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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 Hopkins movers
Amanda H.
Excellent job moving my stuff. Everything was moved quickly and carefully.
James C.
I was impressed with the fellows at Top Notch Movers. I am not, However, impressed with the thumbtack system. While looking for a mover I entered some information that they never forwarded to prospective movers, and they gave the prospective movers bad information.
Top Notch Moving and Hauling LLCTop Notch Moving and Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was extremely happy with my experience with The Move Crew. I hired them over a month before my anticipated move. The day before the move I added on an additional stop to pick up some items and a difficult treadmill that needed to be disassembled and put back together in the new place. My movers were very adaptable to the change of plans and kept the move as efficient as possible. Since I was dealing with three locations I was not able to be with them to supervise the entire time but gave them a list of what needed to be moved. They exceeded my expectations on this move and I was very surprised at the end that the whole move took less time that I thought it would with the last minute add on. I would highly recommend The Move Crew.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
WOW, WOW, WOW! This moving team is phenomenal. Not only were they extremely friendly, easy to book with, and handled our belongings like they were our own- they also accommodated a last minute moving fiasco where they moved 3x the amount of boxes than originally planned. Due to our fiasco, we now need to move again and I will definitely be using the move crew again. 5 stars, hands down.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Siva S.
The guys who came to move didn't planned things properly and wasted a lot of time for rearranging the things in the truck. This happened even though we showed all the items to move before starting and even after repeatedly telling them that they are moving stuff in the wrong order. And they had try to charge us for 3hrs even though they moved only for 2.5hrs..
Paul W.
On call movers were excellent.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Paula K.
TK Movers were so easy to work with. I'm thrilled I chose them. The move went super smoothly and everything arrived in good condition.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Tim M.
Overall great service. Very happy with the move.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were friendly and got the piano moved in one piece. They were going to be later than our agreed upon time, but they called and explained the situation and I appreciated that. Overall, it was a success. Since my brother and daughter had to arrange time off for this move and it ended up being later than thought is the only reason for a good rating and not outstanding.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Karina A.
I cannot recommend these guys any more. They made moving day truly a breeze. After our other movers called to cancel the night before the move. Dreezys quickly put us at ease to take care of us last minute. Showed up on time and worked quickly. Super nice guys. Will FOR SURE use them again in the future.
Kari H.
Great experience! Very responsive and the movers were friendly and efficient. Recommend!
Nick C.
Goal Line Moving exceeded expectations. They were friendly, fast, efficient, and careful! I would never hesitate to rehire or recommend them to anyone. Very glad I chose Goal Line to help me with my move.
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
Wendy U.
They were very responsive. Showed up, and moved quickly and efficiently. They never complained.
Minutemen HaulersMinutemen Haulers
Kathleen C.
Very professional! The movers were ready to go and well equipped to handle the job.
Jared H.
The Move Crew helped us move into our first home from a third floor apartment in May 2016. We've used other movers that were slower and unprofessional by comparison, and were impressed with how smooth and easily everything went. They used large boxes on a dolly to make moving out of the third floor easy and to limit elevator trips. Once they arrived at the new house, they were great at getting unloaded quickly. It sounded like they were just getting started when we used their service, so hopefully they're doing well. Would definitely use again.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Jessica S.
These guys are AMAZING! This was my first time hiring a moving company, and they went above and beyond my expectations. Very professional, they know what they’re doing. I highly recommend them to anybody, and will use them again with my next move.
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Chantel Z.
Great experience moving our piano. Professional, kind and helpful! Would definitely hire again.
Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.Holleman Hauling & Moving LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly and efficient movers I've ever experienced. Will definitely hire again! Thank you guys!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly and helpful staff. Willing to accommodate my request for an unusual move time. On time and super efficient!
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Shaniqua B.
My move was done in 2 hours when I expected it to take a lot longer & the crew was very nice!!
Prino Group MoversPrino Group Movers
Jami K.
The move went quickly, the three men that did the move were respectful to me however, when I was not close by I could hear them being very loud in the condo building hallway. A few items were damaged but nothing to get crazy about, just some wear and tear looking type stuff.
Julie K.
The guys were great! They worked hard during a very hot and humid day, and they were careful and moving my belongings.
Olena Z.
The guys were amazing! Arrived on time, moved everything (one bedroom) during one hour. Well done! I would definitely recommend!
Made Easy MoversMade Easy Movers
Julie B.
Taylor was very responsive and easy to work with. He did a great job moving our treadmill and I will definitely utilize his services again!
Magnolia ServicesMagnolia Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was really satisfied with their job. I had 3 people on time and had perfectly handled the entire move. Movers had everything handled with atmost care and shown their professionalism in doing their job. They were really loving their job and performing the things. I would really refer them for others. All the 3 of them are really supportive. Great Job Team. Keep it up..!!!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
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