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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 Schenectady movers
Karen M.
I would highly recommend Haul of Fame Movers! Sam and his team were outstanding starting from my initial phone call need for moving services to loading the truck on moving day. They were on time and treated my belongings with extra care and attention and moved quickly until the job was done. There are many moving service choices in the area and you won’t go wrong using these guys!
Haul of Fame Movers SaratogaHaul of Fame Movers Saratoga
Thumbtack Customer
I was very pleased with my move by PT movers. They picked up my furniture from our home in upstate NY and delivered it to Knoxville TN. There was absolutely no damage and they were right on time both places. I had a different mover move furniture for me here in Knoxville. There were nicks and gouges in 3 new pieces, as well as a dent in a wall. P T movers were meticulous in their care of my things and my homes. Highly recommend Phil.
PT Movers - New YorkPT Movers - New York
Kathy c.
ARMS Moving made my daughter’s move from Schenectady to Castleton as stress-free as possible. The two gentlemen made fast work of the task and were personable as well as very professional. I found Arms Moving to be very accommodating, too. At the last minute we asked them to drop a barbecue grill en route so that my daughter could swap it with a friend for a desk and a few book shelves. They happily agreed to do so. A Five Star moving experience!! I highly recommend ARMS Moving!!
ARMS MovingARMS Moving
Rhonda P.
I was very happy with my experience with Boxing Movers. I contacted Boxing Movers a few weeks ahead of the move,for a quote. They got back to me the next day,& I hired them. They called to confirm a couple times, showed up on time. Very nice young men, very professional. They had to move me from a 3rd floor to a second floor,plus some big furniture went to the Attic. & they never appeared to be bothered by that. I appreciate that. Everything arrived without incident. I plan on calling them for my next move.
Heather W.
Took care with wrapping and padding each item as I asked, working quickly but professionally with my move and were very friendly. Will hire again for next move and do highly recommend.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Amanda S.
Great guy-did a great job moving our piano!
classicmves by t seebergerclassicmves by t seeberger
Marra D.
Great people and workers! Team was very responsive, professional and handled everything with care. Team was also very polite and moved quick. Great value for your buck! Thank you for making our move easy!
Care N Errands Moving & StorageCare N Errands Moving & Storage
Scott F.
It was a huge job moving AND putting household junk into dumpster. Parry accommodated the changes to the work load, adjusted the price fairly, and finished EARLY! It’s a gamble when you hire movers. These guys are a safe bet.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Bill B.
Parry arrived on time and took care of the furniture move without a problem.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Thumbtack Customer
Gary came in for my moving. he was great. definitely would recommend them
Care N Errands Moving & StorageCare N Errands Moving & Storage
Tracey W.
Capital Region is sleeping on this GREAT company, hands down the Best movers, will hire again.
Ez does it!  moving & furniture assembly LLCEz does it! moving & furniture assembly LLC
Julia P.
He came through for me last minute after another 5 star company left and ghosted me. They just left me stranded on moving day. I was so upset but he was able to come through last minute and help me move. Great people
Ellie P.
Perry is the only mover of the four I requested quotes from that actually responded. He responded immediately, was okay with waiting while I tried to get other quotes, and then quickly set up a time once I decided to go with his service. He let me know when he was on his way and successfully moved a very heavy treadmill up four flights of narrow stairways. I would use his moving service again!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Steven C.
Sam did a great job moving a couple laundry centers and a dishwasher. I would highly recommend this service.
Haul of Fame Movers SaratogaHaul of Fame Movers Saratoga
Shar C.
Very professional. They were very careful as I had heavy glass items to be moved. Would not hesitate hiring again.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Lee J.
These guys were amazing! I couldn't believe how quickly and professionally the job was done. If you're looking for skilled workmen to safely move your belongings without overcharging you, save yourself a headache and call Parry. I hope I don't have to move again for a while but I'm saving his number just in case.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Janet Z.
Great experience, they worked very hard, quickly and were very responsive. Would definitely recommend them for any moving job.
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Samantha B.
We had a massive dresser that we needed moved from our foyer up two small flights of stairs. They were responsive to my messages and came the next day. Well worth the cost of hiring someone, there was no way my husband and I could have moved it ourselves. I will definitely be keeping Parry's in mind for future jobs!
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Yifan D.
Daniel is a nice guy! He and his team did a nice hard job with our moving. Communication with him was great too. Highly recommended.
North Region ExpressNorth Region Express
Jeremie C.
Tom was great to work with, piano was moved very carefully from the pickup location to our home. I would definitely hire him again in the future.
classicmves by t seebergerclassicmves by t seeberger
Rebecca D.
This moving service was exactly what I needed! They really helped me out with a tough situation. They kept in constant contact with me and moved my furniture very quickly within 2 hours from my old residence to my current residence. David and Carol were super nice and went the extra mile for me. They gave me a great price for their service. I will definitely use them again.
Brownie's Painting & Estate cleanoutsBrownie's Painting & Estate cleanouts
Amarilis F.
They came on time and moved everything in short order. I appreciate the promptness in response to my first inquiry. I would absolutely recommend them and use their service again.
Here N ThereHere N There
Arleea H.
I highly recommend Parry and his team. Parry was very responsive to my questions and was very professional and handled my move with care and in a timely manner. -Happy Customer
Parry's Moving and BeyondParry's Moving and Beyond
Meredith P.
Tom was very nice and great to work with. He was very friendly, efficient and we are so glad we trusted him to move our piano. Would hire him again in an instant!
classicmves by t seebergerclassicmves by t seeberger
Gerri T.
Dillon was a pleasure to work with. He and his co-worker Chris did a great job moving me into a third floor apartment. The stairs were brutal and they handled them like true professionals. Highly recommend!
Grace Property Maintenance and Removal ServicesGrace Property Maintenance and Removal Services
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