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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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Salem movers
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
Thumbtack Customer
After my son had a good experience with John and his team, we decided to hire him for our move. We moved on Valentine's day when it was super cold this year. I checked with John and he said he would move despite of the cold. As the building had the elevator he suggested to have 3rd mover. All 3 did a great job of moving. They moved things quickly and efficiently. John himself dis-assembled the furniture and other two moved it. John re-arranged in the truck very well. The boxes, bags and furniture were delivered to destination in timely manner and with high professionalism. I would highly recommend John's team (Baystate Express) to anyone looking for reasonable cost and professional mover. They used all clean rugs to wrap furniture.
Baystate Express, IncBaystate Express, Inc
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
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
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
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
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.
Debra S.
Really happy with the service Eric provided. I would recommend Smith moving to friends & family.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
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
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
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
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
Patricia C.
Very courteous and friendly; Eric took very good care of my things while moving and was a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend him.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Madelyn C.
The movers showed up right on time and were very friendly. They did a great job. I asked them to come at the last minute and they made it work. They were very helpful.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Linda M.
My 2 movers, Bob and (I didn’t get the other guy’s name) were professional, friendly, hard-working and helped make a stressful day run smoothly. Great and would hire again.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Slava C.
They were very prompt, personable, and quick! The staircase to my home is very narrow and was challenging, but the movers made it work no problem! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone! Very affordable! Five stars!
NOVA MovingNOVA Moving
Thumbtack Customer
John and his team did an excellent job with wrapping and protecting my furniture, even though it was a local move. The job ran longer than the original quote, but he was fair with the final price and all went well.
Baystate Express, IncBaystate Express, Inc
Jennifer M.
Ben and his team were fantastic. They were friendly, cared about my belongings and executed quickly. I gave them instructions once and they remembered all the details. I’ve moved across the country twice and in Boston, this is my 3rd time. This was by far the best professional movers experience I’ve ever had. 10/10 would use them again and will recommend to everyone I know. PS - the pricing was spot on. At the end you feel like they are charging a very competitive rate and you are more than happy to pay because they earn every penny of it. Awesome job!!!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Matthew D.
On time and great communication, Eric and team packed up items from 2 locations, and unloaded faster than expected, even in the rain and snow. I recommend highly and would use again except I don't plan on moving anytime soon.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Tim S.
These guys are great! Very professional, great price even when it took longer because of our crazy stairs. They kept going and got it done. I will recommend them and would hire again if I ever need to. Top Rank Movers for the win!
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Nibal A.
I had two movers to help me move out of my third floor apartment. They were fast and very careful with all my furniture, taking the time to dissemble and wrap everything. Nothing was too much for them to handle and put everything back together perfectly. If there was one negative, I would say they were not very clear about timing. I thought they were coming in the morning but when I called to confirm, I was apparently scheduled for the afternoon shift. Just confirm what shift you are scheduled for. Otherwise, great value and I'm happy I spent the money!
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Mark F.
Amazing job! I needed moving help on crazy short notice and Ben responded right away and was extremely professional and courteous. The guys worked really quickly -- even at one point literally running/jogging to get the job done faster to save me money -- and the way they packed the dolley for more efficient elevator trips was a sight to behold. I'd highly recommend these guys
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Jacqueline D.
Our movers today were amazing. It snowed overnight, which caused a delay in their arrival, but totally out of their control. They were apologetic and got to work right away. Mark, Anibal (Jose), and Ruslan worked fast, but diligently! They wrapped everything up very well and took great care with our items. Mark communicated everything between us and his team efficiently, coming in under estimated time. Jose's driving was also quite impressive, given the difficulty of Salem neighborhoods. For the price and the excellent service, we highly recommend them and will absolutely use them again.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
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