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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 Newburyport movers
Jayne C.
They moved a piano for us.
West Lake Moving and Storage LLCWest Lake Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Born to Move did a fantastic job moving our upright piano today! They were on time, efficient, and very careful while preparing and moving the full sized upright. I would absolutely recommend this company and I would hire them again in a heartbeat!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
James A.
Had a heavy treadmill that needed to be moved from the second floor of our house to the basement. Hebert Movers worked quickly to help us get it done. They were responsive to our questions, professional on their arrival, and swift + careful workers on the job. I'd highly recommend them for your moving needs.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Mark S.
They provided an efficient and affordable move. Well done!
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Katherine C.
I was really impressed with the job the movers from Octopus did. They were right on time, quick, and offered high quality service on par with much more expensive movers I’ve worked with. Would definitely recommend them.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
moved us quickly & without complaint. would recommend. good price too.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Kathryn C.
The owner, Ben, is very professional, reliable and responsive. Discount was given for a weekday move. Very flexible with changes on the move date . They showed up right on time and did a great job! I highly recommend them. I would hire them again.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Patrick S.
The team at R & I saved us when other movers cancelled last minute. We were able to contact them on Friday night for a Saturday morning move. They were on time, friendly and a tremendous help at a great price. Highly recommend their services!
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Jacqueline R.
Did a great job moving our very heavy appliances down narrow staircase.
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Heather D.
I would have chosen all 5 things to like about The movers who came today, but it only let me choose 3. From first contact to the final storing of the delivered good, the movers were A+. I wasn’t worried about them damaging the place I moved out of because they padded all the corners of the walls, they wrapped and stored all of my items thoroughly and carefully. I highly recommend this company.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Dawn H.
Great price, great communication, no charge for travel time and mileage. Will schedule soon to move that furniture.
Buddy and Son CleanoutsBuddy and Son Cleanouts
Emily C.
Top Rank Movers did a fantastic job moving my furniture! Very courteous and professional, and great problem-solvers, too. It's not easy getting large pieces of furniture through narrow doorways and stairs in older buildings and somehow they made it happen. Thanks so much!
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Spartan Movers did an excellent job of making our local moving experience, which could have been stressful, a breeze. They arrived on time, communicated effectively, followed our guidance without confusion, wrapped everything appropriately, and packed and unpacked efficiently. I'd hire them again.
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
David R.
Two men performed amazing level of moving skills, it seemed like they danced tango with furniture! Pleasure to watch the professionals in action.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Anna B.
The move was professional, quick and pleasant. They are highly responsive and skilled at protecting and loading possessions. I was highly satisfied and would recommend them unequivocally.
Mystic Movers LLCMystic Movers LLC
Amy W.
The company did an excellent protecting job! We had a new set of office furniture and I was moved with no a small scratch! Certainly recommend them!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Sarah S.
Highly recommend. Moving is stressful, but this was the best moving experience I've had! I wasn't fully packed when they arrived, but they weren't bothered by it and made perfect use of time by loading all the packed items while I finished up. They checked in with me throughout the day on their progress and with any questions about items. Good time management, good communication, and hard workers with positive attitudes.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Rich F.
Incredible customer service, great communication throughout from the first contact to the when I needed to make a last minute change in timing (which was accommodated). The move was stress free and professional, Eric and Rich knew what they where doing from how to handel fragile items to maneuvering large pieces thru tricky opening. Great movers if you can book them do so!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Sarah N.
Very good service. The coordinator did an amazing job to put things together since nobody was present on my behalf on the moving out day. Thank you.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Amy R.
Excellent experience! I needed to move large pieces of furniture around as well into the basement. Pros Who Do did a great job. Very professional and efficient. Recommend highly.
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Top Speed Moving and Storage, LLC, was amazing from the very first phone call I made to them. They were extremely accommodating and their attention to detail was impeccable. They honored their quoted price and made sure that every item was cared for as if it were their own. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Top Speed Moving and Storage LLCTop Speed Moving and Storage LLC
Vassily C.
What I liked the most about these guys is how responsive they were to my queries. Very easy to talk to despite some miscommunication on my end. Move went very smooth and quick. Since I can't be there to the drop off site, they provided pictures of how the drop off went. Thumbs up guys!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
This is a good company that is very responsive. There are some issues with quoting. They initially quoted $350 for our job knowing the distance that would need to be traveled and the final bill was $536, so keep an eye on that. We also had a piece of antique hardware crack off during the move. That was disappointing even though the team was extra careful. Overall good experience but I'm not so happy that I would recommend them.
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Laura R.
When I was comparing movers, John was the only person who offered to view my space, ask the right questions & provide me advice. He & Josh were punctual, considerate of my needs, always carefully handling the multitude of heavy boxes & most careful with my fragile items. They were super friendly & I couldn’t have been more pleased. I highly recommend Home Run Transportation & as a matter of fact already did to three people! Great experience during a stressful period. Thanks, Laura
Home Run Transportation LLCHome Run Transportation LLC
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