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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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’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.

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Paterson movers
Lachelle H.
Great experience! Robert kept things moving smoothly. Staff was friendly and efficient! Don’t hesitate to book them for your move.
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Greg J.
I used Round One to move my mother's furniture from northern New Jersey to Georgia. The owner and crew was on time and packed and loaded my mom's items in a safe and secure manner. They kept me posted as to the status of their journey to my mom's house. They moved the furniture and placed the items exactly where she wanted them. The friendly crew even moved an item that was already in her house to located downstairs without hesitation when asked too...That was very kind and my mother had nothing but praise for the efficiency of the moving crew.. Oh by the way the cost of the long distance move was much much lower then the other quotes I received from numerous moving companies.. I would highly recommend Round One Moving Company to all my friends, family and associates.
Round One Moving CompanyRound One Moving Company
Diana R.
Excellent team. They helped me when my move was last minute and disorganized. My packing was incomplete when they got there and I ran out of boxes. The move took a lot longer than expected because I underestimated the move but they stayed professional the whole time. Will definitely recommend them.
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
Jenuel m.
They moved things pretty quickly/efficiently & their customer service is top notch. Would recommend!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Gisela B.
Dariusz was fantastic! Him and his workers moved everything flawlessly and with attention to care. Would hire again!
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Kristy H.
Eric and his crew did an excellent job on the move in Paterson, NJ on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. Everything went smoothly and they were all very nice. I would definitely recommend Fair Price Movers to all my family and friends. Thanks again for all your help! Kristy Houston
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Terry R.
Good communication as far as getting back to you on questions and price .. Workers worked hard and were very professional.. only thing is that they changed our initial quote we asked for 3 movers for 3 hours and they said they can do 3 movers for two hours. What are you going to do and they don’t tell you upfront that they charge a fee to come to you
Zona Express Corp.Zona Express Corp.
Sharon M.
The worst experience of my life! First of all, the driver was 3 hours late. Then he has a bad attitude, very rude, from the start demanding that I pay $20 extra for each moving blanket used on every piece of furniture, even though my furniture was going into storage and I did not need to keep the moving blankets. I had items that were already prepared to move with bubble/shrink wrap which I was told by the driver that this was unacceptable, it was his truck and he decided what went on his truck if I didn't like it to find someone else. Both issues were discussed in advance with the office before I even booked this company. So we get over these humps and moved on. I knew they were going to drag out the process to charge for the extra time. So 3 and a half hours it takes for them to load a 2 bedroom apt worth of furniture, only having disassembled the sofa and bunk bed. We end up getting to the storage facility late and they closed in the middle of us unloading. The driver tells me there will be a $100 holding fee for over night, then a new contract to come back the next morning. So now we are well over $1000. After refusing to sign a new contract for the next day, all of my personal belongings were unloaded from the truck and left in the lobby of the storage facility. I was left in tears. $750 it took to pack and move 2 BR apt to a storage facility 10 minutes away. The driver would not acknowledge the fact that we would not have gotten locked out of the storage unit in the first place if he would not have been 3 hours late. I will never use there service again. Stay away! The driver that I dealt with in particular was definitely a scammer.
Zona Express Corp.Zona Express Corp.
Jhia D.
After weeks of searching for a professional moving company that could meet my very unique needs finally I connected with these guys! My experience was nothing short of amazing and more than I could have asked for or expected all things considering. All of my valuables were safely and securely transported to my new home. I am over joyed and I highly recommend them.
Maid To Perfection & JEP TransportMaid To Perfection & JEP Transport
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