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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 Grosse Pointe Woods movers
Thumbtack Customer
I had a very small move that did not take much time. There was a 2 hour minimum required so the movers were more than willing to help beyond the actual move. I used the extra time to have the movers move old furniture to the basement. They were on time and very professional.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Richard C.
I was most pleasantly pleased with Smart Moves continued communication with me throughout this process. The movers did an excellent job of moving our furniture and placing them where we wanted in our home. I will definitely use Smart Movers in the future.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Paul C.
Quick Movers fulfill their name! They were able to move 2 piano’s in the same day and get me safely on my way.
Timothy C.
Moving here from Texas was a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic was one thing which I had to move into a please house until I could purchase a home. The long haul move was HORRIBLE ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!! However, this local move was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTICALLY FANTASTIC!!! The foreman was on his job he knew how to move a house with oversized furniture he was absolutely amazing. I've forgotten his name but you must ask for the lead foreman just simply amazing. He made sure the move went well looking at each piece of furniture and protecting the walls in both houses and the floors. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them for your move you will not be disappointed.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Patrick and his crew showed up on time. They were very professional and easy to work with. Completed the move efficiently and without any damage to the house or furniture. Thanks to all of you all at 1st Priority Moving.
1st Priority Moving and Solutions1st Priority Moving and Solutions
Paul F.
Great work, fast movers and efficient packers. Thank you for taking care of us.
Marissa M.
On time and quickly moved us from Washington to Grosse Pointe Park! Highly recommended!
June W.
I highly recommend Two Brothers Load & Move moving company ! They were cost effective as well as professional gentlemen! They took great care regarding the safety & transportion of my furniture ! I’m so pleased that I’m looking forward to doing business with them in the near future !!
Two Brothers Load and Move LLCTwo Brothers Load and Move LLC
Nick R.
Great guys who are quick, skilled, and very careful. Couldn’t have asked for a better moving experience.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Cory K.
Just in general a good experience got what I needed moved (heavy metal safe) no hassles!
60 BuckZ TruckZ60 BuckZ TruckZ
Very good communication. My move was difficult. Many heavy items moved up and down stairs. They worked very hard all day. Only two small complaints. One dresser was damaged and also many of the boxes that were clearly marked with room destinations ended up in random locations. Overall I recommend.
Daniel V.
These guys are great! I had a challenging piano to move, and they where up to the task. Greatly appreciate them. Will for sure use again!
Justin R.
Amazingly fast service, moved my piano down two flights of stairs in no time. I would definitely recommend them if you’re looking for a quick professional job.
Kiva T.
Team took my job with two stops before final destination last minute. Moved safely, but with urgency. Very polite employees. I will use them again.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from a 2-bedroom apartment to a house. Josh and his crew were very polite, did a great job, and did not leave a scratch on any of the furniture. They did their best to finish the job in 4 hours which helped us pay the minimum and save money. They will also provide a free walk through before moving. I definitely recommend Josh and his crew. I'm really happy that I chose these guys.
Delaney's MovingDelaney's Moving
Patrick K.
Quickmovers was fantastic all the way around. Very responsive, super service and very professional. It actually made the dreaded move fun. I'd recommend them to any of my friends and family.
Thumbtack Customer
The young men were so fast and careful with my items. It was a small move, however within 15 minutes the truck was loaded and ready to head to my new house. They were just as fast unloading the truck and were so friendly. I highly recommend them!!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Abby J.
I hired Flate Rate to move a 250 lb+ treadmill deck into our basement. The stairwell is a tight turn and very narrow, but Bishop and team were in and out in less than 20 minutes. They wrapped everything and made sure to watch the walls. Bishop was super responsive and easy to communicate with.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Nancy W.
These guys were amazing. Worked hard and fast, sometimes running! Super guys, great at what they do. Pleasant and I had great confidence in them immediately. We booked them kind of last minute and knew we were after another job, which ran late. They kept us up to date by text, and some would have cancelled as the first job turned out to be bigger than they knew. But they still came (knew we were in a time crunch) and worked so hard and fast. I will use them any time I need a mover.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
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