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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 Bellevue movers
Mario L.
There is one incident that caused the 2 star rating as we felt it was a serious incident. First, in regards to the movers and scheduling staff, their service was great. The movers were very respectful of our items and took great care to avoid hitting walls or damaging items. Scheduling was easy and most of the move went well. It is the only reason we didnt rate the company a 1 star. On moving day, there was an issue with one mover not being able to come in due to unforseen circumstances. They found a replacement worker for the unloading process. They apologized for the late start and confusion as the individual that couldn't arrive was the lead mover. We recieved a credit for the mix up which was fine. Everyone worked efficiently despite being down an individual. Now the reason for our rating is because of their insurance policy and how they resolved the damage they caused to a utility cabinet. Keep in mind, they never provided any paper work nor required us to sign any waivers or disclaimers on the day we moved. They gave no warning on whether or not something they moved could potentially not be covered by their policy. While unloading, a mover came up to us and showed us the damaged pieces, took photos, and told us to contact bellhops to resolve the damaged piece after the move. They aplogoized and we werent too upset considering it was the only thing damaged and they were extremely careful moving everything else. When I got the email to confirm the moves final price and to dispute any thing, I inquired about reimbursement for the damaged item. I was then called and conveniently told the material of the cabinet was not covered by their policy and that we should have known that. I was never told it wouldnt be covered. During talks prior to the move, they explained items they couldnt move or move without a waiver and so we arranged other means to move those items. We would have moved the cabinet ourselves had we known it wouldnt be covered for damages. In the past, other companies have always warned us prior to moving something not covered and had us at least sign a waiver. The individual over the phone told me I should have clicked a link in one of the previous emails to fully review the terms and conditions. I had read a different disclaimer when we were qouted and it only mentioned that they wouldnt be liable for damages in boxes they didn't pack themselves. I even called and asked for full clarification on their insurance policy and the material of furniture was never mentioned. It wasn't anything illegal on their part, just shady and unfortunate. They had great staff nonetheless and this review is based on a serious issue regarding the company's policies and practice, not on the workers. Unless they change their policy and provide disclaimers or request waivers from customers at the time of the move, I cannot recommend using them and I would advise you to review their terms and conditions very thoroughly to ensure you understand what will and wont be covered because they wont remind you at the time of your move.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Elissa H.
Marcus to the rescue! We needed help with a last minute move. He was so helpful and made the entire process easy and pleasant. We would use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a mover!
Marcus EnterprisesMarcus Enterprises
Ruby v.
Well worth the money for them to move the heavy boxes in and get our couch out of our room that we struggled for 2 hours with and only took them 5 min!! 🤣🤣
Fantroys Phenomenal ServicesFantroys Phenomenal Services
Heather P.
The guys who came out to move my couch and loveseat were AMAZING! They were so helpful and got the job done right. I appreciate their hard work and quick response. The value for service was phenomenal. Thank you again!
Fantroys Phenomenal ServicesFantroys Phenomenal Services
Bobbi A.
These guys were amazing. They checked in ahead of our scheduled time to let me know they were on their way and arrived punctually. They were ready to go and moved everything quickly and with care. It was a real pleasure to work with them; I recommend them without reservation. A++!
30-Minute Moves30-Minute Moves
Siddi F.
Jaron and his team responded extremely fast to a same-day single item move. The team were courteous, introduced themselves and began work. They surveyed the best path, and in less than a few minutes they completed the job. Super experience and we will definitely use their services in the future!
Kate T.
I wouldn't hire them again because of some punctuality concerns, the overall quality of work of the "team lead", and the discrepancy between what a mover vs said " team lead" make even though both are doing physically demanding work. There was a scuff on my dresser, but it is a small concern in comparison the things i mentioned previously.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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