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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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 Rutherford movers
Thumbtack Customer
Ireland Movers moved a China cabinet for me. It could not have gone better. The price was very fair. Everyone involved was courteous, on time and extremely professional. I would highly recommend Ireland Movers to anyone needing any type of moving services.
Ireland Movers, LLCIreland Movers, LLC
Fred R.
This crew was among the best that I've ever worked with and I've moved a lot. They both packed and moved me in a single day without fuss or problems.
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Ramesh P.
The movers are very friendly and do their job perfectly
My MoveMy Move
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were very friendly, helpful, and respectful. Excellent comminication with management. Willing to work within my budget. Able to accomidate a last minute move. Highly recommended! Thank you.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Chhaya U.
Excellent job done by Leon and team in moving from New Jersey to NYC. Highly recommend them, they even moved a fridge and ac out of the house. Thank you Leon and team.
On-Time MoversOn-Time Movers
Sadirah W.
They moved very fast to load and unload my furniture.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Thumbtack Customer
My move was slightly unusual. I had originally booked a two-hour "unload" period in NJ and planned to handle the actual "moving" of my stuff with friend labor and a u-haul truck. A few days before my move, Reggie reached out to let me know that he would be in my area (Baltimore) and offered to do a full move- pick up, drive my stuff to NJ, and unload. The price was right and Reggie seemed friendly so it was a no brainer. Reggie and his colleague were impressive throughout the move. They wrapped furniture carefully before loading it and saved me hours of time by quickly loading and unloading the truck! Would highly recommend them :)
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Terence A.
He did everything I asked him to do. Each item was treated and moved like it was brand new.
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Danielle K.
Mad Rush Moving saved my day! The team needed to show up in a matter of hours. Not only were they punctual and communicative. They took extra time and cared to help me clean up. Hire them! You cannot do better than honest professional and value. Thank you, Mad Rush Moving!
Mad Rush MovingMad Rush Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I needed furniture moved from one room to another and the furniture from that room back to the other. Both Reggie and Ron handled the furniture like Pros and were quick and percise. I also need heavy items in the basement moved to clear out an area for the new washer and dryer after I had a French drain installed. Again, perfection. Fast and mindful of our "stuff". There was no room for improvement, these two knew what they were doing and they did it.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Gisela S.
Jeff & his assistant were friendly, professional, & efficient. I would definitely recommend; in fact, I already told my parents about them & they are going to use them for their move soon.
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