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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 Hoboken movers
Jimmy B.
Very smooth move with smooth movers.
Jay Macklin (Moving Bros)Jay Macklin (Moving Bros)
Thumbtack Customer
I would highly recommend Moving UR Way to anyone that has moving needs. Barry and Walt were both extremely professional and helpful throughout the entire process. The move that we used them for was fairly complicated by having to move multiple apartments into a single apartment, but they were very accommodating and understanding. All of the furniture that they moved was carefully wrapped and unwrapped and there were no scratches / damage to anything that they moved. Overall I was very happy with the experience that I had with Moving UR Way and I highly recommend them.
Meg D.
These movers agreed to take my job. The day of the move they never answered my messages, the number posted in their profile was wrong, and they never showed. This was a nightmare of a moving experience and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone else!
excellentquality24.7 moversexcellentquality24.7 movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys, efficient and affordable movers who I would recommend to anyone looking to do a local move.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Emily C.
ASAP Movers was amazing! Kadeem was communicative, helpful, and so nice and easy to work with. I could not have done this move without ASAP movers and I highly recommend them. Will definitely use them again!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Raman K.
Really great movers!
BG MovingBG Moving
George W.
I called them one day before I had to move. They showed up early and made the move a breeze.
Piece of Cake Moving & StoragePiece of Cake Moving & Storage
Jung J.
They are very nice movers! I love them 😍 I want to use this company for future moving Thanks for helping me today
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Ryan S.
No one likes moving, but the best part of it for me was my experience working with Blue Moving. They were professional in every way, careful with every piece of furniture, and done so quick! I would definitely recommend using Blue Moving
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from North Jersey to Long Island. Five guys came for our move and got everything done in record time! The movers were very respectful and careful with all of our furniture. I would highly recommend.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic experience with Outbox Moving!
Outbox Moving & StorageOutbox Moving & Storage
Amazing Movers - accommodating - Professional!
Alison H.
This was my first real move and I was on my own. It was a relief to have such efficient and courteous movers. Great service, will definitely recommend to others.
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up on time, were really nice guys, carefully moved all of our stuff. Definitely the best moving experience I've ever had! Will hire again when we move to a bigger place! Thanks Dariusz and crew, great job!
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Jeanne A.
Great experience moving with Fair Price Movers - on time, very professional and super helpful. Highly recommend and would definitely use them again.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Aditi G.
Great experience and would recommend them again. The team was very responsive in communication before the move, on time on the day of the move and very professional and efficient.
Maid To Perfection & JEP TransportMaid To Perfection & JEP Transport
Jennifer T.
These guys absolutely crushed my move from NJ to NYC! They were so kind and efficient. I’d highly recommend them to my friends and would use them again when I have to move next. Great experience with Advanced Moving Pros.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were helpful and the price was reasonable
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Neema S.
Great job moving our sectional!
Grand Moving Services LLCGrand Moving Services LLC
Nathan O.
Moving is stressful. This team makes it as stress-free as possible. They’re friendly, quick, and do everything in their power to make sure your move goes well.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Sacha L.
Great movers! Punctual & very professional
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I was very pleased with Reginald and his moving team. They were fast, professional and courteous. I would recommend them to others for an affordable moving experience.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Thumbtack Customer
I was very nervous to find movers that wouldn't short hand me and actually do a job that i was happy with. Fair Price Movers was outstanding, they were polite, careful, and quick! We moved in 3.5 hours (with a 5th floor walk up). David's team was great and i'd recommend them to anyone moving. Well worth the money. Be sure to tip them well, they deserve every dollar!
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Christine M.
Best move I’ve ever had, packed my apartment up so fast and we’re wonderful. I’ll recommended to everyone I know who is moving
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Joseph C.
Max, Max, and Alex were extremely efficient and did a great job moving everything as quickly as possible. I would go with Dyno Moving again in the future
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
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