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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 Roseville movers
Kimberlee S.
I am so sorry that I chose this incomwent with a terrible inexperienced mover who didn’t complete the job and I had to pay another $500 to another mover I found on-line to finish moving the rest of my things the next day. The moving company I used on your site was “We Care Movers”. To say the least they cared less left me in a bind not completing the job, inexperienced movers and one stated several that he was employed elsewhere and that moving people’s things is not his normal job. He definitely was being honest and truthful. The other mover who was in charge was experienced. The movers were hardheaded and wouldn’t follow simple instructions. They didn’t even wrap up my TVs and one was broken. I left s voicemail telling the owner that they broke a tv but haven’t heard back from him yet. I don’t expect to. This was the worst move I’ve ever experienced. Needless to say I won’t be using your services ever again. On Tue, May 28, 2019 at 12:07 PM Thumbtack wrote: Thumbtack What's the status of your Local Moving (under 50 miles) project? This info helps us keep your project on track. Done In progress On hold or canceled Still looking for a pro? We found 1 more Mover who is interested. See interested pros Recommended for you, Kimberlee Category preview Electrical and Wiring Repair Get Quotes Category preview Lawn Mowing and Trimming Get Quotes Category preview Furniture Moving and Heavy Lifting Get Quotes Thumbtack App on the App Store Thumbtack App on Google Play Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube © 2019 Thumbtack 1‌3‌5‌5 M‌a‌r‌k‌e‌t‌ S‌t‌r‌e‌e‌t‌, S‌u‌i‌t‌e‌ 6‌0‌0‌, S‌a‌n‌ F‌r‌a‌n‌c‌i‌s‌c‌o‌, C‌A‌ 9‌4‌1‌0‌3‌ Help · Unsubscribe Thumbtack
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Beverly B.
Team did a great job with our move. They we on time, efficient and professional. Cost was fair and reasonable. I would highly recommend this company to any one looking to hire a moving crew.
White glove delivery serviceWhite glove delivery service
Thumbtack Customer
Got us scheduled for a move with 34 hours notice. The 2 movers who came were incredible. Very professional and worked very fast. Took care of my furniture and did an amazing job.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Kara C.
Joe and his crew were fantastic. Great communication prior and during the move, very careful to wrap my furniture with moving blankets and plastic at his own expense. Careful with the walls. Professional but fun personalities. Available with two days notice to move bedroom furniture I bought from someone on Facebook marketplace 45 min away. I would absolutely recommend them.
Moving Made EasyMoving Made Easy
Ange J.
The crew who moved us was amazing!! They worked so hard to pack us up and get us into our new home! Their prices were beyond fair. These guys were worth every penny!! I'll refer Moving Made Easy every time!
Moving Made EasyMoving Made Easy
Cheryl K.
Metro Smart Movers were very professional, exceptionally punctual, fast, and very careful with my items. They were willing to give me a flat rate for my small move to a storage nearby. Would definitely use their services again. Thank You Metro Smart for being one of the Best Services I've used on Thumbtack thus far.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Shan B.
Communication process to book was absolutely unnecessary. I reached out last week to set up a move, instead of discussing with me over the app (which is all I had time for as I’m coordinating and out of state move for my mother who is disabled) I was told to give them a call for an estimate when the purpose of the app is for them to give me an estimate in the app. I had to provide all the same information over again, just for them to say it’s $180 per hour for last minute moves. It wouldn’t have been last minute if the thumbtack app was used efficiently.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Lori C.
The guys were right on time. Did a fast and efficient job getting the truck packed up and getting everything unloaded at my house. Even moved an extra appliance for me at my house from my garage to my basement. Bishop gave me a price when I spoke with him so I didn't have to worry about any extra hourly charges. I would recommend them for your move!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Shannèal T.
Professional and did an excellent job making sure to be extra careful! Great communication! Arrived timely and made me feel like my move was a priority! I highly recommend Quickmovers!!
Chris J.
Marvin and company were very polite and cared for our items. They made sure they were wrapped and protected while in transit. Measured the items to make sure they would fit through doorways. Highly recommend if you need anything moved.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Andrea M.
This was my first time ever using a moving company and I’m very pleased. I was referred by my cousin who used them earlier this year and I’m glad I did. They handled my belongings with care and were very professional!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Cheryl K.
Thank You MetroSmart for doing an Awesome Job. You are very organized & moved my boxes & others from my storage to my new home in no time. I appreciate you taking such care with my things. I would use your services again.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
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