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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 Winston Salem movers
Crystal M.
So…I HATE MOVING! Mustang Moving made the move so much easier than expected. Both guys were on time, courteous, and moved with care of our things. I will definitely hire them again when we move again. Thanks Mustang Moving!
Mustang MovingMustang Moving
Madaria C.
A to B Movers were quick, careful and courteous. Professional movers with thorough moving experience. I highly recommend.
All In MoversAll In Movers
Beth W.
Easy to work with. Moved what we needed moved without damaging anything.
Southern Hospitality MovingSouthern Hospitality Moving
Alicia F.
QualTy movers were a great moving company. We had a large move where they were able to accommodate the move with ease and most important none of my items were damaged. They were prompt with scheduling and communicated with me prior to time of arrival and their plan. I appreciate the professionalism and patience. They are expert movers, definitely would use again. Great job thank you
QualiTy Movers LLCQualiTy Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience. The moving company's representative, Amy, was very helpful and professional. Local movers are the way to go!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Used this moving carrier yesterday and had a pretty good experience. Everything was moved up quickly and efficiently.
Absolute Carrier Service LLC
Grant E.
The movers did an amazing job! Mike, Jay and Jeff killed it! Best movers I have had!
Winston-Salem Moving & StorageWinston-Salem Moving & Storage
Shakayla T.
Great movers
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
American Moving and Hauling moved my daughter's things from her dorm room to a storage unit, all coordinated from across the country. The team was timely and friendly. Thank you for an easy move!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Kristen H.
Our group of movers were fantastic! They took great care in moving our belongings and were so fast!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I needed help with a long distance move from Winston to Greensboro. The movers arrived on time and helped with every thing I asked. I moved into an apartment on the third floor and the guys were still quick and got me moved in three hours. The movers got straight to business and if I needed anything they were there to help. If I ever move again I will be hiring them. I definitely recommend them to anyone moving. I can not express how excellent they were. Amy was very helpful and super sweet. I can't thank them enough for their hard work today!! :)
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Kari D.
The movers were able to start our move early, they were very professional and polite, nothing was damaged. Overall I am extremely satisfied with the move. Would most certainly use them again, hopefully, it won't be for a long time, and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a moving service in this area.
Winston-Salem Moving & StorageWinston-Salem Moving & Storage
Kathy E.
Manco Carriers arrived 10 minutes early and had a great attitude. Moving is stressful, but the employees helped calm me down and made moving a breeze. They were able to fit all my belongings into a U-Haul and did so with enthusiasm. They completed my move in about 2 hours. Moving is so stressful, make your life easier by booking Manco Carriers for your next move. Highly recommend!
Manco CarriersManco Carriers
Sharon B.
A very special thank you to Michael and the American Moving & Hauling, Inc. team for a stressfree and smooth move this weekend! This was our fourth move with a moving service and AM&H far exceeded the service provided by the national moving services we've used in the past. The crew's attention to detail, friendliness and concern for our satisfaction was second to none. We will definitely be using you in the future and highly recommend your services to our friends!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a 2 bedroom move with about 20+ boxes. I was very pleased with how well the movers did. They didn't break or damage a thing! I would recommend this company to anyone who needs to move.
Winston-Salem Moving & StorageWinston-Salem Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I hate moving. Winston-Salem Moving & Storage made this experience painless. They were on time, professional and worked hard.
Winston-Salem Moving & StorageWinston-Salem Moving & Storage
Paris C.
They were very efficient in their move. They were also very strong and were able to move my belongings very swiftly.
Mustang MovingMustang Moving
Madeleine F.
Best Movers The movers I previously contracted did not show - with no notice. I explained my situation to SGDelivers and they went above and beyond to get my daughter moved same afternoon. Really came through for us. They brought everything needed, moved furniture and boxes with care and efficiency. Very pleasant and easy to work with. We will use them for another move in August. SGMovers is all I could have asked for and more.
SG DeliversSG Delivers
Thumbtack Customer
Joyful Movers is the best moving company around! Great rates and very fast and efficient! They took a lot of our stress away on our moving day. You guys are wonderful and we will definitely be recommending you to friends and family and will be using you for our next move in the future! Thank you all for your hard work!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Cathy T.
Wow! Awesome movers. We don’t have NOT even 1 concern. My husband said, “Lock them in as our movers”.
Smith's Moving CompanySmith's Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Three movers arrived 15 minutes early. They were extremely professional, fast, courteous and friendly. They moved and packed everything with extreme care. I would definitely rate this as the best moving experience ever and would use them again.
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Taqwella C.
The movers where excellent ! They were very professional , insightful , professional and fast! They arrived early to go over all items. They were careful with my furniture and moved everything with ease! I would definitely recommend them for future moves!!
Logistics Moving & DeliveryLogistics Moving & Delivery
Marissa K.
Excellent experience. The movers were on time, efficient, and so friendly. I would absolutely recommend this company to anyone who needs a mover.
Winston-Salem Moving & StorageWinston-Salem Moving & Storage
Matthew S.
Timely, punctual, and no issues with the move
Get it done piano moversGet it done piano movers
Thumbtack Customer
This was my first time using a moving company and they were great! They kept me informed on their arrival and were very quick with moving me from one place to the next. It was an extremely hot day out so I was presently surprised that they were able to work as quickly as they did! For as quick as they worked everything was moved without any dents or scratches. The movers were incredibly friendly, which is always appreciated. I will definitely use them again for my future moves!
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
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