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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 Livonia movers
Thumbtack Customer
Our movers were just wonderful, they had to move our whole house in the pouring rain! They worked quickly and professionally. We would use them again. Very competitive rates also. We are very happy with our move, thank you We Care Movers!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Vanessa A.
I found them on google and reached out and they responded and were able to move all my stuff the following day. Super nice and respectful. Will definitely be having them move all my stuff next time and will recommend to others for moving.
60 BuckZ TruckZ60 BuckZ TruckZ
Jacqueline F.
The two gentlemen handled my furniture with care, and did not damage anything in the move. I was impressed by their ability to move some very heavy and delicate items without damage. Only complaint would be the length of time of the move - but worth it for quality work!
Two Brothers Load and Move LLCTwo Brothers Load and Move LLC
Charlene S.
Mark and Justin were a great moving team. They worked hard, were very responsive, and protected everything they moved for us. They went above and beyond in being respectful of the property they moved from as well as the property they moved into. Thank you for your great work guys. Would highly recommend this team for your moving needs and I do not loosely recommend people. Would hire these guys again in a second. Thank you Mark and Justin. Hope you enjoyed your pizza!
Thumbtack Customer
We were very pleased with our moving experience with M&K Moving! They arrived on time, packed the truck well, & moved quickly. Our possessions were treated with care, & at an affordable price. I would definitely recommend them & use them again.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Joe S.
Removed so much stress from our move. Great team.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Jennifer C.
Excellent experience working with Metro Smart Moves. They were careful with loading and unloading and made sure to organize everything very neatly. I really appreciate how professional they were. I will hire them again for future moves that involve my business.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
Cordial and professional. However, the movers were late 1.5 hours because they confused the pick up and drop off locations. Mike was very communicative and helpful. During the move my dining table chair leg was broken, so be careful with your packing.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Taher H.
They were very professional. It was very cold on our day of move but they did very good job.
Thumbtack Customer
Best money spent on the move! No one else works as hard as these guys. Seriously, life savers.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Diana W.
After encountering a terrible experience with a moving company I turned to MAT Movers. What a delight to work with!! Mike is very professional and very kind hearted. He assured me that I would be well taken care of. He was so right. Our moving job ended up being alot more difficult than expected. Mike and his team handled it very graciously. They were always upbeat and encouraging. They went out of their way to make sure that everything went smoothly. I can't say enough good things about this company!!!!! Hire them. You will be so glad that you did!!
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We could not be happier with the service we received from We Care Movers!!! They were extremely polite, careful and worked harder then anyone I have ever worked with. They let all of our friends help out which made the whole process go extremely well. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for movers. They made a stressful process a breeze!! A+++++++
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Derek S.
Bishop and his crew were timely, efficient, and very fairly priced. They helped me move some of the heaviest items in my house with no problem. Would definitely recommend.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Very efficient. Extremely polite. Careful with furniture and respectful of personal belongings. Easy to work with and attentive to me in the weeks leading up to the move. Great communication. Highly recommended!
Delaney's MovingDelaney's Moving
Mike b.
Bishop moved my heavy and odd shaped dust collector from garage to basement. Careful attention to detail without any damage. Would highly recommend his services.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Rachael m.
Perfect Order Two LLC was a great company to work with. The individual movers were punctual, polite and respectful. The business owner even rolled up her sleeves to pitch in with her 3 staff members. The 6 hour ( quoted ) job was completed in 5 hours. I completed price comparisons with several other companies for my 3 bedroom home consisting of 3 levels including the home gym in the basement; which was all transported 20 miles over to another 3 levels. Perfect Order was the best quote and I am happy with the job they completed. I would surely use this company to move again - but since I loathe moving - hopefully it's no time soon! I would recommend this company to others.
Perfect Order Two L.L.C.Perfect Order Two L.L.C.
Jordan W.
Amazing service. Requested work, got it done next day at an extremely reasonable price. Mark communicated very well and executed on a not-too-easy piano move. Very personable. Incredibly happy.
Megan m.
As soon as I hit submit, the owner of Flat Rate Movers, Stanley, reached out to me immediately. From start to finish he was beyond professional. What really stood out to me is how much he really cares about making sure nothing is damaged or dented during the move. When he called me, I couldn’t believe he could come out the SAME day! He was even an hour way commute! The couch that I needed to be moved was sooooooooooo heavy and it barely fit yet they were able to do the impossible and get it to its destination without a SCRATCH. I will be referring everyone I know and posting his business card on my city’s Facebook page. I highly highly recommend. Work ethic top notch! You don’t find quality like this anymore
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Lisa d.
It was a great experience start to finish. Steve is professional, personable and I will definitely work with hem again. They were on time, really nice people and the price was excellent. They moved a patio set from one city to another for me and even set it up on my patio.
Kathy G.
Eric and Dimitri were amazing. These guys are so professional, courteous, and so willing to make sure I was satisfied. They really know what they are doing. They went the extra mile for sure. Their rates are very reasonable. I would highly recommend Executive Moving and especially Eric and Dimitri!!!!!
Executive MovingExecutive Moving
Ian R.
Bishop is the real deal. He responds to every text, is very friendly on the phone, and shows up & works. I was so thankful, as I could have done better in describing how much needed to be moved, but he shool it off, and got the job done. I'll see you again, sir!!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Joanne M.
Nicholas moved 6 large heavy potted plants from my yard to my basement without breaking a branch or losing a leaf! He was quick and efficient. Traffic held him up a bit getting to my house, but he called to let me know. Outstanding. I will definitely use him again!
Foster Built HandymanFoster Built Handyman
Nikki B.
In my opinion I would never recommend Marvin. I feel they purposely took too long, and charged me for their lunch break. It took 6 hours for a small 1 bedroom and they did not move all of my furniture, and watched me move what I could and never offered to help me. Marvin was rude, unprofessional, aggressive and disrespectful to my mom in her home. He yelled at her in her house. And he broke my mother's blinds and did not offer any compensation for the damage he caused. Marvin did not return the building's elevator key. My furniture was turned around facing the wall and not plugged in. They just threw my furniture in the basement in no order. 1 table leg over here and 2 over there, and 1 somewhere else. I also had to clean up their garbage. I feel that Marvin was ghetto and has terrible customer service and he was aggressive and disrespectful towards my mother and did not try to compensate for the damaged caused in my mother's home.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
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