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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Ferndale movers
John C.
Smoot move
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Jessica S.
Great experience working with these movers
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Michelle R.
All around positive experience! Great value for a local move. Movers were polite, professional and courteous and extremely careful with our possessions. Highly recommend!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Will P.
Bishop and his crew hit the ball outta the park on this move. Had a handful of weird heavy items that needed moving with all the normal boxes. The level of communication implemented not only with his crew but with me made the anoying process of moving almost a walk in the park. Fantastic service, would absolutely recommend.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Mark M.
Called a few different places for moving from a house to a 2nd floor apartment 45min away and Metro Smart Moves was the most cost-efficient. The crew of 3 showed up in a moving truck on time and were very polite and professional. They made sure to protect anything that looked to be easily damaged during travel and had a good system to move quickly. They were able to load up a 2 bed/1 bath house on to the truck, drive 45min to the apartment, unload everything from the truck and carry it up a flight of stairs in just over 4hrs. I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire manual labor and a truck for a basic move.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Seona L.
Three gentlemen came in time and moved everything really quick without any damage. They were very helpful and even moved small stuff to my cars, that saved a lot of my energy and time. Thank you!!
Kristen O.
Bishop and his crew are true professionals. They did an excellent job moving my extremely-heavy treadmill down a flight of stairs, and went above and beyond to make sure nothing was damaged in the moving process. 10/10; would book again!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Michael S.
Robert and crew were amazing. They moved all of my valuable pieces of furniture in a timely fashion as well as stayed punctual on the timelines given. Additionally price point was very reasonable. I will for sure be utilizing them for future moves. Thanks Rob!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Cassandra M.
The guys were there on time and got everything moved in a timely fashion. No slacking, they got it done!
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Elyssa D.
Very thankful for Metro Smart Moves. Our move required extra travel up and down several flights of stairs and they still completed the job quickly and professionally. Saved me so much time. Would definitely use again and recommend to others. Thanks!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
George r.
Had a game plan to move a large couch through a window I removed - everything went smooth
Great movers. Quick in and out. Great guys! Will definitely use them again! I was very pleased!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Jessica K.
They were fast, super helpful and went above and beyond simply moving our furniture. Very affordable too!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Mark E.
They informed me of the rates upfront, were accommodating when I needed to change the date and location from the original estimate, and were very communicative. I went with the 3 mover option and it was a great decision. The movers themselves were professional, fast, efficient, and understanding of a special situation I had with the literally, clinically, insane landlord I had along with the threat he posed. Perhaps most impressive, the lead mover estimated how long it would take from the start and he was dead-on. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Sydney R.
Professional, polite, and competent movers! Everything about the experience was positive. They went out of their way to make sure my items were handled with care. Will absolutely recommend.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Harry K.
The guys were on time and communicative. Good workers overall. They did a same-day move which was appreciated. FYI : First hour was $175 then $100 each consecutive hour.
Fast Movers LLCFast Movers LLC
Mariah T.
Metro smart did an amazing job moving my apartment to a new rental. They worked quickly and efficiently and I was completely satisfied with their work! They were super nice and professional and the rate we were quoted was spot on and more than reasonable. Thank you!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Nikki S.
William was easy to work with. Answered my calls immediately. Gerald was part of the pair that moved us. Didn’t catch the other man’s name. They both did an excellent job using extra caution by wearing masks and keeping distance from me. I would highly recommend this business and would use them again!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
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