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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 Leominster movers
Thank you guys!! They were great in moving a problematic couch to the second floor!! Helped with what I needed moved and even took the time to stack stuff neatly. Quick in and out with things I needed moved! Highly recommend them.
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Alexander C.
Talk about an incredible moving experience! These guys were fast, efficient and didn’t cut any corners. Couldn’t be happier and will definitely recommend them to others. Would hire them again for any future moves without hesitation.
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Emily C.
Had a seamless experience. Thank you for getting my move done so quickly!
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Stephannie C.
If you’re thinking about hiring them Don’t ! *** We had a terrible experience with this moving company . We scheduled a move for this saturday at 1 , On the moving date The person responsible for scheduling called me and said they’re running late and would arrive around 4 or 5 pm . 5 pm approaches and I called once again to confirm a time of arrival and he tells me now that they will arrive around 6:30 . Since the time was later than I had hope and we didn’t have wifi at the new place yet we scheduled for the next day from 4-5 pm . The day arrives and around 2 pm I call to confirm that they will be here around 4-5 pm . He now tells me that the movers called me at 1 pm and that they already left and that now they’re too far away to get moving done . Basically blaming me for not answering the phone when I was in fact in the middle of moving and I have a two year old ( I’m not always on my phone ) and I wasn’t expecting them to come at 1 pm when they said 4-5pm . Now we have to move everything ourselves . This company is not reliable at all .
All Season MovingAll Season Moving
Deborah C.
Excellent all around. Prompt and professional. Exceptional service during the trying time of moving. Thank you!
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
Jeff P.
Upward Moving was good. They took their time Making sure materials were carefully placed on the truck. Protected furniture and any fragile items.
Upward Moving & StorageUpward Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Moving has always been a nightmare for me. I dread it more than anything. I had moved myself from Michigan to Mass back in July and now four months later I found myself faced with moving again. I decided to use a moving company since it wasn't a long distance move this time and I was moving only an hour away. I got several estimates made some astronomical. Real Deal had submitted the second lowest estimate, but after checking the feedback on the lowest estimate, it was easy to see it was worth the ten dollars an hour more to go with Real Deal over the next lowest estimate. The cheapest isn't always the best and I look at companies reviews because I have a lot of valuable and fragile items that I don't want broken or stolen. The reviews on Real Deal were all good as opposed to endless tales of nightmare experiences with the others who had submitted estimates. The guys actually showed up and were at work ten minutes before they were scheduled. The guys were awesome. They were very careful with items, very efficient on their use of time, no goofing off or breaks. They had a job to do and they got there and got at it. They turned what usually is my greatest nightmare into an enjoyable experience.
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt arrival, quote was a little higher than expected, excellent service, they really went gung ho and did not stop until the move was done.
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Kara L.
Hands down the BEST movers I every used!!! I had issue switch another moving company they came with me to get my stuff out of storage ~ they had my back they didn't let the other company intimidate me when we go there. Without a doubt I would use them again & I tell everyone about them & how good they or tonight
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Folu O.
Exceptional customer service! They were late but courteous and professional. This was an office move. They helped set up office furniture and other items properly. Will use them again.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Alex P.
Great guys who updated me on their schedule, showed up when they promised, got in and out in record time and had a great attitude. It was well worth the money and I would recommend these guys to anyone looking to move!
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I experienced wonderful, prompt, service from not only the office staff, but Dane and Jake, the young men who performed and completed my project. They arrived during the time period stated, quickly went to work, and had my belongings carefully packed and placed into the truck for transport to my storage unit. They, then, moved everything safely and securely into storage for me. Dane and Jake were very professional and pleasant; patiently working with me on what had to go and what did not. I am extremely satisfied with Real Deal Van Lines, Inc., and I highly recommend them for all your moving needs.
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Lindsay b.
10 out of 10 for these guys. Have already referred my parents and in laws in like them so much! Move us out of a 3rd floor apartment into a 2 floor house in no time at all considering all of the boxes and furniture we have. The team was so polite and went above and beyond the entire day even taking apart the truck to find a wallet that had been grabbed by accident. Nothing broken nothing scratched we were just so impressed with their speed the entire day. They even took the time at the new house to ask which room each box would be going in just to make sure it would be in the right spot. I would recommend then 10 times over and well keep them in mind for future moves.
Haul of Fame MoversHaul of Fame Movers
Elizabeth L.
Very responsive through text, was able to set up a job within a day and schedule was flexible. Booked for 10:00 but they weren’t able to make it until 11:00 due to issues with having more than anticipated at the previous job. Was able to contact them through text that morning tho and they let me know a revised time which they were able to adhere to. They moved quickly and were very polite, professional, and approachable. Would hire again for sure
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
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