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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 Dublin movers
Vishal S.
I recommend Muscle Movers, i get to work with Josh and Jacob, They helped me move my apartment. They moved all the stuff with so much care and and were quick and excellent.
Muscle MoversMuscle Movers
Nimesh P.
No complaints. I hired KJ Hauling movers for my local 2 BD apartment move. They arrived on time and did absolute fantastic job of moving. All items were moved very carefully without any damages or scratches. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family.
KJ Hauling/Movers LLC
Travis D.
Very happy and so pleased with the service. Moving can be very stressful but Smooth Moves made the long distance move go very smoothly. Also, their prices are very reasonable compared to other moving companies I talked to. Highly recommend and would definitely use this company again.
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Robin M.
When I contacted Pick Up Movers for our move, they behaved very nicely with us. They gave us a competitive estimation. The move was completed within the schedule and without any mishaps and was completely worth the price.
Pick Up Movers LLC Columbus,OHPick Up Movers LLC Columbus,OH
James S.
Everything from the planning of my move, the actual execution to the very end was handled professionally and satisfactorily by the movers from Pick Up Movers. They demonstrated that they could be depended upon to move any amount of property of any kind. They safely packed and protected my electronics and used boxes to protect my furniture against breakages. They were very insightful regarding moving regulations and it ensured a smooth and stress-free relocation.
Pick Up Movers LLC Columbus,OHPick Up Movers LLC Columbus,OH
Thumbtack Customer
We used IHM back in November for a small, local move. Charles and his team were great!!! On time, professional, and the move was quick! Handled our items with care. We will use them again for future moves.
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Amanda S.
I had a quick turn around move...needed to get out of my current place within a week. Muscle Movers were flexible and had availability on short notice. The two men that came to the move were careful with my belongings. They went above and beyond to move the furniture in the exact rooms I requested and asked if they could help me put some of my furniture together. They were incredibly efficient - the move took less than 4 hours! I would absolutely hire Muscle Movers again and recommend them.
Muscle MoversMuscle Movers
Madheswaran K.
Overall great moving experience.
American Logistics & SolutionsAmerican Logistics & Solutions
Maureen S.
Would be helpful to know there is a minimum 3-hour charge regardless of what is moved. I found another mover with a lower minimum rate.
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
Priya G.
Came home on time and moved a solef80 treadmill to the basement. They were very professional and did an excellent job.will recommend them for any moving service
Scoop N Go LLCScoop N Go LLC
Cymande B.
Making Moves is a great company. Very responsive and made my move stress free with the services provided. They right punctual and quick with service. Highly recommended!!
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers are very careful, show up on time.
Legacy Moving ColumbusLegacy Moving Columbus
Thumbtack Customer
the two guys helping me move is nice.
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Jonathan B.
My movers were very professional and helpful. They took great care of my things moving them into my new house. They worked hard and quickly to get everything done.
KJ Hauling/Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with In House Moving Company. The communication prior to my appointment was quick and very professional. Two movers arrived on time and were polite and knew exactly what they were doing (angle needed to move item, spacing, etc.). No damages - no scuff marks. They made quick work of the task. Will definitely use again.
In House Moving CompanyIn House Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Terrell is a very nice person and you will feel good when you meet him. He helped me moving from Ohio to Tennessee, it was a smooth move. He kept me up-to-date about moving timings and let me know when he is coming for pickup/delivery. Thanks Terrell for help.
Resident Safety Home InspectionResident Safety Home Inspection
Ashok V.
Nice job guys, on time and safe move. Thanks!!
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Jasmine M.
They did a great job moving all of our furniture. They showed up on time and were very efficient. All of our items made it to the new location in great condition. The movers were very nice and professional. In addition to everything else, they offered a great price for the move. I will definitely consider using this company again in the future!
Leave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLCLeave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLC
Christopher W.
Jeremy and his team are excellent to work with! He was very quick to respond and was flexible and willing to help me when we had a schedule change. Very trustworthy and good people. They took great care moving our belongings and went above and beyond to make our move as smooth as possible. I highly recommend hiring them for your move!!
Accurate Midwest MoversAccurate Midwest Movers
Sushant G.
Move was quick and hassle free. I highly recommend these guys!
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
I've moved more than 5 times in the last 10 years and these were the best movers I have had ... hands down. They moved me long distance from Ohio to NC. I boxed my own items. They picked the appropriate size truck based on a verbal inventory and it was accurate. They also assured me the truck would only contain my items and not other customers. They followed up every step of the way, showed up on time and were very accommodating to my requests. A big call out to my movers, Cliff and John, for being super professional, friendly, and extremely careful wrapping and moving all my furniture. They've been the only movers to tape, pad, and shrink wrap almost every single item! Well done and much appreciated. I would highly recommend them. Thanks! Sheri E.
Thumbtack Customer
They were very professional and quick. I recommend them to anyone moving!!!!!
Jennifer B.
I would in include punctuality if I could select more than 3. I was pleased with Manifest Shipping from start to finish. I've moved many times, and this was by far the best experience I've had with a moving company!!
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time and moved very quickly! Would definitely use them again.
Incredible Hulk MoversIncredible Hulk Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Terell and his team did a good job of the whole house cleaning, carpet cleaning and Moving tasks he took up. Cleaning and carpet cleaning were very good, but they left a few scratches while moving the furniture, hope they are careful in future.
Resident Safety Home InspectionResident Safety Home Inspection
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