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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 Linden movers
Anton p.
Hired for a 1 bedroom local move and they did a fine job. I would recommend them to anyone seeking a cost effective move.
Fly Truckers LLC MovingFly Truckers LLC Moving
Lauren M.
These movers were super helpful, fast and did a great job helping us move appliances and a king size bed. Highly recommend!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Akosua B.
Ran into some issues but they made sure my problem was fixed and went above and beyond! Will use this company for all of my moving needs moving forward.
My MoveMy Move
Daniela D.
I moved a few times in the past years and they are the best movers of all. On time, worked hard and good price. I saved the address, just in case.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Stacie l.
The move hasn't happened yet, but it is scheduled.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Vrajesh p.
My moving experience with zip to zip was pleasant. They arrived on time, moved my items very precisely, also handle fragile stuff with care. Overall, zip to zip rocks,
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Leah R.
Great service ! Moved my piano in a timely manner.
Monroe Moving ProMonroe Moving Pro
Excellent! Kept me posted on times with texts. Very professional. Moved antiques for me and not a scratch! Took apart a chandelier and stored it so it was safe during the move. Good price no surprises.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Ashley T.
Every member of the Ample Moving team that I interacted with was nothing short of kind and incredibly patient. Leading up to moving day, I spoke with and confirmed logistics with Alex - he was very easy to work with and I appreciated the fact that he was so understanding of me and the fact that this was my first significant move! I always felt like I was in the loop and knew what was going on. I had a four-man crew assist with moving my stuff from Linden, NJ to Newark, NJ - can't say enough GOOD about the overall experience. The guys were very nice and despite a few hiccups with navigating my new apartment building (mainly distance from the loading dock to my place), they were extremely considerate of my items and myself. Everything was protected with blankets and secured with tape, no damage to any furniture - I also have a ton of plants, including an indoor lemon tree, and they treated them with the utmost care!! I'd choose Ample Moving again in a heartbeat, they're fantastic to work with and made my move go WAY smoother than I anticipated! I'm endlessly grateful for their assistance!
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Gail N.
Kadeem and Cruz were great and hard working movers. Very professional and got the job done. Thanks so much!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
R. C.
Zip to Zip Moving did a great job of getting all our belongings into our new home. They called prior to coming and arrived on time to get the move started. They were very attentive and accommodating to all of our requests and also placed all of our belongings wherever we asked. It was overall a great experience
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had furniture items moved from one floor to another. Reggie was on time, friendly and professional. His helpers worked efficiently with him.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Daquan B.
They did a great job. I moved over and hour away and had sudden changes in load amounts. They were understanding and worked with me. I appreciate the job they did.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Hager E.
Do not look any further if you need a mover. Jose and the other gentleman that helped were EXCELLENT!!! They worked diligently and the communication was so simple. They helped me move out of my one bedroom apartment and into my new one. Thank you so much for your help, you both were amazing. I will recommend them to all my family and friends. Thank you again for your hard work!
Rosmilka LLCRosmilka LLC
Marni P.
I would use their services again. They made the move stress free. They responded quickly and was able to perform the job when we needed it for a reasonable price. I recommend their services.
Safe and Quick Moving LLCSafe and Quick Moving LLC
Aicha R.
T&L managed a very difficult move for me. They were professional, humorous and there was no damage to my old or new apartments or my belongings. I would definitely hire them again.
T&L Professional Services LLCT&L Professional Services LLC
Linda H.
Excellent service from the beginning to the end. Had to move a few items from storage to my apartment at the last minute and was thoroughly pleased. Thank you and would definitely recommend their company!!
On Point AssemblyOn Point Assembly
Irene M.
These 3 young men were professionals, courteous, hardworking, accommodating and worked well together. Christian and his crew made this move a pleasant experience for me. I needed that..I thank them.
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
Margesh s.
They are a good team. They are very careful moving all the items and they were quick. If I need in future I may hire them again and also would recommend to everyone else to use them for their service.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Jacqueline V.
Jeff and his crew were great! What great service and very professional. They made sure they moved everything very carefully. They were also very fast and productive with the time. I would highly recommend their services and would gladly use them again!
hauling and moving serviceshauling and moving services
Andrew N.
Happy4Moving did a great job with my long distance move from NY to DC. El Sayed and Hanna were super friendly and charged a very competitive price. They went out of their way to ensure I was happy with the service and they even stayed to help assemble furniture which was a blessing.
Tee M.
Too bad I had to give even 1 star! The moving guys were very nice guys but this owner? First of all it took 3 hours to breakdown and move 2 queen size beds, 2 Chester drawers, 2 dresser drawers and 4 night stands. One of the bedroom sets even had all of the drawers removed and already at the new place. After 3 hours of just doing that, I’m waiting at the new place for them to arrive and 15 min later they are still not there. I texted the owner to say I’m not happy with your service and where’s my stuff? He said they made a stop. I said I could have thought my stuff was stolen and he’s lucky so didn’t call the cops. He says “that’s a threat and I dont take too kindly to threats.” Where’s the threat? Then I texted “bull” and he went on and on about how I cussed at him. He insisted I said bull🤬 until I reminded him that it’s in text. He hung up on me and ordered them to take the stuff off the truck and leave it outside. I called back and said I hired you to take it apart and down from one place and up another and put back together. He said but I don’t think you’re going to pay. He hung up on me several times and I ended up calling the cops to ensure they would not leave my stuff outside. (Paid them $400 and they started taking the stuff up.) Back to the boss—We literally had a shouting match over who—the businessman or the person paying him—should have called to say they were stopping. He said I should have called him! You making stops with my stuff and I should be calling you? Are you insane? Again, very nice young guys and it’s a very hot day so I get their speed BUT this disrepectful, lying, unprofessional BOSS will NEVER get my, or anybody I know, business AGAIN! Please read the texts below. I also have pics of my so called “bulky” bedroom sets if anybody want to see them. I have before and after pics.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
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