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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 Auburn movers
Drew P.
The movers were friendly, outgoing and did the best they could to move us into our new home. Though we were a little frustrated our headboard wouldn't fit up the stairs, it wasn't their fault and everything else was moved in accordingly and at a reasonable price. I apologize if we became angry, it's just these sets cost an extreme amount of money and you all did a great job helping us move in
Reliable Movers LLCReliable Movers LLC
Justin C.
Very fast very good and cheap i had a 10ft by 20ft storage shed loaded, took them two hours to move it from there and unto my apartment very happy
Reliable Movers LLCReliable Movers LLC
Lisa S.
From Hannah on the phone straight through to the Movers, this company came through for us in a very sticky situation. My friend and her husband were left hanging by another less than reputable local company, and We Get It Done responded to our plea on Thumbtack and helped us. As I write this, my friend's husband is in surgery for heart condition, and We Get It Done helped eased their stress level from 5/17/22 and got them moved and settled in what they needed in the evening that day. Without them, we don't know what we would have done. Thank you Hannah and the two young men that drove from Liverpool to our city to come help us out. You are definitely the best in helping us in our desperate time of need. Highly recommend them and Cannot say enough good about them.
We get it done moversWe get it done movers
Judy M.
They were reasonably priced and very responsive by keeping in touch prior to our move day. They packed the truck very well and quickly. A nice group of guys! The only issue was a couple boxes got dropped on their first load and we didn’t realize till unpacking that we had 3-4 broken glasses and bowls. It wasn’t too big a deal so we never even mentioned it. But I would recommend them and use them again.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Kathleen R.
Had several things broken (glass, bannister spindle on staircase, furniture set up poorly). Refused to give me a receipt for the $800 he charged me after the initial price of $500, would only accept cash. His movers took 2 of my tvs in their car, stated he would return at his earliest convenience, not mine. Scheduled time was 2:00-3:00, showed up at 6, finished at 1:30 in the morning. Very poor experience, do NOT recommend.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Jody J.
The three young men did a very good job under the circumstances they were presented with. I got to my new apartment 20 minutes before they were scheduled to arrive only to find out that contractors were still working on the apartment. So the movers had to unload the truck and carry everything in while the contractors were still working and also going in and out the same doors. Even under these conditions, the young men were still able to complete their job in the 2 hours as scheduled. Thank you! I would definitely use your services again!
Grayscale Yin Yang Movers (GYM)Grayscale Yin Yang Movers (GYM)
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