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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 Charlestown movers
Emily W.
Miss Cheryl's has moved me twice this year and they were very easy to work with! They got my move done fast and were very friendly! :)
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Molly D.
The service man helped me move a very heavy dresser, was professional and highly communacative and took care to cautiously move the furniture up 3 flights of stairs. Thank you!
The service man BostonThe service man Boston
Michela B.
They did an excellent job for our small move. Thank you, Octopus!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
David C.
Movers were fast, efficient, helpful and nice. Would use again.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Mark M.
Best experience I’ve ever had with movers. They took great care in packing/padding items, disassembled and reassembled multiple pieces of furniture, and were very easy to work with. We will use them again for future moves.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Samantha B.
The guys at Step by Dtep Moving were amazing! They easily dealt with narrow roads and stairs, were very kind to our 6 year old and got us moved in record time! We cannot thank them enough!
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Courtney N.
Our experience with Next Adventure Moving was top notch. Ben and Ali were attentive to our needs, careful with our stuff, and super efficient. I cannot recommend them more! Thank you for making our move so seamless and easy!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Megan N.
My experience with blink moving was phenomenal! Matt was friendly, responsive and quick. He came in a pinch at the very last minute! He made a situation that could have been stressful to immediately solvable! I highly recommend using Blink Moving LLC!
Blink Moving LLCBlink Moving LLC
John C.
Octopus movers were extremely professional. They were on time, brought materials to cover my stuff to ensure none of it was scratched or damaged, and were quick. They moved a very heavy and delicate credenza up a very tight stairwell for me, and it was seamless. Would definitely use again.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Michael N.
Canceled a scheduled move at 5am the day of the move. This causes a major inconvenience as everyone else was ready. Then completely ghosted. Additionally, I was originally quoted $300 and then right before the job changed the quote to $500. Overall probably the worst experience possible. See attached screenshots.
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome. I've moved a hundred times and this was by far the easiest!! Quick, easy, professional. Highly recommended!!!
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
John T.
Moves went well. Communication could be better especially around delivery times but the job got done.
All-Pro Piano MoversAll-Pro Piano Movers
Chase K.
The guys were careful with my items and were great about communicating as to where I would like items placed. They showed up on time and both had great attitudes through the entirety of the move. I will absolutely call them agin in the future and would recommend them to anyone needing moving assistance. 👍🏽
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were fantastic, I couldn't be happier with the service from start to finish. I scheduled the move last minute and made some scheduling changes the day before and they were accommodating and responsive throughout the entire process. I highly recommend using them if you need to move, the price was very reasonable and the service was
Frontier MovingFrontier Moving
Vinay V.
Really impressed with how efficiently the team worked in getting this move done under a reasonable amount of time. Highly recommended!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Jyoti S.
I just moved from Boston to NYC. Pros who do knocked it out of the park. They were super professional, kind and so very efficient. We had loose objects that wouldn't fit into boxes and weird shaped ones. Within an hour they had everything neatly and safely stacked and packed and done. At the destination, we couldn't be there and we found out they had to climb 2 flights of stairs - but they did this all without any problems. Everything arrived at the destination as if by magic. I would just hire these folks for every move from now on and recommend them to everyone. I have moved around 12 times and this was by and far the easiest one. Just stop looking for the best movers. Pros Who Do are the best and more.
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Kristen R.
Stark Moving was easy to work with, punctual, and clear with their pricing. They worked quickly while ensuring to take the utmost care of my belongings.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Zack G.
The staff were friendly, incredibly efficient and took great care of my belongings. One of the best moving experiences I've had.
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Emily H.
Had two movers for a one bedroom unit. They were very friendly, followed COVID safety regulations, and did a great job!
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Frontier Moving Company was great! They were on time and brought their own blankets, tape and wrapping material. I would highly recommend them!
Frontier MovingFrontier Moving
Colleen C.
Highly recommend!!! Super responsive and did a great job moving heavier items around in my apartment. Took a lot of care and attention to detail.
Aja B.
Very respectful & careful. I used them to help me move a large piece of furniture upstairs and they were accommodating even with a small job. Will use again!
Smart JunkersSmart Junkers
Danielle L.
Professional guys, friendly and nice. Helped me move from Boston to CT on a Friday - efficient packing up and unloading. Second time hiring Lexel, would recommend.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Bob G.
Two young men were professional, completed my very small but important moving project rapidly and ahead of schedule. I would recommend Mr. Pope and his teammate strongly.
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Karima G.
These guys were professional and efficient. They got the job done in good time and had very fair pricing, with a discount for cash. I definitely recommend DA Family Moving, and would use them again.
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
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