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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 Raytown movers
Erin K.
Moving Kings did a phenomenal job accommodating my move. The movers were courteous and respectful, both to myself and my belongings. I highly recommend them for your next move!!
Moving KingsMoving Kings
DJ W.
This is the moving company for you! They provided all of my moving needs and was able to move my things ahead of schedule. Great service!
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Lee S.
The dude's moving to the next one job getting everything moved quickly and professionally. I highly recommend them for your next move.
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Sandy W.
They moved about half of the items and many items they were supposed to move, they didn't
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Rent A Vet Movers were absolutely amazing!!! I've lived in apartments most of my adult life and have moved several times. I have used numerous movers and Rent A Vet, by far, was without a doubt the BEST movers I've ever worked with!! They moved items from an apartment to a storage unit and they were awesome! They were respectful, quick and pleasant. I will be needing a mover in February to move my new spouse and me closer to our jobs and they will be the only movers we choose! I just can't say enough about these guys! They were fantastic!!
Rent a Vet Movers of Kansas CityRent a Vet Movers of Kansas City
Colin C.
Had a great move w/ Moving Kings. I'm in a short term situation and will definitely be using their services for my next move in the next 6-12 months. The movers were MACHINES and moved way faster than I expected. They were friendly and clearly enjoy their work. I would recommend this company enthusiastically and without reservation.
Moving KingsMoving Kings
Mack V.
I used Grade A Moving for my July 8th move from south KCMO to Lenexa. Daimon and Seth were who showed up to help move my husband and I. They were professional, kind and courteous. I have used a lot of movers over the years and can say I’ll being using Grade A Moving again in the future. Always remember to tip your movers beyond well, they truly deserve it.
Grade A Moving Co.Grade A Moving Co.
Cynthia A.
Easy move.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Judith K.
I was pleased with the entire move. The guys were friendly and they knew exactly what they needed to do to move a piano.
iMove KC LLCiMove KC LLC
Nicole P.
I would highly recommend this company! The three movers worked very quickly, were friendly, and took good care of the things they moved. It was easy to book my move and I always received quick responses!
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Jonathan S.
I had to arrange a move on short notice, while out of state. Point Blank Moving was quick to respond to the quote and walk through the booking options. During the move, Mike and his team adjusted to a few surprises we had, even bringing in an extra truck to minimize move time (i.e., keeping costs down.) I can't thank Point Blank Moving enough for making a stressful situation easier.
Point Blank MovingPoint Blank Moving
Kristy T.
We haven't moved yet but getting the move set up with them was easy. Ashley was very acommodating and very nice.
Friends Moving and DeliveryFriends Moving and Delivery
Miguel C.
We moved from Kansas City to Independence last weekend with the help of Moving Kings. This was my first move using a professional moving company. I didn't know what to expect but at the end I was totally blown away by how fast and careful they could move my furniture. The move took under 3 hours total and I assumed it would be all day job. They had tools and gadgetson the truck that made moving different pieces easy. I was impressed with the care as well. All the blankets and shrink wrap they used to protect my sentimental pieces (grandfather clock and china cabinet) put me at ease. Jesse and his guys made this move so great I looked like a hero in front of my wife. The price ended up being way less than we anticipated. I will recommend these guys to anyone I hear of that needs movers, or anyone that asks me to help me move them.
Moving KingsMoving Kings
Cathy B.
These guys are amazing! They moved our furniture quickly and professionally. I would recommend them to anyone who has to move things the care about. Best movers we have ever used... and my request was last minute.
Junk Gotta GoGoJunk Gotta GoGo
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were timely, friendly and professional. My furniture was protected. I would and will highly recommend them to anyone needing movers.
Rent a Vet Movers of Kansas CityRent a Vet Movers of Kansas City
Laylah M.
I wish there was a way to fully thank my movers more they did a fantastic job and their caring attitude made the move easier
Point Blank MovingPoint Blank Moving
Sherri B.
Grade A Moving Company did a wonderful job. The movers were very professional and took great care to protect my belongings. They showed up on time and were quick and efficient. I will definitely choose them again for future moves.
Grade A Moving Co.Grade A Moving Co.
Chris C.
An awesome crew at an affordable price. Couldn’t have asked for a better, and faster move. If we move again, we will definitely be going with these guys.
Haul Pros LLCHaul Pros LLC
Wilton O.
Highly recommend for piano moving!
Timothy Magill -The Shrub Removal GuyTimothy Magill -The Shrub Removal Guy
Macie Jo S.
My move was faster and less expensive than I thought it would be. I would definitely hire them again for a future move.
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with the job. The movers were on time, responded to questions I had, moved my stuff quickly and safely. Would recommend.
Rent a Vet Movers of Kansas CityRent a Vet Movers of Kansas City
Andrew W.
Great company, great movers.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Sheila S.
No call or no show on day of move
Friends Moving and DeliveryFriends Moving and Delivery
Marilyn H.
Great experience. The 2 guys moving my chair were very nice and professional. I would highly recommend Harold’s Hauling and Moving.
Harold's Hauling & Moving Co.Harold's Hauling & Moving Co.
Lauren G.
Moved all furniture out of my apartment and into a storage unit in 1 hour for a VERY reasonable price! They were so helpful, quick and friendly. By far the easiest move I’ve had, I will 100% use them again to move into my house in October!!
The Dudes Moving Co.The Dudes Moving Co.
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