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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 Poughkeepsie movers
Thumbtack Customer
I had my upright piano moved with Grago. The schedule was moved once with advanced notice and the movers were nice. The whole moving experience was smooth. Great job and thanks.
All Around Trucking LLCAll Around Trucking LLC
Kristen P.
I had a great experience with A&A Movers. The movers were extremely nice and took great care in moving my furniture. Thank you for making my moving day a smooth and easy one!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Cassandra C.
Gucci & Sons are worth the cost. They are really what you call professional movers. When your moving it can be stressful so it’s very comforting to have the services of professional movers, like Gucci & Sons, whom you can trust. I will use them again if I ever need movers.
Gucci & Sons EnterpriseGucci & Sons Enterprise
Jessica M.
Parry’s moving and beyond is absolutely amazing from start to finish. They were on time did a great move and were delightful ! Would definitely use them again and would highly recommend them.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Moved all my stuff in less time.
All Season Cleaning Services, LLCAll Season Cleaning Services, LLC
Troy C.
Very responsive and 100% worked with my moving schedule. All three gentlemen were extremely careful will every item and the most friendly people you could ever meet. The value for money was exceptional...worth every penny. If you need movers....this company is who you want to hire.
Kenneth's Affordable LaborKenneth's Affordable Labor
Jennifer t.
These movers are fantastic! All three men that moved four dumpsters full of house items( ie. furniture, garbage bags, appliances, etc. ) were professional, kind, honest, dependable, flexible and able to move any items no matter how heavy! They work so well together that their EFFICIENCY is stellar. They arrived on time for all four “dumpster loadings”. They packed the dumpsters TIGHTLY so that all my “stuff” from the house fit into the dumpster each and every time as I had to clean out my parents house completely following their passing. The cost per hour is WORTH EVERY PENNY and is reasonable and competitive. I will be hiring this company again and again! If you need anything moved, THIS IS A COMPANY YOU WANT TO WORK WITH!!!!!!
Gucci & Sons EnterpriseGucci & Sons Enterprise
Sidney H.
Daddy's Moving LLC team was professional, effective, and lovely to work with. I am sure we will be using them again!
Daddy's Moving LLCDaddy's Moving LLC
Nicole t.
Company responded quickly and though my move was a little of a overload size , she had a back up plan and got me to the next company that could assist in just minutes .. thank you
M&D cleaning & Home ServicesM&D cleaning & Home Services
Yasmin K.
Michael and his son were extremely friendly and worked fast and efficiently to move all our things out. I would absolutely hire them again and refer them to friends and family.
Gucci & Sons EnterpriseGucci & Sons Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Professional and attentive company that went out of their way to meet our needs. If I need a moving service again, I will definitely use them. They were also the most reasonably priced. Highly recommend!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Eileen H.
Kenneth and his partner showed up when promised. They kept in touch with me through the whole process. They were very nice and professional. Move everything necessary with no damage. Would definitely hire them again.
Kenneth's Affordable LaborKenneth's Affordable Labor
Robert M.
Mr DeFreece professed to be in the moving business as well as the cleaning business, and I read his reviews on this site. He came to our home (a tri-level townhouse)and gave us an estimate. He reported that he rents his equipment for a move, as he did not own a truck. We had gotten 3 estimates. We chose Mr DeFreece as he seemed genuinely sincere about increasing his client base and working hard to do so. He explained what he would provide which was the following: an appropriate size vehicle, 4 men, Flat Screen boxes, furniture blankets and 3 wardrobes.We compiled a contract which included the above, as well as the $400 he wanted ahead of time to pay for the supplies, and what we had agreed upon to pay him. He read, agreed and signed. He told us he would be at our home at 9AM on the day of the move. I called him at 9:15 as he was not there. He stated he was waiting for the truck, and said he had it. The saga is too long to continue, but in essence he lied about so many things and broke the agreed upon contract in it's entirety. He showed up at our home at 2PM with a 15 ft truck and 2 men and no supplies. He was still moving us at 2AM in the morning when I stopped him. And $480 was taken from my pocketbook during the move. It was a nightmare.
All Season Cleaning Services, LLCAll Season Cleaning Services, LLC
Liz R.
They were great! Answered all my questions ahead of time and made me feel very comfortable with the move. Showed up and got right to work. Covered and wrapped all the furniture. I would definitely hire them again.
Obsidian Logistics LLCObsidian Logistics LLC
Marc S.
Kyle and Noah came and moved a large heavy chair out of a van into our home. They were very skilled and patient as my mother decided where to place it. They carried it inside and assembled it. They had proper equipment to open the box it came in and transport it carefully. They were kind and pleasant.
Precision Moving & Storage LLCPrecision Moving & Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I assumed the movers were arriving with a van. It was a pick up truck. They had to make 2 trips which aggravated me. I didn't get a copy of my receipt for which I texted them about it, still waiting for a reply. I was unable to leave a voicemail because the mailbox was 'full'! Very disappointed!
A Plus Moving, LLCA Plus Moving, LLC
Nikki H.
Frenchys did a great job helping us move all of our big furniture and putting together our beds! They were professional, respectful and took direction very well. They were never afraid to ask any questions regarding any issues and I would definitely would work with them again 😊
Frenchy Helping Hands LLCFrenchy Helping Hands LLC
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