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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 Union City movers
Jessica M.
Moving experience was great! They came prepared for packing and moved everything down 3 flights of stairs no complaints!
AdVanced MovingAdVanced Moving
Ifeoma O.
The guys from SkyBox Moving made my move so easy!!! I have a LOT of stuff, and they were so quick with moving all of it. They arrived on time before I had finished packing, regardless of that, they moved swiftly to help me seal the boxes and disassemble my furniture. I'm glad I hired them! I'll definitely recommend them to friends and consider using them for my next move. I HIGHLY recommend them! Thank you!
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Thoai P.
Dante and his team did an excellent job moving my 1 bedroom apartment. They arrived on time, communicated well, handled all my stuff with care, and moved everything fast. I’d use them again for my next move.
Fly Truckers LLC MovingFly Truckers LLC Moving
Alyssa S.
I had a last minute move day change, and had to find new movers with two days notice for an interstate move. I had previously received a quote from B&Bros so reached out to see if they could handle. They got back to me immediately, honored the original quote they had given me months earlier, and moved me with less than 36 hours notice. There was even a shift change of workers halfway through for a twelve-hour move. HIRE THEM, you won't regret it!
Michael L.
No nonsense quote and move scheduled in minutes.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Holley F.
The team was very professional and speedy! Everyone was super nice and certainly made moving easier. I’m moving again soon, and will certainly use this service again!
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Cindy D.
They were on time and the move went very smoothly.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Charles P.
Great experience with Great Movers. They were extremely responsive before my move and on the day were in/out of my studio in one hour. Punctual, professional and would certainly use them again. Thanks!
Great MovingGreat Moving
Janice K.
I scheduled them same-day to move a large sofa. The home I was moving into had a tight hallway into an even tighter and angled doorway, but they were able to move it very quickly and efficiently. I am super happy they came to the rescue. I will be using them again and highly recommend to anyone looking for professionalism, mindfulness with your items, punctuality, efficiency, and reliability.
Zona Express Corp.Zona Express Corp.
Zeeshan T.
They were great! Quick and extremely helpful! Great move and great service!
Outbox Moving & StorageOutbox Moving & Storage
Elisa A.
I've moved MANY times in my life and this was by far the quickest and easiest move ever :) Jason and his team worked quickly and I didn't even have to lift a finger! Totally recommend them! Thanks guys!
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Mohammad N.
My Move guys did a fantastic job! Moving is super stressful for me they made the moving furniture/belongings part of it seamless. Below is highlight of my experience with them: - they were punctual and efficient. Showed up right on time. - They were very diligent and careful with my stuff. -Super friendly and accommodating. They answered all my questions. - And The value can’t be beat! I’ve paid way higher prices before and the service and experience was terrible. I would highly recommend them!
My MoveMy Move
Jake W.
Great experience with a team of 3 movers we made short work of my 1BR apt move in just around 2 hours. More than anything I wanted the job done quickly and efficiently- everyone worked hard to get it done fast. At a value price I saved a few hundred bucks going with these guys instead of a local moving company. Would highly recommend if you have a job that does not require extremely specialized care. These guys are great.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Kanisha F.
Reggie was super efficient and professional. Even with hurdles of more stuff to move he overcame it and got us move out of our old 4th floor apartment to our brand new 2nd floor apartment. Would definitely use Reggie and his crew again. Thanks guys!!!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Nathan M.
I had a very positive experience with Dumbo Moving and Storage. Two movers arrived right on time to my apartment, where they packed all of my furniture into a van and delivered it to storage 40 minutes away. I was impressed with their attention to detail in wrapping the furniture to ensure safe travel. The pricing was both very competitive and transparent (no hidden fees). My only concern was that the movers were sent to my apartment with a van, rather than the 15’ foot box truck I expressed a need for. Fortunately I had brought several items to storage the day before, but if I hadn’t, it would have certainly required a second trip from the movers. Again, this was not the movers’ fault at all (I attribute it to whomever is responsible for equipping each job) and I was very impressed with their ability to carefully maximize the space they had available. Thank you for all your help!
