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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 Maryland Heights movers
Thumbtack Customer
All of the staff at Rent A Vet Movers were courteous and professional. Moving is a stressful time and everyone from the scheduler, owner and movers were great to deal with. Will definitely use Rent A Vet Movers if needed for future moves!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from 3 bedroom townhome to 4 bedroom house. Three levels, basement, main, and upper with bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The movers were very efficient when they loaded the truck and quick. They were polite and pleasant. The movers maintained an incredible pace while lifting very heavy objects. It was impressive how much they could lift individually and rarely did they use 2 movers to move one item.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Andrew L.
My other mover cancelled on me (the day of the move), and All-star came through within an hours notice, in the pouring rain. Thanks again!
All-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLCAll-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Two guys showed up to help move stuff out of my storage unit to a moving truck. They worked hard and didn't slack off to run up the time. A few things did break moving stuff from the unit to the truck, but the damages were able to be hidden when I set up at the new place. I guess a few things getting broken on moving day is expected though. All in all, if you want a team of strong dudes to move your stuff, that will work hard, and listen to directions - this is your team. If I need stuff moved in STL, I'll deffintly hire these guys again.
Peace of Mind HaulingPeace of Mind Hauling
George D.
Timely, professional and sensitive to our property. I will use them again for my next move.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
MacKinzie W.
The guys showed up on time and got right to work, and we’re efficient with moving my items. Very professional
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Nagarjun K.
Two men helped me with my move out to another location. I have lot of small boxes and some heavy items. Both worked hard and patiently carried all of household things without any issues. Thanks you very much for the service. I’ll contact you guys again for any moving services in future.
All-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLCAll-Stars Hauling & Delivery, LLC
Brandy H.
This team was amazing. If I could select all items I would. Will be definitely calling them when it's time to move my things out of storage.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
I was very impressed with the service that i received. The movers were friendly and on time. The only hurdle was that their truck was a bit small so they were not able to get all of my items and they did not have enough time to make a second trip. I had to spend more money getting a uhaul to move the extra items myself. Overall i will definitely rent them again and recommend to others. I would specify for a much larger truck next time :)
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Chelsie S.
If I could give zero stars I would. Let me start with the good. The movers were very friendly! The person I was speaking with via thumbtack was also very friend and flexible with the dates. We had two different teams move us as we were using POD services and had separate move dates. The first team showed up with no moving equipment or materials and packed the pod up terribly. They weren’t able to fit all of my items so I had to order another one last minute and pack that myself. Several items were scratched and damaged but I only reached out about the items that had received the most damage or could not be fixed easily. To this day I have not be refunded and I have been hung up on multiple times by Ryan. I was hoping that I could write a review saying they resolved the issue but it just looks like they are going to keep giving me the run around which is so unprofessional. Do not use this company if you have items that can be scratched or damaged.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Cameron and his coworker helped me move some large furniture from one apt to another. They did and awesome job! They were quick, professional, friendly, and worked around my schedule. Great guys!!
Peace of Mind HaulingPeace of Mind Hauling
Danelle H.
Great experience! Although the job before mine ran long, they were quick at giving updates when I reached out. When they got here to start my move they were fast and very efficient. It was a hard job as there were a ton of stairs involved. I would use them again!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Claire B.
I had purchased a large, heavy piece of furniture and couldn't transport it back to my apartment myself. E&J was very professional and responsive to my initial request and follow up questions. They moved the piece quickly, efficiently, and took care to ensure no damage happened throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend using them - great work & great value!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Andrew L.
Chris and his team are scammers. Please AVOID this company so you don't end up like me out $200 for reservations. Afrer they didn't show up, I called the day of the move and was informed the"truck broke down." I then had to cancel, obviously because they didn't show up. Now I am disputing the $200 reservation and Chris refuses to respond via PayPal, text, thumbtack, or calling me back. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY
High Priority Moving, LLCHigh Priority Moving, LLC
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