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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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Trotwood movers
Elizabeth W.
Beat moving g service ever! Had them move in house thing for a mother move in, then moved mom in. Just amazing, prompt, careful, efficient, just an amazing experience!
Grind Nation MovingGrind Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Used 2 men for 3 hours to move heavy items. Movers were on time and worked diligently throughout. Will utilize movers for more hours on the next move. Would recommend based on my experience.
Veronica G.
Everything was moved in a very efficient and effective way. The movers were on time and very professional. Nothing was damaged during the move. Overall, great work.
Manifest ShippingManifest Shipping
Theresa S.
Movers were quick and efficient. Best idea ever for having three rooms of carpet replaced…move the furniture out of the room and then have it moved back in!
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly and extremely efficient. Great movers that are careful with everything they do. Real movers that are priced very competitively, well worth it. Would hire them for every move.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The move went very well. My belongings were well taken care of by the movers.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Marian R.
It was the fault of Thumbtack not the movers. They gave me info when I was not in their the movers area. I didn't find out until the day they were suppose to move me. Not happy with Thumbtack.
Muscle MoversMuscle Movers
Raghav M.
Excellent service... packing and moving taken care well. I recommend them for pleasant moving..
Grind Nation MovingGrind Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had Antonio and Henna Mover's pack and move me. I have never had this experience before. I now will not move unless I have the packing done also. Ken, Mike and Amy did a fantastic job of packing me, fast, courteous, and very efficient. Ken stayed behind to move my belongings to where they would be picked up for moving, saving me time that day. The day of the move Antonio and his two helpers were there before 7am. Loaded and ready to leave by 9:30 am. Arrived in Indiana from Ohio by 12:30 or so. Everything unloaded, bed put up and all things they took apart, put together. In both instances, I was not allowed to move anything, they all moved anything I wanted moved. I would recommend this moving company to one and all! They are fantastic!!!
Antonio & Henna MoverAntonio & Henna Mover
Sarah M.
Excellent profession movers. Needed a heavy treadmill moved down to the basement. They completed it with no problem and no damage.
MovePlus CincinnatiMovePlus Cincinnati
Nicole K.
This was a long distance move David was very responsive which helped a lot. Both movers were efficient which made the move quick and painless. I would definitely use their services again.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were GREAT!!! Got us moved from our 3rd floor apartment with ease. Moved everything in a timely manner and price was affordable. Would use them again for another move! :)
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Great Experience. We moved to a short term rental and will be moving again in a few months. I will call Eko and hire them again. They finished ahead of schedule, and the movers were wonderful to work with.
Thomas R.
Very smooth move as name indicated. They were flexible and responsive. Great way for smaller moves 5+
Smooth Moves LLCSmooth Moves LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were very professional, and did a wonderful job. I would recommend them for your move.
Antonio & Henna MoverAntonio & Henna Mover
Krystle M.
They moved things up and down 3 flights of stairs and never complained. The movers were really nice and polite !
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
They did a decent job with the move but moved slow which added to my cost and they didn't show up on time.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
EKO movers did a really good job and I would go with them again if I had to move.
Molly C.
The move was fine but not exceptional.
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Ben Z.
Leave It For Us Moving & Storage is the best company you can hire for your move. They quickly responded to our request, and were able to work around our schedule. They punctually arrived on site and handled our furniture and belongings with care. The move was smooth, hassle-free, and completed ahead of schedule. We’ll hire them for any future moving needs. Hands down, when it comes to moving, these are the guys that you want to leave it to.
Leave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLCLeave It For Us Moving & Storage, LLC
Sydney S.
Woodby Movers did an amazing job helping me move!! They were super efficient and made the day very easy for me!
Woodby Movers LLCWoodby Movers LLC
Christine H.
Quick communication, especially during the quote process Responsive, proactive moving coordinators Helpful, informed and courteous moving crews and customer service
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
J.E. T.
The movers themselves were fantastic.
DSL MovingDSL Moving
Bridget K.
Moved treadmill others would not
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
Danielle M.
I am SO thankful for this move company. My previous move company cancelled same day and they were able to book me and come to help in 90 minutes. This was a sensitive move as my dad passed away and the men took care of all items and moved to storage and my moms house. Thank you for your speed, efficiency and kindness. Will book again
H.E.L.P.! Moving and StorageH.E.L.P.! Moving and Storage
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