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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 Taylor movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were late but moved quickly once they were there
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Cain P.
All around great experience with this moving company.
Moving Made EasyMoving Made Easy
Richard S.
They were fantastic and very cautious in moving our furniture I would rehire them and recommend them to everyone
1st Priority Moving and Solutions1st Priority Moving and Solutions
Jennifer S.
They were sent pictures of what needed to be moved, we agreed on a price and they did not bring proper equipment or straps, knocked the door off of my new LG door in door refrigerator and did not know how to fix it. Handled so poorly that it Is now leaking water out of the bottom of the fridge and I have had to call a repair person. So much for trying to save on moving.
60 BuckZ TruckZ60 BuckZ TruckZ
Safeeul B.
Very unprofessional and bad experience. I live in a 950sqft home. Everything tht I had to move was boxed up. Yet they took two and half hours to load all the boxes. They were deliberately slowing the process as this was an hourly contract. Just because of that I told them to leave all the stuff in tye leaving room of my new place so thst I can save some.time. I got them reffered from some of my friends. They had mized experience. For some it was quick and for some it was slow as sloth. But when you hire them, ask for William to come on the move date. Otherwise they will slow the heck down... It took 4 hours for the move to complete. 😐😐😐
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Michala G.
Metro Smart Moves came in and got right to work after the walk through of what needed to be moved. I was nervous about hiring someone to come in and help because we all know how people can be, but I’m happy to say my nerves were put to rest with these guys. Truly top tier. I would definitely recommend using them to a friend of family member. Looking forward to using them again in the future.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Ayana M.
I was in a pinch with last minute things to be moved from an apartment my friend was vacating. I wasn’t hopeful that we could find someone on such short notice….. like 30 minutes. Foster EXP responded and were at the apartment within 10 mins of pricing. Very professional and I truly mean that. They not only moved all of those last minute items but put them where requested nice and neat. Hire them promise you won’t regret it.
Foster Built HandymanFoster Built Handyman
Bob S.
They were here in only 3 working days notice. The crew of 3 were extremely professional and very considerate of the things being moved to not damage anything, and these were very heavy, bulky items. I would highly recommend these guys.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
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