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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 Cary movers
Thumbtack Customer
We had a small move, just a couch and loveseat and only needed to move 10 minutes away. The owner plus 2 movers arrived and we had no problems. Went very smooth and the price was right. Thank you Willis Moving.
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
James A.
Dogwood moving are great movers. The price is good but their work is better. They are punctual, smart and efficient movers. They treat you like they would want to be treated. I highly recommend their work.
Dogwood Moving Co.Dogwood Moving Co.
Faizan C.
Had a quick and efficient move in experience with Branch Out. Highly recommend for anyone looking for movers
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic movers for general moving, but seemed to be figuring out pianos on the fly. Great professionalism and punctuality.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Morgan R.
Your Budget Movers helped make our move smooth and seamless. Jairus and James were awesome!
Your Budget MoversYour Budget Movers
Thumbtack Customer
After searching for a mover, I decided to go with Joyful Movers. So glad I did! They did an outstanding job! They were on time, very careful with my belongings and truly cared about making the move as smooth as possible. They were very polite and answered all of my questions. Their service was outstanding and if I ever move again I will be sure to use Joyful Movers again! Thanks again!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Michael R.
Great movers. Having moved many times over the years, I will say that these guys were some of the best movers I've used. Great work, professional, fast, and efficient. Would definitely recommend them.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Nelson and the entire BCMP team are the most professional and courtesy movers I've ever hired....(I've moved 9 times in the past 8 years for work). I highly recommend BCMP for your moving needs.
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Kristi S.
Bull City movers did an excellent job with my recent move. They were very professional , friendly and took great care of my items. They were challenged with a top floor move but they didn’t let that slow them down. I would highly recommend you book BCM for your next move !
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Muthuraman K.
They were on time and fast. Completed the move under 3 hours for a move involving 2 bedrooms to a single family home.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Quick and low stress move. All my furniture was handled with care. Overall happy with how the move went. No complaints.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Julie V.
Our movers were Kiante, Harrison and Logan. They did a superb job! We moved into a 3 story town home with tight corners and we expected some scratches on the wall. But, they were very careful and moved us in quicker than estimated. I would highly recommend these gentlemen to anyone needing movers in the area.
Dogwood Moving Co.Dogwood Moving Co.
Eva H.
"Anything is possible" was a statement made throughout our move by Jerry's crew. We had some challenging items to move out of our old house and into our new one but the crew did so with an excellent attitude and professionalism. They loaded and unloaded our belongings without taking a break. Our move was 150 miles away from Cary and they drove there directly so the move was completed quickly. The price for the move was extremely fair and less expensive than others we got quotes for. I highly recommend Jerry's Moving Company. THANKS!
Jerry's  MovingJerry's Moving
Amber S.
We hired High Performance movers yesterday for a move from the first floor to the third floor of our apartment complex and they did a great job! Before the move, they were very easy to communicate with as well as very friendly! During the move, they were very careful with all of our furniture and did a great job. Would recommend!
High Proformance MoversHigh Proformance Movers
Thumbtack Customer
We were very pleased with the crew that arrived to move us last Saturday. They were smart, strong, and professional in every way. The move went very well and we have already recommended to them friends that are moving shortly.
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Chancelor F.
I had a great experience with Romero Movers. They were there right on time took care in packing and loading the truck. Efficiently moved my things into unit. Would definitely recommend and I will be using them in the future for my moves.
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Teja B.
They were the best. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I had bad experience from almost all of my previous moves. So my expectations weren’t very high to begin with. But Bull City Movers reset my expectations. I called them up 2 days before the move and explained everything about the move. Sent them pictures of all the items to be moved and told them I wanted a flat rate and not hourly since the previous moving company dilly dallied deliberately delay the move. Bull City obliged and gave me the flat rate. The move took longer than expected but they never complained. They had to come back few days later to place the refrigerator in the kitchen as they had to leave the first day and they did as promised. They were extremely professional and went above and beyond to complete the move. Thank you so much.
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
James D.
Movers were very efficient loading up the truck, unloading at the storage unit with its slow elevator, and unloading at the house. Everything was carefully and professionally moved with no damage. I'm definitely keeping their name in mind for when I next move!
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Walter and his co-worker were fantastic. Very polite, professional and moved very fast despite being paid at an hourly rate for our move. If needed, we will not hesitate to hire them again for any of our moving needs.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Would highly recommend using Dakydes Moving & Delivery for your moving needs. Mike and the team at Dakydes Moving & Delivery were experts and incredibly professional. Even with a slight hiccup with timing, they were able to turn it around and get our move done in no time! Excellent communication from Mike as well - was a pleasure working/meeting him and the team.
Dakydes Moving & DeliveryDakydes Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did an outstanding job moving everything we asked. The men were very pleasant and helpful. Would definitely use again.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing team of Movers! Donald, Mike and Don were hands down the best Movers I have ever had. Joy was super helpful and attentive and answered all of my questions. Made life easy! Happiest move ever! Thanks yall!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
By far the quickest movers I've ever hired. Friendly, professional, on-time, and efficient. Hired them last minute for a move the same day and they were more than willing to help. Moved a 1 bedroom apartment in an hour. Everything was packed and arrived in great condition and without complaint. Will be recommending them to anyone I know who has a move coming up.
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
Matt P.
Movers were well organized and efficient. All items were moved without any issues and all team members well helpful and courteous.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Sadia B.
I was truly happy with the service Jesse and his team provided during our move. I had A LOT of heavy furniture items that were fragile and most of my furniture was mirrored/glass. Jesse and his team took the time to make sure everything was wrapped and nothing got damaged in the process of the move. Thankfully, absolutely nothing was damaged during the move. I was truly happy with the whole process. One thing that I would like to suggest to future movers is to ask as many questions as they can regarding how much time it would take for their move and try and list everything that's in their inventory so they can get a better understanding of the time. I had my furniture disassembled and assembled and that took time. The move took more time than I had expected and that too was because of my poor planning ahead of the move, but overall, I was very pleased with the move and would recommend Jesse and hire him again for any future moves.
Jesse’s Junk RemovalJesse’s Junk Removal
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