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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 Hamilton movers
Diane G.
The movers were punctual and extremely careful in moving my items.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I only had a small move, but the guys were very professional. I think that they would do a good job on a big move or a small move. We will be moving our whole house in June and we will use these guys again, for sure!
Tim D.
The movers were friendly and hard-working. They got the move done under time and I was very pleased with their work.
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Helen W.
Whole house move was completed without any problems.
Turner & Son’s MoversTurner & Son’s Movers
Rob F.
Two movers arrived on time and explained process well Used a truck that seemed smaller than expected. Movers were fast, worked hard and didn’t damage walls floors or property.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Laura R.
I was thoroughly impressed with the "dynamic duo" of Ebin and his crew. They were so friendly and a good sense of humor. Honest and thorough. I can say that I havent had the best luck with movers and this company is a company I would use again and recommend to a friend. Not only do they do local moves but they also move across country as well and they communicate and take pictures the entire way. Thanks guys! Not to be corny but you really did make my move...a smooth one!
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and reasonably priced. Had a super heavy dresser moved from garage to the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, and they were able to move it without any issues. My hubs and I will definitely be calling them in the future. 😊
Jo W.
I couldn't be more pleased with DSL Moving. Frederick and the guys are professional and very courteous. I had some very heavy pieces that had to me moved upstairs and they handled it like real pros. I won't hesitate to use them again... Thanks Frederick!
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Monica S.
Dillon and Chris were on time and did an excellent job moving heavy furniture up a staircase!! They were professional and fun to have so the job. Good guys!! Would definitely hire again! Thank you Steady Moving! Great customer service from scheduling to finish!
Steady Moving LLCSteady Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were great to work with. Very careful moving the furniture. Very courteous and polite. Would highly recommend them.
An Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor OnlyAn Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor Only
Melinda M.
Eric and Daniel moved me a couple of weeks ago. I was thoughly impressed with their professionalism and concern for my needs. They worked increadably hard and stayed late until the job was done. I couldn't speak higher of them. I would suggest to any preparing to move to request them by name. Thanks, Mindy
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Maribeth L.
I was only permitted to select 3 qualities that impressed me about Move Plus, but i would have selected them all if I could. These 2 young men were responsive, communicated well, prompt, polite and they finished moving 4 couches for me in about 35 minutes. It’s difficult to move furniture in and out of my home because the doorways are narrow in my 66 year old home, but these men did it with ease. I have already passed their contact information on to 4 people. It’s hard to find so many great qualities in one place.
Natasha C.
Amazing!! Fantastic group of movers ! They did an excellent job with all of our belongings. Quick very curtious, highly recommended. You will not be disappointed
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Samir p.
Dillon and Chris were awesome. They came early, looked over the items to be moved and the pathway. Did everything perfect and professionally. Highly recommend.
Steady Moving LLCSteady Moving LLC
Kim W.
The guys were great - they took great care in protecting the items moved and got the job done in a timely manner. Would use them again!
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Beckie S.
I can’t say enough good things about these guys! They really go the extra mile, showed up on time as promised. They took great care of everything, checking in along the way. Never a complaint and worked quickly and efficiently. I’ve had bad experiences with movers in the past, but do NOT hesitate to hire these guys! You won’t regret it! They are my go to for any future moves and will always be my recommendation!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Missy F.
Diane told me that my number one request for the move would be taken care of by her company. It is why I agreed to work with them. Not only did they not fulfill their word to take the televisions away and dispose/donate, she never returned my calls or texts. The movers were 45 minutes late due to a flat tire. Once they arrived, they were GREAT. I just wish I had gotten what I paid for. Now I have to make new arrangements to have the TV's removed.
Steady Moving LLCSteady Moving LLC
Bradley T.
MovePlus did a fantastic job getting my safe moved to the basement. They were on time, professional, and polite. I was fortunate to get same day service. I will definitely use them again. Thanks so much MovePlus!
Thumbtack Customer
We had to move an electric piano, four drawer file cabinet, and a six-foot ladder. Michael and his team were excellent at getting things padded and placed into our pickup truck. They arrived on time and were very professional. We definitely had a positive experience with them!
An Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor OnlyAn Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor Only
Susan E.
The men were a huge help to me. They did anything and everything they could to make the move smooth and make sure I was happy. They have great personalities and are very professional. They treated my belongings with such care. I will definitely use again. The rate they charge is very fair. They won my business for the future as well.
Thumbtack Customer
Scheduled time in advance to have him help us move something that we purchased from another persons house. He called 3 times saying that he was going to be an hour late each time putting us and the other person out. Eventually we called it off, we couldn't wait any longer. Especially since the last time he called to tell us he was going to be late was so he could purchase a drink.
Movers 4 YouMovers 4 You
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