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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 Lakeville movers
Thumbtack Customer
The move took longer than it should have. They had only one experienced mover on the crew and they broke my desk. It has been over 3 weeks and they still have not resolved that issue.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Thumbtack Customer
Premium Moving was great. They got my job done fast!
Premium Moving ServicesPremium Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt and courteous, the guys moved a very heavy stacked washer/dryer from my second floor to my garage quickly and without any issues. Will definitely call them for any future moving needs.
Premium Moving ServicesPremium Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron did a great job with moving my furniture for a recent home staging project. He was prompt, efficient and moved my furniture and belongings with care and ease. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again!
i ❤️ Movingi ❤️ Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The Move Crew staff hustled to get the moving job finished as quickly as possible. My only issue was that they had touted that they would be less expensive than some of the bigger moving companies but ended up costing around the same because they bill you from the moment they leave their office. For someone like me in the South Metro this meant you are paying for an hour round trip for their commute.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Brianna K.
I needed help moving a dresser up my stairs as it was too heavy. Ultimate Moving Services replied to my request immediately and was able to help me hours after asking for help. Communication was incredibly fast and appreciated. I would highly recommend.
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
Dan B.
Excellent Service, Very Accommodating with respect to schedule and needs, moved a small office to a temporary storage facility until our new office is completed; work consisted of executive desks, chairs, credenzas, server rack, treadmill, Konica copier multiple TV's and 14' conference table. Ceenergy properly wrapped furnishings to protect during move. Will definitely use them again to move the same furnishings from the storage unit to our new office.
Amy B.
They took apart, moved and reassembled my extremely heavy treadmill in 30 minutes flat! Thanks so much!
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Hannah s.
Good workers-Here on time-worked hard. Thank you for making our moving experience stress-free and easy!
Thumbtack Customer
Movers showed up early, and worked very hard. Took good care of my furniture and communicated well. Thank you!
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Joan P.
These guys are very helpful and polite. They were able to move my appointment earlier which was very much appreciated. I will definitely hire them again💪💪
The Junk JocksThe Junk Jocks
Kim K.
Arrived on time, worked efficiently in allotted time quoted and moved furniture items to a storage unit for me. Very pleased with their work, will use again! Thank you for a great experience!
Bri S.
My communications with Snowden HS was fast and easy. They don’t nickel and dime you for mileage. My husband said they were wonderful. It took them 10 minutes to move a treadmill one level. Since we paid for the first hour, they offered to move more stuff if we needed the help…which was really nice. If I was going to critique anything, maybe they could have brought straps?? Something to make the lifting of that monstrous thing easier?? Overall, we would recommend them and use them again!!!
MN Holiday and Landscape LightingMN Holiday and Landscape Lighting
Julie L.
The moving team was was fantastic! They were responsive & efficient. Was disappointed when I was charged for 2 hours work both times I used the service when the actual time for the each visit was no more than 90 minutes.
Nikki A.
Showed up on time, worked hard in the heat, and did a great job on moving my treadmill. It was a bit complicated so it took longer than expected but everything turned out perfectly. Would use them again!
Premium Moving ServicesPremium Moving Services
Susan W.
Awesome job! They were here on time and super nice! Were careful with moving furniture and got the job done in a timely manner. I would definitely use again & highly recommend to anyone to use them. Thank you for a great job!!!
Knockout Movers LLCKnockout Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
These guys hit the ground running (literally), were fast, friendly and did an excellent job with our move into a house. They worked hard and fast. Arrived early but called to let us know, asked if everything was to our satisfaction prior to leaving. Highly recommend.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Mark H.
I badly wanted this to be a 5-star review. I'm moving two more times in the next 12 months and was hoping to hire someone I would be happy to use again. But that's not happening. This being the first time I've ever hired a professional moving service, I worked hard to ensure I understood all the details upfront. Whoever I was messaging on Thumbtack was very fast to respond, so that's positive. Before I hired them, I should have gone with my gut. First, there was an unexplained increase in hourly rate. Their profile says $90/hr, but I was quoted $120 with a truck or $100 without. Okay, whatever. Maybe it's because I booked a few days ahead of our moving day, who knows? They wouldn't answer my question when I asked why. Also, though my job clearly stated it was a 5 bedroom house move and there was a piano involved (selected up front), that was an extra charge when inquired to be sure it was included. Again, not the end of the world, but a little annoying for a company whose main claim is "no extra or hidden charges". Once I decided to use this company, I asked for a 12:00noon start. That would give me time to rent the truck, disassemble all furniture and box our final items. They asked if they could come at 1:00pm instead as that would be better for them. I said, "As long as I can depend on your word to be there no later than that, I'm good with it." They responded, "Yes". I respond, "okay, I want to give you 5 stars when this is done". Enter moving day... truck is rented, all furniture in every bedroom is disassembled, ready for the pros to wrap and pack. At 1:00pm, I'm waiting at the door, nothing. I text the number I was given, no response. At 1:05 I call. Someone answers and says they are 30 minutes away. 1:35 comes and goes, I call, phone goes straight to voice-mail. I text, no response. I send via Thumbtack where their profile says "online now". Nothing. At 2:00, I'm convinced I've been duped. I change plans to try and prioritize what must leave today, assuming nobody will show. At 2:07, two movers show. At 6:30, the 26' truck is still not full. In desperation, I finally pay them for 4.5 hours and ask them to leave and we'll unload it ourselves. I learned a lesson, and I hope this helps someone not make my same mistake. What a nightmare. Two stars... one for initial responsiveness, and the second for the nice young men who were sent to help us. Unfortunately I'll be finding other resource for my next two moves.
Christine M.
We needed help loading a moving truck with less than a 24 hour notice. The crew was professional, efficient and so very kind. There were no hidden fees or wasting of time. I wish I could bring them with me to Montana to help unload. Will recommend this company to everybody that needs help in their area.
Ultimate moving services LLCUltimate moving services LLC
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