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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Elyria movers
Jacquie B.
Although our move day was off to a rough start, our particular situation was unique that we “swapped” houses with someone and the movers were very skilled at packing all our stuff in the truck and moving it quickly. Would definitely hire again for future moves and recommend to friends and family!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Kristine R.
Moved furniture.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
The guys at ASAP Moving really came through for our long distance move. We had a mover scheduled for Friday, June 24 but had to cancel due to illness. Thought original movers rescheduled for following week. Fortunately, they didn't because when contacted around 3pm on Monday via Thumbtack, the guys at ASAP Moving were able to move us from Cleveland to Dayton the very next day. They really came through for us, were a very pleasant set of guys all the way up to the owner, Jacob. He even beat the price of the original mover. Highly recommend you give him a call if you have moving needs!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Jim S.
They were on time and very careful in moving the furniture. I highly recommend them to move any of you treasures.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Meredith D.
Mount Up Moving Services worked with us as our moving date was up in the air. Easy to work with, professional and did a nice job
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Seth J.
I've hired a number of movers before and let me be very clear - you will not find a better company that this. They are friendly, professional, extremely considerate with your needs, and handle themselves with the professionalism you'd expect. The attention to detail displayed during the move was impressive. Absolutely would recommend to anyone moving big or small.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely satisfied with my moving experience using this company. Had great communication throughout the process of setting up the move. Then when moving day came they showed up ready to work and did a great job. Thu packaged and handled al items with care, and did the job quick and with great attention to detail. Was no easy move with lots of heavy items and lots of stairs, and they made it look like nothing. Would highly recommend this company!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great customer service so far. Move is on 12/30/16.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move was from a 10x20 storage unit to a ranch house a mile away. They showed up on time, and finished on time, but they could have been a bit more organized as one mover arranged things on the truck while the other two waited around. They did not seem as professional as Two men and a truck who moved us from out of state, but they did do the job and do it well. I would recommend them understanding the above.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Maureen M.
Very happy with the two gentlemen who moved the furniture and the owner! I would definitely use them again. Thanks guys
CLC Services of Ohio LlcCLC Services of Ohio Llc
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely fantastic workers!!!! I can not say enough about what a great job they did for me. Fast, friendly, and efficient. Thanks, for a flawless move!
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
I had a few heavy items that needed to be moved from one location to another locally. Jeff's service Blue truck Enterprise was excellent and his company took great care of my furniture. Blue truck Enterprise is very professional and has been the best movers that I have had the pleasure of working with in a very long time. Thank you again Jeff and his staff from Blue Truck Enterprise.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Danielle B.
Not enough words to describe how impressive I was with this entire process. Jacob and his assistant (sorry blanking on his name tall guy with beard). Were amazing the entire moving process and they handled all of our items with TLC. Even before the move Jacob was in contact with me the entire time and gave me updates on his arrival. Again I can't express how amazing these two guys were. They were very friendly making conversation with us. 10 star rating in my book.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Huge thank you to Jeff and his son. Couldn't have done it without them. Very professional and took care of my big items. Definitely recommended to anyone looking for help moving. Great prices also. Would have been expensive else where.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and his son were very pleasant and got to my project of moving my apartment from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor on time, and it in the 4 hours we had agreed to. Yes I would hire Jeff again for a project. Thanks again Jeff, to you and your son for a job well done.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Stacy S.
Bobby was such a pleasure to work with from the very beginning all the way to the end. Bobby and Mark (I believe was his name) were punctual, hardworking, and professional. We are so happy that we hired this company. If you are looking for great, reliable and affordable movers in the area this is the company to call. We will be recommending them to everyone. Thank you Bobby and Mark!
Professional Moving Assistance LLCProfessional Moving Assistance LLC
Christian B.
These guys were perfect. On time. Friendly. Careful with my stuff. Talked to my kids when they talked to them. Answered questions. Made you feel at ease from start to finish. Robin was great contacting, following up. Jeff and T were great all around guys. If you need movers. These are your guys. Stop reading and hire them already.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
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