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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 Summit movers
Judith G.
Peter B. was extremely knowledgeable and skillful in moving my piano. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional mover.
Central PianoCentral Piano
Laura W.
Very friendly. Moved the piano quickly.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Kaustari B.
I did a local move within the same complex in NJ. We were moving from a 2 BR apartment, and had some heavy furniture we could not move ourselves. The guys from Zona Express were fantastic. They arrived in time, did everything I requested, including some of my last minute changes. They finished exactly as per schedule. And they are very reasonably priced. I have moved around 5-6 times, but this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review for a moving company.
Zona Express Corp.Zona Express Corp.
Geri Y.
The guys were on time, worked quickly and efficiently and were even able to help move two items from one room to the next that originally hadn't been discussed. I will call on them again for any future moves.
LK MovingLK Moving
Eliana D.
My Real Move-Moving & Storage were great. I called them because one of the the refrigerators broke down and we needed to get it switched out with a working fridge. They were responsive and were able to fit me in the next day. The workers were great. They knew what they were doing and moved everything without any issues. Also, need to mention they were reasonably priced. I will be definitely calling them again.
My Real Move - Moving & StorageMy Real Move - Moving & Storage
Jamie B.
Lozano Transportation was such an amazing company to work with for my move. Everything that could have gone wrong during the day of the move did (other people I hired for loading didn’t show up), but when I had to call them to push back my unloading/moving time the same day, they were so accommodating (Of course it was the first Saturday of the month, so everyone was booked!) Stephanie was so responsive and constantly kept me in the loop, which I really appreciated as well. Words truly cannot describe how happy I was to have them help me move my stuff up a 3rd floor walk up! Total lifesavers! Thank you 💕
Thomas P.
Used Ample for my move from NJ -> NYC and they were fantastic. They showed up at 8:15am and got right to work. Before I knew it, all of the boxes were moved, and they were beginning to tape up the rest of my furniture. They used great care in moving everything, and consulted me when they thought something needed extra attention and packaging. Once we arrived at the new apartment, the unloading process was just a quick and efficient as the packing process. Overall, it took less time than I expected. All of the guys were friendly, professional and hard working. Would absolutely recommend them!
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Kelly B.
Ample Moving arrived early and they were extremely efficient. They navigated some tough narrow hallways and corners with ease. They are incredibly skilled and finished in record time! I Highly recommend them.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Peter C.
A move was scheduled for 12noon. Two and a half hours late they were not responding when I reached out to them. I simply cancelled it because the people at the pick up address could not wait longer.
Central PianoCentral Piano
Valerie L.
This crew really helped us out with the moving of our office furniture in our corporate office. They were extremely helpful and understanding when things popped up last minute. Overall, they were incredible!
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Deborah t.
Finding and contacting Demidov Transport using the Thumbtack app was extremely user friendly. The manager, Stan, emailed and messaged me back almost immediately after my request, scheduling a next day appointment! When Daniel’s team of 3 movers arrived early to move our 300 lb treadmill base, the could not have been more professional. They all put their masks on, assessed their plan on how they would move the item and got started right away. A short while later, our treadmill was safely and carefully brought from our first floor garage to our basement level. When finished, they were appreciative of the water we provided them with and even took a moment to interact with our dog! Thanks so very much to Demidov Transport! We would totally use them again!
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Rehan K.
Punctual and managed the process well. Goods were moved intact. I had provided feedback - special thanks to Daniella who worked with me towards a reasonable resolution and a partial refund. Quality customer care.
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Jamie B.
Great guys! I needed help moving a sofa and coffee table into my 3rd floor walk up apartment with very narrow stairs. They got it done in no time and it was quite the physical feat. Reasonable price, too. Would definitely use them again!
Pego Moving and ServicesPego Moving and Services
Alex G.
Jaba and his crew did a fantastic job! They wasted no time, worked hard but above all, were very careful with our belongings that included several fragile large pieces. It was so much different from the previous moving experience I had in NJ. Thank you!
Zip To Zip MovingZip To Zip Moving
Asim K.
Very professional, organized group of guys. Meticulous in their effort, they are very careful with furniture. They even stayed late to make some bed and TV modifications - kind of them to do so. Only thing I had issue with was that as they are very careful (no damages whatsoever) they did take a lot of time wrapping furniture with sheets/wrap. As a result, there was a notable difference between quoted time (an estimate) and actual time. In addition, as the truck was a medium size, apartment + storage furniture needed two trips (didn’t charge for transport time on second trip). It was certainly more expensive than I estimated before the move; that was hard to swallow. That being said - the furniture was in great shape, Vasyl and his team are kind and have great customer service skills. Just check if your furniture can fit in one move in the truck.
Husky Truck MovingHusky Truck Moving
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