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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 Saratoga Springs movers
Ashok B.
On time and smooth move.
Here N ThereHere N There
Chase T.
Parry’s Moving exceeded our expectations. They arrived exactly on time, got the whole job done quickly, and were very careful not to damage anything. And they moved some heavy stuff! We’ll hire them again for any future moving we do. A+
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Matthew E.
I had some really heavy stuff to get moved, Perry moved it without damaging any walls. Would definitely hire again.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Whitney N.
I would recommend Here N There movers to anyone. They are very professional, very friendly, and truly do a wonderful job at protecting your goods during a move.
Here N ThereHere N There
Margot T.
Tom and his team were great. They moved an 1890s upright piano from one house to another (down 4 steps, then up 2 steps). They took extraordinary care of the piano and both homes. It's clear that they have extensive experience moving pianos and their goal is a safe and successful move.
classicmves by t seebergerclassicmves by t seeberger
Barbara A.
They arrived on time and moved the heavy piece of furniture
Haul of Fame Movers SaratogaHaul of Fame Movers Saratoga
Tina K.
I needed some furniture moved with only a days notice . I called Parrys moving and he responded immediately and was able to do my move the next morning . He was prompt , polite , professional and very easy to work with . He did a great job and I would highly recommend him !
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Rocco L.
The service was excellent they did a great job moving everything and putting the furniture and boxes where I wanted them. I would recommend them for any moving needs. Rocco
Here N ThereHere N There
Michael M.
Super fast quote over thumbtack. Matt and his assistant were fantastic handling moving very heavy bulky furniture down narrow twisty stairs. Driving and storing them in my storage unit all at an extremely reasonable rate. I'll be calling them back for the next move. If you need movers, these are the guys to call.
Here N ThereHere N There
Jeff M.
It's great to find a local mover who is efficient and professional.
Here N ThereHere N There
Samantha C.
Helped us move in a pinch. Team was quick and a huge help!
Care N Errands Moving & StorageCare N Errands Moving & Storage
Jane S.
We were very happy with Parry’s moving, they helped us move a very heavy piece of granite and couch. They arrived on time and wanted to make sure everything was where we wanted it, they didn’t rush and we’re courteous.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Melanie M.
Overall was very pleased with the professionalism and quickness of the move. Would hire again!
Here N ThereHere N There
Anna L.
They did a great job when I needed an extra hand in moving my bed.
RHC ServicesRHC Services
Trudy R.
Parry arrived on time, quickly surveyed the heavy item and the space, brought in CLEAN moving blankets, and moved the treadmill downstairs before I turned around, (without denting the wall). Job well done. I would definitely call on Parry again!.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Chuck B.
I have used ARMS moving on multiplications they do a great job every time!
ARMS MovingARMS Moving
Athena D.
Parry & Jeremy did a great job helping me move into my new apartment. I didn't have to lift a finger which is KEY for me since I was so exhausted from the moving process. I was able to communicate with Parry the entire time. He responded almost immediately whenever I sent a message- something I greatly appreciate as communication is paramount to a successful job. I will definitely be hiring Parry for any moving I have in the future. Thanks so much for everything!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Ben F.
Parry was available when we needed him on short notice and made our move easy! Thank you!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Linda S.
Parry responded to my request for a furniture mover and I ended up hiring him to load my PODS container for a cross country move. ABSOLUTELY THE BEST hire I have ever made. Parry was responsive, courteous, punctual, fair, a good communicator, careful, efficient and extremely hard working - he really knows how to get things done right. He completed everything I asked for with time to spare, and offered to do more. His good work relieved so much of the pressure of a difficult move. Highly recommended !!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Brian W.
On time, worked hard and fast, pleasant, professional, no BS! Took the job on very short notice for a weekend move. Highly recommend!!!
Reliable & Safe MoversReliable & Safe Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Had a small but complicated move. The guys showed up on time and worked efficiently for 3 hours. Everything went smoothly. Very satisfied.
Mack's Moving CompanyMack's Moving Company
Karen A.
Parry was wonderful! Came to move 3 VERY heavy dressers to different floors of the house (stairs required for each piece). His worker wasn’t able to left the pieces. Parry came the very next day (with a different worker) and moved the heaviest pieces plus 2 smaller pieces (still quite heavy) - all for the same price! He was extremely careful - the move was completed with NO damage to the furniture, our walls, hardware flooring!! He responded to my requests immediately and came in 2 days after initial message. I would absolutely use him again and again AND highly recommend him to others! A pleasure doing business with him!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Phillip L.
I haven't moved yet. Lay the Fuck off. This immediate feedback crap has to stop. Not just your site and the games iota plays. I was tolt there were like 9 movers and I got one quote until I asked for more. Then I got a higher one. Do you think I am stupid and don't see through the games you play. I'll let you know when it is finished. Don't you know how annoying people find these immediate feedback requests. Sit tight till I move or you get Jack Shit, then I'll find out if you are a legit site or shared quotes. That would not be good. For you. Now back off
Here N ThereHere N There
Lynne E.
They did a terrific job, one that involved moving a lot of heavy steel furniture and awkwardly sized pieces, and they left not a scratch anywhere. Communication was great as well. I highly recommend this company
Frenchy Helping Hands LLCFrenchy Helping Hands LLC
Annette B.
Move could not have gone better. We are interior designers and very picky! They were able to arrange their schedule to accommodate a last-minute job; they were punctual, professional and exceeded expectations. Perfect!
Reliable & Safe MoversReliable & Safe Movers
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