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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 Rocky River movers
Thumbtack Customer
Mount Up Moving services sent 2 very professional movers to help me with moving some of the furniture out of our house. They were prompt, efficient and very polite. They worked quickly and quietly. they were done before I knew it. I hope they send the same men when we move next month.
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Shirley R.
Moving On Up did a great job moving us from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. The owners were on site the entire time, working hard to insure everything was done right. We were moving into a newly built house and they were very respectful of everything. I would highly recommend them.
Moving On Up - Moving, Junk Removal, Cleaning.Moving On Up - Moving, Junk Removal, Cleaning.
Jane L.
Very easy transaction. The two movers moved my furniture with great care. They kept me informed throughout the process-start to finish. Also, very reasonable pricing.
Professional Moving Assistance LLCProfessional Moving Assistance LLC
Katheryn M.
I would recommend Harrington to anyone needing a short move. The move involved an Assisted Living facility and the young men were on time, had no problems finishing within the timeframe available and were polite and accommodating.
Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)Harrington Moving LLC (Cleveland)
James B.
Michael was the first to respond tp my request to contractors on Thumbtack. He got back to me in a few minutes and provided a link to schedule an in-house move, sign a contract, and provide a refundable deposit to secure the work. He and one associate arrived 10-15 minutes early which was great. They completed the move of furniture within my home quickly and without any damage. Both men were polite and easy to communicate with. I would not hesitate to recommend Power Movers.
Power Movers., LLCPower Movers., LLC
Julie A.
Michael was great! Extremely responsive and easy to schedule. We were moving some furniture to a charity for donation. On the other end the workers for the charity reached out to let me know how helpful and kind he was for the move. Will definitely keep him in mind for future jobs. Highly recommend!
Power Movers., LLCPower Movers., LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service! Hard working and professional movers. The only thing I would recommend is sending out a confirmation of the appt date, what's being moved, the to and from addresses, etc. They said they usually don't do that. They also had a Yahoo email address, which seemed odd and not as professional. Would still recommend though!
Mount Up Moving Services, LLCMount Up Moving Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys, very fair pricing, had a good time together making the move work. If you're looking to save some money by not using an actual "moving" firm but still want people to help who care about you and your property, trust Jeff & his guys. 200% recommend to anyone. Thanks again Jeff
Doug S.
They were very responsive leading up to the day of the move. I only hired 2 guys but i've never seen 2 guys work so efficiently. Their pricing was a great value and they never stopped working other than a short break for a quick bite to eat. I would recommend Jacob and his team to anyone looking to move!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Bridget h.
Can’t say enough good things about this company and experience,. The response was so quick I believe the owner contacted me within 20 minutes of my inquiries. She was so friendly. She even met me along with the movers to make sure everything was good. I had to couches moved from basement to upstairs not a big job,at all but they did good, couches were heavy thus my call. Movers themselves also friendly and did a good job. I would definitely use them again!!! All in all great experience.
Drew F.
Bobby responded same day for appliances we needed to have moved in and did the job all by himself. Worked carefully and efficiently, everything you could ask for
Professional Moving Assistance LLCProfessional Moving Assistance LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up early and was very easy to work with. While they were moving a queen bed an elderly neighbor asked if they would take a pic of her and her visiting daughter and they did it. Very nice people for sure! My girlfriend found them to be thoughtful and careful with our items. Highly recommended!!!
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
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