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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Franklin movers
Amber M.
Very professional, made the move pleasant and easy.
Loiselle Piano ServicesLoiselle Piano Services
Shaylyn M.
It’s a shame that you can only choose 3 out of the 5 when starting the review, it’s unfair to the company. Born to Move was an ABSOLUTE 5 STAR company. I hired another moving company the day before my move (Blink Moving) they showed up, everything was great until they broke my 55” television and wanted nothing to do with replacing it or taking any blame for moving it to an unsafe area in the unit and it slid down and fell right on the screen. Non the less I fired them and had no idea what I was going to do. I messaged Alex at around 2pm if not later Monday March 15th and explained the situation. Alex was able to have a crew of 2 wonderful, respectful, professional, punctual, hard working and not to mention very courteous gentlemen at my storage unit by 9am the very next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was in shock that in such a short notice that anyone could come out. Everything was moved into my new apartment and they even put my bed together for me so I didn’t have to do it. The rate of was exactly as quoted and not a penny more and I also got a discount for paying cash. I could not recommend a better moving company. If I ever move again, which I know I will...the first person I am calling is Alex and his team at Born to Move! Thank you again guys!!!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Nitu R.
I would definitely recommend. I got a least quote for moving my 2 bedroom apartment with great quality of work. They were fast and efficient. They took care of moving without any scrathes to new and old home.
JP Moving CompanyJP Moving Company
Michael C.
Born to move did a great job moving us from our apartment into our new home despite the COVID-19 pandemic. They wore masks and were social distancing from me and my wife which was very much appreciated. They also were hardworking, delicate with our stuff and very polite. I can recommend their services to anyone looking for good movers!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Krista F.
Fantastic moving company! Highly recommend! Hard working, careful, friendly and trustworthy.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Jon l.
Made our move so much easier, at a great price! Highly recommend!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Rita M.
So thrilled with Mike & Nate!! They were quick, punctual & professional. They were careful when moving my treadmill to my basement. Will definitely use them again in the future, and refer them to anyone, looking for an honest moving company. Thank you guys!
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Denise L.
The guys were able to come at short notice and moved one large piece of furniture - professionally done.
Smart JunkersSmart Junkers
Benjamin A.
Great help moving some things in my house! Very reliable, communicative, and professional. Highly recommended
G1 Services inc.G1 Services inc.
Larissa N.
The young men who came to move our furniture were careful, respectful, and very helpful every step of the way.
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Gayle W.
Lamar and George had to be the nicest, most professional movers I've ever hired! They were polite, efficient, and concerned for the condition of my furniture. Also, Alex quoted us a great price, and there were no surprises when it came time to pay. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a reasonably priced, smooth move.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Steve L.
Hail of frame moved are the best in the business! They go over and beyond there service is nothing less then white glove service hands down the best movers you can have! There very respectful and know what there doing! They moved us long distance and they did just about a 16-18 day and still gave top quality work! I’m beyond impressed with them and how professional they are! Thank you guys for the outstanding work and professionalism you provided our family! I highly recommend them! If you don’t choice them your crazy the best in the business!
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
Bill C.
DA Family Moving did a great job on an incredibly hot and humid day. They were responsive and helpful, while also being careful with our stuff!
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
Gina s.
Andre and team were awesome. I needed help with a last minute move. They responded right away. They were on time and efficient. I would highly recommend!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Sravani B.
Gabriel and his team member helped us with moving heavy furniture around our house. They were quick, very efficient and glad we went with them.
G1 Services inc.G1 Services inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Tom and his crew were exceptional. Crew was very friendly and they work HARD. Definitely recommend Tom over others claiming to have great service. We moved out of a 3 BR 1500 sq. ft home and just across town. They kept our items on a truck overnight and moved us in the next day. Not one thing was broken and we became very friendly with the crew. Highly recommend.
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Donna T.
I used Space Moving today to pick up and deliver a dining set to my home. They were on time, professional, and courteous. It's important to me as a customer, for those I hire to do what they promised. That was definitely the case with this company. I was kept informed of each step along the way and there were no "surprises." They made it all easy. You can trust Space Moving to take good care of you.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Lisa A.
Fantastic experience! Movers were on time, and they were quick, neat, and very efficient - and super nice and polite! And the cost was more than reasonable for what was done. I will definitely be using them again if I have the need.
Full House Junk RemoversFull House Junk Removers
Emily C.
Great team and so easy to work with and schedule, which is really helpful! The team helped move a big swingset and we couldn’t have done it without them! Highly recommend and will certainly use in the future for other projects as needed. 5 star!
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Benjamin A.
You can stop searching, you've already found the company you need to help you move or get rid of your stuff. I highly recommend Full House Junk Removers. Marcelo was communicative before and during the process, highly professional, and personable. Great to support a local business, especially with very fair and reasonable rates.
Full House Junk RemoversFull House Junk Removers
Teresa R.
Manilo was incredibly responsive and quick. He answered my request within 15 minutes and was able to do my moving job for a couch, loveseat and ottoman and traveling 30 miles the next morning. He and his partner were professional and did a great job at a great price. I would definitely use them again and highly recommend them.
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Shaylyn M.
My experience with Blink was great. I had a team of 3 movers, and they were all very friendly, personable, professional, reliable and most of all they were very careful with all of my items. They asked questions if they weren’t sure if I wanted something wrapped or how fragile certain boxes were. They didn’t just come in and throw my things around. I have never seen a team work so quickly together. I had quite a bit of items in a second floor apartment and they hustled and packed the truck neatly and to where all my items were safe. I cannot say anything bad about Blink Moving. The price was right and they got me out of my apartment in less than a week. And it was right before the New Year! They made the time to squeeze me in due to a safety issue and I had only stared looking for a company 5 days prior to the date I wanted to be out of the apartment. So in a nutshell, if you are looking for quality workers, quality price and a job done right then you need to choose Blink. No questions asked. Thanks again guys! You all were wonderful! Happy New Year, I will be calling within the next month or so to have them move me out of my storage unit and into my new apartment. That is how impressed I am with Blink!
Blink Moving LLCBlink Moving LLC
Alice S.
Incredible Team. Highly responsive, punctual, respectful, kind and completely competent people. You would be wise to choose this pair to help you with any moving needs your have. The scheduling person is fantastic too! They let you know when the team is on their way and is quick to answer any questions. It was such a pleasure to have these people help us. I am officially a lifetime customer. ❤
Full House Junk RemoversFull House Junk Removers
Teresa R.
Gabriel was fantastic. He worked extremely hard to get my move done after one of his workers got sick on the job. He was able to have another one of his guys fill in and they were really great. My move was a 3rd floor walk up and much more difficult than anticipated. He gave me such a fair price and after the tremendous job he did that day in getting it done, I actually told him he undercharged me but he didn’t ask for more. Nevertheless, he and his guy deserved more and I gave him what he deserved. He was amazing and you couldn’t ask for a nicer guy. Highly recommend him and I’ll be using him again when I need to!! He also provides other services so he’s all around a great find. Definitely call him first!!
G1 Services inc.G1 Services inc.
Mignon A.
They were 4th choice after Monday movers' clerical error left me in the lurch when I had to be out by Wednesday night. They fit me in on Wednesday--and came an hour early after calling rather than taking a long lunch while I stressed out. I felt 100% confident that my property was in good hands; I met them on the other end. Poseidon is now my 1st choice!
Poseidon MovingPoseidon Moving
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