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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Columbia movers
Bailey P.
very nice, helpful and moved my stuff fairly quickly. Will absolutely be hiring again for future moves.
Xtra Mile Movers LLCXtra Mile Movers LLC
Andres F.
Thank you Xtra Mile Movers. They answered my request short notice and sent a mover on time. Mover worked well with my employee. Thanks again team. I will hire you in the future. Thank you
Xtra Mile Movers LLCXtra Mile Movers LLC
Erika D.
I had been communicating with Ryan and confirmed an 8:00 am time of move on a Sunday. It was 8:15 day of move and panic set in when I was getting no response from him. Shortly after , Jeremy contacted me and said him and Maurice would be arriving to the house at 8:45 ( which they did) They were both nice, professional and moved everything in the time estimated by Ryan. Other than the little panic moment thinking they were a no show, it was a smooth move.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Kelechi N.
Beforehand, Clutch Movez were very prompt to my questions about the move. They were also very understandable when I decided to switch the times. Then the day of, the movers arrived early and were very professional and polite. The guys moved swiftly yet efficiently. Overall I have no complaints and would hire them again.
Clutch Movez LLCClutch Movez LLC
Terri C.
Amazing moving company! Long distance moving can be a headache but Ryan made the transition to Missouri to Virginia so easy. Great communication, very efficient and they took great care of my things.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Nic C.
The team was absolutely amazing. Thanks for making the moving process less stressful for us.
Xtra Mile Movers LLCXtra Mile Movers LLC
Carisa S.
Was really pleased with their service. They responded quickly and clearly to my initial inquiry, and during the move they were efficient and got everything to the new place easily (including 20-30 or so boxes of books, as well as a bedframe that had to be taken apart and reassembled). Don't plan to move again any time soon, but if I do I'll use them.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Elizabeth J.
Mike and his team are absolutely fantastic! They're responsive, efficient, and friendly. They made my long distance move way less stressful and I highly recommend them.
Point Blank MovingPoint Blank Moving
LaDonna M.
Tony and Larry did a great job moving me from Missouri to Texas! Tony was always quick to respond to questions or concerns. Communication was awesome. They were very respectful and professional! I highly recommend!
Haul Pros LLCHaul Pros LLC
Renae W.
They never showed up. They were supposed to be at my home by 9. I had texted with Ryan numerous times. I was told the workers didn’t show up to work that day. He was out of town in the mountains. Called multiple times and the voiceMail was full. By 1130 I was told there was a second team that was finishing up and would be over. They never showed up. Our realtor was able to find us someone to help move us. Never again will I not go with a trusted moving company. Be warned.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Annette S.
Tim moved two pieces of antique furniture from Columbia to Liberty with just one day's notice. He has a strong work ethic and a strong back, excellent communication skills and a positive attitude. You should hire this guy!
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Wendy S.
My mother had a stroke and heart attack and could no longer live at her townhouse. Jaquan was responsive, patient and within 3 hours had all the furniture and heavy boxes moved as we had agreed upon. Thanks for going the Xtra Mile Jaquan and crew
Xtra Mile Movers LLCXtra Mile Movers LLC
Patrick P.
The 3 guys moved all the large items from our 4 bedroom house in 2 trips and did so in 7 hours. They took care to wrap fragile items, and did an excellent job of not banging into the walls while going up and down stairs. Couldn't be happier!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Porchia J.
The team was EXTREMELY professional. They were super careful with my things,very communicative, respectful as ever. They were on-time and patient with me coming from another state. The small talk was just enough, did not get in the way of the task at hand. And the two guys that were together made A GREAT TEAM. I didn’t know anything about this company at all and will definitely use them for any other moving purposes or service they provide. Not to sound cliche, but such a Great treasure here in Columbia,MO!
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