Dumbo Moving and StorageDumbo Moving and Storage
Stefanie A.
These movers were incredible!! They showed up half hour early and finished my move (including a stop along the way to pick up more stuff) in 2.5 hours—SUPER fast. Very professional, packed everything super efficiently but carefully. Very reasonably priced as well. Highly, highly recommend.
SkyBox Moving & StorageSkyBox Moving & Storage
Cheryl R.
I had a great experience working with Sal and his team. They made the impossible possible. It wasn't an easy move and they remained professional and positive through it all. Communication with Sal was responsive and timely from the first call to the last. He was able to understand and work with me through time challenges to make the move happen.
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Veronica M.
I feared for my life. My move was scheduled for 8 a.m. (photo for proof). Movers arrived at 10 a.m. Ibra (dispatcher) told me I was wrong until he looked at my contract. No apology offered and attitude/excuses given. Movers were quick getting my belongings onto the truck. They were pleasant and diligent. Because of two hour delay, I risked missing an appointment. So, I began moving boxes, securing the elevator, grabbing hand trucks, etc. Because of this, I didn't have time to go to ATM. Upon completion of my move, Ibra attempted to extort more money out of me. Saying I owed $300 more than I did. Once corrected, he made no concession for his team being two hours late or for helping move boxes to remain on schedule. Not happy, I paid them because I wanted the situation over. The foreman then asked me for their tip. I had no cash and asked if he had CashApp or Venmo. He wanted me to use Zelle. I told him I would transfer money that day but had to run to appointment. That's when things fell apart. One of the movers began curing saying, "B*tch is not going to f*cking pay us!" When I asked the foreman what the issue was, he said "Nothing." But the mover kept talking, walking closer to my car. The mover said, "You should have gone to the bank ahead of time. You knew you were moving." He went on to say that, "This job is hard enough. You didn't even offer us water or anything." Funny thing is I gave the foreman two gallons of water and cups when we left my apartment but he never shared it with his team. As a black woman being yelled at by a white man, I felt beyond uncomfortable. I reported the incident to thumbtack immediately and they did nothing but talk to the owner. CCS moving fired the mover whose name is Rob. And offered me a $50 credit. But nothing else was done. (see emails as proof) Was it one bad apple? Sure. But the crew told me that Rob has a history of doing this. They were the ones who encouraged me to report it because they didn't like working with him. HOWEVER, none of the crew came to my rescue. They sat back and let Rob verbally abuse me and come into my physical space. Find another company. It's not worth the risk.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Megan B.
Had a great moving experience this past weekend! Both men were very polite and very professional. I needed to reschedule last min and had some additional last minute larger items and it was not a problem. Combo of fair prices and a great attitude, I will definitely be using their services again to move 👏🏼🏡
Lucero S.
Helped me move a piano to my house, super quick and efficient. Nice guys too. Very good at communicating with the customer.
Jason's  StationJason's Station
Garvin W.
The movers did a great job of getting my stuff from my condo to a storage unit. They worked hard and were nonstop.
Ample MovingAmple Moving
Lisa W.
They were very organized, nice, professional, efficient & the move went smoothly. They ran a little late but called ahead to let me know. Would totally use them again.
SkyRocket MovingSkyRocket Moving
Jimmy V.
These guys are the real deal!!! Handled everything with care & proper technique!!! They arrived on time & kept me updated throughout the appointment time!! I will most definitely be using this moving company again!! Highly recommend!!
Rosmilka LLCRosmilka LLC
Nicolas B.
I did a move in August, all was great. And I’m October they charged me again, seems like they went under, got bankrupt and tried to charge me again to leave with more money. DO NOT TRUST THEM. I filed a complaint with my bank.
My Real Move - Moving & StorageMy Real Move - Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Reggie and his team were life savers & I'm beyond satisfied. They were able to accommodate to the extremely short notice (morning of) and got the job done in an insanely efficient time frame. I'll absolutely be using them for all necessary jobs moving forward.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
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