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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Back Bay movers
Josh B.
We were beyond impressed by how efficient the moving team was. After a horrendous experience our last move with a different company, using Born to Move made this move worry-free. Highly recommend!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Emily C.
I can't say enough good things about Miss Cheryl's Moving!! The movers showed up early the morning of our move with an extremely positive attitude that put us at ease and took away all the stress we had been feeling. The movers were fun people who were amazing at their jobs, moving things so quickly and easily it was amazing! Overall, although the movers were incredibly good at moving things efficiently and with care, what really set them apart from other movers was their positive attitudes. If you'd like a stress-free, inexpensive, and quick move that you can actually enjoy then definitely book Miss Cheryl's Moving!
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Nicole F.
Octopus Movers was AMAZING!!! I would highly recommend this moving company to anyone in need of moving services. I was very nervous about moving alone for the first time, However, Octopus movers could not have made this process any easier. The service was prompt and professional. They truly went above and beyond! (Not even a light bulb broke throughout the move!) THANK YOU!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Katie L.
Frontier Moving was great, I would definitely hire them again for any of my moves and also strongly recommend them. I started looking for movers just 2 days before my move and was able to secure their services. Cathal was quick to respond, easy to get in touch with, and reached out directly to confirm the details of my move. The move itself was seamless, Cathal and Joe showed up right on time, got to work immediately, and moved all of my furniture with ease. The move took the exact amount of time that Cathal quoted me and the prices are very reasonable. Thanks Frontier Moving!
Frontier MovingFrontier Moving
Wendy A.
Great and effortless move by Andrei and his team. Highly, highly recommend Space Moving and would use them again if I had to move!!!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Shonna B.
The movers were very respectful and did a good job moving my belongings/
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Muthu A.
I have moved several times, and Octopus Moving was by far the best company I have ever worked with. Alex was friendly, responsive, and very efficient at moving! I would highly highly recommend them to anyone considering a move. They are the best!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Kayla W.
Had a smooth and efficient moving experience, thanks to Born To Move - will use them again!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Alex B.
Stark Moving made our moving experience so, so easy! They were responsive and flexible throughout our entire move. We would definitely use Stark again and recommend them to anyone looking for a GREAT mover at a GREAT price! Thank you! :)
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Patrick M.
Octopus moving did a great job with my move. They arrive to the location on time and did a quick job. They are also very responsive to questions and ensure i had a smooth move.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Sabrina b.
Amazing company. Arrived on time and completely the move efficiently and in a timely manner. Was nice to not have to stress over the moving company when moving. Very professional would highly recommend!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Josh L.
I hired Move and Improve for a recent move. They were prompt, fast, and handled my items with care. They were very pleasant to work with. I recommend them for your next move.
Move and Improve, Inc.Move and Improve, Inc.
Kristen A.
Born to Move was so quick with my move! They did the move efficiently and I wasn't concerned about anything being broken, they were careful and thoughtful with how they packed things in their truck.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Jennifer K.
Locally owned!! Kevin and Andrew were very pleasant to work with for a move-out/move-in for apartment 8/31-9/1. Even though it was pouring down rain during the move, there was no complaining. The price I received was less than the other movers I called in Boston. The response time is initially a few days but on the day of the move the communication was constant. Highly recommend.
Dakota’s White Glove Moving ServiceDakota’s White Glove Moving Service
Darin O.
Overall good experience. Movers arrived on time, provided necessary materials and were helpful throughout the move.
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Venkat M.
Move On did a great job with my apartment move in the city. Thoughtful about how they wrapped all my fragile items and efficiently carried out a big move. Definitely recommend them
Move ONMove ON
Kristen B.
I reached out to Quality Movers for a quote and booking my move - they were very responsive and accommodating
Quality Movers NEQuality Movers NE
Andrea J.
Just great movers. On time and so fast. Will definitely use them if I have to move again!
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Majed a.
Great moving.
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Kelsie O.
Great movers!
Move and Care moving companyMove and Care moving company
Fabian W.
Born to Move did an excellent job with my move. They were very professional and made sure all my items were wrapped and securely placed on the truck. I was very pleased with them. If I ever move again, I will definitely use them. I HIGHLY recommend Born to Move.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Frank W.
Great movers! Came early and was able to maneuver some big furniture better than my prior movers.
Move ONMove ON
Nikita S.
Round the clock moving helped me with my move from Boston to Atlanta. They were on time, very careful with my items and overall amazing workers. Absolutely hire them if you’re moving long distance.
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Jim D.
Excellent movers efficient and took grant care in preparing items to be moved. Highly recommend and would use again
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Charlene N.
Great experience with born to move! Used the company’s service for our move from Boston to nyc and had a very comfortable experience all around. Our movers were incredibly friendly and professional, and are true skilled professionals. Would recommend them and use them again in the future. Thank you for the easy move!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
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