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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 Kentwood movers
Shayne N.
I have moved around a lot. I have never had movers that move as fast as H&H. They were friendly, and handled all of my items with great care. They are the best!
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
JL Moving did a wonderful job with our local move. Not only were the movers professional but so were the office managers who called several times to make sure we had the service we expected. I would recommend them to anyone moving locally. 👍🏻
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Melissa W.
I highly recommend A Moving Consultant! As someone who has moved countless times and has used multiple moving companies (as well as renting the truck and doing it alone), this was my best move yet. This is one of two of the most affordable moving companies I have ever used. However, even better compared to the other affordable company, as Gregory went out of his way to accommodate my move in various ways. I really couldn't have asked for a better company! Thanks!
A Moving ConsultantA Moving Consultant
Kayleah G.
JL moving was great! The price was reasonable and the two movers who helped me couldn't have been nicer.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Beth R.
They were great to work with; the customer service was great and the movers were also very professional. The price was the best quote I found in Grand Rapids and the movers were unbelievably fast and efficient. Everything was moved in perfect condition in nearly half the time I had anticipated. I would highly recommend JL Moving to anyone.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great. Very prompt, friendly, and timely with the moving. I'll look to them again in a couple months when my son moves.
Clay's Moving
Elise T.
We had a great moving experience with Brock’s Transports! They reached out to me with a quote right away and answered all of my questions pre-move. They were on time the day of the move. Everything was packed up with care and transported efficiently. Most importantly, nothing was damaged along the way! We would definitely use this moving service again.
Brock's MovingBrock's Moving
Kelly L.
Moved quickly and very friendly
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were nice. There were 3 instead of 2 movers for a 2 bedroom apt. Need to use time wisely! Overall professional.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Marielle B.
H&H Moving did an excellent job in moving our furniture. They took excellent care of our things and they worked quite fast even though there were only two of them who moved our stuffs. Will highly recommend them.
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
My project was to move furniture from city to country. Jl Moving and Storage was on time, easy to work with and did the job in 7 hours start to finish.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Kathryn B.
I would highly recommend The Trusted Movers. I had a small move and didn’t want to pay the crazy prices that bigger companies charge. The Trusted Movers responded to my request right away and were very affordable. I plan to use them again in the future!
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend JL moving. They were on time and moved everything with care and no complaints on a hot day. The only drawback was that they had no tools to take anything apart.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Michelle V.
Very good quality from the two guys who helped me move! Friendly and professional. Made the process of moving more smooth! Would definitely recommend
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Emily W.
Weston and his team were fantastic! I was anxious about moving to a different state sight unseen and they made the moving/unloading the truck easy! Very grateful! They were awesome at communicating with me leading up to the move-in day and even as they were on their way! Could not recommend them enough!
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Josephine m.
Excellent job moving furniture! QUICK ,EFFICIENT!!
SMH Cleaning SolutionsSMH Cleaning Solutions
Abishek B.
H&H moving helped us move a 2 bed room apartment. The guys arrived on time and were very efficient. They wrapped our furniture that needed some extra care and ensured that the items arrived safely. I highly recommend their service. Will be using them the next time we move.
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
Timothy L.
The other guys did an amazing job of helping us move. They arrived early, worked steadily through the move, and made sure that everything was where we wanted it. Highly recommend!
The Other Guys Moving and Junk Removal ServicesThe Other Guys Moving and Junk Removal Services
Richard I.
We had several items to move, some quite heavy. These gentlemen made the whole move happen without a glitch. Extremely polite and professional. I highly recommend them to anyone.
The Other Guys Moving and Junk Removal ServicesThe Other Guys Moving and Junk Removal Services
Bria I.
Have not completed the move just yet however the prompt response and professionalism of ensuring our requested appointment time is available helped us to make a decision. We are looking forward to the move
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We were moving from a one bedroom apartment to a house, around a mile away. The move was scheduled for 10am. The apartment was located on the fourth floor and there is a bit of walk from the front of the building to the apartment. We do have access to an elevator. We moved on a Friday which was the coldest day of the year so far, but this is Michigan. Except for a quick flurry there was no snow. The movers took around 45 minutes to bring the furniture pads and dolly to the apartment. Once there, they moved quick for the fast half an hour and then slowed down.At around 12pm, less than 30 boxes were moved. Boxes which were packed and stacked by us the night before. This move was costing me $90 per hour and in the end, I decided to head down and stand in the cold, because I was not sure what was taking them so long. Three hours into the move, thankfully, they picked up pace. Whether this was a response of me standing out in the cold or was it because of another client in Kalamazoo who was adamant to move the same day, I am not sure. Regardless, it went way faster and at a pace which is how it should have been at the start. At the new place, except for the furniture, I just asked them to stack the labelled boxes. At around 5pm, they were done, at last. The entire move took them 8 hours, including travel time from their office. The movers were courteous and friendly. They arrived in a company truck and had sweatshirts with JLC movers logo on them. They looked very professional and not like two people off the street and that was very reassuring. They did handle furniture with care and while unloading made sure that none of the vents were blocked and that there was a path to get to the boxes. They did not have a mattress pad but covered the mattress with enough furniture pads to make sure it was not soiled. Overall, we were happy but they could have shaved off an hour easily from the move. Moving is always expensive and very stressful. I will hire them again but really wish they moved faster.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Lauren S.
Our two movers were wonderful. I expected them to show up between 9 and 930 and they came by 845 am. Since I'm new to Grand Rapids, it was great to have people who are used to moving furniture in and out of the older buildings. They were able to move almost everything through my small hallway and took a few pieces up over my balcony. They were very nice, personable and efficient. I would absolutely use JL Moving again!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Susan E.
Went very smooth, could not ask for a better moving experience.
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Laila M.
Great communication and the movers were great!! Would definitely recommend.
The Trusted Movers LLCThe Trusted Movers LLC
Andre W.
Great experience with the moving company. They were able to fit me into there schedule for a job quickly within 12 hours of my request. The moving crew knew what they were doing and were realistic with expectations and approach and knew how to be very efficient. They accommodated me with the slight changes I had for the 2 hours and give me helpful information for planning my 2 hours well. Also lifted heavy items when I really needed which help my move be very successful. Helped with a treadmill, old heavy keyboard , moved some doors for me and moved some small items which was a big big help.
H&H Moving CompanyH&H Moving Company
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