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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 North Plainfield movers
Tracee J.
I hired Zip to Zip again for my second move and they did an awesome job again! The movers worked every hour, wore masks and moved us to our location timely! They were professional, kind, hard working, and made our move stress free. We have newborn twins so we did not have time to spare. I would recommend them every time for anyone looking to move.
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Michele F.
AdVanced Moving far exceeded my expectations. The team were well trained professionals who knew their business and made my move much easier. I highly recommend them.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Arlette T.
ASAP Movers came and moved my 2 bedroom apartment very quickly. The guys wrapped up my furniture and TVs and transported my items with extreme care. They were very professional and their customer service was amazing
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Kwanza J.
ASAP Movers were thorough and efficient. I highly recommend them
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Sid A.
Did a good job with a long distance move from NJ to MD.
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Shakira M.
ASAP Movers did a great job moving alot of heavy and unorganized items for my husband and I. The job took way longer than expected and the crew remained efficient and professional. I would highly recommend them!
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Graig C.
This strong duo moved our large fridge with no issues. Thank you Veteran & Sons.
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Regina C.
Very professional and careful in moving a very heavy armour from the upper floor to the basement
Diamond MoversDiamond Movers
Kate M.
Anthony and his team did a great job moving 2 very large, heavy pieces of furniture for me. They were very professional, and I would highly recommend them. I will use them again if I need any other items moved.
The Ant Movers Company LLCThe Ant Movers Company LLC
Alex S.
Very good will definitely use him again. Moved everything excellent job.. respectful responsive very professional
Lloyd S.
Great experience with this guy. He was on time and moved my kitchen island weighing 300 pounds upstairs to the kitchen. Strongly recommend.
Beccan contracting llcBeccan contracting llc
Saumitra R.
The guys were very professional and efficient in both packing and moving the furniture. Excellent service over all! I would highly recommend!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Olya V.
Thanks for the move, you were very careful about my things, very polite experts and very attentive. recomend for everybody! Thanks you.
Husky Truck MovingHusky Truck Moving
Charlene N.
Don’t get me wrong, the two guys that came to move our things were very nice guys and they got the job done. However, they were an hour and fifteen minutes late and they came in a commercial van to move a one bedroom apartment. My wife and I made sure to pack up almost everything in boxes, they even complimented us on how organized and boxed everything was, but we feel that if they came in a moving truck, like we expected, then it wouldn’t have taken 7 hours. They spent most of the time dismantling our furniture and trying to strategize on how to fit everything in the van. The window of time I had originally set up was three hours and while I did expect to go over that time, we honestly feel that it wouldn’t have taken as long if they just came in a regular moving truck. Once everything was at the new location they then spent another hour putting together the furniture they took apart, an hour which I could have saved on if they came in a moving truck. The only reason why I did not rate lower is because the two guys who came were very nice and made the situation work in one trip with no damage to the furniture.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Jason R.
Honestly, I am extremely grateful that Christian was able to fit my move in on such short notice. Extremely professional and transparent. I am very happy and 100% recommend.
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
Terrance m.
I was informed the afternoon before my scheduled move that an unforeseen circumstance required my move to be postponed to the next available date, and someone would reach out to me. I never received a call or email. For three days I tried unsuccessfully to contact their office, leaving messages and NO ONE returned my call. Their unforeseen circumstance resulted in a loss of time and a few thousand dollars in revenue. in my experience Clutter is very unprofessional and callous.
Clutter Moving & Storage - New JerseyClutter Moving & Storage - New Jersey
Noel H.
ASAP movers came on show me so much concerns about protecting my Furniture and Appliances. I would recommend this company to anyone. Great Jobs Guys I appreciate all you done for me today thanks Noel Hutchinson
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Marie v.
Wayne took care to protect my dresser before moving it up two flights of stairs. I was impressed at how they maneuvered the steps and took care not to damage the walls I was definitely impressed. Very professional and respectful. I would hire Wayne again.
Beccan contracting llcBeccan contracting llc
Jason g.
Overall they did an awesome job. The price ended up being $300 over the estimate which was the only downside of the experience. Still way cheaper than most quotes I received and nothing got damaged in the move which is alway a concern. I’d probably use again
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Kshitija D.
I hired flash and dash moving to move me out of my one bedroom apartment into a house. I had two pick up locations and wasn’t sure how the logistics would work out. Anyway, I called the company and spoke to Val who was the most helpful from day one. We spoke constantly back and forth about the logistics and he quoted me a reasonable price. I booked with him and kept asking him questions upto the day of- he replied to all of them politely. On the day of, his two men arrived with their truck promptly and were so careful with our stuff. They wrapped all my furniture with mattress covers and tape. Once we arrived at the house they carefully unloaded my boxes and furniture. They even assembled all my furniture that they took apart at the apt. Great guys with great quality work. If you have any doubts - don’t, hire them.
Flash & Dash Moving & StorageFlash & Dash Moving & Storage
Rachel M.
Couldn’t be happier with my experience with On-Time movers. They were able to fit a 20ft truck worth of stuff (loaded with furniture, boxes, big pictures , etc) into a 10x10 storage unit, with nothing damaged. I also hired them to unload the furniture from the storage a month later into my new apt. Everything done within the time frame i was quoted, and done right! Great, courteous, and efficient service, and at a great value. Highly recommend!!
On-Time MoversOn-Time Movers
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