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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.

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’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. 

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 do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Westland movers
Anukiran S.
We had a very good experience moving our items to the new place. They wrapped all the furniture and moved them safely. I highly recommend them for your move.
Flat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean RemovalFlat Rate Athletic Movers / Junk Clean Removal
Karen B.
Great company for all your moving needs! I can’t express enough how wonderful this moving experience was. These young men worked efficiently and tirelessly to get the move completed. I would highly recommend this company.
Relocating Michigan LLCRelocating Michigan LLC
Maria S.
I hired We Care Movers to move some heavy furniture to our new Condo. They went above and beyond to make the move easy and successful. Very professional. I would recommend them. I plan on using them in the future.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Angela P.
Fantastic movers. Fast, courteous and affordable. Didn't try to price gouge me or take advantage of me. Helpful, efficient and considerate. I've moved at least 50 times as an adult and these guys were the best movers I've ever had the pleasure of hiring.
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Davan B.
I had a great experience with Metro Smart Movers! They were on time, very professional and even gave me a discount on the already great pricing. The movers were very careful with all of my belongings and made sure everything I needed placed in certain areas of my home was taken care of. They went above and beyond to make sure the move for my family was as smooth and easy as possible! I will definitely use Metro Smart Movers again in the future and I recommend anyone looking for quality moving and a great price to do the same!!!
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience. The movers showed up on time and were ready to go. Got an entire house moved to two locations in less than 4 hours. Darnell was fantastic and a pro. I will never move a house by myself again as long as Darnell and this company are available. Made a difficult task enjoyable! Affordable and organized.
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Stephanie C.
Wonderful, fast, responsive! Made our move super easy
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Roxanne K.
We were moving house to house and needed our heaviest furniture moved. I was unsure on date and Marvin was able to work with me on switching around. He showed up with 5 men and they hustled! The quality of the wrapping was awesome and all our furniture was transferred in pristine condition. Then guys all worked hard and our move was knocked out in just a few hours.
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
Thomas M.
Your company were better than the other company that dump me the night before my move. Nothing broken and you'll knew what you'll were doing throughout the whole move Thank you
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Kathy F.
I moved from one place to another, the two men kept moving my stuff out to the truck so fast it only took them 2 1/2 hours and it was done. Great job !!
We Care MoversWe Care Movers
Natalie C.
From the first email until my moving day, Manny was nothing but helpful and veryprofessional. I was moved into my new home within the estimated time I was given. I would definitely use again in the future and refer to my friends.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Sandra G.
The guys were really great. Moved everything without complaint. Definitely worth the money!
You Pay Less Moving Co.You Pay Less Moving Co.
Megan D.
They were able to take care of moving a couch for me same-day. The process was so easy and I was kept updated the whole way. Great customer service and the mover who came were excellent. I wound definitely use them and recommend their services.
Active Delivery XActive Delivery X
Dominik B.
They moved my 300 lbs. vanity in a few minutes. Everything was smooth and they were very kind.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Alli K.
These guys were the BEST. We have moved almost 10 times in the past 8 years and this was BY FAR the smoothest move we have ever had. They showed up on time, wrapped all of our things, and left NOTHING behind. They were so professional, quick, and all around great guys. We even had a storage unit full of gym equipment and they moved it all with ease. I would hire these guys 100 times over. HIGHLY recommend!!!
1st Priority Moving & Solutions1st Priority Moving & Solutions
Dawn S.
Gerald and his crew were exceptional! They were hardworking, on task, professional, friendly, and a great value! I would recommend them to anyone I know. They are responsive and called to check in on arrival times and confirmation. Metro Smart Moves is a moving company I will always be using from now on.
Metro Smart MovesMetro Smart Moves
Jade D.
This whole moving experience has been a challenge for me. Finding a reliable and honest company was also a challenge. When I reached out to Alpha and Omega moving company they responded immediately and professionally which made me very comfortable. After we went over protocol I decided to pick Alpha and Omega moving company for my moving day. Fawn was very informative. Collin and McCoy were very professional and sweethearts. They got to my storage unit at 4:30 and were done loading and u loading into my place by 5:30! I couldn’t have picked a better company. Will be using from now on in the future! You will not be disappointed!
Alpha and Omega Moving LLCAlpha and Omega Moving LLC
Lynda H.
Experience with this company was great. The movers were very nice and got the job done quick and efficiently. Highly recommend.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Natalie C.
Mark & his crew were very professional and punctual on the day of my move, which happened to be one of the hottest days in June. They handled my belongings with care and moved everything within the quoted time. I definitely would refer Quickmovers to my family and friends and plan to hire them again in the near future.
Leslie A.
I was very pleased with their professionalism and work quality. I have never hired movers before and was very happy with the whole experience.
Manny’s Moving and Delivering, LLCManny’s Moving and Delivering, LLC
Sunny S.
247 provided excellent advices! Although I haven’t yet to decide on how to make the move, their kindness and honesty is worth 5 stars.
247 Moving & Freight Inc. (Indianapolis)247 Moving & Freight Inc. (Indianapolis)
Thumbtack Customer
Mike Woods team was very professional and friendly. Their company is also a very economical and efficient choice for moving home goods through a short distance.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Sandra H.
Steve and Corey were awesome! Steve called me on the day of the move to let me know he was on his way as promised. They showed up a few minutes before there scheduled time. They were very helpful and made a stressful situation go smoothly! Thanks so much guys you were a life saver! I will definitely use you again when I move to my home!!
Thumbtack Customer
These guys went above and beyond for my mother! They worked in the high heat and the rain. They were fast, polite, and careful! I will be calling you for our move next.
MAT Discount Inc.MAT Discount Inc.
Vanessa H.
I'm sorry, can't remember the 2 young gentlemen name, but they were very hard working, efficient and a pleasant to work with. Will definitely hire Alpha Moving again!!
Alpha Moving CoAlpha Moving Co
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