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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 Blaine movers
Lisa K.
Amazing, professional and just perfect movers! Thanks
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
Thumbtack Customer
This is the first time I used a moving company. Goal Line was the only company to offer to come to the house to give an in-house estimate, everyone else was either via email or phone. Goal Line's quote was right in line with everyone else. On moving day, they arrived on time, began moving items right away, very professional and had a great sense of humor which made things go even better. I would highly recommend using Goal Line with your next move.
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
Michelle B.
They did a great job moving an antique piano for us. Very friendly and affordable too!
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
Megersa D.
Unfortunately I do not recommend these guys to anyone. We recently used them to move our new fridge from the store we bought it to our home and move the old one downstairs to the garage. They were only two of them that came and they had no idea how to move a refrigerator. They made lots of damages to the new fridge, to my walls and hand rails inside my house. Not only that, now both refrigerator don't work. We asked to be compensated but they kept quiet. These peopeonly
Jenny K.
I recently hired Moses and his Team to pick up items from my step mom, who was downsizing and move them to my place. After we had agreed to work together to move the elliptical, she offered me a table and several additional items. Moses worked with me to incorporate the other items, last minute into his bid and made sure he had the right size truck for the job. The items were disassembled, professionally wrapped and reassembled back at my place in perfect condition with no bumps or damage to walls or floors. My mother in law is moving in four days and her movers canceled last minute. She was very stressed about how she was going to make it work. Moses moved around his schedule to accompany her move. I couldn’t be more grateful. They did a phenomenal job and I will definitely be hiring them again. To the person reading these reviews who may be worried about safety- As a single woman I’m always apprehensive to let someone I don’t know into my home. Moses and his team were so respectful and professional, I never once felt concern. My step mom had the local Christian music station on and they were singing along to the music. When they arrived at my place I apologized as I was wrapping up a zoom call. They came in quietly and didn’t make a sound as I finished up my call. I would highly recommend hiring them for your upcoming job.
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
Mark Z.
TrueCare were true professionals. They arrived on time, were courteous and quick with a difficult project and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for help with a moving project.
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Lynn B.
Noble Movers did a great job. They were very competent and nice to work with. They ran a little late but we were here so it wasn’t too big of a concern.
Prino Group MoversPrino Group Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Our moving day with this company cost us more than double what was quoted due to the movers taking an item from our home. Their background checks are a joke. If you use this company, store all valuables in a locked room, and watch them every second in every room. I am beyond disappointed with this company. It cost us more than what we paid them, and what they stole from us. It cost us our peace of mind, and trust in people who seem kind on the surface. It was all a ploy to get what they wanted from our home. O stars please.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Thumbtack Customer
They were awesome! Really quick response, competitive bid and even were able to offer me next day service. They arrived right on time, moved my furniture very carefully, and assembled it quickly and securely. Also, both Chester and his right hand were kind and friendly.
Premium Moving ServicesPremium Moving Services
Shelly B.
They didn't listen, they were understaffed when they showed up and left and then couldn't reschedule. They took a deposit from us and said the would "refund" it but I think that is highly unlikely we will ever see that money again. Don't use Dreezy's and don't use thumbtack for referrals. If all fairness, the following is Dreezy's response to my comment. Yes, they did refund the deposit and yes they did show up. My only complaint is when they showed up they weren't prepared for the move after I gave them the information.. Really Shelly, you really want to put my business out there as a bad service? We showed up to your house on and left respectfully. The job wasn’t completed because two men cannot lift the 400lbs bar with no where to hold on to and we have to go through a very small/tight stairs. I (Dreezy) immediately told explained to your husband the problems and to avoid any damages to your walls or floors I told your husband that I will have to reschedule and come back with 4 men but due to tight schedule, you need the bar moved sooner and couldn’t wait for our next availability you asked me to refund back the deposit which I did immediately after we got off the phone. we care about safety of our teams and your items. YOUR DEPOSIT HAS BEEN REFUND PLEASE CHECK YOUR BANK STATEMENT. Sometimes refund takes from 3-7 business days to go back to the card.
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