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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 Lakewood movers
Caitlin W.
ASAP moving was amazing! My movers were able to help me out on such short notice! They made my move extremely easy!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up on time and moved what needed moved quickly and carefully.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Eko Movers were fast and efficient for my long distance move from Cleveland to Charlotte. I'd call them again for my next move.
Eko Movers of PAEko Movers of PA
Brett G.
I had the absolute pleasure of having this company help me move. My movers were early, polite, hard working, fast, and genuinely cared about getting the move done quickly and safely. They never complained about any difficult item that had to be moved. They used highly analytical thinking skills to find ways to move items without them being damaged. I can not recommend this amazing company enough! Best movers ever.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Anna B.
This was by far the smoothest move I’ve ever had! Jeff & team we’re efficient and their price was fair! Will definitely hire again! I recommend Blue Truck Moving to anyone moving! Great experience!
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
I had a good experience working with ASAP Moving and Hauling. It was a very hot and humid day but the two movers still worked hard to complete the move. I would use them again!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job with moving, it was a little harder to get ahold of them before the move than I would have liked, but overall I was incredibly happy. They were fantastic movers, and nice guys.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Sarah K.
The two actual movers and individual I communicated with before the move were friendly and efficient. However, the supervisor that came with them was disrespectful and repeatedly mentioned that they should be charging more for their services. This supervisor complained about the moving space and items being moved the entire two hours. It was obvious there was a lot of miscommunication between the supervisor and individual who collected my information regarding my move. I would not recommend and will not be utilizing their services again.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Lianne D.
Jacob and Mike were great! They arrived to my house bright and early to move me from Cleveland to Columbus. They were quick with moving my items while still being careful with them. Moving is always stressful for me, but they made the entire experience as stress-free as it could be. If you’re looking for someone to move you, these two are an awesome choice!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thomas R.
Dan was a pleasure to hire. His crew hustled and were efficient throughout the move. I would recommend Harrington Moving LLC to anyone.
Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)
Molly S.
I hired Faith and Family Moving Services in an emergency situation (Like 9 am on a Sunday and the original movers had canceled type emergency) She was professional and kind and in my frazzled state assured me "I will make this work for you today!" She wasn't wrong!!! Her team showed up ready to go, professional and in great spirit. They made short work of the items I had to be moved. She even had team members who came in on their day off to help make this move happen. I could have hugged each and every one of them for being so amazing and helping my move happen. I will recommend this company to anyone and everyone who needs a move going forward and will absolutely call on them again for my next move (which hopefully isn't for awhile though :) as we just moved in.) If you are looking for a company who goes above and beyond for you during a move for a great price, Definitely reach out to Faith and Family Moving Services!! You won't be disappointed!
Faith & family moving service LLCFaith & family moving service LLC
Kristine S.
Really great job moving more items than originally planned! Much appreciated quality move! I would hire again!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Both movers were very professional and efficient. They respected my time throughout the move, working diligently throughout the move. They were careful with all my possessions and even went the extra mile to help me move a heavy piece of furniture I didn't originally identify as needing help with. Their rates were the best I was quoted and appropriate for the work they did.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and John provided a great move in experience for me as they were on time and paid attention to detail. Prior to my move date, Jeff came out to my apartment to provide me with an estimate. During my move, they ensured that my items were handled with care.
Emily S.
Definitely recommend! It was smooth and the movers were professional
Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)
Sooji H.
I highly recommend using Harrington Moving! Dan was very responsive from our initial conversation regarding the quote. Our elevator was down on the day of the move, but Dan was able to reschedule us. Their time estimate/ quote was spot on. The movers handled every single item with care and did not waste any time. I’ve moved several times recently and this move was the smoothest transition. The best part about the company is that it isn’t a big company with a call center that sends random men to do the work. These guys actually care about getting your belongings to your new home safely.
Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)
Jessica B.
Hired ASAP Moving to move my fourth floor walk up one bedroom to a storage unit and couldn’t be happier. They were quick, responsive and the price couldn’t be beat. Highly recommend!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Brian B.
The movers from Mount Up were kind and focused.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Carly B.
These guys were amazing! They confirmed my reservation leading up to my move date and were exactly on time. They packed everything carefully and moved efficiently. Highly professional and highly recommend!!
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Nikki H.
Rico & Anthony helped me move my one bedroom apartment on Friday. They were timely, quick and very polite. They made sure to put everything where I wanted it and had to move my couch in some tight corners on two second floor apartments. I would highly recommend working with Mount Up Moving Services and if you get Rico & Anthony, know that they will do a great job! Thanks for making my move a lot easier. :)
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Umang S.
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this contractor to anyone. He cancelled on day of move via a text on this app and did not even have courtesy to give me a call. Very unprofessional. Please be aware and do not hire this mover.
Top Shelf Junk RemovalTop Shelf Junk Removal
Cher B.
This was a great experience from start to finish. I had a small move and they were done quickly and professionally. Dan and Collin took the stress out of a cross town move. They are the best. Hire them if you can!
Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob and his team of 3 guys were professional and pleasant. They moved all my things quickly even though they had to climb three flight of stairs to move 150+ boxes and furniture. They worked with good humor and efficiently. All my things arrived at their destination in good shape and nothing broke. I definitely recommend ASAP and I will use them again if I need to move another time.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The job was for moving less than 50 miles and included the truck and two movers. I can't express my gratitude enough for the professional way everything was handled.Thank you Jeff Burgess, you even impressed my boyfriend, which is extremely hard to do!
Jesus L.
Excellent experience. Movers were on time, professional and efficient. Reasonable pricing as well! Definitely recommend!
Final Destination Moving CompanyFinal Destination Moving Company
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