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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 Ann Arbor movers
Mike g.
Very satisfied with the efficient move. I highly recommend this moving crew.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Joe M.
Amazing company! Fawn responded quickly with a detailed bid, adapted to our time change request, and managed the team of movers perfectly. An hour before our move, the movers called to confirm. They packed and moved carefully and efficiently. 100% recommend them.
Alpha and Omega Moving LLCAlpha and Omega Moving LLC
Yun L.
The movers did their best. The price was the lowest after I called six moving companies.
Hibah M.
Excellent service and prompt moving! I'm so glad I signed up with them to move my piano.
Abhineet S.
Bishop was great at moving my furniture to basement. Professional , on time and finished move real fast. Highly recommended
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Jon Y.
Did a phenomenal job helping us moving! The team was very efficient and experienced with the moving process. Showed up on time and brought tools to help moving. It was a great experience to work with them, 10/10 recommended!
Grace M.
We hired Alpha Moving Co for our move into our first home. We were moving from a 2 bed apartment into 3 bed home. Marvin and his team showed up and immediately got to work! His team was very organized, friendly, efficient, and professional! They had 2 1/2 staircases to manage at the pick up location, and handle this with ease and not a scratch on the wall. We will definitely be using and recommending Alpha Moving Co for any moving in the future!
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Phani M.
Moving is scheduled for Oct 29
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Jessie R.
Very nice and hardworking guys. Great job on my house move in. I should have also hired them for the move out.
Foster Built HandymanFoster Built Handyman
Peter L.
Charlie moved by baby grand with no issues!
Haley B.
Very nice guys and moved fast
60 BuckZ TruckZ60 BuckZ TruckZ
Michaela O.
The three men that helped me move from a 2 bedroom apartment across the city were amazing! They had a great sense of humor, moved everything with ease. They even moved some of my furniture around because It would have been too heavy for me alone. Highly recommend!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were very efficient, nice and professional.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Aaron B.
Needed movers on short notice and they were fantastic.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Ash C.
Did a good job with moving my washer
Foster Built HandymanFoster Built Handyman
Ashley T.
They moved a very large and heavy upright piano for us. These guys know what they are doing and are honest about the cost. Very friendly and professional. Will call them if we ever move.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Ben H.
Guys moved my equipment and everything went well
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Marty K.
Did a great job moving us, highly recommend!! ✌️❤️
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Manu u.
They did a good job in moving our furniture which includes one king bed and queen bed. They uninstalled and installed them again properly. They moved all the stuff carefully without any damages.
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Alex m.
Great experience overall. If you are looking for movers to get the job done with reasonable prices, quality, and efficiency, these guys are it! They are polite, hardworking, careful, and incredibly helpful. Would hire again if I have to move!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Ryan W.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers moved my upright piano. The pick-up location involved a flight of stairs that were unknown to me at the time of the negotiation and the piano was larger than I thought. They gave me a very reasonable price, were quick, and professional. The movers were friendly and had positive attitudes. I will definitely use them next time I need to move anything and I highly recommend their service. I gave them five stars but they really deserve six!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Janice N.
I needed a large, wooden bookcase, with glass doors, moved. The guys were very responsive and on time. They moved this large piece carefully and brought it to my home in perfect shape. I highly recommend this company.
Foster Built HandymanFoster Built Handyman
Abigail C.
They helped us move heavy items down stairs when several others refused. They did it without any issues or damage, and it was quick. Will call them again if we have more moving needs for sure.
M & N Moving & HaulingM & N Moving & Hauling
Tyler H.
Right on time, efficient and clean in moving the furniture. Would use again.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Samiah H.
They were friendly, quick, and made the stressful process of moving much smoother!
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
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