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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 East Boston movers
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional movers. Have extremely high standards on how a move is to be done and were a pleasure to work with.
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Daniel P.
Five stars for the team at Born to Move who were able to quickly schedule a move of some appliances for me on short notice! The team was punctual, efficient and took care in moving everything. Highly recommend! Thank you!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Colleen C.
If we could give them 1,000 stars we would! The team was persistent with helping us with an appliance move and worked till they completed the move with 100% effort and efficiency! They will be our go to contractors for all our needs moving forward! Highly highly recommend!!!!!!
RS Contracting ServicesRS Contracting Services
Mike K.
I had a fantastic experience with Stark Moving and Storage. They were very prompt and open in their communication, and were able to change a scheduled move time to earlier in the day on short notice. They were quick, efficient and conscientious, and went above and beyond in organizing items in my storage unit. I would recommend Stark Moving and Storage to anyone.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Elizabeth J.
I hired Blink Moving for a last minute move and they were able o help me out on pretty short notice. They even came a bit earlier than originally planned when I said I was ready earlier. They moved my full one bedroom apartment from East Boston to Brookline in under three hours. I was so impressed!
Blink Moving LLCBlink Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with our moving team! Highly recommend!
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I could not ask for more friendly, nice and extremely proficient movers. They were fantastic:)
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Roman C.
I had to move a 3-Bedroom house, 2 floors with basement. Gleb and his crew were very thorough with disassembling/wrapping furniture, checking what needed to move stay, packing some items for us. In the new house, I asked them to cover all floors and stairs to spare new hardwood, and they did. Good price, Finished in a day which is great for a larger move like ours, and more saving. Awesome job, highly recommend!
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
For the price we were sooooooo happy. They were very friendly, accommodating and wanted to make the move relax for us.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Michelle M.
I'd Highly recommend this Company, "Born to Move!" ~ Alex and his employee were unbelievable! They were Punctual & Pr&y_55
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Dija E.
Very professional, responsible and nice people i would highly recommend them as i told them when i will be moving next time it has to be them, felt really safe doing business with Pros my furniture is white and has a mirror they have moved it with not a single scratch so satisfied thank you so much
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Joanne H.
They were great! On time and very friendly and helpful through out the entire move. I would definitely use them again!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Gina P.
Recommended although was quoted for 4hrs and it took 8hrs so make sure to take into account how long two movers may take.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Arasha L.
These guys were EXACTLY what I needed. They were early, super communicative, and incredibly kind. If you need any help with your moving, look no further!
Amanda H.
These guys are the best. We have used them twice, so professional, hardworking and polite. Treated all of our items with extreme care. I even undershot the job and only asked for two movers (for a job we realized required 4 after the fact...) these guys hustled and moved this massive job just the two of them over the course of 7 hours - thank you guys so much for hard work!!!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Amber F.
I hired MassProLogistics for a long move from Boston to Raleigh, NC. I was very nervous since I was doing everything long distance already in NC. They were very responsive throughout the booking and logistics process and the driver and crew sent pics and texts as they loaded our stuff and hit the road showing it secure in truck. They had rewrapped everything that needed it and had blankets laid down as they moved it into our house to unload. They really went the extra mile with a smile on their faces. They also picked up our items on a Friday in Boston and delivered them in NC the next morning. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat and highly recommend them for any move. Excellent experience.
Heather S.
Efim and Eugine were very fast and efficient. Got things done so quickly. would definitely hire them again for any move. Very professional and friendly.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Mary T.
DA Family Moving Co was very easy to work with. They are a smaller operation but that did not seem to impact the quality of their work. Nick and his coworker showed up a little later than expected but got to work right away. They were quick and efficient and took good care of my items. Aside from a miscommunication on a few items being included in the move, everything went very smoothly. Would definitely hire them again.
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
Andres P.
Their punctuality was outstanding, and they did the work with quality. The team leader was very professional. However, Born to Move must train the customer service skills of the whole crew to make the experience five stars!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Andres P.
Professional job! They received all the suggestions we made to handle our most fragile boxes; at all times they took care of our furniture. I recommend the service of Step by Step Moving and Storage.
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Christina N.
THE BEST. I was beyond stressed about moving and it went smoother than I could have ever asked for! They came early last minute per request. They treated my furniture as if it was their own. Worth every penny. 10/10z
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Jeff G.
I had an excellent experience with Paradise- from the moment I reached out to them to the conclusion of the move- they were highly responsive and very professional. Not only will I use their services again but I’ll willing recommend them to family and friends.
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Janet B.
The team at The Service Man were professional, kind, knowledgeable and well-worth employing. Do yourself a favor and hire the best from this five-star quality moving service. Don’t forget to consider them for all of your handy man needs!
The service man BostonThe service man Boston
Debbie H.
If I could give Buddy and Sons 10 stars, I would! What a pleasant and positive experience from beginning to end. They are personable, upfront, honest, punctual, professional and so courteous! The price I was given was extremely fair. Our Furniture was moved seamlessly and the guys were so kind and polite! I will not only recommend Buddy and Sons to everyone I know, but will most definitely hire them again!
Buddy and Son CleanoutsBuddy and Son Cleanouts
Maria P.
Amazing work isn't enough praise! Ben and his team went above and beyond... initial communication and booking were super easy and Ben was willing to answer all my questions. Really loved that wardrobe boxes are provided the day off... so I packed all my clothes with hangers while they started moving my stuff. Ben packed up and set my TV for me! I'm telling you... if you want a great job done hire them!!!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
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