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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 Toledo movers
Chuck W.
On short notice fit my small furniture move into schedule when I could not find available movers before end of month.
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Helen D.
Just as promised, move went smoothly
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Raghav K.
Great moving company. Ebin is very responsive and accommodating. The moving guys were friendly and professional. They value your time and money. I would hire them again!
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
David P.
They were 500 dollars less than the closest competitors (and $2000 less than last time I moved). They were timely, and I felt they did a good job moving me 2 1/2 hours away. They had a 2 man crew (but one of the guys was a high schooler with little experience), which contributed to a slower pace loading and unloading. Josh was supposed to move me but he had to do a emergency move for someone else whose movers did not show up, so he had for a replacement for me and it all worked out. I would definitely recommend them to others as they do a good job for a great price.
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Pritikanta P.
Very professional and friendly. It was a moderate size move done efficiently
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Phillip R.
Showed up, moved a ginormous vanity up a flight of stairs, and they left. It was great.
Moving Masters LLCMoving Masters LLC
Kel L.
You guys made moving furniture look easy. Thank you for your help.
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Rita A.
This company is very reputable in my opinion they gave top quality professionalism from the very beginning up to the end did everything I asked of them all of the movers were courteous I'd recommend this company to everybody Honestly they are 1 of the best I have worked with several moving company's over the past couple decades (due to a military background) so I know the difference between good movers and bad movers also to the lady from that rival moving company who told me Not to work with these guys I'm happy to tell you that you were Wrong! just because a company only has 1 star does Not mean they are bad that 1 is only the beginning I think this company is 1 of the Best in the Business check the ratings that is what convinced me to hire them in the first place. I pray their business will continue to get better lots of people like me who need moving companies such as this one. Thank you Affordable Relocation Services.
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Savannah k.
I could not say enough nice things about these guys! They were punctual, efficient, and so polite! They managed to move about a dozen pieces of furniture that would have taken me and my significant other hours to do — all in under an hour, and once the pieces we hired them to do were moved, they insisted on helping with whatever else they could to make sure we got our time/money’s worth! Will definitely be hiring next time I move and recommending you guys to anyone I know that needs moving services! You have no idea how much stress and time you guys saved me!
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Raghav K.
Two wonderful guys very pleasant and decent and truly care about your move. Highly recommend!
F.R.A.M Truck & Trailer/Junk Removal/Cleaning LLCF.R.A.M Truck & Trailer/Junk Removal/Cleaning LLC
Pamela M.
I will definitely be recommending these guys to anyone needing a piano or any other moving. Very professional and great personalities. Awesome job!!
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Laura W.
The movers who came were professional and efficient. We’ve officially unpacked and haven’t found a scratch or break with anything. Simply wonderful!
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Stef R.
They did a great job moving our stuff. They were fast and friendly with fair prices. You won't be disappointed if you hire them.
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Mathieu H.
Great communication, was on time ( actually was early) moved with hustle and care did a great job. Will use again and I highly recommend. Thank you Bishop!
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Jim B.
The Josh and Tony were very polite, hard working, and careful! The price is very fair! I would recommend then and definitely use them again if we ever move!!!
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Ben T.
Hired them to move a 400lb safe around two tight corners and into a basement. These guys were early, communicated, professional, and extremely patient. Even when there was an issue with the pickup they were more than understanding.
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Linda A.
I was very pleased with the service I received from Josh and his company, they were very professional and got the job done in a very timely manner, and they were also very personable. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has moving needs.
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Dennis R.
!!! Why would you pick someone else period!! I have not one negative thing to say about this company. The best choice period. The entire experience was flawless and actually beautiful. God-fearing professional movers with experience. You guys are a blessing in disguise... Thanks from me and my family.
F.R.A.M Truck & Trailer/Junk Removal/Cleaning LLCF.R.A.M Truck & Trailer/Junk Removal/Cleaning LLC
Aj a.
I’m every satisfied, they are pros and work fast. I expected them to struggle a bit with my weird design couches cuz I have struggled get them in in the first place however the guys found a way to get out. Would work with them if I needed to move anytime in future.
Moving Masters LLCMoving Masters LLC
Zach F.
Josh and his crew did a fantastic job - both in the ease of setting the move date up, and from start to finish in packing and unloading. Showed up right on time, and got everything done in a very reasonable amount of time - was very helpful and professional through the whole process. I would highly recommend!
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Omar H.
Josh is extremely professional and a class act. 10/10 in all aspects. Best rate in town. Has all the tools and equipment. Huge truck. I can't say enough about the experience I had with his company. Felt like I was with family. Hands down best moving company in the Toledo area, and that's what happens when people who take pride in their work run the show.
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