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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 Shelby movers
Mallory M.
This was a big move for my family and the guys at Hornet Moving made everything so wonderful for us! Shaun W., Mo, and Smitty were on time, careful, professional, and trustworthy. I would recommend them and this company to ANYONE who is moving in the Charlotte area. Thank you all so much! Also, the price was right. Everything was perfect.
Hornet MovingHornet Moving
Melanie D.
They were just what I was looking for in a mover. Punctual, very professional, went above and beyond what was expected in a mover. It was a last minute job and they were wonderful!!! Highly recommend. Will definitely use them in the future.
Ready RemovalReady Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Tori moved 2 N.C. households to 2 different areas in Florida for us. They picked up stuff from 1 home to move with the other home, and on drop off they took things even further south to drop off things to a friend for us. They packed and moved my daughter's house and loaded and moved my house. Packed on Tuesday and unloaded on Wednesday at each destination. All 5 men were extremely polite, and accommodating. Not 1 item was broken, lost, or missing. They made sure to ask where we wanted things in the new home instead of just putting it anywhere. My washer n dryer did not fit correctly in the area, so they asked me if it could be stacked. Syks and his brother Pierre ( sorry guys if I am misspelling names) were amazing. I don't have the names of all the men who worked with my daughter's move. I know Mike was the crew chief and she was thrilled with the work they did. She moved to a 3rd floor, no elevator in Florida heat, they definitely earned their pay. We tipped each man for the outstanding job they did. Obviously tipping is not required when you hire a movers, but these men not only earned the tip we gave them but our respect and definitely repeat business.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thanks to Winston and his crew. It was a small move yet handled with care and attention to detail. Would definitely recommend and use again.
Upscale Experts Moving LLCUpscale Experts Moving LLC
Sandra R.
Upscale Experts did an excellent job with my move. Every box was placed in the correct room. My bed was put back together. I would use them again. Thanks, Winston!
Upscale Experts Moving LLCUpscale Experts Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were awesome! Super professional. It ended up pouring down rain on the day we moved, and during the drive, they actually called to check on me to be sure I made it safely to my new home. My only concern: several boxes of my clothes got soaked in water. Plus, my brand new mattress was not thoroughly wrapped and the bottom got soaked. We spent 3 days drying it out with a hair dryer so I hope it will not mildew...but I did hear one of our AMAZING movers say that they really needed to get the "hole in the truck" patched. What I may have written off as just an accident may have been a bit less of an accident than I thought, so just be sure if it is raining on your move day, you ask about their rainy day game plan to keep your stuff dry. Still, I would TOTALLY use this company. They were phenomenal.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Erin B.
Two respectful gentlemen moved our apartment to our house. They were quick and all our stuff arrived safely. They took extra care not to scuff our floors or walls, and helped us get the furniture situated the way we wanted it. Good experience.
Quick MoversQuick Movers
Shannon R.
Horrible...moved my furniture and damaged 4 pieces. Management pretty much said it was my furniture’s fault for the damage since it was old smh. Nonchalantly said she would file a claim and I would hear from an adjuster. Hadn’t heard a thing!! If I could give them ZERO stars I would. I’ll never acquire their services AGAIN!!!
Quick MoversQuick Movers
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