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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Clifton movers
Thumbtack Customer
The team did a great job moving. Close to nothing was damaged during the move. Everyone was very cheerful and co-operative even after a long day of packing! Highly recommend them.
Optimus Transfer SolutionsOptimus Transfer Solutions
Jeremie f.
They were professional and moved my item with ease, thank you
Giasco Moving LLCGiasco Moving LLC
Jamel W.
They did a great job for our move. We’d use them again.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Caitlin O.
Super helpful in moving a refrigerator from a second floor apartment down a tricky flight of stairs and into its new house. Very professional and made my day/move a lot less stressful! Will definitely use again in the future!
Movedayhelp.com, LLCMovedayhelp.com, LLC
Cipriana C.
We reached out to Flex kind of last minute for a move and Mike was incredibly responsive, accommodating and helpful. The movers were above and beyond- they were careful, helpful, polite, and I would 100% use them again AND recommend them.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Dileep C.
I will definitely hire musa for my next move. He was on time, professional and bang for the buck.
Movedayhelp.com, LLCMovedayhelp.com, LLC
Patricia K.
I’ve used Diamond Moving twice and most likely will a third time. Moving is a stressful time for most but Roger and his men made everything stress-free. They’re very polite, patient, strong and efficient. Lastly but certainly not least, Diamond Moving’s rates are fair and cost-effective.
Diamond MoversDiamond Movers
Jennifer L.
I had a wonderful experience with Fred’s moving service. Moving stresses me out and I had so many changes and he was so kind, accommodating and responded very quickly every time I had a question. He and his partners bright and positive attitudes made the move so much easier and more pleasant. I especially recommend them if your bed needs to be taken down and reassembled. Mine feels so much sturdier and more comfortable now. I’m really glad that I made the decision to hire them.
Freds Moving ServicesFreds Moving Services
Chez O.
They were very responsive and straightforward with the estimate and booking process. The team of movers didn't waste a moment. I highly recommend them.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Tracy M.
Kelvin was patient and very accommodating. Excellent communication and very fair pricing I highly recommend his moving services for small and big jobs.
Thumbtack Customer
Loved Dariusz and his crew. Very prompt, very quick, and very nice. I will recommend them to anyone I know moving locally.
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Joe M.
These guys are amazing. Talk about responsiveness! They are the Epitome of the Army (veteran). Quick to respond, detail oriented, on time, effective and overall amazing. I sent move request in at 9 at night. Within a couple minutes I got a response. The next day they arrived and move a new treadmill from the living room to the basement in the blink of an eye. I can’t say enough great things about them.
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Kadeem for a local move, including packing and unpacking, and he did an excellent job. I highly recommend his services and will rehire him anytime.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Thumbtack Customer
"Fair price movers " are the best .. It was wonderful experience dealing with them .. They are so quick and professional.. We really appreciate their work and Highly recommend you to go with their services .
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Alexandria C.
These guys did an amazing job during my move! My bed is pretty big and I was so worried they wouldn’t be able to get it into my new apartment as the doors are small and it’s a small beach house spot. But nope, they did it! They were so professional and on time. I’m so happy to have chosen this company. I will make sure my mom uses them as well when she moves in the future!
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Dawana W.
Wow what a great team at HouseHold Service. They were at my home at the scheduled time. When I say they were efficient they worked diligently to get my furniture wrapped and moved within the time frame that was estimated. I would totally recommend this company to my family and friends. if you’re looking for great quality work with reasonable prices give them a call.. Thanks guys I’m truly happy with the move!!
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Rene A.
I highly recommend! They arrived on time, wrapped, and carefully transported our furniture all in perfect condition. Will definitely call again for all of our moving needs. Tom
hauling and moving serviceshauling and moving services
Allan R.
They were able to come by within 3 hours of my initial inquiry. These 2 guys moved the treadmill into my basement within 20 minutes. Great guys - super friendly and professional.
Friday’s Moving Service’sFriday’s Moving Service’s
Gissell R.
Quick response and immediate service. They were professional and careful. They tried to make certain items work and recommended against certain items being moved as it would damage the item or the wall. They did a great job with the items that did fit and were very fast.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Jessica M.
Peter and his team were swift, positive and super helpful and took care of my treadmill move easily. They were able to get up the stairs with no issues. Great guys, quick efficient and excellent work, they took measurements and paid attention to details. Excellent job would hire them again.
Malina Odd Jobs and Moving LLCMalina Odd Jobs and Moving LLC
Priya M.
Support these guys! I had to move from storage to my townhouse and they were very quick and professional and the price range was perfect. They adjusted to my needs without any issues. I would hire them again if need be and/or highly recommend. This storage room was full and it was emptied in under 30 mins. Thank you guys!
Rosmilka LLCRosmilka LLC
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