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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 Gaithersburg movers
Preetam R.
Really excellent movers , moved everything in expected time.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Karen Y.
I had the best moving experience with AT Movers! Artem and his crew did an outstanding job with my apartment move. Not only are they professional, reasonably priced movers, they care about their customers. They went above and beyond to help me.
AT MoversAT Movers
Galina M.
Movers were on time, worked quickly and efficiently. All moving items were handled in careful and respectful manner. Best moving experience! Thank you!
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Gowthaman I.
Terrence and his team made our move less stressful. They were quick in moving things and also safe. Will highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for a movers.
Ashley R.
The two guys that helped me move today were so helpful and moved very quickly. I will definitely be telling my friends and coworkers about the services at my movers!
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers showed up on time and moved the stuff quickly including assembling the furniture properly. Very professional!
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
James L.
Great movers
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Nicki W.
I originally had reserved a move with a different company, but they cancel on me last minute so I decided to try some tech warmer time to see if anyone was available short notice to move a two bedroom apartment. At movers were the first to respond and route to the unexpected scheduling they were on time as promised and I work quality was exceptional. I will recommend anyone who is looking for movers for last minute movers to reach out to add movers. Definitely will look at them again in the near future.
AT MoversAT Movers
Siroj P.
I thought the whole service was excellent from quotation through to the actual move. The two men who did the move were professional and very diligent. Would recommend Nation Capital Moving to anyone. Extremely impressed.
Nation Capital Moving - MDNation Capital Moving - MD
Thumbtack Customer
On time show up. Careful moving. Well organized teamwork. Reasonable price. Excellent mover. I will hire these guys again.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Thumbtack Customer
Name your Price Movers did an excellent job moving my household. They were wonderful - and got everything done including moving heavy exercise equipment down a narrow stair case. I highly recommend them!
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Bouk o.
We had to change the move day and they were able to work with us to do that. They took care of moving a very heavy piece of furniture.
Jjmovingservices&hauling llcJjmovingservices&hauling llc
Rui L.
very good mover for piano
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding team of workers. They showed up early and moved us quicker than we anticipated. They saved us a lot of time in having their own moving truck. I HIGHLY recommend them for your future moving services. Thanks gentleman!
Get Helpers (assembly & packing services)Get Helpers (assembly & packing services)
Karin b.
I've never hired movers before. I went in, honestly terrified. you hear horror stories of getting ripped off, the movers stealing things, etc. I never had one worry when My Movers showed up. The move was done in less time than originally quoted, the price given to me at the beginning was accurate when they finished, no hidden fees, no gimmicks. If you're apprehensive about hiring movers because of a past experience, or because you have a unique situation for your move, I can honestly say you will not find a better team than My Movers. We moved from a 4th floor walk up to a first floor in the same complex, and everyone else quoted me for trucks, stair fees, walking fees, etc. My Movers was up front about their one time fee of $150 for materials, transportation, etc. and their hourly rate of $60 per hour for two guys. no hidden fees. nothing. I'm incredibly impressed with the quality of work the guys did as well. not an easy move to move all of our furniture and boxes down four flights of stairs but they did it seamlessly and not one thing was broken or scratched.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Michael B.
I've had to move quite a few times in my life and I have to say ATDS, llc is the best I've ever had. They are truly about the moving business. Dwayne kept informed along the way and they kept the pace throughout the move. No broken items, no hassles, no fuss, and very accomodating. I would definitely hire them again if I have to move.
Already There Delivery Service LLCAlready There Delivery Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I could not have asked for a better moving experience. The owner was responsive and flexible and extremely accomodating. The movers showed up on time, were prepared, professional and so efficient. I would recommend this company to anyone in the area that wants a smooth moving experience.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Steve S.
The movers really did a great job to accomplish what was being asked! They were professional, quick, with attention to details of the moved items and impact to the home.
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Arielle M.
I hired Prime Hiring Service to move into my new one bedroom apartment and the move was such a breeze. My inquiry was responded to quickly and professionally and the pricing process was transparent and easy and affordable. The day of the move, I received multiple phone calls notifying me that the team was prepping to leave and their estimated arrival, as well as a courtesy call after the move was complete to follow up about how the move went. During the move, the men I worked with were very friendly and treated my belongings with care. They carefully wrapped everything and made sure to double check the space before and after transport to collect any last minute things and unload things in their proper place. They were quick and made my move a breeze. I would highly recommend Prime Hiring Service to anyone.
P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)
Claudio M.
Did a great job on our move.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Lindsey G.
Excellent moving company. They came in at the last minute when another company couldn't finish and worked all day to finish my move. I couldn't be happier.
KL Moving & Junk Removal Services  LLCKL Moving & Junk Removal Services LLC
Rei S.
AT Movers were excellent. Everyone was so helpful and professional. We had a fairly hard move (lots of stairs at the destination and some heavy furniture) and had to push the start time a little later but the movers worked swiftly and got everything into the apartment safely. Thanks again for your great work!
AT MoversAT Movers
Catherine L.
I used Purcell Moving to help move furniture and large boxes for a move. Joseph and his friend were extremely efficient, hard working, and professional. They were able to accommodate my request at a short notice. Needless to say I had a great experience and would use their services again!
Purcell MovingPurcell Moving
Beth W.
Great professional movers! They moved an adjustable bed and set it up also. They also moved some heavy boxes to the attic. Great guys to hire for big and small jobs around the house. Will will use them again. Give these guys your “honeyDo” list and they will take care of the rest. Highly recommend!
The Two Junk GuysThe Two Junk Guys
Tarsha M.
Very pleased to work with A Plus Moving. They helped me move and assemble furniture for a design client. Very professional and quality work!! They were efficient and did an excellent job.
A Plus Moving & ContractingA Plus Moving & Contracting
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