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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 Sayreville movers
Corey D.
They were very professional moved a buffet table from my sisters house to mine and even moved my old table to the curb for trash pickup. I will use them again
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Dee C.
Motion Movers contacted me with an initial quote and was able to do the job the same day. I needed a couch moved into my basement. I gave them all the details and sent pictures. Within a few hours they arrived and within 45mins from arrival the job was completed. A door had to be removed but was put back on as found. Motion movers are reliable and kept their word on the initial price quoted. I’ll definitely recommend their service and consider this company for future projects! Thanks again!
Motion MoversMotion Movers
Smita O.
Pleasant , on time. Promised to come back later to dismantle and move the treadmill the next day with proper tools.
Household Service CoHousehold Service Co
Chirag P.
Everything went well.. 3 movers were very hard working, patient and polite. Did excellent job.. definitely recommend their service.
Chandra k.
Fantastic exp from Emil ,& team....loved the work they did in moving from my apt to my new home....best rate with excellent quality.....highly recommend 👍
E Square Moving & StorageE Square Moving & Storage
Christine C.
5 Stars!! Strong and polite team handled our request so smoothly. We were worried about taking apart a daybed and moving to new home, but these guys were on point!! Hired them! Thanks guys!
Bonafide MoversBonafide Movers
Layle G.
They were fine in the beginning but were not professional on site. When the gentleman did the walk through he should of been clear on the amount of time it would of taken instead of taking more than double the time and not telling me until it was too late costing me over $800 instead of the $447 that was invoiced to me. In addition there were only 2 movers and one of them clearly did not have a lot of experience. If he wasn't given direction he was standing around. I shouldn't have to pay for on the job training. They did not have any moving equipment like dollies to help make the process go faster. They were putting stuff on the truck I told them not to in the walk through and did not remove all the trash furniture I requested. They should have better time management, a clear idea of what they are doing, how long it will actually take and use moving equipment to make the job faster. They should be honest about what they are capable of. To make matters worse one of the movers actually asked me for a tip after trying to charge me for any extra 20 minutes. They finished at 10minutes after and tried to charge me for 30 min after. After he saw I was clearly unhappy he also asked me for a positive review. They were completely insensitive to customer service. I called to complain about the fact that they put a GAUGE in my former landlords wall and created several nicks and scratch on my freshly painted apartment. The manager (?), Christian said he would speak to them and get back to me for a solution. That was 3 weeks ago. I haven't heard anything. I understand starting a new company but please be aware if you use this company. I am starting to think the positive reviews may be staged if they used the same movers that came to my house. One of the movers tried to flirt with me, clearly as a distraction. Don't be fooled by this behavior. I paid significantly more than budgeted and even though they were nice they were clearly not professional
Step By Step MoversStep By Step Movers
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