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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 Troy movers
Anas S.
It was an easy move with we care movers. Wish they offer packing service along with moving.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Rosaleen G.
I definitely recommend Alpha Moving Company. They did a great job! Start time was adjusted, but this was communicated to me. A definite plus was that my items were moved in less time than quoted. Movers took care in moving my things, nothing was broken.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Mai K.
Expert movers were real experts at their job! They were humble and did the moving very smoothly. Definitely would recommend them! Thank you, guys for making my moving so easy! :)
Expert Movers SolutionExpert Movers Solution
Jeny A.
They were fantastic! I had a last minute move with only 3 days notice. They responded in the same day and were able to help move me. Great value and they were very quick moving the items making the process smooth and efficient. I would highly recommend them for moving services.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Jennifer B.
I had a big name mover cancel on me only 3 days before I was supposed to move for “insufficient staff.” I was scrambling for another mover and had a quick response to my last minute moving needs from Alpha Moving. Marvin was thorough, prompt and very professional. He was part of a 3 man team and his colleagues, CJ and Deangelo were as equally impressive. These 3 were a well organized and hardworking team. Anyone I know who needs local moving I’ll be referring to Alpha Moving. Wish I hadn’t hesitated about a local group and booked them from the start.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Negar F.
I called them a day before moving. They scheduled my move next day. The moved everything very fast and professional. I had glass tables and other fragile things. The wrap everything very nice. No damage at all. I m really happy with what they did. I recommend them for you move.
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Jingmei S.
I hired them for moving a big sofa, several furniture and bunch of boxes. They were on time and moved everything fast and professionally. It was snowing that day. I appreciate that they could help us even the weather was not very good for moving.
Jack H.
I hired them for dec move.
Big B's MovingBig B's Moving
Rkesh R.
They came in time and finished the moving in time. No hidden cost. Glad that they helped us moving our stuffs. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Heather S.
So grateful for these movers! They did a fantastic job, and really helped us out of a bind when our other movers cancelled the day of. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. I will only use them from now on for any moving needs. Definitely recommend!
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Shivakanth v.
Excellent work done by them. Just tell them what you need and they will get it done. The only local mover you need is Metro Smart Moves, very satisfied with their service.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Atticus C.
Charles was very friendly, patient, and careful. He answered all of my questions whilst moving my antique baby grand player piano without a scratch. He worked very efficiently, and even helped move some furniture out of the way when we unloaded it. When he was done, the piano looked and sounded just the same as before it had been moved. I would absolutely recommend choosing Charles-n-Charge to be your piano mover.
Nagappan R.
I hired them for moving and they did a good job. I will hire them again. 4 to 5 hours of work to move all the stuff, very professional, punctual and great value for money.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
John M.
Wesley and his partner made my move seamless- He was on time, professional, courteous, and took excellent care of all my items, especially the 76” tv which I was worried about initially. These guys move quickly and carefully, and on top of that were extremely personable. 100% will be referring my friends and family and will use Bullseye for any future moves.
Bullseye Moving CompanyBullseye Moving Company
Charmaine D.
They made it seem so easy to move all the heavy stuff that’s in my apartment. All done in 2 hours or less. I will definitely use their service again the next time i move.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Monika S.
We had a great experience with Metro Smart Moves. The staff is highly professional, took great care in moving the furniture. They disassembled my furniture and put it back together perfectly. I would definitely recommend them.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Mirooj M.
The crew was really fast, efficient, really careful with all my stuff…so easy to work with. They made moving 2 houses into 1 really easy. I will recommend them to anyone that needs movers. Great experience!
Relocating Michigan LLCRelocating Michigan LLC
Parth P.
Rob and his crew were very careful movers. We had just one small snafu but all in all it was an uneventful move. Which I'd say is a win. They did run couple hours late due to a previous job but they sprung into action as soon as they got to us. They were very courteous and professional during our move. I'd recommend Robert's services to my friends and family.
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Thomas F.
Movers were responsive and did the work the same day of my initial call.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Dhrutika P.
We hired 2 guys for moving and they were really good. Happy with the service.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Raju B.
Good: carefully arranged the goods Bad: Found it a slow move, had to pay more.
Moving Made EasyMoving Made Easy
Laurie M.
They are efficient and extra careful when moving your items. Would definitely recommend them.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
Dropped my night stand Broken it Had to throw it out Very poor movers
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Cate D.
Loved working with them. Communication was clear, timely, and thorough. Packing was done carefully, efficiently, and economically. Our movers were punctual, pleasant, and careful. Great experience. Will work with them again and will recommend highly to others! Best experience I’ve had with a moving company.
Perfect Order Two L.L.C.Perfect Order Two L.L.C.
Jessica N.
I had an amazing experience with Load N Go. The team was respectful, prepared, and professional. They moved an upright piano for me and made it look easy! Finding movers who are affordable and everything else above is hard - but this team accomplished that. Would absolutely hire them again!
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