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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 Holland movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from a storage unit to a condo unit. JR Moving arrived on time and dealt with elevators and a long hallway without problems.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers (1 man & 1 woman) arrived on time, & worked at a rapid pace to accomplish the move. Most all items were wrapped & no damage resulted. I feel that the cost could have been cheaper had there been a 3 person team. The original move evaluation had accessed the move as rapid with a small amount of lightweight furniture. We had moved all small items (chairs, end tables, cupboard and other drawer contents, etc.) so the movers had only large heavy items to move. Our furniture is high quality real wood..and, is large & heavy. The male member of the moving team was unhappy with what the move involved vs what he had been told it was going to be. Though he worked like a madman to accomplish a quality move in the shortest possible time....he frequently expressed anger toward the moving company for the position they had placed him due to their underestimation of the job. The truck was so full when our items were loaded that the loading ramp barely fit in before the doors were closed. The estimator suggested a 5-6 hr move at $110 per hr. The actual job took about 10 hectic hours!!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We got the go-ahead to move into our new home and needed a moving company to help us immediately. JL Moving LLC came to the rescue and did a quick, fantastic job! They took great care with our items! Thanks guys!!!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Kathryn K.
The movers were great. Highly recommend. They accommodate a last minute change of my plans and we’re prompt and on time. They were very professional, courteous and kind. We will be hiring them for future moves! Thank you!!!
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Gordon J.
The guys did a great job moving my equipment safely & efficiently. Gordon
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Monica p.
The guys were super nice and professional. But the job took longer than it should have and I was a little bothered that they used standard moving hand trucks on the stairs. Didn't seem to be the safest or most efficient way to move fragile items and my nicer furniture pieces.
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Sara W.
Weston was super responsive and adaptive. Instead of having to schedule a walkthrough of my apartment followed by the actual moving date, I was about to walk through my place using a video call on my phone. The cost ended up being $75-200 less than the three other quotes I got for the same move. He was friendly, helpful, and got through things efficiently. If I were to move anywhere locally I'd definitely use his services again.
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Art and his team did a great job of moving our stuff into our new home. Granted it took a bit longer than expected but the team was very professional and had everything set up in our new home. Only hiccups occurred when our furniture was too big to make it to the basement but that was not their fault and they still made attempts to move it which was appreciated.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Jill S.
Dan and his son did a fabulous job moving for us today. We all had to be a bit flexible and the job took a bit longer than estimated— due to the fact his truck wasn’t working so he needed to use a van instead. But both movers were very friendly and worked fast! We highly recommend them for your future project.
Thumbtack Customer
The owner was extremely considerate of my situation and gave a very fair price for my move to be near my grandchildren after the loss of their parents. The two men who did the work of moving were extremely professional. They knew how to manipulate heavy furniture through tight spaces without any damage. They were also considerate and friendly. I highly recommend this company and have already done so to friends and realtors.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This the worst movers I have ever worked with. They never showed up after being scheduled for over 6 weeks. I would never recommend them to anyone.
Clay's Moving
Sylvia M.
Tee & Jaycee we're AWESOME! I can only hope if I move again I receive the same time of work ethic & professionalism. Great work guys! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Ambe R.
I really appreciate how flexible they were with my changing schedule. We had Josh and Robert move our house and they we careful, professional, and knowledgable. They wrapped and packed our furniture and always had a smile on their faces. Highly recommended!
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly, clear, and helpful. Rob did what he said he would. He and his partner helped our family move on a cold day with a lot of snow and they were friendly, hard-working, and very careful with the furniture. Would highly recommend.
Brock's MovingBrock's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had a large house and was downsizing to a smaller house..They worked with me to keep my belongings overnight till I could close on the new house and were SO HELPFUL IN TERMS OF PLACEMENT OF MY BELONGINGS!! LOVE THESE GUYS!!! I TOOK SOME OF THEIR CARDS AND REFERED THEM TO ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO IS MOVING SOON!! I WOULD RECCOMMEND THEM HIGHLY!!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Two men with a truck was on time. However overall time didn't add up they took about an hour to get to my place from Granville. They arrived at 9:50 a.m. they loaded in about 45 minutes the rest of the stuff already in storage. They decided to stop for donuts and a storage unit was only 10 minutes away. They arrived in 35 minutes they were done at 12:10 pm. I had to paid 360.00 for a total of 4 hours after they left I said they overcharged me. They gave me some business cards I run into a lot of people who need to move well I burned business cards up I won't get them again they burn me once and they won't burn twice
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
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