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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 Gastonia movers
David A.
Trevor’s movers were all friendly, professional, and efficient. 10/10, would move with them again.
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Steve d.
I have moved several times in my life and always have had problems to some degree. This was the best move I’ve ever had! The attention to detail and the professionalism by this company is unparalleled. They were very attentive and friendly and were clearly professional movers.
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Michelle P.
Hornet Moving moved us out of our apartment and into our new home in April. Trey, Chris, and Trey were professional and they were quick to move us from our much hated apartment. They were also kind enough to remove their shoes before walking on our new carpets upstairs. I think it would have helped them to have some blankets or something to walk on though. One item was broken in the process by accident, however, Hornet Moving quickly reimburse us. We're very pleased with the moving experience. This was the easiest move I ever had! Thanks guys!
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Blakeney B.
60/40 Services made my long distance move smooth and effortless. I would highly recommend this company to anyone else looking to move.
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Marla and team were on time, professional, and did a fantastic job with our move. We highly recommend them, and would use them again if we needed anything moved!!
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Jontyce H.
These guys were amazing!! Made our move so much easier. They arrived on time and handled our items with care. I’d definitely recommend them to help you with your move!
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Judy S.
I moved into a new home. The movers damaged the walls and the floors. They also took longer than expected/needed. I had a lot of boxes stacked 4 high. Instead of using hand trucks to move the stack, they moved the boxes one by one. On numerous occasions I saw them on their phones. This is very frustrating when you’re paying $110 per hour. And I wasn’t told about additional charges for moving a front loader washer and dryer when I scheduled the service. I would think that’s pretty standard items but it was classified as extra heavy and I was charged an additional $50.
Get It Home, LLCGet It Home, LLC
Rebecca C.
1st step moving did an excellent job assisting my family with our move. We had multiple date changes and odd circumstances come up in the month leading up to our move, all related to our closing and construction complications, but these guys rolled with us every step of the way. They kept the actual “moving” part stress free. They were always quick to respond back and very professional! I felt very lucky to have found this company!!
1st Step Moving & Delivery1st Step Moving & Delivery
Kristin D.
Great movers. Efficient and timely. Also very reasonably priced.
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Amber B.
I was unable to be home when they showed up but my fiancee was there and said the guys were extremely friendly. Finished the move in around 3 hours. Will definitely be using them again if we ever move again.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Stephanie W.
Excellent experience! Defiantly recommend, will be using again for my next move!
A Christian Touch ServicesA Christian Touch Services
Lynn J.
Luke and his business partner were fantastic! They moved our stuff with great care. I have hired a ton of movers in my life and these guys are tops! They are fun, professional, careful and very reasonable. I will hire again!
Just Junk ItJust Junk It
Nikki B.
Ant was fast, efficeint and on time. He should be everyone's go to for their moving needs.
Ant WAnt W
Rosemary S.
Darnell & Larry were awesome!! They moved all of my furniture, antiques and build-it-yourself items included, and everything arrived at my new home undamaged. They were professional, hardworking and great to be around. I absolutely recommend Quick Movers!
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Robert r.
I was extremely pleased with the movers. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Linda H.
Excellent job took longer to get moved than expected but the guys worked hard
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Ida P.
Did a great job moving everything into my apartment. Will definitely use them again.
Competitive ChoiceCompetitive Choice
Myra G.
They deserve 500 stars! Best experience ever. You won't find a nicer couple. They are strong, efficient, fast, courteous movers. Talk a utilizing truck space Wow! So glad I used these movers. I would recommend them 100% to anyone moving or just Want to meet a wonderful couple. Can't wait for my house to be finished so I can spend time with them again. They are storing our furniture as well another great service they offer. 😊. Thank you for making my otherwise painful moving day A Fun Day with your smiling cheerful attitudes.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Cheryl L.
Excellent service, I highly recommend them and we will be using them for our next move!
No Days OffNo Days Off
Eddie C.
Travis, Lloyd & Justin was very professional and worked hard to make sure that all my furniture was moved properly. They were on time and very open with communication as well as doing the job on short notice. Would highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a company to help them Move.
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Hadley H.
They did a great job moving our couch into our new apartment! Will definitely use them in the future.
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
LaDoniqua N.
They were quick, friendly, respectful, and the best moving experience I've had. Will definitely recommend to anyone in the future
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hi my move was great I didn't have to do a thing the guys are very professional and got the job done I actually went with this company because they gave me the lowest quote and it turned out they were excellent. .Thanks guys I will recommend this company to my friends moving
Tom B.
Great job, 3 man crew showed up and moved a 4 bedroom house.... would use again for other projects
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Delfinne B.
My appointment was set for the movers arriving between 3-5 pm. I work 2nd shift, so i planned to go in late, but would still get 6-7 hours if the move took two hours as they stated (which i let them know that when they arrived). They called me moving day around 2 to say they were running behind due to ANOTHER MOVE, and would call me when they were leaving, and said it would probably be around 5:30. at 5:30 they call to say they would be arriving at my location at 6:30. They finally arrive at 7:05 and were not very apologetic , in fact one of the movers had an attitude with me. They never once volunteered to take money off or give a discount due to the fact that they were late, because of THEIR ERROR. Initially they said they shrink wrap, NOTHING was shrink wrapped and they chalked it up to trying to stay within my two hour time frame. and the end of the day they went over by about 7 minutes and still charged me for that!!! I ended up not getting to work until 3 1/2 hours after I planned. I called to make a complaint to a manager and NEVER received a phone call back.. in fact the guy I spoke with seemed to think that I was at fault in the entire situation.. So because of this, I DO NOT recommend this moving company..I gave two stars because i don't think any of my things were broken in the move.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
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