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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 Watertown movers
Thumbtack Customer
Lexel movers were fast and efficient movers. in the end of the move they let me apply student discount after providing my student ID. movers were friendly and professional. Great moving service for the cheap price I paid!
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
Varun m.
Born to move team helped us move to our new apartment in no time. Team was quite professional and quick. Entire move operation was done in less than 2 hours. Team even helped us get rid of our old furniture by moving it to the recycling bins. Moving team wore the protective masks the entire time.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Tianyi Z.
I would definitely work with better life moving team again for my next move! Daria is very patient and responsive. They sent a two workers team to help me to move my boxes and furniture to a storage place. They were very professional and worked really fast. We finished so fast. Also the team was very helpful to customize for my moving needs and the rate is good. I would definitely recommend better life moving for you!
Better Life MovingBetter Life Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Good movers and very punctual
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Tom and his team were great! Tom was extremely responsive over email exchange which I appreciated while organizing the details of the move. His team showed up on time and quickly moved all boxes and furniture. Tom's rates were the best! Overall we were very satisfied with the move and would recommend Tom and his team to anyone needing movers!
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Noelle G.
This was by far the best moving company I've ever used. The guys were fantastic! They were quick, interactive and professional. I highly recommend to anyone moving
Step By Step Moving and StorageStep By Step Moving and Storage
Larry W.
They made my move so quick and so easy. Good communications and very reasonably priced. Will hire them for all my future moving needs
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Logan O.
They made the stressful experience of moving much easier. On time, friendly, upfront and affordable pricing - I would defintely recommend them to anyone planning a move.
Move and Care moving companyMove and Care moving company
Thumbtack Customer
Lexel movers were great! Arrived on time, worked fast and efficient! They moved my 1 bedroom apartment from Belmont to Watertown within 3 hours and carefully wrapped larger furniture. They got the job done twice as fast as I expected and saved me a ton of money. They were flexible with scheduling and easy to communicate. Highly recommend hiring Lexel moving company for your move!
Lexel Moving & StorageLexel Moving & Storage
John M.
These guys were incredible. They were quick, professional and even helped take furniture apart and put it back together. This was my first time using movers and the experience was so great, I will never not use movers again. You can not go wrong with Next Adventure Moving!
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Billie S.
Great communication throughout process … always responded very quickly to my questions. Quick and easy move … they showed up on time and got us moved quickly!
Ahzon Moving ServicesAhzon Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly quick and good movers. Highly recommended.
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Patrice W.
I had the best experience with Born to Move. Professional, friendly, quick , hardworking young men who treated all of my belongings with loving care. Since my move on 2018, three of my close friends have hired them. I plan to use them again for my next move. 👍🏽😃
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Patrick H.
Outstanding value, excellent customer service and true professionalism in packing, moving and installing my possessions. These guys are hard workers who make the moving experience as comfortable as possible, and they delivered all of my things from Massachusetts to Florida without a scratch, ding or break. You would be hard pressed to find a better mover.
Smart Penny MovingSmart Penny Moving
Paul B.
Upward Moving arrived on time and completed the work quickly, efficiently and with great care for the furniture/walls. Professionals! I am very happy I contacted Upward Moving. Thanks guys.
Upward Moving & StorageUpward Moving & Storage
Mahit B.
Hired these guys for a move recently. They sent the 3 guys and they were very professional. They were quick, efficient and made the whole moving process easy. I would highly recommend them!!
Move ONMove ON
Sarah H.
Awesome moving experience! We live in Watertown and moved 1.5 miles away. We needed movers last minute and R&I fit us into their schedule. I was a little nervous because I have heard stories of movers not showing up but Rafael called to confirm the day before and he even called me again on moving day to let me know they were on their way. There were 2 movers and a decent sized truck. It only took them 2 hours total, including the drive to the new apartment, which was up 2 flights of stairs. They were quick, efficient and very careful. They were very kind and respectful toward us, our belongings and our wood floors. I had an armoire already in the house that I wanted to move into a different room but my boyfriend and I couldn’t do it ourselves. They went the extra mile and moved it for us. They were very polite. I highly recommend supporting this business. I will hire them again and already recommended them to friends and family.
R&I Moving and Home CareR&I Moving and Home Care
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you, Tom for your help with moving some big pieces of furniture. I would recommend you to anyone and will definitely be calling you if we have any moving needs in the future!!
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Kelley A.
Had a great experience with Speedy Moving Company! They were polite, moved very fast while packing and loading items with care, and we’re super efficient. Would highly, highly recommend them! Awesome service.
Speedy Moving CompanySpeedy Moving Company
Roma B.
Excellent moving service ! Jack and Fred were fantastic. 100% recommendation !
Miss Cheryl's MovingMiss Cheryl's Moving
Mustafa H.
Best moving guys ever! Very nice folks who are very good at what they do. Kept our furniture super wrapped up and were very efficient as well. Easy to work with and flexible. Definitely recommend them for moving !
Next Adventure MovingNext Adventure Moving
Francis C.
Fast and easy to schedule, even during peak moving season. Worked fast.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Benjamin P.
Amazing team, that made moving into our new home a stress free endeavor.
Matador Moving and Storage LLCMatador Moving and Storage LLC
Vanessa S.
This was by far the easiest, most pleasant moving experience I’ve ever had. I cannot recommend Spartan more highly. From getting my quote and follow-up correspondence with the Spartan team to move-in day, everyone I dealt with was professional and prompt. Leandro, Alfredo and Memon were on time, polite, and worked quickly without being careless. They took special care moving a chair and ottoman that belonged to my dad because they knew it was a sentimental piece. Thank you for making this process 100% easy and stress-free. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire Spartan for my next move.
Spartan MoversSpartan Movers
Adwait O.
I highly recommend Move On. The scheduling was easy and I even received suggestions on the days to move to get better hourly rate. Alex and Paul made our move extremely easy and less stressful. They arrived within the estimated window and took great care of packing up furniture. They were very professional and didn’t take a single break or spend time doing nothing. I definitely recommend them!
Move ONMove ON
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