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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 Fall River movers
Brenda j.
The movers were quick and Professional The value with this move was excellent. Communication was excellent with both Jane and the movers. If you need a mover call Boston Moving LLC. I would give them 10 Stars if I could😀😀😀
Boston Moving LLCBoston Moving LLC
Elaney E.
Seriously great guys! They were super punctual and efficient with moving my things out of my apartment. They were really professional! I would 10/10 recommend these movers!
Smoove Move & StorageSmoove Move & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Couldn't imagine a move going smoother! On time, professional and hard working was what I received from this company. They moved unbelievably heavy items in no time at all and without damage. Would highly recommend Po and his team to anyone, such hard workers and the rates are unbeatable. Will be recommending to others and surely will use again for future moves!
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Moving can be stressful and crazy. I was a little skeptical about hiring movers but these guys were amazing! Perla was such a sweetheart and helped us decide how long to book and what services we needed. The gentleman that helped us move were patient, kind, fast workers and respectful of my things!! They got the job done. We would have finished before the 3 hours we booked, but due to some difficulties with furniture not fitting through very narrow hallways we went over by an hour and a half. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with how professional they were. I moved from a 3rd floor to a 2nd floor and they did great. I would definitely recommend this moving company. Thank you Top Concierge
Top concierge moving and cleaning services, INCTop concierge moving and cleaning services, INC
Meghan P.
They were so quick and skilled, relieved all of my anxiety around moving such a big item.
Northeast Piano MoversNortheast Piano Movers
Jake B.
The guys at Round the Clock were super helpful to me in my move. When all my friends ended up with doctors appointments the day of my move, Round the Clock took care of me with next day service. They helped me move my 2 BR apartment out in less than two hours. Everything got wrapped in blankets and moved carefully. The guys worked fast and offered assembly, disassembly, and even organization when we got to the new house. You can tell they care about their business - I strongly recommend them and would definitely use them again in the future. Keep up the good work
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Julianna H.
The movers took special care with our furniture. They were very professional and worked steady the entire day. The move took a second trip (my fault) and they were very understanding. The prices are reasonable, especially for the care they take. I would use them again and highly recommend them!
REXTON Moving & Storage, IncREXTON Moving & Storage, Inc
Aisha B.
Great job! Arrived on time and move my stackable washer and dryer from basement to first floor without any damage!
Smoove Move & StorageSmoove Move & Storage
Beth D.
Hired HandyGuy and his partner to move some heave pieces. They were kind, efficient and professional. 10/10. Would recommend.
Megan C.
First I just want to say, I moved from a third floor apartment with the most horrendous stairs. They are so steep and high and narrow. The men handled it beautifully. It didn't even phase them. They were professional, kind, and efficient. If you are looking for movers, pick this company. You will not be disappointed . They are extremely hard workers. Daria was very responsive when we were scheduling and working things out. Overall a great experience.
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Jadwiga P.
Slava and his team are excellent and efficient in moving my furniture to my new residence. They were friendly, courteous and handled every piece of my furniture with care. I also appreciated the time that Slava took to notify me that the team was going to be delayed. To me and any other customer I commend his courtesy and responsibility to make sure that the moving truck was running smoothly. Thanks so much again, Slava. - Jadwiga
Upward Moving & StorageUpward Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Michael and his brother were excellent. Reliable, professional and time efficient. Competitive pricing also. My move situation was sudden and stressful to say the least. They took care of everything, did not damage any of my things and accommodated my need to move things from multiple locations. They even went the extra step to help assemble some of my furniture. My experience was great. I highly recommend them and will use their services again when needed.
Olympic Junk RemovalOlympic Junk Removal
Elizabeth G.
Moved my mom on such short notice, polite efficient, friendly and very helpful. Would definitely recommend and definitely keep in mind for future service. Thank you guys again. You were great!
Thumbtack Customer
Would not recommend. Changed quoted price twice. Promised 3 movers but got 2. Cosmetically damaged some stuff, but nothing major. Very friendly, just wish they owned up to the quote they gave me.
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Ashley L.
The two guys that showed up were great. From the moment I reached out asking about the job, they answered quickly and continuously kept me in the loop. They worked hard and were very personable! My 6 year old daughter was with us and they played and involved her in the moving process. She had fun. She did become cranky after some time, as she was getting tired, and they still tried to make her smile. They didn’t complain about the three flights of stairs or anything. And it was HOT that day! We had a few hiccups, and even still, both guys remained calm, professional, and in work mode. They appeared honest and straight forward. I appreciate that in people. I moved my three bedroom apartment out of a home into a storage facility. The only thing I would say that bothered me was that they were about an hour and 45 minutes late from the time we had initially planned. This tardiness pushed us into moving at night, and in darkness, as it took us about four hours to complete it all. I was hopeful that there would be three men moving items, as I had a lot of belongings, but the two men worked well together and with us. Having a third worker for larger jobs would be a suggestion, but the two men were able to get the job done very well. The price was doable and fair as well. I had only reached out about two days ahead of time to ask them to help move me out. Most other companies I found required at least a two week notice and were SO much more expensive. It was convenient they were able to take on the job last minute. I would most certainly hire this company again and would highly recommend them to family and friends. I hope they continue to get work. I would love to see this company expand! :) They are hard workers and deserve success! Thank you!
CapeWide Green Movers and RecyclingCapeWide Green Movers and Recycling
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