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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 Elizabeth movers
Ericka S.
Disorganized, unreliable- did not book with this mover.
Ilana H.
This moving company made my move so smooth. Took great care to wrap everything so nothing got damaged. Took great care in regards to my newly finished floors to not damage them when bringing in everything. Took the stress of moving all my belongings away. Worked the whole time with positive pleasant attitudes especially the lead mover Andrew. Thank you.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Natalia O.
Jason Thank you and your guys for helping us moved to our dream home moving is not easy specially when you have kids thank you for Having Great attitude and making our moved easy even with the challenges the we had thank you The Sprinter is amazing
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Thumbtack Customer
MOVING UR WAY did a great job!! Both courteous and friendly they made my moving experience a whole lot easier. Their prices were extremely reasonable and the guys were great!! They made sure that everything was packed well to ensure that there was no damage and placed everything where I needed it placed in the new home. I would strongly recommend this company to anyone that needs great movers and at a great price!!
Vanessa D.
I’m so disappointed, I scheduled with Tell me where and confirmed the week of our big move. The day they were supposed to show up no one ever came. They seem to be so friendly and I was looking forward for there services but for some reason they did not show up, I called and emailed and never got a reply as why they did not show up. It was definitely troublesome to find a mover last minute and for those doing long distance moves you know it’s stressful. Please use a reliable moving coming and do your research. I surely will next time.
Tell me where -LLC-Moving&CleaningTell me where -LLC-Moving&Cleaning
Carlos A.
Choosing the right moving company is the most important decision that you can make on an already stressful day. I decided to hire AdVanced Moving based on their reviews. They were AMAZING! They worked extremely hard while maintaining the best attitude from the very beginning until the end. Without question, I would hire them again if I am in need of movers. I want to personally highlight Luis, Andrew and John. Thank you for everything! You guys are the best!
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Ana M.
Great team that were able to provide quick effective solutions for issues we thought we may have during the move.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Godfrey B.
I didn’t get to use Wizzard due to unforeseen circumstances with my job, but they completely understood my reason for cancellation. They were professional and even gave me my full deposit back. Most companies wouldn’t do that, so that shows the values that Wizzard Movers LLC has. Would definitely use Mike and the rest of the team for a future move.
Wizzards Global LLCWizzards Global LLC
Adam J.
These guys came in very professional and did a excellent job , I love them so much that they’re gonna come to me this week to do other move and stuff for me … I highly recommend them ! 10 stars ⭐️ .. I have use different moving companies in my past and these guys outperform everybody ! Great job thank you guys and I’ll see you Tuesday ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Demi T.
Always answers my questions and has amazing patience with my move. I had to change details over and over and never complained or gave me a hard time.
Rosmilka LLCRosmilka LLC
Louie O.
They showed up on time. There were a few extra pieces of furniture to move my wife threw in at the last minute and they were very good about giving me a fair price
Bonafide MoversBonafide Movers
Romero M.
Kadeem and his team at ASAP movers were great. They worked very well together and got my move completed within the 3-hour window. They were on time, professional, respectful and above all great men to meet and work with. They took sanitation and making sure they and I were safe seriously as well. You can’t go wrong with choosing them and I plan to recommend them going forward. Thanks again ASAP team!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Isaiah J.
Although I didn’t have too much to move, they handled everything super quick and efficiently. The guy who came by was friendly and professional, and handle everything with no issues. I’d definitely recommend them.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Desiree W.
Daddy’s Moving LLC was great to work with. They showed up on time. As soon as they seen the job, which was a little challenging, they did not complain, they just got to it and started working. They worked fast and did not take breaks. They got the job done in the little time we had.
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Olivia D.
Very responsive and easy to work with. Good pricing. Timely but not as quick as other movers we have had. Quality of work was average - mailbox knocked off, some items scratched, two lampshades ripped, trash left behind, furniture not reassembled. Luckily nothing was terribly valuable, but it was an average experience.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Samantha S.
These men were beyond amazing, i had the opportunity to have Jason himself and 2 of his men come and move my entire house, they were so accommodating to all the changes, i originally put down for less things then we had, we also had to spend time picking out things we were taking and were not and they were just so accommodating & complainant with everything, they were very professional and did not stop working for one min . They worked very efficiently and were so good with all the bumps in the road with our move. I am so pleased with their work i deff recommend them for any job & you can NOT beat the price. They deserved what the asked for and more. Amazing hard working men i am so pleased with their service ! Thank you so much Jason’s Station, you guys are the bomb ! :)
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Paula R.
Sheldon and his team were amazing! They quickly loaded their truck with our boxes and furniture. We were seriously impressed with how fast and efficient they were! They took apart my sons’ beds and set them back up in their new room. They took care with our furniture and tv’s as they loaded and unloaded. They were willing to go above and beyond asking if there was anything else I needed arranged in a certain place or anything. We don’t hope to move again, but if we do, we know who we are hiring!
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