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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 Kearny movers
Alex t.
Zip to Zip Moving did a very good job moving all my stuff. They were fast and professional with packing and moving everything. Definitely will recommend them!
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Randy L.
Went with this moving company for my move and they really did an amazing job! These guys were pros that moved swiftly and efficiently but were also very punctual. They reassured me my TVs were going to reach my new place safe and sound because my previous experience with TVs and a moving company didn't go well. Will definitely go with this moving company again in the future.
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Dan W.
Seriously, they made a big difference in my moving experience. The company was very flexible and understanding when it came several unknown variables that pushed back my moved date back. I'm truly grateful for that level of understanding. The movers were very professional, polite, and moved all of our stuff in record breaking time! Thanks you all, it definitely made our moving experience a whole lot less stressful! I would recommend them as your go to when needing an ethical and professional moving company.
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Ben J.
These movers are very reliable and affordable,, they were able to move me to a new location with no problem. I recommend them fully.
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Chris W.
This is one of the smoothest and stress-free moves I've ever experienced. Overall, the move took about 5 hours, which was very quick considering we had a large 2 bedroom apartment filled with furniture & items. The price is also very competitive and they were such a pleasure to move with. If you are still searching for movers, please consider them. They are fantastic!!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Julian O.
I had a great experience with SkyRocket Moving on a local move from Kearny to Union, NJ. They were professional, efficient, and got all my stuff safely to my new location. Would definitely recommend for any moving needs.
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Antonio R.
Amazing movers. Will be using again.
E Square Moving & StorageE Square Moving & Storage
Christian D.
We had an excellent moving experience. All of the people who moved us were positive and responsible. We really appreciated that they took good care of each item and helped make a really detailed move easy! Thank you for all of your help!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Ron s.
They were on time and moved me quick .
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Mark G.
I strongly recommend Flex Moving
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Anne P.
We were moving our 3 bedroom house and needed a lot of help with packing and moving heavy items. I had so many questions and customer service was so helpful. On the day of, I was so nervous because I have had bad experiences with some moving companies in the past, but Zip-to-Zip moving did not disappoint. The Crew was so positive and made sure everything went smoothly, so I would highly recommend them to anyone for a worry free moving day :) Million Thanks to you all.
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Nick R.
The team are wonderful, this is the 2nd time I've used them to move. I contacted them last minute and they were able to accommodate me the next day on short notice. These movers are extremely professional and took precaution with moving our breakables, they even wrapped up our couches and cabinets to ensure no scratches would happen. If you’re looking for a reasonable and professional moving company I would highly recommend! Thanks guys!
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Brian C.
They did a great job communicating with me throughout the process, from getting a quote, to scheduling, to reminders leading up to the actual move date, and they were easy to work with when I needed to make changes to my reservation. I fully recommend them for anyone who needs movers, and you're definitely in good hands. I'll book with them again when I move next, Best movers in town!
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Sean W.
So happy with how efficient Zip to Zip Moving was with our corporate move. I will continue to use them for all personal and professional moves going forward. Incredibly communicative and competent. They were amazing and I am very grateful for their help. HIGHLY recommend. Can't beat their Customer Service.
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Langa I.
Amazing customer service! They were professional, friendly, fast and very reasonably priced! One of the best moving company I used . The move went smoothly with all of our furniture arriving safely at our new house. 100% recommend them to anyone who is moving. Thank you guys!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Brian S.
I was most happy with my move from these movers. They notified me for time of arrival and immediately went to work wrapping protective blankets around my furniture. They were cheerful and during the whole move. On arrival at new site they were quite careful in placing item where I desired. I have moved multiple times both locally and internationally and this was by far the most professional and pleasant experience ever. Thanks, guys!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Reginald and his crew were great. From the constant communication from the quote to the actual move was outstanding. Very professional. I highly recommend them for your next move.
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James B.
Very thorough and careful movers. The guys did a great job wrapping my furniture and the move was flawless. The team was timely and hard working. No issues whatsoever and nothing got broken!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The job went very well. The movers were prompt, professional and fairly priced. I would definitely recommend "moving ur way" and would use them again. Carol M
Sean H.
Movers were well prepared, kind, , enthusiastic and respectful.
Kimberly d.
i called titans moving with a last minute job to move a very heavy couch up to a 3rd floor with extremely tight spaces. not only did they finish the job in a timely manner there was absolutely no damage caused. they were so nice and helpful throughout the entire experience. i would highly recommend titans moving !
Titans MovingTitans Moving
Bryan L.
Came with everything they needed and finished it quick. It was tough to get the schedule in for my small move but they made it work. Only down side was they came an hour late but it was okay because I wasn’t moving far.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys. I moved from NJ to NY and they pretty much handled everything. Make sure to give the right inventory your moving to get more accurate quote. Would definitely recommend them.
Outbox Moving & StorageOutbox Moving & Storage
Jacob B.
I cannot recommend them enough! They were the hardest working and most professional movers I've ever worked with, not to mention also being the most affordable. They worked fast and took incredible care of my things. They moved my entire apartment in just over 3 hours. I was already impressed enough by them, but then they managed to flawlessly park the moving truck into my cramped driveway! They are also just all around great people, very polite and personable. You can tell they genuinely care about their company and it shows! If you need to move in the area, seriously give them a try, I know I'll be using them for my next move when the time comes!
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William R.
They did a great job and helped to make my move an easy and smooth process. They arrived on time and wore face coverings the whole time. I had a rather small move moving apartments within the same city. They worked swiftly and treated my things with care. They did a great job for a great and fair price. No hassle, no haggling, and no hidden fees. Would definitely recommend.
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