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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 Albany movers
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely fantastic experience from first introduction to the very end of the move. Todd made initial contact with me regarding the move, and I booked Supportive Services Moving to help with an in-city move. They drove down from Portland to Albany to help with the move, and we nothing but professional and friendly the entire time. They took care with belongings, and took the time to put protective blankets on walls and thresholds to ensure they did not damage the house. This move could not have gone better, and all thanks to the three capable fellas who came out to help, and to Todd who put it all together. Will most certainly use their services again, and highly recommend them!
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Matthew T.
I had 3 guys come to help me move. The service was great and the took care to make sure my stuff was well taken care of. Over all great movers well organized, respectful, and hard working. I am a Marine and have had many movers these guys are definitely at the top. -Matt
Gentle Tv MountingGentle Tv Mounting
Thumbtack Customer
Great personal service and prompt time commitment to a piano moving appointment.
Northwest Piano GalleryNorthwest Piano Gallery
Thumbtack Customer
Well it was a very unusual move. My moving date change last minute but they were willing to continue to help us. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control they were unable to actually move us. The reason I am giving them 5 stars was for their communication. They stayed in contact with me and kept me adviced of their status. I would definitely hire them again.
Gentle Tv MountingGentle Tv Mounting
Chuck b.
Very punctual and did a great job helping us move thanks again
Ez Pro Build LLCEz Pro Build LLC
Robin P.
We had scheduled a move 2 weeks ago for yesterday (1/15). I confirmed with Gabriel on the 14th and he informed me that the move was a go. Gabriel never showed up for the move. Never called to inform me and never answered his phone when I called. I had to be out of this house on the 15th and had informed him of this. I will never recommend nor ever think about using this company.
Happy to Help Moving & ServicesHappy to Help Moving & Services
Barbara S.
Northwest piano movers kept me informed about scheduling, they were polite, on time, responded quickly.
Northwest Piano GalleryNorthwest Piano Gallery
Thumbtack Customer
I received a quick reply with quote. My piano was moved within a few days of contacting them. Friendly employees. Professional and had proper equipment for job
Northwest Piano GalleryNorthwest Piano Gallery
Monica E.
1. Arrived 45mins late. 2. One employee had to leave after arrival due to not having supplies for the job. 3. Gave list of items to be moved, company arrived with a truck too small, multiple trips had to be taken. 5. Strategically challenged, took 30mins trying to figure out how to move furniture. 4. Gave my credit card for deposit, advised me after he charged my card that there was a fee. 5. Did not complete job, asked for more money.
Gentle Tv MountingGentle Tv Mounting
Kris W.
Movers were over an hour and a half late. Furniture was damaged in process. And I was charged for travel time that I was told I would not be - refund was supposed to given but never arrived. I would not hire again.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Packed items together that should have been separated to prevent damage. Didn't bring sufficient packing paper. Forgot to bring wardrobe boxes in Portland. Buys their supplies at Home Depot. Was after midnight when second truckload was unloaded. We rented trailer and finished moving our belongings ourselves the following day.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The young men who showed up (on time) were so helpful and professional and worked their little hearts out we did stop for a break couple of times and my sons and husband were here to help as well, but they earned their money that day! At no time did I feel uncomfortable or had any suspicions, as these were strangers in my home. This was the first time we have chosen to hire help for any move, and I really wasn't sure what to expect, but was very happy with the results and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Gentle Tv MountingGentle Tv Mounting
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