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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 Annapolis movers
Linda J.
Franks Moving Service was excellent!! I will use them again in the future for all my moving needs.
Franks Moving&CoFranks Moving&Co
Shawn M.
Relocation Solutions was great for our move. They moved our entire warehouse and offices in 1 day. Highly recommended!
Relocation Solutions, Inc.Relocation Solutions, Inc.
Pedro C.
Outstanding service! The movers arrived on time and did a great job protecting and moving our household goods. The quote was right on the money and no additional fees were charged. I will definitely contact again for future moving needs.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Thumbtack Customer
We had to adjust our move date due to an unforeseen emergency and he was very accommodating. He kept us apprised of his ETA and arrived within the hour window he had given us. The move went very smoothly. Nelson and his assistant (we had a small move) were very polite and efficient. Nelson's Movers will be our go to company whenever we need moving assistance again.
Nelson's MoversNelson's Movers
Diane T.
Dave was great at getting me moved quickly and efficiently. Movers were friendly and professional. Would use again if needed.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Thumbtack Customer
This was a great company! The movers were very friendly and moved everything I wanted moved and more. The price was more than reasonable and they were very fair in the hours they worked. I could not have asked for a better move! Everything went very smoothly. Thanks so much! I highly recommend Your Friends with a Truck!
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Damon P.
Nando’s were the best moving experience hands down. I had a big move and we had to do two trips. It helped that I was moving less than a mile away. I would recommend them to anyone.
Nando's Movers LLC.Nando's Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I moved from Maryland to Georgia and they did the whole move in 2 days! They're easy to work with, very responsive when called or reached out with question, and super fast with the move. They quoted me 2 hr load in and 2 hr load out which I thought was going to be not enough time based on my previous experiences with movers, but they did everything under the estimated time (mind you moving out from a 4th floor apartment and into a 3rd floor apartment)! Impressed by how short of a time it took for them to finish the move, which also made me rethink all the other moves I had previous to this one... They also didn't charge additional "stair fees" or whatnot which I thought was really nice. Would definitely hire them again if I need to do another long distance move and recommend them to anyone in the DMV area that needs to move locally!
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Eileen S.
Greg Fortune is awesome! The movers showed up on time, dressed professionally, acted professional, and moved all of our things efficiently and carefully. I would highly recommend Relocation Solutions and will use them again for any future moves.
Relocation Solutions, Inc.Relocation Solutions, Inc.
Chris H.
Nothing special, typical move.
NewRay MovingNewRay Moving
David S.
Move went very well
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Britni C.
We had some bigger pieces of furniture that we needed to have moved pretty quickly. New Age was able to get us scheduled quickly and they were great at communicating and very responsive. The movers showed up and used protective equipment to move the furniture and were very professional. They gave us a very fair price for the move. Would definitely recommend and would use in the future.
New Age Move ManagementNew Age Move Management
William M.
Top notch moving company that I don't have enough complimentary adjectives to properly describe. Rose is the heart of the company. She is there for you in all stages of the moving process: planning, execution and follow-up. All phone calls, texts and concerns were answered promptly and professionally regardless of day or night. She and David were flexible with dates and helped make a normally stressful transition like moving as seamless as possible. We did a full service move, but Rose went above and beyond to help us out and ensure customer satisfaction. I've done over a dozen moves in a previous military career and none went as smoothly as the one with Great Nation Moving. Although I hope never to move again, if I do I will ensure it is with Rose and her company.
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job moving a piano for me last year and I'm waiting for them to let me know when they can come for another move,
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Gavin J.
Arrived right on time, the team of movers were excellent! Treated everything with care and were very efficient. Completed the move ahead of schedule. Highly recommend.
A & M Friendly Movers MD LLCA & M Friendly Movers MD LLC
Geoff d.
Very average. Movers seemed inexperienced
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Not the worst movers ever but not the best either.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Quick, attentive and above all, friendly and professional! These gentlemen are hard workers...I have moved several times in the last 5 years, and this company is by far the best that I have had the good fortune to find and hire! I would definitely recommend Proah Movers...and will be calling them again for any of my moving needs! This is a good and honest company...nothing was hidden in terms of pricing...extremely upfront with all costs. I scheduled a same day move...and reviewed several offers. I am so happy that I chose Proah Movers!!!
Kinyetta T.
The movers arrived on time, loaded up everything promptly. They were friendly and professional. The owner, Mr. Church was very responsive and also took out the time to check on this status of my move. I would recommend this company any day. They worked out great with my last minute move.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Sara S.
Professional movers, hard workers, excellent service.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Chris H.
NAME YOUR PRICE MOVERS. Rating F OR NO STARS!!! These movers were completely duplicitous, lying, and cheating. So I am taking the time to review them and detail the experience. The move entailed the packing of a storage, 2 hour drive, and unloading. The quote was for $750. When the movers showed up they then showed a contract that included information that the cost would be computed by time. Nowhere on the quote is there any mention of cost of time. ( I would be willing to share copies of quote and contract to anyone wishing to further investigate this firm.) The movers arrived at storage unit and said it would take 1 hour to pack in truck. Moving slowly it took 1 hour and 45minutes. They were finished at 12 noon.They were not in rear view mirror as I left storage area. Took 2 hours to drive to PA, no traffic problems. The movers arrived at 3:45. They unloaded at house as slowly as possible. Spilling one box on the ground with no apology or explanation.Thus a $750 move became $1350. This was a purposeful “gouge” and cheat. I would not recommend or advise using them for any move. Maybe a lack of customers will cause a change in their tactics.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Becca L.
These guys are the best! I had a two bedroom apartment packed into a moving POD that needed to be unpacked into a new third-floor apartment. Not only did they accommodate my very last minute request to change my move to a day sooner, but they arrived early and completed the move without issue. They were friendly, professional, and handled my belongings with great care. I also appreciated that they pointed out items that may have been damaged in the moving POD. I've moved many times and this crew is one of the best I've worked with. I would absolutely hire this team again!
Relocation Solutions, Inc.Relocation Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
They moved a piano and a wine cabinet up a flight of steps into my apartment courteously, safely, and quickly. I would hire them again when I have things to move.
Charlies moving and haulingCharlies moving and hauling
Susan W.
Thank you goes out to the entire staff at Great Nation Moving. *On-Time *Professional *Hard Working *True Team Work by all parties *Reliable *Efficient Procedure-from start to finish was well constructed. The estimate was right-on as quoted. They (all 8 movers) worked to gather all of the boxes and items to move. I requested that our desk be disassembled and reassembled at new and my tabletops to be wrapped in extra protection, which they did an amazing job. From start to finish at our office things went smoothly and I felt a sigh of relief. I was presented with the paperwork and issued my payment at the beginning of the move and at the close of the move I was asked to verify that no other items were remaining in the truck. I signed the finishing paperwork and filled out a customer survey about how I heard about Great Nation Movers, Inc. and asked to rate the team members on their performance and professionalism during the move. Furthermore, they are expert movers, the team members Rose and Mimi (in the office) who initiated the estimate, and set up the entire process was amazing! No hidden fees as everything was full disclosure regarding policy, procedures, liability and cost estimate. Truly amazing workers and company! Thank you! Would highly recommend "Great Nation Movers" to anyone who is facing a challanging move!
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Linda J.
I enjoyed working with the Aces Elite Team. They did a wonderful job moving 2 very heavy antique statues for me. I will use them again for my moving needs.
Aces Elite Transport & MovingAces Elite Transport & Moving
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