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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 Baton Rouge movers
Jim R.
They are a piano moving company who can not move a grand piano.
Henry Hauling LLCHenry Hauling LLC
Susie M.
Damon was very professional and careful with moving and loading our furniture. I will call First Choice Moving and Delivery again for future moving jobs.
1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC
Vaughnkerryah T.
Such an awesome moving company. They made my moving experience so easy and were done moving my belongings in record time. Extremely punctual, great communication and reasonably priced.
Sturgeon's Transport & MovingSturgeon's Transport & Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers arrived on time, worked quickly and were very polite. I highly recommend Abba Movers.
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Thumbtack Customer
2 hour move was flawless - very easy dealing with professional staff. Highly recommend Abba Movers *****
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Nolonda j.
This company is extremely professional. The movers were respectful and the owner communicated consistently from the beginning of the move to the end. It’s great to know there are reputable companies out there. I will definitely use them with any future moves.
1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC
Khadija M.
Great Moving Company For Local & Long Distance Moves Nice Team Of Guys They got the job done Thanks Guys
Henry Hauling LLCHenry Hauling LLC
Mokry K.
This was the easiest move, they did a great job were very professional the communication was great, only had to move a few pieces from Baton Rouge to Metairie but if I ever have to move again I will use this company. GREAT JOB!!!
Henry Hauling LLCHenry Hauling LLC
Ellen C.
Very pleased with our service from 1st Choice Moving! Deante and Jared were our movers and they were great. They were incredibly nice and professional and super efficient. They even moved a huge piece of furniture that another moving company couldn’t even get out of the room. I highly recommend this company and will use them for future projects!
1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
did the move at 12pm yesterday
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I moved from a 1 bedroom apartment on the 5th floor with an awful elevator and terribly narrow doorways. These guys handled the challenge very well and very quickly. I'm very pleased with Abba movers and will recommend them to anyone looking to move.
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Walker E.
Professional movers, friendly and effective.
Sturgeon's Transport & MovingSturgeon's Transport & Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from an upstairs apt to our 1 story level home, movers came out and went to work promptly and on time. Move went well price was a little higher than expected however it saved me and my wife on time and effort.
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Ethel C.
My experience with 1st Choice was great. My job was a small office with a few pieces of very heavy furniture. The men were very professional. They assessed and were prepared with the tools necessary to move each piece of furniture without scratching walls or floors. I could tell they were experts at moving all types of furniture. Very friendly and moved very quickly. I’ve had such bad experiences with movers in the past, that I will definitely be keeping their information for all future needs. Their prices were competitive and the owner made sure to confirm the move time and date with me the day before the move. I definitely recommend.
1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC
Maya F.
Fair price, showed up exactly on time, professional and polite crew who quickly moved me. Would use again for any move!
GD Delivery Service LLCGD Delivery Service LLC
Debbie T.
Nikita, Sheldon and Daryl were AWESOME! They were very hard workers! Completed big moving job in record time! Would highly recommend these movers!!!
Turnaround ServicesTurnaround Services
Thumbtack Customer
Wouldn't it be best to ask for this after the move?
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Samuel P.
Communication started well but ended very poor and they had an emergency and canceled my move. Would not have known until I reached out to say I was arriving at my destination with my moving truck. Had to move my items alone in a storm which was you expected.
ATP ServicesATP Services
Courtney R.
Our movers communicated their arrival time with us and arrived exactly when they said they would. Both men were very professional and friendly! We moved out of an apartment on the third floor into our new house and the two movers plus my husband got EVERYTHING done in two and a half hours. Very impressive! It was a pleasure working with Abba Movers. We will definitely be recommending them to our family and friends!
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Samantha P.
I needed to move all my furniture from my apartment to my townhouse within a week. Ronnie responded to my post within an hour and was able to set up a moving time that weekend. Ronnie and his moving crew were professional and really took pride in their work. They did an excellent job of moving my couch, large mirror, dresser, bed frame, mattress and other items quickly and carefully. The move only took about an hour and half. I would definitely recommend this company. Thank you Ronnie!
Brockel Electric and Home RepairBrockel Electric and Home Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Anytime I hear someone mention they may need movers/are moving now, I point them to Abba. My movers Philip and Wes came to my apartment right on time, and did a fantastic and fast job loading the truck. They took great care to move things without damaging them, and I appreciated the attention to detail that they gave to what they were moving. They transported it to my new apartment (about 10 miles away), and unloaded it rapidly as well. Somehow they managed to fit things in an elevator that I had previously measured and deemed wouldn't fit. They were magicians!
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Lexi P.
The guys made moving a breeze! Very nice and helpful!
Abba MoversAbba Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Hardest working movers I've worked with! Highly recommend.
Turnaround ServicesTurnaround Services
John T.
Move was quick and efficient. Would recommend to friends and family.
GD Delivery Service LLCGD Delivery Service LLC
Michael S.
This Moving company is definitely my 1st Choice!!! They handled the unloading with care. They were well equipped for the job. If/when I move…I’ll definitely hire this company again! Thank you.
1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC1st Choice Moving & Delivery LLC
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