. Will definitely use them for my next move.
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Judith R.
Hired two movers to load a 3rd floor apartment into a uHaul. Very efficient and easy to work with.
Heather H.
I received a call from RR after searching for movers on Thumbtack. I had told RR that I had already found movers at a better rate. The owner won my business by eliminating their port-to-port charge. This resulted in RR being more affordable and I was pleased that he cared so much to earn my business that he was willing to do that. The movers were great. On time, friendly, professional, fast. I highly recommend them!
Robinson RelocationsRobinson Relocations
Lindsey N.
They were available on short notice and very kind and professional! Moving again soon and will rehire them for sure!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Dhwani S.
These guys were great and fast and getting stuff moved! Really easy to work and talk to! Thank you guys for a great service!!!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Thumbtack Customer
Easy scheduling, great customer service and reasonably priced !!! I had two movers and they never took a rest at all. Very efficient !!!
Barry W.
The team at An Extra Body Movers were on time, courteous, thorough, and a pleasure to work with on this job. I look forward to the opportunity to work with them again.
An Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor OnlyAn Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor Only
Schera S.
The guys were amazing. Punctual, friendly, and super fast. They were careful with things. Suggest them for any moving needs. They went above and beyond.
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Angela J.
Great team, available last minute to move my furniture up and down three flights of stairs in under an hour! Definitely will use this company again
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Rachel H.
DSL was AWESOME. I'd never had movers before and I will never go back. These guys were fast and accommodating and very hardworking. They moved our things from a one bedroom to a house and they got 95% of our stuff and now we are all ready to unpack in less than 4 hours!! Their pricing is GREAT and the truck was included. I'd like to give special praise to Jameson who was so kind and hardworking.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Ashley B.
The movers were amazing. They were quick and efficient and followed all current health requirements. Both were kind, cordial and professional. We highly recommend, thanks a lot!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Thumbtack Customer
Michael and his co-worker were FABULOUS! They were on time, worked without stopping, and were kind, courteous and willing to do whatever was needed. I highly recommend him with any move big or small!!!!!!!!!!
An Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor OnlyAn Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor Only
Craig J.
Great Service. Stayed in touch. Knocked it out in 15 minutes. Project was moving a single piece antique display case from a basement garage, up 20 stairs and a tight turn into a door. Not a scratch. Will use again.
Innovative MovingInnovative Moving
Phillip B.
I hired this compnay to helo me move on a Sunday. However, there was some miscommunication/misunderstanding on when they were supposed to show up. After calling them, we both realized that neither of us had confirmed the time and date. However, the company was able to get two of their guys over to me within the hour. I was relieved that they were able to quickly fix the problem. The guys were good and got the job done quickly.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
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