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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 Rochester movers
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were prompt, efficient and very friendly. I had no issues with the move.
Joe's Moving Co.Joe's Moving Co.
Celinda H.
My move went perfectly! The movers were friendly and professional! Job well done!
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
On time, helpful and very nice movers. I also called Joe to ask for some "extra help" after the move, and he was more than willing. I will definitely recommend Joe's Movers!
Joe's Moving Co.Joe's Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Great move
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
Achilles T.
These guys were great. Very accommodating during a rather stressful time (moving). They had the proper equipment and were able to move our furniture quickly. They even accommodated my request to move a piece of furniture to my mother in law’s house. Great people, very helpful and fun to chat with while we moved!
Thumbtack Customer
We had a few hiccups in the moving process due to truck issues that couldn't really be helped but the move itself went smooth and joes movers were great and knowledgable about the best way to get things done.
Joe's Moving Co.Joe's Moving Co.
Andre K.
Great team of movers.
Carol J.
A great moving experience.
Kimiya ServicesKimiya Services
Litu Z.
I had to move my furnitures from a 2 bedroom apartment on the 21st floor to a storage unit a few miles away. The move was extremely challenging considering the distance between the loading bay of the building and the elevator. However, the movers were still able to coordinate and managed to finish everything on time. The movers were very friendly and responsible too!
Kimiya ServicesKimiya Services
Fatima B.
The team from Kimiya made our move so easy. They helped disassemble, move, and assemble our furniture. It was a pleasure working with them!
Kimiya ServicesKimiya Services
Bell'S F.
Was looking to get sofa moved and his price was fair and reasonable. I went to other Thumbtack movers and Levchhuk's quote was great price for one piece of furniture. Other movers wanted to charge me full price for one piece of furniture that was Less than 5 miles. I highly recommend Levchuk's Moving Services I will definitely be using them in the future.
Levchuk's Moving ServiceLevchuk's Moving Service
La Juana J.
Kimiya services came through in a crunch. I had a big move to under take and one of my volunteer movers hurt his ankle and could no longer help me move. I was running behind on my move out deadline, the forecast called for heavy rain and the pandemic had everything off course. However I’m so grateful for Kimiya Services. They helped last minute (less than 24 hrs) and eased my anxiousness around the move. They are reasonable priced and were punctual for our service appointment. The next time I move they will be my first call. Highly recommended!
Kimiya ServicesKimiya Services
Amanda D.
Totally forgot to leave a review but about a year ago I used Lewis Moving Co to move my bedroom suite to storage. They were perfectly on time and moved quick! I couldn't believe how fast they were. Very nice people and highly recommend :)
Lewis Moving & Cleaning co.Lewis Moving & Cleaning co.
Peter G.
Herb and Alex were great today. Herb’s been very flexible with me having to keep shifting the date and changing up what items were being moved and where they were being moved to. Would definitely hire again if I need anything moved
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
Yeonsun H.
Thank you for my first move
Thumbtack Customer
We haven't actually moved yet. That doesn't happen for a few more weeks. But the process so far has been smooth and we have appreciated how Always Moving has handled the quote process and helped prepare us for what will be involved with our move.
Always MovingAlways Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Very happy with the movers. Very professional!
Lewis Moving & Cleaning co.Lewis Moving & Cleaning co.
Thumbtack Customer
thanks Joe's moving ... helpful and friendly
Joe's Moving Co.Joe's Moving Co.
John H.
Stay away from this company!!!!! I contacted Call Tyrone Moving about moving my home next month. Having hired a mover in the past (which I Iater found out was operating illegally), I was cautious about hiring another. All movers of household goods must be registered with New York and have set pricing. Call Tyrone Moving has pricing that is very flexible, which raised some concerns. Since a NYDOT number is absolutely not on any of their trucks, I asked them to provide me with their NYDOT number, which they could not provide. Any moving company that is not breaking the law should be able to prove their registration.
Call Tyrone IncCall Tyrone Inc
Evan M.
First time hiring movers, and had a great experience. Our items were packed quickly and carefully, and the movers were very easy to work with. Highly recommend!
We get it done moversWe get it done movers
Daniel B.
Herb was communicative, punctual, and overall reliable. The job went as well as we hoped. I would hire Herb and HP3 Moving LLC again for our next move.
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Thank You today 05/01/2015 for making my moving experience a Great One! I advise everyone who is moving in the near future to hire this Company!
Joe's Moving Co.Joe's Moving Co.
Sheldon M.
HP3 showed up on time, they were very careful with the things I needed to have moved, and they did a very careful job taking apart and reassembling an antique desk that was part of the move. If I ever need to make another move, I would be very comfortable using HP3 again.
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
JeY L.
Had to move a ton of large furniture from an apartment on the 2nd floor to a ranch just 5 minutes away - they were incredible movers, very nice, got the job done extremely well. If I ever hear someone needs to move I will be giving them Roy's phone number.
Spotless ServicesSpotless Services
Tineka P.
The crew was very polite and courteous. The crew moved the items fast. Overall herb and his crew was professional. I would recommend hp3 to anyone looking for a moving company.
HP3 Moving LLCHP3 Moving LLC
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