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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 Somerville movers
Tiffany d.
Octopus Moving moved a large armoire and a bunk bed for me. The movers were very accommodating about my changing my mind twice about the wall to put the armoire on. My one criticism is that moving the armoire they put some scuffs on the floor. It's not terrible, but I paid the premium for a mover to not have those issues.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely professional and capable movers. I was impressed by how polite and happy they were with a somewhat complicated move. Frontier was very easy to plan with and offered much lower rates than any other movers I spoke with. I'll be prioritizing them for future moves and recommending them for sure!
Frontier MovingFrontier Moving
Naveen M.
My move was very basic. Alexis and Javier helped me with the move. They were able to load, move and unload all the stuff in just a few hours. Everything was done professionally and safely. Totally worth the money.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
PremiumQ was fantastic. They were able to schedule my last minute move, and were extremely flexible when I had to alter the timing of my move the day of. The actual move was very professionally and efficiently done.
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Anthony H.
Stress free move
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Deanna L.
After a horrible experience with another company, Born To Move saved my move, bringing over the rest of my stuff that the other movers left behind, and assembling my furniture in minutes. Real pros, friendly, experienced, and responsive.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Joseph B.
Movers did a great job and were very efficient and helpful despite having to move during some poor weather. Everything went smoothly and I would definitely recommend Miss Cheryl's to anyone that is looking for a mover in the area.
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Jack P.
I had a great experience with Space Moving. They were very responsive and did a great job with my in house moving project!
Space Moving and StorageSpace Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team showed up on time and were very professional. I would definitely call on them for my next move.
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Yifei Z.
We had an amazing moving experience. The trip took longer than anticipated and had some hip cups along the way, and our mover was so patient and helpful in every way. I would highly recommend this moving company!
Pros Who Do MovingPros Who Do Moving
Artur M.
I had an absolutely excellent experience moving with Born To Move. A 3-man team (Juan, Roberto, Daniel) did a stellar job moving all my things, including hauling a couch and a wine barrel up a challenging narrow stairwell.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Jennifer H.
Great experience working with these movers
Top Rank MoversTop Rank Movers
Tim S.
Next Adventure Moving is a fabulous company! They showed up on time, reviewed the move with me and then worked incredibly hard to get the job done…they handled all the furniture with care and did everything we asked. We highly recommend Next Adventure Moving!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were extremely efficient, careful, fast and professional. The pricing is excellent for this level of service - they did a much better job than the large commercial company I booked for my previous move. I will definitely be calling PremiumQ for my next move!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I was moving from Boston to Chicago. Alex from Lexel moving reached out to me with a reasonable bid. He came to my apartment to assess the items I was moving and we agreed on a binding price of the original quote. They moved my stuff out efficiently and had them in Chicago a few days later! Alex met me in Chicago and they unloaded all my items without issues. All of my stuff arrived safely. On top of it all, every person I met with with kind and gentle with my things. I would highly recommend Lexel moving to anyone looking for quality and affordable movers.
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Jennifer B.
Ahzon Moving Services were great - they needed to delay the moving job by a few hours, but their communication was great. Would definitely recommend hiring them!
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Jackie G.
The Paradise moving team was wonderful to work with - timely, respectful, communicative and incredibly efficient. All of my belongings were packed/ moved with care, and furniture even re-assembled, where needed. The team was extremely accommodating throughout and truly went above and beyond - they dealt with an unexpected parking situation during move out (handled with ease) and also helped to move an old, broken washing machine left out by my new landlord during move in. I highly recommend and would happily use them again myself!
Paradise Moving & StorageParadise Moving & Storage
Jonah T.
Had to organize a move of my stuff while being on the other side of the country. I was able to send Born to Move a key to my apartment, and they were able to move my stuff into a public storage unit, all with no issues. Additionally, they had quick responsiveness to communication!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Dana K.
The movers were good and easy to work with.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Darshana J.
My move wasn't very far or large, but thanks to Octopus Moving and Storage, it was quick and painless. The whole thing took about an hour, and my movers were professional, friendly, and efficient. There was a small mistake with payment that the company was extremely quick to respond to and fix. Would highly recommend!
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Ken B.
Guys showed up on time and wore gloves and masks during move. Move ended up being toward the higher end of the estimate but they did a good job.
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Used these guys for a move two weeks ago and I will never use another moving company again!! These guys were fantastic, on time, and the given quote was pretty much exactly what I paid in the end. Thank you Premium Q for making my move so smooth!!
Premium Q Moving and StoragePremium Q Moving and Storage
Jocelyn F.
Flexible, super patient and very pleasant! Nothing was broken, everything was carefully handled and I never heard one word of complaint about anything during the move (and there were somethings to complain about!) Eric took the time to come and see what we'd be moving ahead of the move to give me an accurate estimate. I was able to stay in touch and get a response when I needed one leading up to the move.
Smith MovingSmith Moving
Jacob M.
I highly recommend Ahzon Moving Services, they were very easy to schedule with and responded quickly to messages. On the day of the move, they worked quickly and were very easy to coordinate with.
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Nick V.
Move went very smooth, as quick as possible.
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
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