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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 Saint Clair Shores movers
Robert T.
I've moved 16 times. Simply, you will never find a better moving company than Metro Smart Moves. Until I had the Smart Moves experience, I was convinced that moving companies were fraudulent. Thank you, Smart Moves, for being the very best!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Ashleigh D.
A bit pricey compared to local moving companies direct but worth it for last minute and them doing all the work of finding and confirming. Moving crew did good work.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Ashley T.
These guys are the best! We had a super heavy teak desk that needed to be moved to the second floor and they got it wrapped, moved, and unwrapped in under 15 minutes - oh and helped us to remove the bannister as well! Hands down will only call Quickmovers for any moving help we’ll need in the future! Thank you, again!
Evelyn P.
Awesome!!!!! If I could give 10 Stars I would!!!!The guys came over on time and moved my oversized couch and chair down narrow basement steps I could not believe they got that huge couch down They were both nicest guys!! I would Highly recommend Sunlight Movers to everyone. Excellence is hard to find but I found it today with Sunlight Movers !!!!!😊
SunLight Movers, LLCSunLight Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and friendly. Paid attention to detail and ensured my 8' Olhausen was properly moved from one house to another. Very helpful and knowledgeable about table maintenance and repair. Highly recommend Affordable Billiards for your next move or repair!
Affordable BilliardsAffordable Billiards
Roshell C.
HIRE THIS MOVER!! Charles was amazing! Because of Covid the blankets we had ordered from Penski were not available when we picked up our moving truck. Charles GAVE us two of his. I hired him to move my piano from the house to the moving van out front. He took special care of the instrument and the house getting it out. He was by far the best price. While he was there my husband also asked him to help with his fully loaded tool box that easily weighed more than the piano, and Charles took care of that as well. What a wonderful man!
Jake K.
My experience with these guys couldn't have been better. I had a couple really unwieldy items that they moved quickly and efficiently. On top of that, they were punctual, handled everything with care, and just cool guys on top of that. If you're looking for a great moving service at a great price, look no further than these guys!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Kristina Z.
Great guys! Communication was fantastic and they did a great job moving my belongings. Would be quick to hire again. Thank you again:-)
Haidara BrothersHaidara Brothers
Silke B.
Metro Smart Moves is FANTASTIC, would recommend to anyone! Punctual, professional, great value, and very dedicated movers. They got me out of my old place and to the new one in under 4 hours, and set up everything! Very friendly and hard working - wish I could give 6 stars ! Great job, and thank you again for everything!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Robert M.
The crew was flexible, fitting our small move into the day after we inquired - the men were courteous, and conscious of ensuring the furniture piece was placed properly
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Rachael M.
Excellent service. They responded the same day I inquired and quickly booked my move. They were efficient and personable. Followed Covid guidelines. Wonderful experience.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Alicia A.
These gentleman saved the day for my husband and I. They had great communication before our move and the morning of. They were on time and professional the entire time. We ended up needing a uhaul truck and they were back with one in less than 30 minutes. They worked efficiently and quickly without any damage to my homes or my items. I would HIGHLY recommend them for any move!!
Haidara BrothersHaidara Brothers
Rachael M.
I can’t begin to express how EXCELLENT my experience with the company was! I have moved many times for school, and then my career throughout the pst decade... and this was BY FAR THE BEST moving company I have ever had the pleasure of hiring! The 3 movers were 10 mins early to survey the job at hand, went above and beyond any and all possible expectations. They wrapped all my furniture; disassembled and reassembled my Ethan Allen bedframe ...helped me with small items and even re-arranged my entire living room for me on the other side!!!! I even noticed that they would move items again and again until they were perfectly centered. I AM so grateful. Also, they were personable and great to talk to! Within 20 mins, I was completely stress free and ended up having a wonderful day! I’ve already called friends and family to encourage them to spread the word. I’m going to tell everyone I work with as well. Seriously, make 1st Priority your first choice. I’m so glad I did. Whenever I move again, they’ll be the ones I call. Thanks again guys!!
1st Priority Moving and Solutions1st Priority Moving and Solutions
Jason H.
Moved all my stuff no problem. They were ready to go within a couple of hours. They were extremely nice and really fast workers. Definitely give them a call!
Haidara BrothersHaidara Brothers
Andrea S.
Wow what a great couple of guys! They were so professional, the best prices, and came to help me within 1/2 hour! I am so pleased with the service that I got their business card for future needs/moves. If you are looking for someone to help you move any furniture, these are the guys you want to choose. They were so careful and meticulous and did not damage anything! Thanks guys, I appreciate you so much!!! :)
Stacy M.
These guys are absolutely wonderful to work with. I would recommend them to anyone. I have worked with moving companies before, and these guys are hands down the best I have ever worked with.
Big B's MovingBig B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Jim was very professional and friendly. They had our table moved in no time. It was my pleasure and I would absolutely recommend then and use them again. The deserve 4 out of 4 stars.
Affordable BilliardsAffordable Billiards
Angela B.
Very professional and on time. The other mover from this site called out the morning of and left me in a bad situation. The guy fit me in and did not price gauge. Was professional and courteous and I will him the best with his business!
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived on time and worked very efficiently. They made sure to be careful with fragile items and were very friendly. I will definitely be recommending them to others and will hire them again should I need the help. Thank you guys!!!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Peter M.
i was extremely impressed - . anyone can move stuff. they litterally had to thread a needle to get a washer and dryer into a basment. they exuded surgical percision... i not only would hire them agin - i would encourage you to hire them as well . no uniform - no sign on his truck - but he was 100% professional. well done gentleman. thank you . a great value .
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Nicole C.
The movers were timely, got the job done quickly, and were very careful with our things. They were very flexible with some of our last minute decisions on where to place things. They were pleasant throughout the process and very polite. It definitely appears that they are experienced and know exactly what to do. I would recommend this company to family. Thank you, Quickmovers!
Tom G.
Bishop and his team were excellent for my small move: I had to bring a sofa-bed up out of the basement, and had to bring a gym-quality elliptical machine from the garage down to the basement. It was a tough job, but they worked through some tough issues (and some bad planning and measuring on my part). I'd hire them again in an instant. Thanks, guys. You're appreciated.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
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