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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 Madison Park movers
Zulfiqar A.
The mover was right on time and moved the equipment safely
KL Moving & Junk Removal Services  LLCKL Moving & Junk Removal Services LLC
MVD movers is great value. Movers are very professional.
Angela L.
Great experience and such kind movers! It was so helpful to hire them for the move!
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Tegan F.
The movers showed up on time and worked hard the whole move. While the move ended up taking longer than anticipated, they did an amazing job throughout. They were very courteous and our move went very smoothly.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Yicong H.
The movers sent by Grandeur Moving are very professional and efficient. It was a great experience with them. I will definitely work with them again if I move locally in this area.
Grandeur MovingGrandeur Moving
Randi W.
My move with Name Your Price Movers went very smoothly. The two movers they sent were very professional and pleasant to work with. They explained how the move would go and explained any additional costs (which were minimal). A few very minor things I wish had been explained in advance, but they honestly made my move as least stressful as a move can be and I'm grateful for it. I would recommend Name Your Price Movers to anyone.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Lea H.
Hired them for a small move. They came on time and moved without any issues.
JD the MoverJD the Mover
Thumbtack Customer
Moved my wife and me from Baltimore to DC. Prompt, professional, and courteous movers. Very reasonable pricing. Would recommend and use again for future moves.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Lionel L.
Po's Movers professional, courteous and affordable. I'd recommend Po's Movers to any family or business requiring affordable expert moving services. Job well done!
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
Fatima W.
Movers were Amazing! They showed up on time, explained the move. They were respectful, easy-going, and overall great personality! 😊 They moved my furniture with care and precision. They made the process extremely painless & relieved all of my moving stress :)
Amin Moving & HaulingAmin Moving & Hauling
Zainab F.
Made my move smooth and efficient! Super professional and friendly movers. Highly recommend.
Rebecca B.
Urban Movers was quick to respond, gave a competitive quote and cheerfully finished my move.
Thumbtack Customer
Quick move, friendly movers, easy to get a quote. Everything went very well.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Best movers ever ! With a timed move, you always worry that the incentive is to move slow- but these two guys arrived early, moved so incredibly fast and did verything so professionally- it was genuinely amazing ! On top of that, they were both so genuinely friendly and personable, you'd be crazy not to hire them if they are available ! DisAssembling and assembling the furniture was a free part of the move !
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Raziah M.
The movers were great. They arrived when stated and had the move completed in under 2 hours
Thumbtack Customer
Name your Price Movers gave me an awesome experience! This was the first time I've hired movers and it went flawlessly. The movers explained the price and fees clearly, they were professional, quick and careful with my belongings. I will be hiring this company again for my next move!
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Friendly movers - they made the move so easy. Would definitely recommend them.
Charlies moving and haulingCharlies moving and hauling
Liana M.
Great movers!
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Lindsey R.
Wonderful movers! They were responsive, on time and truly cared about my items while moving them!
Most Valuable MoversMost Valuable Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The two movers were punctual and easy to work with, and David was very responsive in the lead-up to the actual move. The movers did seem to go out of their way to drag out the move just long enough to hit the 5 hour mark (i.e. 4 hours and a couple extra minutes), but I think that's par for the course with movers anywhere. Overall, good value and would recommend.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Frank L.
Need to hire experienced movers, not 20 year olds whom they underpay and overmatch with unrealistic moving tasks
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Andy L.
Great movers.
Eleni A.
The movers were respectful and careful in moving our items. This is a great company to use if you are looking to move a few pieces of furniture or other items. They use a large pick-up truck so not the company for a big move. Highly recommend! They were on time and got the job done to our satisfaction.
P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)
Matt M.
This was a tough move with a lot of stairs. The movers really hung in there with some physically challenging logistics. They were terrific throughout.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Thumbtack Customer
These movers were the best movers that I have ever used. Super efficient, careful with my belongings, and nice.
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
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