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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 New Brunswick movers
Paige L.
ASAP Movers did a great job in accommodating my move. Going back to them for round 2.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Nicole N.
Moved quickly and carefully.
Dharmi S.
Zona Express helped me and my roommate tremendously with our move. They were professional setting up the date and everything before the actual move date. On the day of the move, they were efficient as well. Thank you so much for the help!
Zona Express Corp.Zona Express Corp.
Megan C.
Step by Step Movers were fantastic for our move into our first home. The price quote was exactly what we had discussed and the entire process was seamless. Thank you Step by Step we will be back if we need to move again :)
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
Supreet k.
The movers were not interested in work. We had to plead them to get stuff done. They were 2 hours late for the scheduled move. The move took 2 hours. Please get your numbers right.
Philip M.
I was very hesitant with hiring a moving team as my last experience with another company was a complete disaster. However, this has been the best experience I've ever had with a moving team. They came on time and wasted no time getting right to work and the entire move took less than 5 hours. I would gladly recommend this company to everyone and I will contact them again for any future moves.
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Viani K.
I hate moving but these guys made so much more bearable. Moving sucks, just pay them and get some peace of mind. Great value for your money
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Bernardo P.
The team that helped me move did an amazing job! We had a couch that was very difficult to maneuver and they were able to take it out the narrow doorway with ease. They were punctual and very responsive and took allot of care moving the furniture. I wiill definitely use again for my next move 😊
E Square Moving & StorageE Square Moving & Storage
Robyn M.
Mike and his team did an EXCELLENT job helping me move from one apartment to another; i truly couldn't be more satisfied. i've had 3 other moving experiences and they were so stressful. This move all i had to worry about was the time that I would need their help. Their schedules were also incredibly flexible since my move was very last minute - they were able to come within a few days of me contacting them. They were right on time, friendly and worked incredibly efficiently. It was so much easier to go through Mike then to coordinate with a larger corporate moving service. i would recommend mike and his team to anyone and will definitely be using their service for any future move or related services. Thank you again, Mike!!!
Magic Mike - Moving and Junk RemovalMagic Mike - Moving and Junk Removal
Sandra G.
BusyMovers made my very last minute move a tremendous and stress free success. Sheldon was responsive and accommodating and the movers were extremely efficient and careful. I would absolutely recommend their service and intend on using them again in the future.
Kim P.
They were professional, fast, friendly, and helpful! Thank you for moving our piano!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Laura S.
Craig and Jova did and amazing job with the moving job I provided. They made a very stressful situation less stressful with their professionalism and great work. Overall experience was A+. I will definitely use them again for a move in the future and will recommend their services to anybody.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Sreya S.
These guys were extremely helpful for our move! We needed people to assist us with some heavy lifting, and they were able to go above and beyond our expectations. I contacted them so last minute about everything (literally 1 AM in the morning), and they were able to help me SAME day with moving from my house to an apartment. I can’t recommend BG Moving enough! ☺️
BG MovingBG Moving
Kathleen B.
Excellent movers- worked quickly and efficiently in a TERRIBLE heat wave - would highly recommend!
LIGA MovingLIGA Moving
Chelsea O.
They did an incredible job! We moved in the middle of summer with the awful NYC heat and the guys were awesome. Very thorough! Moved up and down several stairs and didn’t mess up a single item. I would recommend this company to any of my friends and family.
Avant-Garde Moving & StorageAvant-Garde Moving & Storage
Anand P.
They did an amazing job handling our move from the facility to the stroage unit. Amazing crew!
Assured Logistics Group 🤝Assured Logistics Group 🤝
Thumbtack Customer
These guys are very professional movers. I moved out yesterday and they did everything very quickly and safely. They also disassembled my bed frame with their electric drill too. Very worth to hire them. I'm going to use them again in a week since I can move in to my new apartment on June 1. I hope the price would be cheaper in next time and I will also leave a comment on how they do as well. Definitely Recommended.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Richard M.
The move is a way off, but we were so impressed by Zoly's professionalism, we signed with him on the spot. He came to our home, did a thorough in person review of what was to be moved, advised us about our options, explained everything about his estimate, and made us feel certain we were working with a company we could rely on. We will confirm this once the move happens, but I just wanted to share how positive this first part has been.
Monroe Moving ProMonroe Moving Pro
Samuel L.
Had a phenomenal experience with Reggie and Movers-For-A-Cause. Best price I could find after some extensive searching. Very punctual and responsive to questions. Exceptionally friendly staff. Loved them so much I am recommending them to my parents who move in a month!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Thumbtack Customer
Under promise and over delivered! Excellent and reliable service and would highly recommend Reginald and his team for those in between moves the big guys won't touch. I was relieved and happy to find them on thumbtack and completely satisfied with a move that could have gone side ways at any point. Many thanks and much appreciated!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Daniel A.
These guys saved me when I was really in a bind and needed moving help quickly! Great, professional work. Highly recommend!
Magic Mike - Moving and Junk RemovalMagic Mike - Moving and Junk Removal
Bess F.
Dariusz was great to work with and extremely nice. He communicated well throughout the whole process and responded extremely quick. You also can’t beat the price. He made moving and junk removal easy and painless. They did arrive late but gave me a heads up so I could plan around it. The movers were also very nice and respectful.
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Phanibhusan S.
Excellent experience overall. Mike sent four people to assist with the move-in. They came even before the scheduled time. Very professional and efficient. Highly recommended service.
Magic Mike - Moving and Junk RemovalMagic Mike - Moving and Junk Removal
Katie S.
Mike cancelled our scheduled service on my moving day, four hours ahead of our scheduled time. He was unapologetic before completing ignoring an attempt to reschedule.
Magic Mike - Moving and Junk RemovalMagic Mike - Moving and Junk Removal
Rakhee P.
So flexible, had to change moving date multiple times yet they always accommodated per our needs. Very efficient and thorough in getting the job done, would hire again in a heartbeat!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
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