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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 Apex movers
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent movers, very helpful and were extra cautious in moving the delicate furnitures.
Movers Not ShakersMovers Not Shakers
Praveen J.
Arrived on time. Packed all items carefully and moving was professional. Matt and Kevin did a great job in moving. Will recommend and hire them for future moves or any projects.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Andrew S.
Good crew but the person who booked the move forgot about the 2nd truck that was needed for the move
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Shawn T.
I hired Your Budget Movers to move a hot tub from my garage to my deck. The team of movers arrived on time, were very professional, and moved the heavy tub without any damage to the tub or my house. I would definitely use them again if the need arises.
Your Budget MoversYour Budget Movers
Karissa E.
A&M Friendly Movers helped my family and my parents with a dual move. They arrived on time, carefully wrapped our furniture items and stacked the moving truck with efficiency and care. We couldn't ask for a better experience!
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Mike H.
Obed and Kevin were great. They were on time and worked hard through the move. The rep at Bellhop Jack was super helpful the day of the move as well. Highly recommend using bellhop...I will use them for my next move!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Anoop H.
I had a very heavy treadmill that I wanted to move from first to second floor. Acorn movers took care of it with ease. They were professional and punctual. Really recommend them for any type of heavy lifting and/or moving work.
Acorn Moving and DeliveryAcorn Moving and Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were on time, professional, friendly and hardworking. They efficiently moved my furniture to two separate locations. Would use them again.
A1 Pack Load and MovingA1 Pack Load and Moving
David C.
Great move! Very efficient!
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Thumbtack Customer
On time, courteous, hard working movers. They definitely went the extra mile to make a stressful moving day go smoothly. I highly recommend.
Rent A Vet MoversRent A Vet Movers
Grace O.
Worked with Amid and Stacy over the weekend for an out-of-state move. They arrived at the storage facility ahead of schedule, and called me every step of the way. All items and furniture were moved successfully into the new home. Thank you Elephant Movers for a job well done!
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Jeffrey W.
Bill City was great! They showed up early and ready to get to work. They made sure that they handled our items with care and moved my items efficiently. I would recommend them to anyone I know that need movers! Thank you Bill City Movers!
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Thumbtack Customer
Honestly, the best company I've ever used and I've moved 5 times in 5 years. We have had some horror stories. How refreshing! Thank you so much Joyful Movers! I will definitely be calling when I move again!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Joyful Movers was wonderful. They were running a little behind in schedule , and were considerate enough to give me a courtesy call . They arrived , confirmed with me on furnishings to be moved, and immediately started loading up the moving truck . There were three very hard working , very capable , very strong young men who seemed to maintain an upbeat attitude through out the entire process , and were all very professional . My husband and I would defenately hire this moving company again , and , would recommend to anyone looking for a trust worthy moving service . Thanks again to Joyful Movers ! Kathy L. Ross .
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Amy K.
Elliot and Co was a saving grace. I've been begging for help to move with no luck. Other movers were booked up for weeks and I had a time limit to be out. It wasn't a huge move but they loaded, hauled and unloaded in 2 hours. He was quick to respond to messages and on time on moving day. Very friendly and professional. What a relief from all the stress I've been under! Thanks guys!
Elliott and co MovingElliott and co Moving
Tonika B.
Romero Movers did a great job. I didnt have much stuff to move but they treated all of my things with care. Most movers usually break or bang your items but they were very strategic on loading my items in the truck and taking them out to the third floor. They actually were quick and efficient. I would definitely recommend them and hire them each time i move!
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Thumbtack Customer
If I could I would give Bull City Movers 10 stars. They showed up on time and were very friendly. I've never seen guys work so hard and non stop! They arrived at 8am and our job was not finished until after 9 pm. It took two full truckloads to move us and the move was 20 minutes away. I have had movers such as mayflower and united move us in the past and they could not hold a candle to how hard working and professional these guys were. They made a stressful day go by fast and with ease. Juan even went the extra mile and even though I was charged for 3 men he had 4 working most of the day. If you want honest,hard working professionals for your next move go with Bull City Movers. Kim Henson
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Paul D.
The move was great! Very efficient and friendly crew.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Mandy A.
Team Brunson was outstanding!! We had a wonderful experience with them! They came prepared and have knowledge about how to move things so your belongings are protected. Moving is so stressful and Team Brunson really helped us not only move our things, but brought such a calm, kind demeanor to an otherwise stressful environment. That for me is incredibly valuable!! I would HIGHLY recommend them if you need any help moving, or someone to remove trash!!
Team Brunson Enterprises, LLCTeam Brunson Enterprises, LLC
Roberta D.
Super nice guys. Not professional movers. Just muscle.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Sara W.
They did an awesome job with my recent move. They showed up right on time and were very efficient and careful in moving our furniture. They also brought their own supplies to wrap the furniture with plastic and/or moving blankets. Rafael was very responsive anytime I had a question. Very easy to work with and I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
S.E triangle movingS.E triangle moving
Kai Z.
Juan did great of moving my piano. It was quick and easy.
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
This moving company exceeded my expectations both in cost and overall value. I am going through a very deep transformation in my life, and the thought of having to move to a new place was both unexpected and refreshing. An opportunity for a new beginning but closure to a life that once existed. This was a very last-minute move and Elephant Movers remained strong and focused during the rush of packing several rooms and moving heavy furniture to a new place. When they arrived at my new address they did not just dump my things and leave but they helped arrange the furniture, put my desk together, and made sure that I was happy with how everything looked. This team was a lifesaver and I will recommend and use them again and again. This team was my Security Movers. I had no fear they would execute this project with preciseness and clarity.
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Erika H.
Get it Done movers did a fantastic job moving our baby grand piano. After another company failed to show up, they stepped in and did a fabulous job. I would hire them again!
Get it done piano moversGet it done piano movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did an excellent job with everything. Nothing was damaged, no dings in the wall, nothing negative. Very positive experience. I would highly recommend them for your move and surely use them again if needed.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
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