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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Miamisburg movers
Rebecca M.
I had an excellent experience with Woodby Movers! I would recommend them to anyone! Having a bad experience with another moving company in the past I was apprehensive about using movers again. I am thankful for all the hard work they did getting me moved in a timely fashion! They took care of my things and didn’t damage and of my property in the process! I can’t say enough good things!! If you are planning to move definitely use Woodby Movers!!
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Allison S.
Mike and his crew were great! They were on time and got right to work. They were helpful and knowledgeable about packing a moving truck. The price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend Leave It For Us Moving & Storage for all your moving needs.
Leave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLCLeave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived at 9 am sharp. There were two gentlemen who arrived ready to work. Items were moved quickly and carefully and directions given were followed. Great Rates, Great Service! I highly recommend this company.
Antonio & Henna MoverAntonio & Henna Mover
Gwen H.
We just moved into our house on Wednesday. Thursday I put a request in on Thumbtack and they were able to come Saturday to help us move a bunch of stuff from our garage to a storage unit. The guys were very friendly, courteous and efficient.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Antonio and his crew had to deal with a couple different elements when helping me move. We had to park the truck in the alley, break down furniture, and transport some furniture through my front door and walk it through the back yard to pack it. They did all of this in stride, and the crew's pleasant demeanor never changed. The move took longer than expected due to some of the logistics of moving, but even with the extra hours, they were worth it.
Antonio & Henna MoverAntonio & Henna Mover
This was a nightmare experience. We hired DSL to load our 28' Penske truck for a cross-country move from Ohio to Nevada. We put down a deposit over a month prior and had our entire four bedroom home packed and ready to go for the moving date, We had arranged for a driver to leave for Nevada as soon as the Penske truck was packed, and my husband and I would be following in our vehicles with our dogs. Time was of the essence, as we had scheduled around home closings (in Ohio and Nevada) and work schedules (both ours and our driver). On the morning of our move, only 2 movers from DSL showed up after I had requested 3-4 movers. The 2 movers walked through our home, noted the size of the job, and said they were going to call the boss. They stepped outside to call... AND DROVE AWAY. The owner did do a fantastic job of communicating with me and shared my frustration, however he did not have enough people scheduled for our move and could not find other help for us. He apologized over and over again, which I appreciated, but this cost us time and money. This led me to frantically call every mover in Cincinnati and Dayton, because we needed to be on the road for our cross-country move. We lost several hours waiting for the owner to find extra help, until I finally found Clark and Sons - who sent a three-man team that arrived in the afternoon and got our Penske truck packed in 5 hours. DSL refunded my deposit (AS THEY SHOULD HAVE), however I asked for extra compensation for the time and money we lost in our move - extra hotel rooms for both us and the driver, lost wages for our driver because of the late start, and the premium same-day rate we paid our movers. However, the owner refused to help compensate for his company's error and that error cost my husband and I dearly.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Brittany R.
Great experience and helped us last minute after another move cancelled the night before. They saved the day!
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Eric S.
We researched quite a few moving companies on Thumbtack and other sites before deciding on DSL. The owners quick response to my questions sealed the deal for us! His workers Sam and Jameson were amazing and very professional and actually enjoyed their job! They treated our belongings and homes like they were their own! Don't hesitate to call DSL Moving!
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I needed help moving the furniture from a three story place to a ranch w/ basement. I moved most of the boxes, but couldn't get the furniture on my own. I spoke with Mr Powell on the phone while walking through my house to give a very detailed inventory of what I needed moved. Unfortunately it appears he had it in the schedule wrong as he called a day early to come over, then seemed unprepared on the day of to accomplish the move. The crew he scrambled to send over was not prepared with materials for a move of nearly 100% furniture, and the personnel were poorly chosen. I had one guy that was outstanding, and another who was clearly in training. Training with mostly boxes a bit of furniture is one thing, but with all furniture... it made the move 8.5 HOURS!!! With me helping! Although other reviews talked about people coming to help when the job got long, that just wasn't my experience. I would rate this company lower, but the experienced guy was great, and the trainee was doing what he could. Also, I appreciate that they only charge a set "travel charge" as opposed to the "port to port" crap that other companies do. But the crew was set up to fail, and there's just no way it should have taken so long. So, an average rating it is.
All The Kings Men Moving ExpertsAll The Kings Men Moving Experts
Sandy H.
Great experience with these guys. They showed up on time, got right to work and worked hard the entire time. Will definitely hire them again for the next move.
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had a large entertainment center moved from Miamisburg to Dayton. They did a great job securing the piece of furniture. Everything arrived in tact. Would use again.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The men who moved me were all very polite and professional. Very friendly, and they kept me informed as the job progressed. I will definitely hire them in the future.
Thumbtack Customer
We had 2 guys help us with our move. They were very friendly and were more worried about my walls, furniture, etc than I was. They worked quickly and did a great job.
Ian D.
The guys were on time and very professional. I've had lots of bad experiences with movers and it's caused a general lack of trust. These guys were very trustworthy and they stayed for 2x (ELEVEN hours instead of 5-6) as long as they were supposed to. That was a huge help to us and we will certainly recommend them to anyone who asks.
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Becky M.
Everything was wonderful. I didn't mark punctual, however it was due to a misunderstanding on my part that I thought they were late. The two packers were very friendly, courteous, professional and got right to work packing up my household. All my "stuff" was boxed quickly and professionally. I am extremely pleased with all contact, scheduling, and the way this move has proceeded. I also highly recommend this company.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
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