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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.

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. 

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 Strongsville movers
Thumbtack Customer
"We used ASAP Moving last year to move my mother from an Independent Living to an Assisted Living Facility. That move went very well. When we needed to move my mother again this year, we did not hesitate to contact ASAP Moving. Unfortunately, this move did not go as well. We had arranged for the movers to arrive at 2:00 pm. At 2:20 pm, when the movers had not yet arrived or contacted me, I texted Jacob. He responded that they were finishing up another job and should be done in an hour. At 4:00, Jacob called and said that they were in the parking lot and were wondering where to park. That seemed odd since I was sitting on a bench in front of my mother’s Assisted Living Facility and did not see the truck. Turns out, they went to the Independent Living Facility which is a good half hour away! They finally showed up at 5:15 pm. At that point, Jacob and his co-worker worked quickly and efficiently, completing the move in 2 hours (including taking some of the furniture to my house which was just 5 minutes away). While Jacob only charged for those 2 hours, he offered no explanation or apology. The fact that I spent over 3 hours waiting for them and my husband had to take my mother to an unfurnished room in her new facility did not seem to matter. A top-notch moving company must know how to scope out a job – that includes not underestimating the previous job by an hour and not knowing exactly where you are going. I don’t know if I will use ASAP movers in the future."
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Ann H.
The gentleman were so professional. They truly made this move of my furniture a seamless experience.
Professional Moving Assistance LLCProfessional Moving Assistance LLC
Irene W.
Jeff and Chris did a great job. They went above and beyond during my Dad's move.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Dave G.
the two men that move me were very professional they took time to make sure not to damage anything would hire them again dave green
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went well with Jeff and Lewis moving beds from our house to our daughters house. Jeff and Lewis were friendly and efficient. They did a great job.
Blue Truck EnterpriseBlue Truck Enterprise
Deborah P.
Had to move some heavy wood pieces of furniture within our house. So easy to work with Jake and his guys had great attitudes when they worked. Highly recommend.
Final Destination Moving CompanyFinal Destination Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob and his crew were spectacular! They were very efficient with their time, incredibly polite, and made our move effortless for us. We will use them again and will be recommending to everyone we can.
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
I have relocated from Ohio-cleveland to North Carolina-Morrisville, Jacob moved the household items within 2 days without damage of any items, price is reasonable, I am highly recommended his service
ASAP Moving & Hauling LLCASAP Moving & Hauling LLC
Margaret T.
Much confusion on starting time and showed up 2 1/2 hrs late which reduced the time to pack and then due to facility restrictions had to leave at noon and back at 2pm. Very nice movers and very professional.
Andrews Moving & StorageAndrews Moving & Storage
Laura B.
Took did an excellent job, we are very happy and We will definitely recommend them to anyone that needs help with moving. They know their stuff they are hard workers don’t hesitate to take the work from our hands and do the hard part! Thank you!
Tuuk Moving LLCTuuk Moving LLC
Erina T.
The Carry Guys were excellent to work with. I hired them to move a gigantic curio cabinet from my house to a storage unit. They were professional, efficient and really took care of my cabinet as it is half made of glass. I would definitely recommend and hire them again.
The Carry GuysThe Carry Guys
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