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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 Lowell movers
Elexis R.
I hired Better Life Moving to move a few dressers and bed and box of clothes to another apartment I was moving into. And they did absolutely amazing!!! These dressers were so heavy and they managed to just use two movers and go up two flights of stairs and not damage the furniture or walls. I would recommend these movers to anyone look for reliable, responsible, and quick movers. Great price and great work!! Thank you thank you!!!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Clark E.
Moved the treadmill
VP MOVERS L.P.VP MOVERS L.P.
Briannagh R.
I hired VP Movers to move a very heavy dresser from my second level bedroom onto a moving truck and they were amazing! They were right on time and very kind. They moved this dresser with ease and it was quick. They are the real deal. I would definitely hire them again! Thanks guys.
VP MOVERS L.P.VP MOVERS L.P.
Jocelyn J.
Hired to move bigger furniture from MA to NH. They were great!!! On time and took care in moving our furniture!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Overall the move went very well. When you move a full home you will have the occasional bump or bruise. Nothing that should worry anyone about choosing Hebert Movers. I would use them again. By the way, they moved an entire 3 bedroom house from a storage locker and into the home in 6 hours. That was fantastic!
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Juan B.
They were on time, very professional and did a great job moving my hot tub. Tried hiring multiple movers before them who let me down. But JP Moving handled the job perfectly! Highly recommend them!
JP Moving CompanyJP Moving Company
Heidi M.
Born to Move moving company was the best choice I ever made for my Mom’s move. The price was affordable, they arrived right on time, they were very understanding and willing to move extra items for my Mom that was not part of the thumbtack quote; they treated my Mom’s things with care and they were so polite. I was more then happy to give them 5 star review and I would use them again for sure.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Russell R.
Best moving experience I've ever had. Ray and Efrain were amazing. The showed up early and were so careful with my furniture. I would recommend Next Adventure to anyone looking for a mover. Thank you so much for making my move stress free.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Fast and professional movers, no damage, pleasant experience.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Jacques L.
Said they’d move a piano but not a small organ
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, nice, and most reasonable prices around. I will use them again in a heartbeat and will be referring them to all my family and friends. They made my entire move stress free from beginning to end. I have moved many many times and they are the best movers I've ever had.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Briana k.
The moving team was absolutely amazing! Alex was very responsive leading up to the move and took care of all preparations in getting it scheduled. The day of the move went very smooth. These guys worked their butts off and made the day stress free. I could not thank them enough for their hard work. 100% recommend.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Yogesh B.
Came on time as discussed and moved everything safe and fast.
Upward Moving & StorageUpward Moving & Storage
Deepthi s.
I highly recommend them for any moves, by far the most economical in the market. On time, no nonsense, respectful and very fast. They came at 7am(exact time we asked them to come) and were done by 9:30 - we were moving from lowell to Natick !! Will be reaching out to them for any of ours or our friends upcoming moves!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Lauren C.
Andrei and Zheni were the workers for my move. They were a fantastic team, both polite and professional. They worked efficiently to get the job done and done well. I am very pleased with my overall experience with Space Moving. In addition, Anna, who assisted with my reservation was informative and polite. I recommend this company and will certainly use them for future moves.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Mike G.
The guys from Move ON were amazing. They showed up on time, had excellent communication, and took great care of our belongings. I had more things than I thought and they were able to get another mover to come help so we could finish the move on time, which we did. Pricing was very transparent and fair. I can’t recommend them enough!
Move ONMove ON
Thumbtack Customer
Was very helpful with our move -- would definitely recommend to anyone in the Boston area!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Dylan S.
I cannot recommend Octopus more! We had a complex and large move and our closing was delayed- yet this amazing company was not only accommodating, but understanding and super responsive at all hours! They were exactly on time and worked SO hard and efficiently all day to make the move happen! Nothing was damaged and they were just amazing all around. I have moved 18 times in my life - and never has a moving company been so incredible! If you need to move- this is the company you want! What’s more - their price and value were far better than all other quotes I got yet their quality was the highest by a long shot. The guys were amazing- every one of them! Thanks for making a stressful day less stressful!!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Alex I.
Would absolutely use Phoenix moving again. Pricing was clear and fair, setting up an appointment was easy, and they were great, prompt and consistent communicators. They showed up early, worked quickly, carefully, and did a great job. Very happy I chose phoenix moving.
Phoenix MovingPhoenix Moving
Biren P.
Move On team was very good. They did excellent work moving 2 bedroom apartment. The manager also kept me updated from time to time on where we stand for time and what else we need to do. They set the right expectations and delivered accordingly. Even with some minor hiccups, they were very professional and helped me. They also help me move some other things that I requested as well. Great work.
Move ONMove ON
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing job! I had never hired professional movers before and didn't know what to expect. We moved a few blocks between apartments in downtown Lowell. We had about two dozen boxes, a plasma TV, couch, treadmill, bed and a bike. They had it from one place to the other in one trip and in just a couple hours. Not a scratch on anything and they were great guys. Definitely calling them the next time I move.
Big Hill Movers!Big Hill Movers!
Rachel K.
Leandro, Raul, and Memon were quick, careful, and efficient. Ours was a local move so they charged by the hour but they moved fast! They were careful to wrap our furniture and noted any dings or scratches before they did so. We were beyond pleased with the results. Thanks Spartan!
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Sam C.
Our lease was up and we needed to move during the COVID situation and both Frank and Bryant made us feel comfortable and did a great job. They did furniture breakdown and setup for us and were very conscious of social distancing and overall care in the move. They communicated clearly leading up to the move, showed up on time, and had tools to address any contingency so I'd highly recommend them for you. We'll definitely use them again.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Socrates J.
Hebert and his crew were amazing They showed up on time Were very friendly Wrapped any fragile items And not was damaged They even offered their moving truck as storage for me as the house i was moving into wouldn't would be ready for 3days Great experience I'd use them again
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time and did the moving for us. Friendly people. Finished the job in the time we had in mind.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
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