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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 South Saint Paul movers
Jesse V.
Friendly and professionals. They asked questions when needed and did efficient work - Very respectful for your belongings. I’d hire them again and encourage anyone looking to hire movers go with First Priority Movers.
First Priority MoversFirst Priority Movers
Katie K.
They are the best! No but really ! I was having the most stressful day and honestly they were a breath of fresh air. Not only were they professional and attentive. They were such guys. If only I moved more often 👌
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Judith V.
Ato and his friend were punctual in responding to my inquiry, and in showing up at the designated time. They took great care in wrapping my dining room table to be moved to another location. Very nice young men. I would highly recommend their service! Good value! Judith S. St. Paul
Endless SolutionsEndless Solutions
Claire G.
Noble Movers left a gouge all the way across my dining room wood floor. They also left a scratch all the way across a painted floor in a basement bathroom. I have found so much damage on my furniture after the move that it must have been due to negligence. The Company that I unloaded my truck was astounded by how poorly it had been packed. The wheels on my grill were bent all the way under and the door had been broken off and tossed in a different spot in the truck. At least five pieces of wood furniture including antiques from our grandparents have been damaged. Some of them appear to have been dragged across the floor. I observed one worker swinging a ladder around banging into furniture and walls completely carelessly. Upon arrival to my house, they saw my piano and said it would be an extra $200, even though I had told them about the piano in my Thumbtack quote request. I negotiated this down to $150, and then they did give me a $300 cash discount for the damages wood floor. But it was a very annoying negotiation process in which they tried to argue that they hadn’t done the damage, even though my husband had seen a worker dragging a headboard across the floor. It was also annoying because I didn’t want a cash discount, I wanted to fill out a claim form for their insurance company to handle. They said they would just have to pay out of pocket and they wanted to take care of it then and there. I get the sense that they don’t really have insurance like other companies. They didn’t have me sign any forms whatsoever and I did not get a receipt. They insisted we pay either in cash or by a cash-like app. They only used Venmo if we agreed not to check the box that says “Turn on for purchases.” We offered to pay the extra fee this would cause them (about $10), but they still refused. It appears to bs an entirely under the table transaction. The movers were strong, worked quickly, and had a good rate, but all of the damage to my floors and furniture has really canceled out all of those good things. I do not recommend them at all.
Prino Group MoversPrino Group Movers
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