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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.

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.

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. 

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 Portsmouth movers
Thumbtack Customer
We needed to move several tables, chairs, a sofa, tv, and tv cabinet from a rental condo to a storage unit. Frank Otero promptly responded to all of my inquiries prior to the moving date. During the move he and his helper were friendly, competent, efficient and professional, and the cost was very reasonable. I am happy to give Hebert Movers an outstanding rating.
Hebert MoversHebert Movers
Pruthvi v.
We did our moving with octopus movers recently. They are very efficient, professional, on time and a breeze to work with. Sasha and Alberto completed the job on time and accommodated all our requests with a smile. I would recommend octopus to anyone who is planning for a quick, safe and sound moving experience.
Octopus Moving and StorageOctopus Moving and Storage
Patricia M.
Excellent arrived 15 mins Pryor to move very professional they worked hard until moving job was completed these guys were excellent and took care of my furniture
Total Home ConciergeTotal Home Concierge
Bill F.
Mike and Martin provided excellent moving service. They worked together to plan out the sequence of moving each of our furniture items. Always cautious of not damaging the furniture, walls or floors. Before contacting Mike, I received estimates for the small amount of items we were moving to storage. His price quote was more than fair. In fact it was four times LESS prices quoted by several big moving companies. And he responded quickly when I first contacted him. We couldn’t be happier with the value and quality of the service that Laid Back Moving provided.
Laid Back MovingLaid Back Moving
Kevin A.
Mike understood that I had a deadline and needed to move quickly. He made space for me with only two days lead time. The crew were on time, friendly, professional, and very efficient! When Mike moved my washer to the new place, he installed it and ran a rinse cycle to make sure that it worked with no leaks. He and the crew went beyond to make a very stressful move work smoothly. Next time we move, I'm using them again!
Laid Back MovingLaid Back Moving
Linda C.
This was such an awesome experience I had not had very good luck with movers in the past but these two owners of this company certainly lived up to their promises They moved furniture from my son's house to our new apartment I couldn't believe how quickly they worked When the furniture arrived, they unloaded it and put some complicated furniture together for us. They were both so pleasant, wasted no time even though they were charging by the hour. This move was less than I thought it would due to their work ethics. I highly recommend this company for any moves which are needed.
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Kayla K.
Fast move. Great price. No time minimums or BS fees. Mike was great. Will work with again 👍
Total Home ConciergeTotal Home Concierge
Welcome D.
Mike and Eli were unbelievably efficient, hard-working, and friendly. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a great value and great service in the Seacoast Region. I will 100% be calling up Total Home Concierge for my next move or home improvement project. Thanks for making moving painless for us!
Total Home ConciergeTotal Home Concierge
Sara L.
My plans changed and I did not use them for my move, but their customer service and responsiveness was great. Would use them in the future!
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Stephanie W.
Mike and Eli are great! Professional, fun, and easy to work with. My Portsmouth move was fast and efficient. I'd recommend, and would work with them again.
Total Home ConciergeTotal Home Concierge
Round the Clock was prompt and responsive to my questions and flexible with my scheduling needs. The movers were courteous and professional. They hustled and loaded my Relocube in an hour! Overall a great experience.
Round The Clock MovingRound The Clock Moving
Nicholas G.
They’re a fantastic crew! Not only were they helpful with moving all of our stuff, they also helped us secure things in our truck in ways we never would have thought of. Overall super knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
Marked Down N' Moved OutMarked Down N' Moved Out
Maggie M.
Laid Back Moving made my pickup of some VERY heavy furniture an absolute breeze. They were in touch and responded quickly, removing some major headaches I had around finding a truck or some good-natured friends who could help me. Definitely recommend.
Laid Back MovingLaid Back Moving
Nancy E.
This was my third move in 5 years. By far J & J were the BEST. Arrived on time. Pleasant. Extra careful with my most precious items. Actually I felt they were underpaid for ALL the work they did. I would recommend them to all my family and friends without hesitation!
J and J Services MovingJ and J Services Moving
Erica S.
Evert did an amazing job helping us unload our u-haul and was very efficient. Because this was a last minute request, he came by himself and was able to help us tremendously. He brought his own hand truck and didn’t stop moving the boxes until we finished. Highly recommend his team as they are professional, strong, and responsive! Thank you again!!!
Ippon Movers and RelocationIppon Movers and Relocation
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