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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.

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’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. 

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 do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Cambridge movers
Matthew C.
Spartan Movers made my move easy!
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I would definitely recommend Lexel Moving Company for packing and moving services. We had a very professional and positive moving experience with Gabriel and his crew. The moving crew was very careful with our belongings throughout the move and went above and beyond to make the move go as smoothly as possible, working tirlessly for over 8 hours!
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from Cambridge, MA to Somersworth, NH. The movers called me the day before the move and on the day of the move to let me know they were coming. Both movers were wonderful and worked really, really hard. Would use them again. The only improvement I can offer is that the move would have gone quicker and it would have been easier on the movers if there were 3 men instead of 2
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Eugene W.
The guys from NOVA Moving were quick and professional about the move.
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Rebecca P.
I have moved many, many times in my life. I have used moving companies for several of the moves. I have to say that this company was the best experience I've ever had. From the setup of the move, to the quoting, to the move itself -- I could not be more pleased. They even helped us move at a faster pace than we had originally planned which was awesome! You can't go wrong with these guys. Thank you Smart Penny Moving!
Smart Penny MovingSmart Penny Moving
Myriam M.
I was really happy by the service provided for my move. The communication was easy and simple before the move and on the day of the move, the movers were professional, efficient, and took good care of my boxes and furniture. I highly recommend 'the service man'.
The service man BostonThe service man Boston
Thumbtack Customer
Jack and Cheryl were spectacular movers! I've never seen such an efficient moving company. Both went above and beyond to move our furniture. Punctual, thorough, thoughtful and professional - I would recommend Miss Cheryl's Moving in a heartbeat!
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great person, great move. I would definitely call Eric for another move in the future!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Susan L.
From their prompt and clear quote to the efficient and impressive moving guys, the entire experience with Stark Moving was excellent.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Marie M.
The movers were very helpful in arranging my move because we needed to change the original date due to a major snow storm. The movers were very professional and attentive to our instructions.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Prajit r.
The movers were great. They came on time, packed and moved everything professionally and quickly. Recommend them 100%
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Juan R.
Excellent, professional move. No hidden charges. Everything went smoothly. I highly recommend Born to Move.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Priya K.
We had a wonderful stress-free move with Move On. Alex, the move/scheduling coordinator was very responsive and attentive to our needs. We moved from 1 bedroom rental to new condo with A LOT to trash. Both, Dmitri & Yevhen, arrived on-time, communicated clearly, walked us through the process - what will go first and then next, etc., and completed our move with utmost care and respect. We admired their professionalism, honesty, and thoroughness. Thank You, Move ON, you guys are doing a great job! 👏🏻
Move ONMove ON
Myriam m.
Our move with Born to move went very well. The 2 movers (Batt and Max) did a great job, were on time, took good care of all our boxes and furniture and left us with everything in perfect condition. Very happy of the service (the planning of the move was also very easy and reliable)
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Erin R.
The team was wonderful! Our move was challenging, a 4th floor apartment to a second floor apartment and they completed the move efficiently and professionally!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Hema k.
The team came to our place on time, where very cordial and professional and finished the move efficiently. It was great working with MOVE ON.
Move ONMove ON
Joshua D.
Mountain Movers U.S. truly saved the day. I had contracted with another mover but they didn't show up, so I reached out to Mountain Movers and asked if they could help us. they responded immediately and said they would make it work. Within 45 minutes, they called and said they were able to get a truck and would be at my condo in 30 minutes. Upon arriving, they began working with precision and care moving boxes and bins from the 2nd and 3rd floor. I have contracted several moving companies for previous moves, and Mountain Movers approached the move differently; they took stewardship of the job from beginning to end like they sincerely cared for me and my items. I have had such poor experiences with moving companies (unresponsive, unprofessional, late/delayed), so I was surprised by this company and the quality job they did. This company has a vision and mission to provide a different moving experience, and they succeeded. I am so grateful for them and will contract them again in the future.
Mountain Movers U.S.Mountain Movers U.S.
Julia F.
Hiring Miss Cheryl's moving was the best decision I made when preparing for the move. The booking process was very easy, the movers were on time, responsible, fast and delivered great quality. No extra hidden costs or fees - what you discussed is what you pay. I know whom to hire for my next move.
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Joe and Damian were really good and helped us move all the heavy stuff into the truck by taking the steps going down two floors. At first I was skeptical that it would take them more time, but once they knew what items had to be moved, they were careful and efficient in moving them. I moved out of state, but if I'm ever back in Boston, I will reach out to these guys again. And, Cathal was awesome at planning the entire move.
Frontier MovingFrontier Moving
Jessica V.
We hired Octopus Moving to pack a moving truck for a cross-country move. They guys who came out to pack the truck were exceptionally professional and fast! We didn’t have a ton of things to move (already purged a lot of extra stuff and furniture), but we lived on the 2nd/3rd floors of a multi-unit house. We were incredibly impressed with how fast they packed up and how well the truck was packed. Highly recommend these movers!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Tsai J.
The movers were really nice and arrived on time, and their rate was good. However, they spent 6 hours to move 2 bedroom regardless two sites were within 1 block. They moved pretty slow and the dolly they used were the small ones which made the moving time even longer. In the end they even calculate the time wrong, making us paying extra half hour. I would not recommend this company if you are moving in Cambridge.
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Dan T.
I hired Space to help move only my large furniture items that I could not move by myself. It was cost-effective and the movers were efficient, professional, and took good care of my furniture. I'd happily hire them again.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Catherine A.
I'm moving next week, but so far I have loved working with Born to Move. Their online site keeps everything organized.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Ryan-James C.
Really smooth move with Robert and Ale. They even helped patch fix a broken table to make sure it survived the move. Thoroughly recommend!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Varsha R.
Truly happy with the moving experience!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
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