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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 Chelsea movers
Patrick S.
I had an excellent experience with Space Moving. They treated my items with care and were very quick and efficient in moving my items. I would highly recommend Space Movers to anyone looking to hire a moving company.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Jodie F.
Great experience with Mystic Movers, appreciate them accommodating me and unforeseen situations that popped up during the move and staying positive! 100% my best experience with movers through this app
Mystic Movers LLCMystic Movers LLC
Joseph l.
Great movers. Showed up on time, extremely quick and professional. Great value for the work done. I would 100% recommend this company for a move.
Speedy Moving CompanySpeedy Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
The young men were very professional, they moved multiple heavy pieces of furniture. They moved everything quickly and didn't damage the furniture or walls as others didinthe past. I will definitely keep them in mind if I have any furniture moving needs again.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Brittany G.
Punctual and professional! They were super nice and knew exactly what they were doing! Really made the move in process painless. Would recommend to anyone looking at a move!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Eric A.
They just moved me yesterday. Very professional and careful. Highly recommend.
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Eric did an excellent job with the move. Him and Adrian were punctual and finished everything in a timely fashion!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Elizabeth M.
Rexton Moving & Storage are the best movers by far! We rented U-Haul U-Boxes (which I also highly recommend) for a cross country move and were worried that not all of our belongings would fit in the 3 boxes we rented but the gentlemen who helped us are clearly Tetris masters. They made it fit in a very quick and careful manner with a little room for the "just in case." We chose Rexton because of the stellar reviews and we would definitely recommend hiring them! You won't regret it!
REXTON Moving & Storage, IncREXTON Moving & Storage, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
They were friendly, on time and very efficient! They moved my one room apartment and made sure all of my stuff was safe and secure!
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Kim V.
The team was able to help us with a furniture move in a matter of an hour after inquiry! They were quick, intuitive on the best way to get the furniture in the apartment, and were very professional! Highly recommend without a doubt.
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Outstanding service from this company! They were very professional and handled all my belongings with care! They even matched the competitor’s price quote so I went with them. I would trust them with my next move, that’s for sure!
Move ONMove ON
Emily A.
I'm giving one star because this company showed up early and because the movers were friendly however, they did a terrible job packing and it was either bad training or not their fault bc they didn't have supplies. The person who booked our appointment said it would be $99/hour including packing supplies and when they arrived, they had no idea they were supposed to pack anything and had only a couple of boxes on hand and no bubble wrap or paper...then they told me it was an additional charge for packing supplies (which they didn't even have) and we are still finding items that are broken! This is the worst moving company experience I've ever had! They told me whatever I wanted to hear to get my business and I'm very sorry we went with them. I even caught them packing glass items with metal items with no wrapping paper or bubble wrap to which the mover said, "I didn't think it was important"...seriously? How is not EVERY item you pack important?! We ended up having to make several trips back to pack items on our own because we were afraid too much would get broken...and unfortunately we found a lot of things that were. Stay away from this company! They are horrible!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Rich L.
Magic needs to be only pool table pro you should be hiring. Rod and his team, from our first call to the end of the job, handled the whole experience with peak professionalism, knowledge, transparency, and attention to detail. I was looking for a pool table, moved, refelted, and delivered, within my budget of ~$2k. Rod broke down the different costs of materials and labor to make sure I understood what I was paying for. I was provided a number of options and tailored the quote to my needs: a serious amateur league player who wanted a table that plays perfectly but doesn't completely break the bank. Delivery was done with care, assembly with even more care, and the results were fabulous. I bought an 8 ft Olhausen directly from him with electric blue felt and a full set of accessories--absolutely gorgeous. Upon wrapping up the job he provided me with tips on keeping my pool table in great condition for years to come. Rod is also fully insured and provides a warranty on his labor and the tables he sells. He prides himself on his reputation for high standards and quality of his work. His services are on the higher end, but you get what you pay for: nothing but the best.
Magic Billiards & GamesMagic Billiards & Games
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