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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 North Olmsted movers
Gabriel R.
Best and easiest moving experience. Moved everything carefully and in a timely manner with no complaints. I won't go to anyone else.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob was awesome! His entire team of 4 men were polite and so careful with all of our belongings during the move! Jacob was fast and efficient and that made the job AFFORDABLE for us! We have used many movers over the years, but Jacob's team is the ONLY one we will use again and refer to ALL of our family and friends! There honestly was nothing that could've been done better or differently....he made it accommodating to our schedules and was on time and very easy to get ahold of during the process. IF YOU ARE MOVING, THERE IS ONLY ONE MOVING COMPANY TO CONSIDER...DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY WITH OTHER MOVERS!!!! USE ASAP MOVING AND HAULING!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were good, although moved a little slow and took several smoking breaks. The overall price was $200 higher than quoted and unsure why so will need to check on this.
Andrews Moving & StorageAndrews Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
This company was extremely professional. 4 guys showed up not just on time, but 15 min early. I showed them everything that needed to be moved and they didn't start the hourly rate until they actually started moving. Pricing was incredibly reasonable. They moved everything quickly and efficiently. We even added on extra items at the end to move and they were more than happy to handle everything we needed. I am recommending this company to everyone I know.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
MaryAnn L.
They were wonderful. They moved everything and set it up they way I wanted it. They were personable, checked everything out. I couldn't be more pleased . I would definitely recommend them to anyone making a move in the local area.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
My original mover backed out at the last minute. I was desperate. Faith and her crew were life savers. First rate all the way. I would 100% recommend them to anyone looking for a professional moving company.
Faith & family moving service LLCFaith & family moving service LLC
Megan R.
We went with this company based on the great reviews and the price. While we didn't need it for three hours, the price was the best for the time and what was provided. Two movers and a supervisor with a trailer was plenty for what we had. Robin was great with scheduling everything, and we made sure to confirm with each other every step of the way. Upon arrival (they were early which was nice) the movers were ready to get working, but when I showed the supervisor what was to be moved, he kept saying he was concerned about moving the items to where they needed to be and when I told him about the larger furniture that was mentioned when booking, he seemed upset and annoyed to have to move it. Everything I mentioned that had to be moved seemed to come with some kind of negative issue. Nonetheless, the crew was careful and timely. I think the price was worth the service and quality. My only criticism would be for a little more hospitality when moving. I was stressed for this move and while I get there may be some concerns, I would have appreciated some positivity to get the job done until there was an issue (which we did not have any). Overall I appreciate the service and would recommend if you are on a lower budget looking for more for your money. Thank you!
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Mark N.
Robin and her husband had overall great communication to me throughout the moving process but some minor plans had to be reminded about. The moving crew was courteous and quick. Very reasonable price for service as well. I would recommend Blue Truck to a friend.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Nancy E.
Harrington's was very flexible and gracious in allowing me to change the date of the move just days before it was scheduled. The actual move was conducted efficiently and effectively by three men who conducted themselves professionally and politely. Communication was excellent throughout the process. I highly recommend this company.
Harrington MovingHarrington Moving
Teresa L.
I got an immediate response to my request to move 3 items from my mom’s place to my place. Not only did they move the three items but the took my old furniture to Goodwill for me! They all worked so hard to get a slightly larger sofa in through my new doors. Absolutely no damage. They even set up my bed frame. Will absolutely use this company again and I would refer them to anyone that needs something moved.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Sherry A.
Movers arrived on time, got to work immediately, very professional, friendly and polite. I would not hesitate to use them again.
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
D job went well. D guys were very nice, pleasant and overall did a great job. I will hire them again and refer them to anyone that needs moving in the future!?
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
David K.
Where do I begin to sing the praises of ASAP Moving & Hauling...at 2am this morning I put out the 911 for someone to pick an antique bookcase up and deliver it to my house by the end of today...I got a few responses back one was great and the others were not...then Jacob messaged me we talked for a few minutes, he knew exactly what I was looking for and assured me he'd take care of everything AND was able to beat the lowest price I had been quoted by someone else by 25%...Jacob and ASAP Moving not only did everything they promised me they would but was able to complete the project hours ahead of the deadline I had given them. They couldn't have been kinder to us when they delivered the bookcase to us. As a result of such a positive experience we've had with them, ASAP Moving is now our first call...our go to place for all our moving and hauling needs...which ironically will be quite a lot for the next 6-9 months. Thanks Jacob....We look forward to working with you and you staff more in the coming weeks and months.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Holly S.
Jacob is a real stand up guy & helped make the final part of my move seamless. He provided me with excellent service when moving my couch. I was convinced nobody would be able to get it out of my condo and into my new apartment but he and another gentleman did it with absolute ease. They took maybe 15 minutes tops to get it down to the parking lot, into their truck, to my new apartment, and upstairs to my unit. I was incredibly impressed & very thankful.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Amy B.
The guys were very friendly and professional - they took care when moving in very tight corners! The owner communicated the entire time with me as we had several stops. I would definitely recommend this company!
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Tess K.
It was a fair price and they did a good job. We needed more guys for the job but besides that the movers he had working for him were excellent. He also put my bed together and hung my TV's.
Mckinley Tate IIIMckinley Tate III
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and his team are simply amazing. Everyone knows that moving is very stressful but with Jeff there was no stress at all. He moved us and was very nice, thoughtful and careful of my things, was on time, and is just a very hard worker. He was a saving grace for us and I am very very Thankful and satisfied of the work he performed and is personality was even better.. I am so lucky to have found him. Thanks for all you did Jeff we really appreciated you and your very good hard work. Many thanks to you..
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Cindy H.
I have used Fighting Chance Moving two times. They responded immediately and were able to schedule the jobs I needed in an extremely timely fashion. They did a great job each time and are very pleasant to interact with. I will definitely use them again!
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
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