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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Royal Oak movers
Suresh R.
Thanks for the help with the move Bishop! Highly recommend his services to anyone who is planning on moving.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Donna g.
Awesome move
R&K ServicesR&K Services
Jessica B.
High Quality Moving Company was available on very short notice, and the movers were careful, efficient, and friendly.
High Quality Moving CompanyHigh Quality Moving Company
Raymond K.
Piano move went extremely well. Company was professional, and was responsive to my questions and prompt while quoting. Movers came exactly on time and finished the move very expeditiously. Will use this company again should a need arise.
Corey P.
I've used larger moving companies like Allied before and felt it was very impersonal and lacked communication. Pick Up Movers was a different experience. Their contact person Frank was with me from day 1 throughout the process keeping me updated. The movers who dropped off my stuff were same ones who picked it up. The rates were reasonable and the move was efficient without damages. Moving is stressful so I wouldn't say it was a perfect process but for my next move I will call this company again.
Pick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OHPick Up Movers LLC Cleveland, OH
Halie B.
Smart Moves was amazing at helping me with a 2 destination move while keeping my items safe and sound. Would definitely recommend to friends!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were courteous, professional, knowledgeable and efficient.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Richard B.
Was ready to schedule. They showed up ready to work. Everything moved in a little over the time frame quoted. If I ever need a mover again well call on them again.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Pamela M.
Richard and his crew did a great job in helping me move. They were very professional and efficient. At the end of the move, they helped quickly assemble everything. I highly recommend them.
Two Brothers Load and Move LLCTwo Brothers Load and Move LLC
Scott Z.
Thank you! Great move, very fair price.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great. They did everything quickly, and with great care. They were super nice and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them to anyone planning on moving. I'll definitely choose them for my next move.
Top Notch Moving Solutions Inc.Top Notch Moving Solutions Inc.
Pallavi S.
Thanks load n go for the hassle free move. These guys were on time, professional and very careful with our things. They finished the move quicker than promised. I will hire them without any reservations again.
Scott S.
Very happy with the care and handling of this move. I would highly recommend
Move Me a White Glove Moving & Packing ServiceMove Me a White Glove Moving & Packing Service
Chris M.
Worked very quickly and efficiently to complete our move. Did a good job.
Top Notch Moving Solutions Inc.Top Notch Moving Solutions Inc.
Rick G.
They were on time and moved a piano for me as scheduled. I would call them again.
Expert Movers SolutionExpert Movers Solution
Thumbtack Customer
Very polite, motivated, and knowledgeable movers. Family-company that takes great pride in their work. We had very cumbersome pieces of furniture and they were able to expertly maneuver everything into the truck safely and securely. I would highly recommend Delaneys to anyone planning a move.
Delaney's MovingDelaney's Moving
Sophia S.
The movers were very professional and took care not to damage anything. Would definitely recommend them.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Paul B.
Hired to move washer and dryer from basement out to curb. Quick work. Job well done.
Connect My ServiceConnect My Service
Scott L.
Great movers and would highly reccomend them. Showed up on time, worked fast, and a pleasure to work with.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Caitlin H.
Maria and her team were a pleasure to work with. The in home estimate was accurate and competitive with other companies we got quotes from. The packing and moving days went smoothly and we are so happy we chose Perfect Order Two to move our three bedroom home across town!
Perfect Order Two L.L.C.Perfect Order Two L.L.C.
Nadine B.
It was my first time hiring a moving company so I really did research and read so many reviews online and found Load N Go. Steve responded right away with the most realistic and cheap estimation for my move. Everything went smoothly with our move from Royal Oak to Rochester Hills. Our couch was the hardest to move out because of the structure of our apartment but Steve and Carl were very patient and figured a way to get it out without a scratch. They disassembled and reassembled our 2 queen size beds (they were from IKEA so they're a bit tricky) and very considerate to where we want our stuff to be placed. These guys really took care of our belongings and move them with care. I definitely recommend them 10/10, friendly and nice guys! Big thank you to Steve and Carl!
Jeena P.
Mark and Jamaal did such an awesome job moving everything so swiftly and professionally. Would recommend them 100%
Karen C.
We were thrilled with our experience with Athletic Movers! Bishop and his crew are both friendly & professional. They moved a large, heavy piece of equipment to our basement with relative ease. It was a tight fit, and they were skilled and thoughtful enough to do their work without even a scuff on the wall. Amazing!!! We will definitely call again.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Sarah H.
Metro Smart Movers had quick availability and were very thorough in their process. Quick, efficient, and very friendly. Recommend to all!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Evelin A.
Bishop and his team did a great job! Would definitely use them again for my next move and recommend to others.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
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