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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Methuen movers
Robin B.
Lumy Moving was amazing! They took great care of our items and moved everything to our new home with no issues! I highly recommend them for any move!
LUMY MovingLUMY Moving
Marianne M.
D and A Movers did an excellent job preparing my furniture to move. They were on time and worked hard to finish move as quickly and carefully as possible. I would recommend hiring them to family and friends.
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
Karyn E.
They came and moved a sectional from one property to another. Very reasonably priced and nice people. Will call again in the future for moving needs!
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Thumbtack Customer
Hebert movers were awesome. They helped me move on holiday weekend and offer a great flat rate. They came on time and were extremely efficient and professional. I highly recommend.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Charles C.
The two movers were young men who were strong and moved our items carefully but they seemed to lack common sense terms of pre-planning efficient use of space.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Mike S.
Next Adventure moving did an exception job with my move. With 2 young kids they made it so easy for us. We had 3 guys who worked non-stop (except for a 15 minute lunch) and were extremely efficient. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a moving company. 5 out of 5 stars across the board!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I communicated with Thumbtack, Inc. to request a local mover for a very small job within 10 miles. Frank Otero promptly got back to me and was extremely helpful. The move will take place tomorrow. More info to follow.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Barbara c.
Nick and Doug were prompt and very professional. They looked at the treadmill we have been wanting moved for years and assured us moving it would be a piece of cake...and they made it look like it was. Very pleased! Will definitely be calling them again. Thanks guys!
Buddy and Son CleanoutsBuddy and Son Cleanouts
Thumbtack Customer
so kind. never stopped. moved a whole truck load down 3 flights of stairs. amazing
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Shelby A.
My girlfriend and I used Ben and Ray for our move. They were great! Got the move done in record time and made sure everything was taken care during the process. The truck was even clean and well organized. Would absolutely use them again and would give more then 5 stars if possible.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Joe B.
This company is amazing! They booked me right away. The movers were excellent, polite and efficient! Would definitely recommend this company!
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Lisa F.
Very professional and on time. Took great care of my item that were moved. When highly recommend again! Thank you !
Ashley D.
I would definitely recommend Hebert Movers. They got the job done fast, very efficient. Didn't damage furniture and great price.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Olivia B.
Worst fear came true... this company told us 12 hours before our scheduled move that they cannot do the job anymore. They realized it was no longer “profitable” for them to do it, even though all the details and location was provided to them in advance. Absolutely appalled at how unprofessional this was and confused how they did not consider profitability when they first received the details of the move. My family is now scrambling to find a last minute moving company. I definitely do not recommend going with this company as they do not honor their agreed upon plan and did not care to leave you completely stranded. Seems like a very amateur business.
Speedy Moving CompanySpeedy Moving Company
Toni S.
They arrived on time, moved my heavy furniture very professionally and did not waste any time. Very courteous and would definitely recommend them.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Candace M.
This is the second time I have used Herbert movers and have been very pleased with their work. Frank and Brian were very quick and friendly.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Lynda A.
These guys were great! Professional and quick! They came in got the job done and we're curtious and everything went smoothly. I highly recommend Hebert Movers!
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Renee H.
Frank and his crew were fantastic to work with. They were accommodating to our schedule and the move was seamless. Couldn’t have done it without them and I highly recommend.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Claire J.
I was scared when I saw only 2 men coming to move my new French door refrigerator from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor in a very narrow stairs. Surprisingly, they well packed the fridge to climb the stairs. As the entry door was a little bit too small to receive the fridge. Preciously, they remove the door and put the fridge inside. Vise versa, they use the same good manner to put the old one outside. They are very responsible . They call me so often on their way to assure me, and they were on time. The most important, their price is affordable. I keep their references for future moves, and refer to friends, and anyone who are looking to move things elsewhere.
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The 2 guys who helped me move were awesome. Professional, quick, didn't dilly dally or take there time. It was definitely worth the money and I would highly reccomend
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
David B.
Hired this company to move some furniture to my basement from 2nd floor. They wrapped everything and took their time. They were not in a rush and very professional- would use them again
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Geraldine L.
Ben and Matt were awesome. They were early and professional and worked great. Job was quick and painless. I’m recommending them to everyone I know. Thanks for making my move less stressful!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Rayne S.
"Smooth Movers" was extremely disappointing. There is no contract to sign, so they can break your items and shrug it off like it's not a huge deal. They don't listen to boundaries and rush around with items not caring if they break something. My friend had 4 items broken. They also were smoking heavily on the job. We paid them upfront and a tip before the job even began and it was the worst experience with movers we have ever had. Now the owner won't even respond to the calls or texts reporting the issues. Very unprofessional. They care more about speed than caring about your life and belongings. I would highly advise against this company if you have any belongings that mean more to you than a sack of toilet paper. Incredibly frustrating and made my friends move into their first apartment here traumatizing and stressful. They took the money and ran off without any contract or accepting any responsibility. The "professionals" were also rude and insulting about assuming our capabilities of moving, and guilty us saying that we got a cheaper deal for something that had more items when I was very clear before they took the job that is what they had and the size of the storage unit. They brought a tiny dolly and a single pickup truck. This was appalling.
Smooth Mooves LlcSmooth Mooves Llc
Zakkiyya W.
I had three guys and a 26' truck. They were really awesome. I had a very big move. They delivered and all of them had the sweetest disposition. Easy to work with and polite. The price was what they quoted me and not a penny more. I would definately recommended them. I was skeptical at first because they don't have a website. But I'm glad I went through with it.
JP Moving CompanyJP Moving Company
Jenna L.
Gabriel and Jason were amazing! They showed up promptly on time (even early) and hustled hard. They cleared out my apartment, drove to my new one, filled it up and built my furniture all in a few hours. Communication with Lexel was always prompt via Alex and Ross. Will definitely be recommending or using again for a future move. Thanks for being awesome and making this a super easy process!
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
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