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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 Pendleton movers
Henry E.
good experience with the movers, would recommend to anyone doing in town move
Robinson RelocationsRobinson Relocations
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time, friendly, and took precaution to ensure that everything was moved carefully.
Jackie B.
The move went okay, they were just slow. moving the furniture. They were very helpful,.
Susan T.
It was a long day and we were moved into our destination by Saturday evening. A lot of work for these movers.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Dusty G.
The movers were fast, careful, and courteous. They completed the move in about half the time that we expected.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Tom G.
Moved three large, heavy pieces of furniture. Tom and Paul were on time and courteous, and the move went smooth! I will use Done Right Services for all my small moves.
Allison B.
Great movers
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Liz W.
The movers were professional and extremely careful with all my belongings. I highly recommend DSL moving.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Todd H.
They went above and beyond for the move. Will hire again to move my daughter out of her college apartment
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Dayna R.
We have not actually moved yet, but I've found their prices and customer service to be exceptional. They even recommended a website that sells moving kits that was inexpensive and easy to navigate through. Looking forward to the move.
Oni N.
This moving company is great! The gentleman that moved my belongings were friendly, quick, and efficient. Highly recommend!
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Engy H.
Moving services
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Moved inclined theadmill to basement. Moved old treadmill from basement to garage. Excellent rates and on time service.
An Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor OnlyAn Extra Body Movers -No Trucks/Labor Only
Raven R.
Thank you so much guys!!! We were very impressed with your movers getting everything moved within two hours as well as the professionalism. We needed movers as soon as possible and your team was available immediately. The movers took care of all of our belongings and valuables. We really appreciate your Buisness, we will recommend you to any of our friends and family that need to be moved, five stars!!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Mara B.
Needed a couple guys to move furniture out down a rug an move it back. They were efficient and pleasant and got the job done. We probably saved a couple hundred dollars since the next option is professional movers
Cleankey Roofing and ConstructionCleankey Roofing and Construction
Lindsey P.
Excellent movers! Very friendly and did a wonderful job safely moving all of my items for me. Definitely recommend!
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Jeremy S.
Quick move with no issues
Turner & Son’s MoversTurner & Son’s Movers
Teri G.
I needed to have some heavy items moved, Tom and his team arrived promptly and carefully moved the items.
Sydney K.
James and Tony moved my stuff into a new apartment today and they were great! Super friendly and quick, got everything moved with no damage, up 2 flights of stairs. Will definitely use MovePlus for any moves in the future!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Mike F.
they did an excellent job with the pool table move when all over aspects of our move kept falling apart.
Billiards Unlimited
Greg H.
They took good care of every item in the move. They worked hard to make the move as quick and efficient as possible. Good job!
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Meredith W.
Outstanding service. Our movers were extremely professional and helpful. They helped move several awkward and heavy items flawlessly. Also extremely responsive for our quote and scheduling. Would definitely use Steady Moving again!
Steady Moving LLCSteady Moving LLC
Darlene M.
They came in and did what they had to do efficiently. Would definitely hire again if I needed to move or move something.
Clark and sons moving llc.Clark and sons moving llc.
Autumn F.
They moved all of my items very quickly loaded the truck up efficiently. Would definitely recommend to anyone moving.
All-Star MovingAll-Star Moving
Nelson H.
Great job! Moving is stressful no matter how many times you’ve done it. Our team of movers, Daniel, Shaquille and Corbin we’re not only fantastic workers but their courteousness and friendly professionalism made our move a joy. Thanks!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
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