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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 Rahway movers
Stephanie D.
I spoke with Kadeem and coordinated the moving details with him. There were 3 movers that moved me from a 3 bdrm townhouse. They arrived according to the time range agreed (between 10 & 11am) and loaded/unloaded the boxes & furniture as discussed. The move took 7 hours and included a lunch break for the guys, which is part of the moving time.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Adegbolahan A.
Both Andre did a very good job with my move. I definitely recommend Husky Truck Moving.
Husky Truck MovingHusky Truck Moving
Jada B.
Was looking for an affordable moving company to move mine (Rahway) and my boyfriend's (Brooklyn) things to our place in Brooklyn. The guys that came to do the move were nice but seemed inexperienced. They dragged our wooden pieces of furniture across the concrete and made very noticeable "dings and bruises". Although these guys were friendly, I would not recommend for a moving job.
Magic Mike - Moving and Junk RemovalMagic Mike - Moving and Junk Removal
Jim M.
Good movers. professional. on time
Bluebell Relocation ServicesBluebell Relocation Services
Jayme M.
Very reasonable price. Stayed in touch me until the day I moved. My move went so smoothly I couldn’t believe it. It only took about 3 hours to complete my move, which was perfect!!! I definitely recommend Rosmilka LLC.
Rosmilka LLCRosmilka LLC
Angela R.
Diego maintained professionalism throughout the entire move.
Express HaulersExpress Haulers
Tahira W.
Cory And Dean did a great job moving me! They are the best.
Annie O.
He does hard work moving a heavy oak entertaining furnitures
Frenchy Helping Hands LLCFrenchy Helping Hands LLC
Nick C.
Very nice movers. Would use again in the future. Thanks for all your help and professionalism!
Lakshmy P.
We used flex moving for our needs. Zarko was super responsive in terms of responding to all our requests. His team did a fantastic job. They were super efficient, fast and really went over and above. Highly recommend flex moving. You will not regret.
Flex Moving IncFlex Moving Inc
Joyce N.
Thank you Christian for doing such a great job of moving my son into his new apartment!
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
Tahira W.
Pego Moving did a great job! They arrived on time and ready to work. I will definitely use them in the future.
Pego Moving and ServicesPego Moving and Services
Olatunji O.
The team did a great job. I’ll advise the get bigger trucks to move items. But overall, I would recommend them.
Todd H.
2 men came and helped my moving and they were very gentleman to took care my stuffs gently and professionally. Very polite team!
Husky Truck MovingHusky Truck Moving
Adegbolahan A.
I definitely recommend Pego Moving! The rates are quite reasonable, and they are extremely accommodating and responsive. I will definitely use them again if the opportunity presents itself.
Pego Moving and ServicesPego Moving and Services
Joe M.
Except for the time issue when they arrived compared to when they were originally supposed to arrive, Dante did an awesome job with my move. Everything was handled well.
Fly Truckers LLC MovingFly Truckers LLC Moving
Luis c.
Had an amazing experience with Leon and Marquita of OnTime Movers. They were responsive and professional. They were on time for pick and delivery of my items and kept me posted every step of the way. They were friendly and courteous and very reasonably priced. All in all I would highly recommend them.
On-Time MoversOn-Time Movers
Nancy M.
Overall, our experience with them is very satisfactory. The guys assigned to us were very professional and efficient and they handled all our belongings extremely well. My only complaints (for lack of a better word) are (1) they packed and moved some stuff even though we told one of them to leave it as we would be disposing those items and (2) they over-packed some items even though it wasn't necessary as they aren't fragile. As a result, it took a little longer than we estimated. I understand that this is probably their practice to avoid any potential liability. Despite all these, we would still recommend them to our friends/families and will use them next time we need movers.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Kristen W.
The team was great. Everything was above my expectations. They wrapped every piece of furniture. All of my belongings made safely to one place. I would highly recommend Red Hat Movers! Reliable and on point with communication. Serg stayed in contact with me via text from the night before up until departure. Highly professional and worth every penny.
Redhat Moving and StorageRedhat Moving and Storage
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