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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.

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. 

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 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 much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Newton movers
Max S.
Move&care moving company the staff was perfect. They were very helpful, and always answered all my questions quickly. The move was very smooth and the estimated amount of time they gave me was very accurate. I love my new house, thank you move&care!
Move and Care moving companyMove and Care moving company
Donatella C.
Step by step was great! The movers were friendly and hard workers. The move was challenging with the stairs but the guys did an amazing job. The move started 2 hours later than the expected due to a previous job running late, but the company kept me posted throughout. Although there was a little misunderstanding on price, the company was very fair. Would recommend and hire again.
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Great service! This company are the best Boston movers I have used so far. The crew arrived on time and called me 45 minutes before arrival. Everything was loaded on the truck in a blink of an eye and delivered the same day! I was impressed by the same day moving service at a reasonable price. I didn't have to waste money on hotels and I slept on my bed the same night. I would highly recommend Lexel moving to my friends! Thank you guys for my move from Boston to New York!
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Penny S.
Space Moving returned to complete the job they started 2 2 weeks ago when they moved furniture into my garage so floors could be done. They transferred it back today. Very responsible and efficient team of Andrei (owner) and Alex. Very careful with moving furniture on new floors and newly painted walls and woodwork. Very reasonably priced and much less than competitors. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Dianne C.
Hiring movers for the first time always leaves you wondering if you chose well, because until they move you? You really do not know. The team at Care Movers is awesome! I trusted the reviews and can add to them, hoping you find that desired calm snd confidence in your choice. My "Care" Team were professional, kept in touch with arrival time, quickly assessed the move and dove right in! They were cautious and careful while keeping a concern on the time for my benefit! Alex and Sean, you rocked it! THANK YOU for being everything I wished for! Now, let the unpacking begin.... A Very Happy First Time Customer. Dianne
Move and Care moving companyMove and Care moving company
Thumbtack Customer
Son Light Movers were excellent. Professional, polite, and arrived on time. They also provided a quote which was accurate and didn't add extra fees at the end of the job like a lot of movers. Geoff and his team was also neat and took great care in handling my furniture. I look forward to using them again!
Son Light MoversSon Light Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Hi Geoffery was good he responded quickly and showed up on time. Just be clear on what the "minimum" is for the agreement because we did go back and forth on that but overall he was very flexible and worked with our specific needs because we were not a typical move we had a few things to move given we were finishing a renovation.
Son Light MoversSon Light Movers
Thumbtack Customer
From the initial correspondence with inquiries to the final delivery EVERYTHING done by Smart Penny Moving was thoroughly professional. Emails/phone calls about charges were handled promptly and courteously. The execution of the actual move was flawless. I had a spice rack with tiny glass bottles that was a last minute thought and I asked if that could be included in one of the boxes. Much to my surprise when I unpacked at our destination, EACH bottle had been wrapped individually by the movers. Unfortunately it rained the actual day of the move and each and every time the men walked in they wiped their feet on the tarp they had put down. I can't get my own family to do that when they aren't balancing large, unwieldy and heavy pieces of furniture!. I unhesitatingly endorse this company. Professional, courteous, cost efficient. What more can a person ask for?!?!?
Smart Penny MovingSmart Penny Moving
Prakash R.
Berny and his associate showed up on time, did the work requested quickly and were extremely professional. Would definitely hire them again for any of my moving needs. Highly recommend!
Speedy king movers & servicesSpeedy king movers & services
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