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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 Salem movers
Andrea I.
High Quality moving services! They were great to work with and very professional. The move was quick, even for moving our furniture up to the third floor! Would highly recommend and call again in the future.
Phoenix MovingPhoenix Moving
Mike W.
The team did a great job moving our first piano! They also were very accommodating on the day of move, when the seller requested an earlier than scheduled time slot. Thanks Stark Moving!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Nicole C.
Very professional and friendly movers who treated our possessions with care and respect. Easily the best experience we’ve ever had with movers.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Matt L.
Very good all around moving experience
Blink Moving LLCBlink Moving LLC
Amy B.
The staff at smooth moves were responsive, friendly, and professional.
Smooth Mooves LlcSmooth Mooves Llc
Wendy M.
The team was great to work with - professional and efficient. While they were late to arrive on the day of move-out, they were early on the day of move-in. I especially appreciate the care they took with our piano. Definitely recommend!!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Jasmine b.
This was the best moving experience we ever had! We are recommending Octopus moving to all our friends and family! We had a lot of stuff - and I mean A LOT - over 100 heavy boxes and furniture and oddly shaped items, and the guys moved it all with an impressive speed and barely took any breaks! They were on time, moved things fast yet with care, and were very kind and patient throughout the process. They are truly professionals and can work around any obstacles (like unplanned kids visit in the middle of the move:)). And they gave us the most competitive price! We are very impressed and very grateful. We have so much stuff (evidently) that we never want to move again. However, if we ever do we know who to call for help:) Thank you!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Suzanne S.
Alex and team exceeded expectations with our move. Alex’s communication was prompt and excellent, the team was punctual and arrived right on time, and they were incredibly efficient and moved everything with great care! We highly recommend them!
Move ONMove ON
Theresa L.
We had the best experience with Dr.Junk removal service! They were efficient, cost effective, and really kind wonderful people! Truly awesome movers, will definitely be hiring again for our next move! -Theresa and Jeff
D&R MovingD&R Moving
Jill E G.
Great movers, accommodating and super helpful and personable. Very professional. At the end of the job the movers called the owner and he asked to speak to me to be sure I was happy with the job. I was impressed by that. I highly recommend them.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Rick F.
Wow. Best moving experience I've ever had, by far. Very affordable. Our move kept changing due to outstanding circumstances and Sergei and Alex stayed professional and accommodated us the whole time. Thank you all.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Courtney F.
Excellent team, safely and efficiently moved all of my stuff. Very grateful!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Briana j.
The movers were absolutely incredible. Despite having to move my wife and I out of a third floor apartment, with a winding staircase, on an extremely hot day, the 3 gentlemen were patient, polite, and beyond accommodating. The team worked extremely well together and did an amazing job of communicating and executing their game plans. We will undeniably be using them for any future moves we may have.
Move ONMove ON
Jacqueline H.
We had a long distance move from Salem, MA to Maryland. Lexel quoted us the lowest rate by far compared to other movers in the area. They moved us out on a Tuesday morning and delivered everything to our new home by the next day. All of their staff was curteous and polite. They reassembled the furniture that they had to take apart with care. All of the furniture was also wrapped very well and nothing was significantly damaged.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Zach G.
Amazing experience. I only had a couple small but heavy items to move and was having trouble finding someone to do the work. These guys handled it in no time, at a good rate, and are very professional. Would definitely recommend to anyone trying to make their move go smoothly!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Philip M.
Boston movers helped me move a 200 lb washing machine up a very old and narrow staircase. It was not an easy job, but they got it done relatively fast and without damaging anything. I would definitely hire them again for any heavy lifting.
Boston moversBoston movers
Debra S.
Really happy with the service Eric provided. I would recommend Smith moving to friends & family.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Laura C.
Truly professional and great company! We will definitely use them again when we move!
Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.Real Deal Van Lines, Inc.
Jon B.
Despite some initial confusion around where they could park their giant truck, they went out of their way to make the move happen as planned. The two guys who did the move were very professional and easy to work with. Overall it was a great experience and I would absolutely work with them again.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Stephanie j.
I'm so happy I chose to move with Centaur Moving. They arrived on time, packed my 1 bedroom apartment faster than any movers I have worked with before, and were thoughtful and careful every step of the way to avoid breaking anything. They had to work around a lot of stairs and did it with ease. They were kind and communicative and set everything up where I wanted it in my new place. I 100% would recommend them and would hire them again.
Centaur MovingCentaur Moving
Farris N.
The crew was punctual and efficient. While there was minor damage to one piece during the move, the company was quick to address and resolve the issue.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Henry K.
I want to start with apology, I wasn't fully ready for the move and I didn't request a packing service. But they did an excellent job! They start, then they left for two hours to move the scheduled customer , which is totally understandable. Then they returned and finished the job! So they accommodated my relocation with an unexpected packing and they kept their timing with the other customer. Excellent maneuvering!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Eric, really came to my rescue. The day before my moving date I received a quote from Eric on Thumtack. I was looking for a local mover and kept receiving metro Boston companies. Eric and I discussed the move the night before and he said he would be available. I was delighted the price was right the movie was local I couldn't be happier. When Eric and his partner arrived they took over and we're very professional. I would definitely recommend Eric to everyone I know. And they also have wonderful personalities. Could not be happier!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We expected the movers at 9:30 & altho they were a few minutes late, they called on time to let us know they would be there within a few...and they were. They handled all of our things very professionally and securely. J&J movers were excellent and I would employ them again. I would also recommend them highly. Mary Best
J and J Services MovingJ and J Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Eric and Carl are the best. Their efforts went above and beyond what I have ever experienced with movers. Not only were they completely reliable and communicative in a way that made everything run smoothly, they cared about every detail in a way that relieved my stress tremendously. Next time I have to move, no matter where I'm going, I'm calling these guys!
Smith MovingSmith Moving
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