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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 Peabody movers
Amanda C.
I used smith moving last week for my move from MA to ME. The experience was more than perfect. Very professional and personable. I have more to move in the future and I will be using them again. Thanks for everything. Amanda C.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Isaac M.
Moved everything as agreed. Maintained communication throughout.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Eric K.
DA Family moving did a fantastic job! They picked up the ball when another mover left us high and dry. They were very careful with our belongings from start to finish. We are so happy with DA Family Moving, we can’t wait to use them again! Thank you so much!!
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
Marie T.
I needed a disassembled treadmill to be moved from garage to second floor bedroom. The owner was super nice and professional. He came to do the job and realize he didn’t have some equipment to move the treadmill (Straps). He had his son come and the treadmill was successfully moved. I would hire this company again.
Buddy and Son CleanoutsBuddy and Son Cleanouts
Eva z.
Awesome movers! I would recommend them any day
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Michael D.
The company quoted me 3 hours for 8 pieces, and it took them 5 total hours to move 8 pieces. No boxes, just large pieces that were not heavy, and only had to be moved a very short distance from porch to truck, and then another 2 miles to be unloaded. The two workers that arrived moved painfully slow, with very minimal exertion. At one point it took them 22 minutes to stand up a couch, wrap it, and move it 20 feet into the truck. Terrible experience, would not recommend.
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Courtney P.
I contacted Move ON last minute for a local move. They were able to accommodate me easily and efficiently. Super responsive to any questions and always communicating with you in route and after. I’m grateful for the help thank you
Move ONMove ON
Jude Jr j.
Move things carefully, one of my kitchen cabinets were damaged.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Gardine P.
This was the first time I’ve hired movers and it was a great experience. The two guys who came to our home were extremely polite and they did a great job moving some furniture around our house. I would highly recommend.The service was excellent!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Ed P.
The price was excellent and they did a great job moving all of my stuff Thank you!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Olti A.
Great moving company. They were very fast and reliable. The guys were very strong and prepared.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Alex z.
The whole moving is very quick and clear . Thank a lot for the great help from octopus team!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Judy U.
They moved a huge treadmill from one house to another - hard to maneuver and they did it with a smile (and a mask!). Would definitely recommend!!
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Bob M.
Two big strong guys did an excellent job moving a large refrigerator upstairs and another one down stairs
Boston moversBoston movers
Adam K.
Sergej and Ronaldo and the Octopus Moving team were absolutely outstanding and fantastic! I would definitely use them again!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
2 polite men with excellent moving skills. started on time and finished on time. I plan to use them again in the future.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Ap s.
Excellent experience moving with this professional team. Took care of everything and were on time. Glad i chose them. Will book them again.
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Kannary K.
Peter was very responsive, trustworthy and helpful. I am definitely calling him for my next move. I am very appreciative!
Thumbtack Customer
The move went extremely well considering Eric and his helper had to carry a sofa up 5 flights of stairs. Would definitely hire Eric again! 😊
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Dawnette B.
Michael is an amazing person to work with. He has made the customer beyond happy with the work that he has done by moving the vanity to a location that was hard to reach and also with no damage to her personal property. He had everything that he needed to move the item. He is very professional and has integrity. I will absolutely continue to have him work orders for me. Thank you Michael for your help with this issue. You get five stars!
iCan HandymaniCan Handyman
Jorge B.
Had some pieces of furniture to move within my home with tight stairs. These guys did it so quick and without a scratch on the wall. Good value as well. Would hire again.
Boston moversBoston movers
Zoe K.
The movers were so great and even arrived early! They ended up having to use a spiral staircase to get our furniture to the second floor and didn't complain once. Very impressed. Only downfall was they didn't have a big enough truck for all of our furniture so we ended up needing to find a way to transfer our headboard and tv, luckily we weren't moving too far otherwise it would have been a bigger problem. But the guys were awesome.
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I have moved every two years between three countries in the last 15 years. Never before seen such efficiency and attention to detail. Thank you so much. Highly recommended !!!
Smart Penny MovingSmart Penny Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job! Professional and understanding! I gave them short notice and they delivered! Price was reasonable compared to other companies. If I move again they will definitely be the ones I call!! Highly recommend!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
The day before the move (move was in a Sunday) I was contacted and he doubled my price . I spoke with him previously about his low rate and amount of things I had and he kept insisting that was the price quoted ,that would be the price ! They came an hour late, tiny truck , stacked everything in like a puzzle with things shoved in cause truck was too small (Remember they doubled the price for the amount I had) and stacked my antique tables on one another in this jumble . Had to make a second trip .
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
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