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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.

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. 

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 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 much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Lake Oswego movers
Brianne R.
Great and easy move with Amazing Movers!
Amazing Moving & StorageAmazing Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Moving truck broke down on way to our house. They did obtain a rental truck and the guys were great. Move went smoothly.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent! Our move was within one commercial property, so no truck or transportation was used. They were on time and the move was done in exactly the amount of time expected. Robert's ability to stack and organize (which is essential to a quality move!!) is exceptional. Thank you Robert!
moving with ease
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time and safely moved the piano with efficiency.
moving with ease
Leila A.
I really enjoyed working with the Gentle Movers team today! They were on time, friendly and polite! I highly recommend them for your next moving project! Leila
Gentle - Tv MountingGentle - Tv Mounting
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were fantastic. They were on time, professional, pleasant, and were very efficient. The two movers worked very well as a team. I would hire them in a heart beat.
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Hannah C.
Myke from Less Stress Moving was a great communicator, affordable, professional, and incredibly efficient. The best moving experience we've ever had (and we've moved 6 times in the past 3 years). No hidden costs, took less than 2 hours, and his team was very trustworthy. Would 100% recommend him!
Less Stress Moving LLCLess Stress Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The move went very smoothly. The movers arrived on time, work steadily at their task in general he performed in a very professional manner. I was very satisfied and would use them again .
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Aleksey M.
The guys moved my things quickly and without any delay. Great job. I have moved 9 times over 16 years and it is very rare to find such a great service.
Hood to Coast Labor & Moving ServicesHood to Coast Labor & Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Moved us in a snow storm! Were very careful. Recommend.
SET’S G-HandymanSET’S G-Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Sergio and his assistant were great. We weren't sure we could find someone to help us when we needed to move my father on short notice--and on a Sunday--but Serg gave us a great quote, lower than other quotes I got and made arrangements to move him on Sunday morning. They were on time, polite, efficient, and made this move so much easier than I expected. I highly recommend Sergio and QAR moving, and I would use them again.
SET’S G-HandymanSET’S G-Handyman
Robert B.
I was very happy with Less Stress Moving. They took very good care of our household goods during the move and they were very professional throughout. I would use them again without hesitation.
Less Stress Moving LLCLess Stress Moving LLC
Julia L.
They were able to move my stuff in record time down a flight of stairs
Miller's Moving Company LLCMiller's Moving Company LLC
Pamela M.
The three men and a truck managed a tough move for us and helped us get a couple of pieces of furniture to a consignment shop on top of moving stuff to our new house. They were energetic and pleasant throughout, notwithstanding 100 degree heat.
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Alithea C.
My move day ended up being the hottest day of the year so far and they moved me up 3 flights of enclosed stairs. They did it swiftly, inside the 3hr window, and even assembled my recliner for me. No complaints here.
SET’S G-HandymanSET’S G-Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I moved for my job and rented a house - sight unseen. Robert was very professional and accommodating as I required the same furniture pieces be moved as I was evaluating the best decorating configurations. He was on time and fast! I would use this service again.
moving with ease
Mr G.
These guys were top notch and I would hire them again in a minute. Right on time today. Loaded everything up quickly and when they got to the unloading point they hustled to get everything unloaded, up 4 flights of stairs! They were completely professional the entire way through. If I hired any other mover this would have turned into a whole day affair, not with David and Stumptown Movers, they made this move painless.
Stumptown MoversStumptown Movers
Jessica V.
Quick quote. On time. All and all they made the move very easy. I would certainly recommend them.
moving with ease
Thumbtack Customer
Easy to schedule and reschedule with, showed up on time. Fast and efficient. I had them move boxes and smaller furniture.
moving with ease
Anna W.
The owner was very responsive, and the guys were right on time on moving day. They worked hard, and it was a very hot day. They were hesitant to move a few items, and then ended up not having “enough room” on the truck for everything. Seemed like it could have been packed better, and easily fit everything. It would have taken way too long for them to make another trip, so we ended up having to go back and move some large furniture items on our own. Also, be aware that their insurance policy is a bit nerve-wracking. It pays a tiny amount (.60 I think) “per pound” for damaged items. So if they were to ruin a very expensive, 30 lb chair, for example, you might only receive $18 in compensation. 😳 Overall, it was a successful move. There were just those two issues that were worth mentioning.
Precision Relocation Services llcPrecision Relocation Services llc
Laura B.
The guys were extremely efficient, awesomely friendly and amazing work for the price. Will definitely use Millers moving company again. Thanks guys!
Miller's Moving Company LLCMiller's Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Rapid response to moving furniture within our home with a competitive quote, time that matched our schedule, professional and courteous movers and efficient/quality service completed faster than expected. I will be using Gentle Touch again as we put everything back in place following our remodel completion in about a month. Well done and recommend them without hesitation.
Gentle - Tv MountingGentle - Tv Mounting
Kindra J.
Amazing service - interstate move (PDX to BOI) during the height of the pandemic. I cant thank Jonas enough for pulling through. Highly recommended.
Best Value MoversBest Value Movers
Thumbtack Customer
AJ and Thomas were super awesome, respectful of the pace which we were moving. They were very careful with our stuff. We highly recommend them!
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Karen B.
Really great! Would definitely hire again! Robert moved us long distance and was very affordable but also reliable and took great care of our stuff.
moving with ease
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