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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Norman movers
Allie P.
Incredible experience with Dixieland moving. I would 100% recommend their services. They were punctual, professional and moved very quickly, even up two flights of stairs. Will always use them for all of my future moves. Best moving experience ever!!
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Deanne C.
The movers were professional and careful. They moved a piano for me and got it into the house easily and with no issues.
Julie C.
Movers communicated with me via text and moved me into my apartment. Very good service.
Local 405 MoversLocal 405 Movers
Lee P.
Dan and Marvin were outstanding movers and good men. Dan was very prompt in communicating with me. He and Marvin are polite, conscientious, careful with furniture, and very helpful making my move stress free!! I will recommend Dan’s Moving Company to anyone.
Dan’s Moving ServiceDan’s Moving Service
David S.
Great guys and even better job moving what I needed. Did the impossible and went above and beyond. Great movers all around.
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Tarek K.
I am a man that hates moving especially packing and unpacking. I had to move and it was a last second thing so I needed movers within few days. Donte and his friend were very professional and courteous. They brought their own truck and all the equipments to move my furniture seamlessly. I especially appreciated their professionalism to care for my furniture and respecting my property. They were hardworking and efficient. I highly recommend this service.
Moving Along Moving Co.Moving Along Moving Co.
Sybil E.
My experience with ArmAndDolly was the best moving experience. The team was courteous, punctual and very respectful of my belonging. I would highly recommend this service to anyone looking for a quality moving company.
Sharon R.
These movers are second to none! They arrived early and finished faster than expected.
Eddie and crew did such a quick (and great!) job moving part of our entertainment center up a staircase with a turn. Super friendly as well, use these guys if you need furniture moved. Will definitely use them again!
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Jasmine J.
These movers were over two hours late from the scheduled time they were supposed to be there, and when I asked were they still coming they told me the original individuals that was supposed to come to my move went to someone else and they did not want them to leave. We ended up moving majority of the items ourselves and they finally showed up almost 3 hours later and helped with a few big items. The guys that came were super nice, but I was already upset because I had waited on them all morning and we had to move the things ourselves.
Berry MoversBerry Movers
Sandra M.
Great job. Everything was moved without anything getting broken. Very nice and professional.
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Elizabeth T.
Rick and his assistant Jonathan were tremendous in their speed, strength and general demeanor. I have never experienced a move that went as smoothly and effortlessly. I would recommend Rick for any job, move or anything else you can’t take care of yourself.
Rick CampbellRick Campbell
Sharon R.
They responded within minutes and handled a cross country move within 2 days of receiving my message.
Chris T.
Dedicated, responsive and honest. Rene and team worked hard to make the move happen as smoothly as possible despite a few obstacles. Would recommend.
Robert and Benjamin did a great job. I had originally scheduled some moving help from uhaul.com, but they never showed up. I contacted Berry Movers, and they said they could get me taken care of that evening. Robert called about 30 minutes before they arrived, and they worked until 10:30 p.m. getting me squared away.
Berry MoversBerry Movers
They responded immediately, showed up on time for same day service, loaded quickly, unloaded quickly, and were great about the whole move. I would highly recommend them.
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Elizabeth T.
Excellent. Kind. Efficient. Went above and beyond. Took great care of all my furniture and went the extra mile with kindness and speed. Very respectful. HANDS down the BEST MOVING EXPERIENCE EVER!!!!
Dixieland MovingDixieland Moving
Charles W.
We needed help and had very little time. The guys were ready to help immediately. They were careful with move and especially helpful in helping us set up the furniture to store. We will be calling them back soon.
Amanda M.
Dan moved two heavy pieces for me and was able to fit me in the same day I requested service. He was polite, professional, punctual, well priced and took great care of my items. Highly recommend and will use again!!
Dan’s Moving ServiceDan’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Did the job quickly and were professional. They moved a pool table from our home to my son house about 40 miles. No problems. I also bought a pool table from them and they will put it in next week. Jason has stay in touch for the last month to work out all the details.
Ballistick Billiards & Media SolutionsBallistick Billiards & Media Solutions
Cole M.
Chris was extremely polite and showed up early to a storage unit that I was clearing out. He was very friendly and polite and introduced himself and asked how I was doing. He loaded everything up and didn’t need any direction or help on my end and knew exactly where to put all of the items so they would not be damaged. We drove to the drop off location and unloaded everything in a very timely manner. We chatted and made some jokes while moving everything and he was such a joy to speak with. I have a full move coming in the next few weeks and liked him so much I a have already decided to use his services again because I had such a great experience. Great down to earth guy and would suggest him to anyone!
The Junk Drawer Furniture and MovingThe Junk Drawer Furniture and Moving
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