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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 Farmington Hills movers
Marian S.
I highly recommend these movers! They did great job of moving my belongings and they are priced just right. If I need moving services again I will definitely use Smart Moves.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Rahul S.
Pros: Movers arrived on time as agreed. They were friendly, professional and easy to work with during the process. Cons : Every piece furniture has been damaged during the move. Movers did not care to take adequate care to move the furniture safely. They also did create several wall damages to the apartment in the moving process. They don't use any sort of floor protection while moving so there could be a lot of cleaning to do post move. In short, the move was very crude and lacked a skilled touch. Recommendation : I wouldn't recommend M&K if you have expensive furniture to move. Although they are good if your furniture isn't in great condition and you're not too concerned about potential damages.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Ram D.
Great move
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Nar g.
My move was very good. They were taking great care of items.very reasonable prices and definitely worth moving service.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Roop M.
On time no fuss moving company. Kept me up to date on their schedule. Completed move in less time than estimated
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Ann J.
Great service. Expert Movers Solution was punctual and professional. If you have a last-minute move than these are the guys for you!
Expert Movers SolutionExpert Movers Solution
Krishnakumar D.
Metro Smart Moves did a fantastic job with our move from a 2 bedroom apartment to 3 story townhome. They were really thorough which made our move hassle free. They took great care in moving the furniture without causing any damage. This has been a great experience for us and I definitely recommend them!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Neil C.
I can’t say enough good things about the team of movers at We Care. They were prompt and efficient. Wrapped everything securely and didn’t have anything break in the move. Great price, will definitely be using them in any future moves!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Farrah B.
Moving Made Easy was the first to respond to my inquiry for available movers, so we confirmed…as we were looking to get the job done in a relatively short period of time. Our movers were very pleasant and handled our furniture with care.
Moving Made EasyMoving Made Easy
Egla A.
My original moving company canceled and I found Shawn last minute. He went above and beyond to be available and helped me move a few items on such short notice. He was responsible, helpful and reasonable. Thank you Shawn for making my move less stressful!
Shawn's LawnsShawn's Lawns
Jean N.
I have secured them as my mover the move will be September 29th. I will be more than happy to give more information after that date. Thank you
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Kim K.
Quick movers did an excellent job! They went above and beyond! Not only did they move what was asked of them, they helped with extra boxes and helped to reorganize the storage unit that the furniture went to. I will call on them again whenever we have large items to move! Thank you both!
Bhuman v.
They did a good job. I highly recommend this company. They also don't charge much compared to other moving companies. Call them before considering other movers.
Jaya M.
Ayo made the moving look so easy.
Ayo Transports LLCAyo Transports LLC
Marjorie M.
Project: Moving household goods from Michigan to Texas - equivalent of a 2 bedroom home Pros: -Movers were nice and polite Cons: -Moving day, they showed up in a rented open trailer and SUV. No prior communication to let homeowner know their moving truck had broken down the night before (see photo) -Did not have ANY tools (had to use homeowners tools) though communication specifically stated disassembling will be required -moving boxes consisted of 3 large boxes that one would use for clothes, blankets etc, even though it was specifically stated they would be moving 2 TV’s, surround sound system, some kitchen items, etc -no inventory taken (though states in contract there should have been) missing items, damaged items but cannot prove bc no inventory was taken -items did not arrive within timeframe listed on contract -cannot pack in proper way- movers put heavy tool box on top of TV. Homeowner had to show them how to repack (see photos). Load on trailer not organized -Movers has no packing paper, packing tape (only duct tape), and other items that are standard items for professional movers I would not categorize this company as expert/professional movers, will not recommend.
Expert Movers SolutionExpert Movers Solution
Evan G.
Great experience. I would recommend Smart Moves.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Brandon S.
The guys were great! They showed up on time, were super friendly and fun to talk with. If you're planning on moving, use this company. Best moving experience I have ever had!!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Ralph W.
Awesome work, moved 378 lb vanity upstairs
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Patti L.
Excellant experience, the company negotiated all the details of move seamlessly!!
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Kenya L.
I moved on October 12th and I had a great experience. Darnell quarterbacked the team beautifully! I have oversized furniture and my former place had an extremely tight angled entry and there was barely a scuff on the walls at the end of the move! I was shocked and impressed. Would definitely use them again, but really hope to not being moving again any time soon!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very professional and helpful. I recommend them highly.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Darrick f.
The LOAD N GO movers were great , they were on time ,courteous. Moved my piano from a storage unit to my second floor apartment 15 steps up they did a 5 star excellent job.
Laurence C.
Did a 25 mile move without any problems. Very professional
Ayo Transports LLCAyo Transports LLC
Melissa B.
You can’t beat the value!! Movers were extremely professional and had great customer service/were nice to work with. They moved fast, despite me having a multiple city move, and got the job done within the time frame they projected. A few small dings in my brand new walls from the move...in their defense I have three flights of zig zag stairs that are fairly tight. Overall, you just can’t beat the quality for the price and I have already spread the word about their team to others!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
I used We Care Movers for my move in December 2016. It was very cold and it had recently snowed about a foot. The movers said they would arrive between 9 & 10 and they arrived promptly at 9:10am. The men were very courteous, moved very quickly, almost to quickly. They did not waste one minute of time getting started and worked at a very brisk pace the entire move. There was NO milking the clock! They were careful with my furniture and very cheerfully responded to any requests. I was a little disappointed that one of my tables got several scratches and my mattress got dirty on the side however, it was very wet and muddy the day of the move. I should have purchased a mattress protector. Overall I would give them a 4+ rating and would definitely use them again and would recommend them to family and friends. gkl
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
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