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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 Syracuse movers
Phyllis H.
Movers move the items was great.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Arijita C.
This was a small move but the BL movers team took every single item and moved them into my new apartment. They were friendly and courteous.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Stephen B.
Were very friendly and helpful moving moving furniture up to our 3rd story apartment.
Helping HandzHelping Handz
August E.
Best moving experience ever!! Helping Hands showed up at my door right on time with smiling faces. They were kind, careful, efficient, and radiated positive energy--which everyone needs on moving day. I couldn't recommend these movers more and would use them for every move if I could!
Helping HandzHelping Handz
Thumbtack Customer
The movers arrived on time. They checked out what was to be moved, gave me a price, and said they would have me moved and set up in my new apt within 3 hours, which they did. They shrink wrapped things and moved very quickly and carefully. I would recommend them highly. Thank You.
Reliable Movers LLCReliable Movers LLC
Jill S.
The movers were polite, helpful and careful when they moved my refrigerator. They ended up not even charging me in the end. What nice guys!
Versatile DistinctionVersatile Distinction
Thumbtack Customer
George Youmas and his crew performed in an outstanding manner. They were on time, professional, courteous and competent. They also anticipated items that needed special packing. This was not a typical move (furniture etc.). But rather involved moving sensitive and fragile items. George's knowledge and direction of the moving operation was superb! I highly recommend this company and crew for whatever your moving concerns and goals are!! SMK Syracuse, N.Y.
Youmas MovingYoumas Moving
Tan x.
They did a great job! Moving swiftly
Swift MoversSwift Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I scheduled a move with RM for a tenant. The tenant called at the last minute and told me she wasn't moving. I called RM 5 hours before the scheduled time to move and canceled. They were so nice and understanding. Great customer service. I will call them again.
Reliable Movers LLCReliable Movers LLC
Amanda C.
It was a pleasure working with Mike today. He is honest, courteous, and respectful. Mike did a nice job packing and moving my mother's furniture. He cared for items as if they were his own. What impressed me most today is that he helped my mother move the last of the items from her vehicle after moving the furniture (all I hired him for). There will be two more moves in the family in the future and we will hire Mike for both. Even though I had to rent a moving truck on my own, it was much cheaper to do that and hire Mike than it would have been if I hired a professional moving company. I would highly recommend Mike Chennell!
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Abby S.
They showed up on time and moved quickly but with quality
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Russell Y.
Brass Lantern movers took great care with the furniture they were moving for us as if it were their own. They arrived on time , I showed them what had to be done, and it was done in a timely and efficient manner. I would recommend them for any moving job and wouldn’t hesitate to call them again.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Thumbtack Customer
This was the first time using a moving company and they blew me away. They had to move 27 large furniture items from two stops into an upstairs apartment and they did it in one hour and eighteen minutes. Very respectful and always wiping their shoes upon entry. Absolutely amazing job an I will be recommending them to anyone needing a mover.
Reliable Movers LLCReliable Movers LLC
Kathleen M.
I had some VERY heavy furniture to be moved. Michael arrived on time, decided the best way to move everything, and was completely done in less than an hour. He was very conscientious, making sure everything was put where it was supposed to go. If I ever need moving done again he’d be the first person I called.
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Kristy L.
These guys made my move quick and easy, no hassle! They had no trouble finding locations, taking apart and putting back furniture, etc. Will recommend them to anyone who needs an affordable move!
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Xin X.
Very nice mover. Arrive on time. Job well done.
Versatile DistinctionVersatile Distinction
Duane G.
Brass Lantern Movers were great! Careful, efficient, and thorough!
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They make moving look easy! Took everything apart and put back together and wrapped my furniture up nicely to protect it during the move. They were right on time and ready to go. Awesome & friendly service!
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Mary K.
Brass Lantern Movers did a great job. They were fast, efficient, and thorough. Ron and his 2 helpers were friendly and helpful with suggestions. I would definitely hire them again for the next move!
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Michael and his staff were fantastic during our move. They were professional, efficient, and very delicate with all of our belongings. I would unequivocally recommend The Labor Union for service. Our move was painless and easy because of Michael and his staffs hard work. If we move again in the future, I will surely reserve The Labor Union to assist us.
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Thumbtack Customer
Moving job was done nicely and fast. They're very friendly and patient.
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Rachael F.
Put all doubts aside. This is the mover you want to hire. Alex was extremely honest, responsible, hard working, thorough, and friendly. When assessing the cost of my move he was able to quote me a price immediately and he kept his word. He and his team were very hardworking and honestly they took better care of my belongings than I probably would have. My son had a loft bed and a desk with glass sides that needed to be taken apart to move it efficiently. Alex and his team disassembled and assembled in no time. Listen moving is hard hire Alex and his team if you want at least one part of your move to be worry free. You won’t regret it.
Levchuk's Moving ServiceLevchuk's Moving Service
Christina C.
The movers were great! Arrived perfectly on time. And were very professional and and efficient.
Brass Lantern MoversBrass Lantern Movers
Thumbtack Customer
our move went without a hitch. would definitely recommend Mike Chennells.
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
Thumbtack Customer
Best mover I have ever had the pleasure to work with, highly recommend.
MJC Finish CarpentryMJC Finish Carpentry
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