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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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 Ossining movers
Steve F.
They were all I could have asked for from a mover. Responsive, careful and respectful.
Fair Price MoversFair Price Movers
Danielle F.
These guys did a good job. They handled my belongings with care and moved everything in a timely manner.
LIGA MovingLIGA Moving
Marcia W.
Good job overall. The movers were very polite and helpful. I didn’t rate the service with 5 stars since some of my plants arrived a bit damaged and I will sadly have to get rid of some of them that didn’t survive the trip. Since I have moved a few times in the past, I’ve had the experience of having movers who cover the flooring area where they’ll be stepping on to avoid walking on their clients carpets or rugs. I have to make sure I removed all of my floor rugs to avoid having them step on these (I have a light gray one in the living room). Would most definitely recommend for furniture moves and/or other simple things. I personally think it took longer than it should have having paid for three movers. I have done this from a fourth walk up in the past and it took less than three hours with traffic.
ST. JOHN MOVING, DELIVERY AND JUNK REMOVALST. JOHN MOVING, DELIVERY AND JUNK REMOVAL
Lori M.
Great experience! They were able to accommodate us on an incredibly last minute move! We’ll definitely consider them the next time around. Thanks!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Alanna V.
Affordable, Professional and Efficient! Shane and his team handled and transported our precious items with care. We highly recommend Active Elite for your Move needs.
Active Elite Moving & TransportActive Elite Moving & Transport
Renee P.
Kenneth and his co-worker Ronny were amazing. We had multiple large items to be moved to different rooms in our home. They were on time, efficient, friendly, careful with moving our furnishings so as not to damage them or the walls. The fee we paid was worth every penny. I would recommend Kenneth's to my friends and would definitely use them again. Thank you Kenneth for all the help.
Kenneth's Affordable LaborKenneth's Affordable Labor
Kris T.
They did a really great job, were very polite and friendly, were on time and worked quickly. They took care moving the furniture around, nothing broke. Highly recommendable!
Family Moving Inc.Family Moving Inc.
Kelvin M.
Tyrone & team did a great job. Despite dealing with heavy traffic, once on-site the team was able to finish the job quickly and efficiently. Very personable and made the process of moving much less stressful.
The Right Choice ProsThe Right Choice Pros
Robert J.
I asked for a quote yesterday afternoon and received a very fair and competitive one within minutes. They were picking up my items within 12 hours of our text and it was at my door a couple hours later. The mover was incredibly professional, courteous, and careful with my item. Couldn't have been happier with the entire experience, so would definitely recommend these guys!
LOZANO TRANSPORTATION LLCLOZANO TRANSPORTATION LLC
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