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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 Webster Groves movers
Vicki D.
The movers showed up as scheduled and we're very friendly throughout the entire move. Best movers to date!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Marc C.
No complaints whatsoever. Movers arrived early and moved everything quickly and with care. Will definitely hire again for future moves.
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were punctual, friendly, and came prepared for the move.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Cathy M.
The move went smoothly and the movers were very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone I knew who was moving.
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Dee B.
A fast and efficient crew. When moving you always worry about damage, but this move we had none. They moved things as if they were their own.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Chavelle P.
Movers did not come prepared to move items that were specified ahead of time.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Creighton C.
Small Movers SAVED our aching backs. My husband and I swore we would do this move on our own.... But after 3 days of moving boxes, we gave in and contacted Small Movers to see if they had any last minute availability. They responded within an hour and were able to help us move all of our heavy furniture the next day. The movers were polite and professional and right on time. Our stuff made it to our new house in perfect condition, and very quickly. I highly recommend using these local movers for your next move!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were friendly, fast, and professional. Highly recommend to anyone needing movers.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Thumbtack Customer
It was so easy to set up a time for our move and Cartan arrived bright and early at 7am and right on time which I really appreciated so we could get a jump start on our move. Cartan and his teammate moved 3 couches, chair/ottoman, coffee table and a kitchen table. This was a short move because we were only moving down the hall, but everything was moved with care and everything was done at a great pace! I would recommend Cartan for any future moves.
Your Furniture Assembly & MoreYour Furniture Assembly & More
Lauren M.
Once contact was made, the move went very well. The movers were polite and efficient.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Cecil N.
Will use EasyMoving anytime I move and will tell other people about them! Movers came right on time, were quick, careful and very professional during the move.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Jill D.
We had an elliptical moved, it was very heavy and awkward. The movers were hard working.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Alice M.
Cartan did an amazing job! I couldn't have asked for a better mover. Don't be fooled by the small moving truck. They are very strategic in how they pack the moving truck and gentle with all of our belongings. I would recommend using Cartan for any moves.
Your Furniture Assembly & MoreYour Furniture Assembly & More
Tom A.
Eric and his crew did a great job with the move. They were on time, worked efficiently, and completed the move within budget. I would recommend Eric for moving in St. Louis
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Tymothy W.
Full Service Moving got our move done fast and safe. Extremely happy with the results.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Dawn S.
We had a move scheduled for Saturday and the weather was horrible Ryan called asked if we still wanted to proceed with the move or wait until Sunday when the weather would clear. He was amazing to recommend this. Jeremy and Jim came to do our move. The guys were very professional and friendly. And extremely fast too. It’s the first move ever, even including my military moves, that nothing was damaged scratched chipped or blemished. These guys are true professionals. When we move again I am definitely calling to have them move us. Thank you everyone for making our move goes so great and painless and fun.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Jessica w.
They moved a treadmill to our basement that other movers were unable to. They went above and beyond our expectations.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Victor M.
These guys were on time work hard snd were the best movers i have ever dealt with . I would definitely recommend for any moving job . Thanks for relieving a lot of the stress of moving.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Alexandria S.
Great movers! Hard workers and did everything we requested. We would definitely use/recommend these movers.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The Rent A Vet Movers were wonderful guys who took great care with everything they moved for me. I had an old antique dresser that broke apart during the move . . . NOT THEIR FAULT . . . and they immediately told me about it. So I very much appreciated their honesty. The only minor complaint I have is that the moving truck wasn't quite large enough for my three bedroom move.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Amanda Y.
Excellent mover, went above and beyond the call of duty. Moved quickly and took well care of my belongings.
Maggie M.
Small movers were great. They were able to work with us even when it rained on our move day.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Debbie S.
Great move experience. Professional and navigated tough pieces with care. Would recommend them for your next move!
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Mark S.
I had a small intra-house move, and Terry was able to squeeze me into his schedule the same day at a very fair price, and the metal office file cabinet was moved up two flights of stairs with no issues. I'll definitely use Small Movers LLC again when I have future moves.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Sandra H.
Great communication and responsiveness. Fast workers. Kevin and Adam moved an elliptical machine that another moving company refused to move. They also attached a mirror to my dresser for me which was very nice if them. Highly recommend.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
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