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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 Portland movers
Allyson G.
I needed help moving some furniture and I’m glad I found Laid Back Moving! The guys were on-time and moved everything I needed quickly. Communication was great too - smooth and easy process all around - huge help, thank you so much!
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Jason K.
They arrived on time, we discussed the project, went through multiple solutions, and worker together to ensure the safe move of the Item. At the end of the move they helped me reinstall the doors and hardware. I would recommend them to others looking to move household or office items. Thank You. Jason K.
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Erica J.
So grateful to Laid Back Moving who responded to my frantic message to move a very heavy item delivered to my front lawn. I had a short window before leaving for the weekend. They arrived as stated, about 20 minutes after talking with them, moved the item inside in under 10 minutes. Highly recommend!
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Tim k.
Laid back movers were fantastic. On time, professional and a value!!
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Alexandra E.
Laid Back Moving was great! Super responsive and communicative. They were so helpful and flexible around the uncertainty on my end with my POD. And the movers were super fast, thorough, and friendly. Highly recommend!
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Will Y.
Needed a 1 bedroom apartment move done quick. They showed up early, got the job done fast and at a fair price. I would definitely use them again next time I’m in need of a move. Great job!
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Mark B.
D&T were great. White glove treatment, moved everything for us, friendly and professional. Highly recommended.
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Aysia P.
10/10 would recommend, needed movers last minute and helped with no problem!!! They were also super nice and helpful!!
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Michaela G.
Laid Back Moving was communicative and did a great job. They were late however, and didn't quite have everything they needed.
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Caroline F.
Andrew and Jeff were absolutely amazing! They helped coordinate a move at 11pm and by 11am the next day, they helped us completely empty our uhaul and get everything into the apartment. It took them less than 2 hours to do everything. We literally could not have done it without them! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for moving help.
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Laura C.
Mike was super fast on the job, responded quickly to all of my messages, and overall made it very easy and affordable to get my couch moved!
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Matt G.
These guys were totally worth it! Mike communicated prior to the move then came.on time. Even while raining he and his crew were pleasant and efficient to work with.
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Tamara F.
Blink provided the best moving experience I’ve ever had. The guys were fast and friendly and took great care to prepare my furniture for longer-term storage. A+++
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Kimberly B.
I had a great experience with Laid Back Moving, and would happily use them again. Very responsive, straightforward, punctual and professional. I highly recommend their services!
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Laura B.
Dillon and Trevor did a great job with all of the heavy lifting and moving, which my new house desperately needed! They’re young, strong, and professional. Hire them! 😊
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Suzette b.
Last minute move with only a day’s notice and Mike came thru! With covid restrictions, he worked within a very tight schedule and did a great job for a fair and agreed upon ahead of time price.
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Mimi R.
I’ve never used Thumbtack before. First time and wow what a great experience. These guys are on time and so easy to communicate with. The price was very fair. I needed to move some boxes that were too heavy for me and my husband and I could not do much with my toddler around. The crew knew where the storage was and I just went with my toddler to open it. We will definitely use these guys again. I’d recommend them to anyone in need of moving and certainly in need to find help fast l.
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Cheryl C.
Mike and his crew fit my job in on an already busy schedule before months end on a Sunday. Very accommodating and prompt . There was a confirmation for the job the day prior and notification of when they started their job before mine so I was aware of when I might expect them. They were right on time probably earlier than I expected. They made a plan for the move since items were going to two separate addresses. Very organized and handled items with care. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mike and his crew for for anyone’s moving needs. Extremely satisfied client. Cheryl in Portland, ME
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Jordan B.
I had a need for a quick move (24 hrs notice) of some furniture. These guys responded, were there the next day at the time they said they would be, and completed the job efficiently to the scope I had described. Very much appreciate the flexibility in accommodating my quick request.
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Bruce W.
Laid Back Moving did a great job! It’s in the company name, all the stress was taken out of it. I had a lot of breakables such as large vases, electronics and pictures and everything arrived exactly as I packed them. They were punctual, friendly and speedy. Would recommend to anyone 👍
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Lauren M.
Three words: hire. These. Guys. They were an absolute pleasure to work with...made the last part of what had been a very difficult move incredibly easy. Super professional, friendly, punctual and efficient. Can’t thank them enough for their great work. Would hire them again in a heartbeat!
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Maddie A.
Bell Boys did a great job with my move and I’d definitely recommend them to others. They arrived early (they gave me a heads up so it wasn’t a surprise), worked carefully and efficiently and were very pleasant even though it was a hot and humid day. Everything arrived safe and undamaged. My only suggestion for them would be to put a little more process in place for communications before the move date - I would have appreciated an email confirmation, for instance, and I had to ask questions like payment method options that could have been addressed up front. But none of this was a big deal and doesn’t detract from my overall positive experience.
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Trisha C.
I put in an inquiry and heard back less than 20 minutes later. They were able to assist with a last minute move of commercial kitchen equipment, with less than 24 hour notice. Not only were they punctual and friendly, but were also extremely helpful with ensuring that everything was safely disconnected. They went above and beyond. I highly recommend them.
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Anna P.
Ryan and Jake were super communicative, timely, helpful, and professional--all on a Sunday morning mind you! I can not recommend them enough. They moved a table from my basement that I have wanted out of it for a year and relocated two heavy appliances for us. We will absolutely be using them again and can't recommend them enough!
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Mik S.
Mike’s team was fantastic and quick. They handled everything from delicate crystal items to 50lb dumbbells to my peloton bike and brought them up to the second floor without any issues at all. The only time in my life that I have ever had movers arrive early! Could not be more grateful and would recommend without hesitation! Thanks y’all!
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