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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Durham movers
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was great and very helpful with my move. The movers that came were also very helpful and took great care in moving all my furniture
Dakydes Moving & DeliveryDakydes Moving & Delivery
Andrew S.
No damage and great service on all ends of the move. A professional and trustworthy moving company!
Pick Up Movers LLC Charlotte,NCPick Up Movers LLC Charlotte,NC
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing! They kept a great pace the whole move and were very careful while moving. Literally made my moving day stress free. Thanks again guys!
Rent A Vet MoversRent A Vet Movers
Barbara N.
High Performance Movers provided excellent moving service. Matthew the owner was very responsive and took very good care of my furniture. After my original movers never showed up I had to book a last minute appointment for the morning of 5/19 with Matthew and he was able to accommodate with less than 24hrs notice. High Performance Movers took very good care of my furniture. It was raining during the move but they ensure my furniture stayed dry and were careful to keep my carpet clean while moving in my furniture. Their patience, friendly attitude, professionalism, and customer service is one of a kind. I would recommend them as movers for any type of move as their price and quality make them top notch movers. I would definitely use them for my future moves. Barbara
High Proformance MoversHigh Proformance Movers
Doris M.
First experience hiring movers, priceless. High Proformance Movers was punctual, called when he was 20 minutes away, was very careful with my furniture, professionalism absolutely amazing. If your looking for stress free, inexpensive movers High Proformance Movers is the company for you.
High Proformance MoversHigh Proformance Movers
Chandler R.
We had a great experience with Elephant Movers! They were very responsive and communicative during the planning process and completed a multi-stop move on short notice. I definitely recommend Elephant Movers
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The staff were on-time, courteous, efficient, and very professional. My husband and I throughly enjoyed the move into our first home because of Joyful Movers. We moved from an apartment to a house with freshly painted, light colored walls. I was delighted to have Joyful Movers move large dressers and beds without leaving a single mark on the walls or fixtures. I could not have had a better company. I highly recommend this company for your moving needs.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Bharath R.
Great movers!
Infinite Moving Solutions LLCInfinite Moving Solutions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Piano move
Dakydes Moving & DeliveryDakydes Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
The movers worked very hard and were able to finish my move under 3 hours. It was a little bit hard to get in touch with them prior to the move and the movers showed up about 40 minutes late to start, but they gave me a discount to make it right, which I appreciated.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The guys helped us out moving a one bedroom apartment. Very prompt in responding to communications leading up to the move- within minutes on Thumbtack. They were fantastic, hardworking, and polite finishing up in 3 hours, as promised. They provided most cost effective estimate for the move, and the final cost was just as they estimated. I would heartily recommend Apartment Movers Plus, if you are considering a move in the Triangle area.
Apartment Movers PlusApartment Movers Plus
Betty Z.
Purchased some furniture that was too large to carry home, Dogwood moving was amazing they arrived early to get the furniture and did everything extremely professionally to move in the furniture, will be contacting them again for any moving needs!
Dogwood Moving Co.Dogwood Moving Co.
Julia W.
We loved having Romero Movers help us move across town. They are definitely professionals and knew how to move some really heavy items through narrow hallways and tight curves. It was not an easy move but Ismael and his partner handled it expertly. I would definitely hire them again.
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Virgilla G.
I am extremely pleased with the moving experience provided by Faith and Glory Movers. This was a last minute move in the pouring rain, and the gentlemen arrived on time, took their time to make sure items were not damaged, and even moved a few more items than I had expected to move. I am deeply appreciative of the service that was provided. I highly recommend this business and will certainly patronize them again if the opportunity arises.
Faith and Glory MoversFaith and Glory Movers
Erica B.
Bull City movers did an excellent job with my move. They moved me from my 3rd floor apartment into a new townhome. The worked quickly and tirelessly with no conplaints. They were friendly, cordial, and took excellent care of my furniture including my piano. Highly recommend for your moving needs in the Triangle Area.
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Mark R.
The movers did a great job. I had another moving company scheduled to move me but they backed out just before the scheduled date, so I looked for options on Thumbtack. Elephant Movers responded almost instantly and fit me in despite only a two day notice. Very good communication and quality of service. Thanks!
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Donna A.
Movers we're efficient
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Julia S.
Great service. We hired Branch Out for a local move in Durham, and James and Walter did a great job. They moved quickly to finish our move in under 4 hours, and made the day easy for us. Highly recommend.
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thomika S.
Excellent service. My move was very efficient and quick. I would definitely use them for any future moving services.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Barry M.
I had the best moving experience with Romero Movers! They arrived on time and immediately went to work. They were fast, efficient, and very careful in moving my things. Mr. Romero and his colleague were very courteous and respectful. His price is very fair and reasonable and the quality of his work is excellent! I highly recommend Romero Movers!
Romero MoversRomero Movers
William H.
Faith and Glory movers were great! I was able to schedule them short notice to help me move some heavy appliances and they were available and got the job done quickly with outstanding quality. Will hire again on my next move!
Faith and Glory MoversFaith and Glory Movers
Keith J.
Provide their movers with the proper equipment and training. Properly outfit moving trucks and do a better ob of estimating the size of truck that would be required.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Jennifer Z.
Box and Bolly are amazing! They did a great job helping me move. I highly recommend them if you need moving service!
Box and DollyBox and Dolly
Yah Z.
Bull City Movers did an excellent job with my move!! It was a last minute request that I desperately needed to be completed on the day agreed upon. They stayed in communication, showed up as planned and completed my move in record time! I have alot of fragile items , tvs, mirrors, peloton, etc and none were damaged. Thank you Bull City Movers!!!
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Michele M.
This is by far the best moving company I have worked with, and they made a difficult move as painless as possible. There were external circumstances that delayed the completion of the move, but Amid and his team were gracious and accommodating despite the extra trouble, and quickly made arrangements to finish the job the next day. Everyone was efficient, hard working, and friendly. I highly recommend working with Elephant Movers!
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
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