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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 Salem movers
Juliana B.
Just finished my move from Oregon to California with Moving with Ease. This was such a great value and they were quick and professional. So worth it!
moving with ease
Thumbtack Customer
Moving my mom was a great experience. The movers arrived early and had everything moved into mom's new home in 3 1/2 hours. Just the perfect amount of time. They were careful with her belongings. Both of the young men were efficient and knowledgable.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Suann W.
Did a great job moving my heavy furniture. It included a large mirror and two glass curios - all moved with no broken glass! Friendly and professional.
SET’S G-HandymanSET’S G-Handyman
Mary T.
Paul was quick to respond to my request and did an exceptional job moving our stuff! I would definitely hire Dolly Lama Moving again.
Hood to Coast Labor & Moving ServicesHood to Coast Labor & Moving Services
Doug B.
The moving team worked extremely hard and at a very rapid pace. I was incredibly impressed and would recommend them highly and will plan on using them for my next move.
Oregon Trail MovingOregon Trail Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Cherish Moving did a great job of getting back to us with a quote, was able to work with us on a tight timeline, and was timely and efficient in getting us moved. Thank you!
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Have not moved yet but response has been excellent
moving with ease
Mandi L.
Great guys to work with. The response time was quick, they were on time and the job was done fast and efficiently. I would use them again in a heartbeat and recommend them to everyone needing help moving. They moved a couch and loveseat for me, but I would hire them for my next full move without hesitation. Thank you!!
Hood to Coast Labor & Moving ServicesHood to Coast Labor & Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
We had a really good experience with our move our movers Alex and Adolfo were professional and hard working. They were fast and efficient! Glad I used Supportive Services and will refer others
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
This was a completely pleasant experience. The two movers were courteous, friendly but not pushy, and very careful with everything. It was definitely great value for the cost, and I will look forward to using Supportive Services for my next move. Thanks!
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers arrived precisely at the scheduled time! They worked hard for the duration of the job.
Gentle MovingGentle Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were friendly, but took as long with three men to do the same job as the two man crew did a couple months earlier. The truck they brought would have been large enough exempt that it was already partly loaded, and I had to finish moving more stuff than I thought. At the end of the job they were pretty eager to go, and didn't get that I wanted boxes stacked neatly against walls, and required more supervision than the last crew of movers. Not a horrible experience but nothing to give me cause to reccomend them or use Cherish Moving again.
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
Steven M.
The team that came and moved me were awesome fast wrapped each piece of furniture with care . I would recommend these movers price was excellent straight forward no extra this charge or that here it is I appreciate that . Thanks your all the best
Miracle Man MoversMiracle Man Movers
Thumbtack Customer
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING CREW...large house move... couldn't have asked for better
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Jan B.
They were prompt to contact me and on time. Two movers were friendly. The move of the large elliptical took less than 15 minutes. Charge was $130, less than 2 other quotes I received, but still expensive for time involved.
Happy to Help Moving & ServicesHappy to Help Moving & Services
Katherine M.
I've never used movers before and I'll never move without hiring movers again!!! Cain and Jacob were absolutely amazing!!! Not only did they get everything done quickly and efficiently but they were sincerely cheerful the whole time!!! I'm so impressed with how easy they made everything!!! I'll DEFINITELY be using these guys again and I'll be telling everyone I know how wonderful my experience was!!!! Thanks again!!!
Happy to Help Moving & ServicesHappy to Help Moving & Services
Mark E.
Gabriel and Caleb moved 3 very heavy pieces across town for us. 2 couches and a china cabinet. One of the couches is a sleeper and over 300lbs. They loaded all items in a trailer in one load and unloaded all items in their new location. This was like a David Copperfield levitation show. Precision was amazing. These are the best movers I have ever used and I will always seek them first for any future moves. Thank you so much guys!! Simply amazing!!!!!
Happy to Help Moving & ServicesHappy to Help Moving & Services
Kristi W.
They were really nice! But way more expensive than I thought. 250 dollars for 2 hours of moving (2 Man crew). . . I thought he was joking when he told me the price at the end. I didn't even have that much stuff to be moved.
Gentle MovingGentle Moving
Michael D.
I reached out to Primetime Movers because I desperately needed help moving and their reviews were stellar. I have chronic back issues, and I just can no longer do it myself. I was moving from Salem to Portland. I knew they had a 50-mile limit, and the distance of my move was just over that at around 51.5 miles. I asked if that would be a problem, and they responded with questions about my move. They wanted to know the square footage of the house, whether I would need any packing done, and whether I had any pianos, gun safes, or other items over 300 pounds. I responded back with a list of all the furniture I had to move. It was probably about 20 pieces total. I also let them know I didn’t need any packing done. They never responded. I messaged them again asking if they could reply back. Again, no response. Completely ghosted me. It was frustrating because my move date was fast approaching and I couldn’t get any help. It would be one thing if they let me know they didn’t take jobs this small (I would have gladly paid whatever they asked because I was desperate for help) or if decided they couldn’t go over the distance limit. But they could have at least responded to let me know so that I could look around for another mover. They just completely stopped responding for no good reason. It was an extraordinarily stressful time, and this Primetime Movers made things so much more stressful with their unprofessionalism. Very disappointing after reading their reviews. I do not recommend them based on my terrible experience with them.
Primetime Movers PortlandPrimetime Movers Portland
Thumbtack Customer
Although they had difficulty with the U-haul truck rental they kept us informed of when they would arrive and did a fantastic job moving our stuff very quickly and without damaging any of the furniture or smaller items. We would absolutely recommend them in the future and would hire them again for future moves.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Supportive Services Moving for any moving job. Todd did a great job at communicating and working to get a team to my place as soon as possible and around my schedule. The team faced a fairly difficult move (the destination had 4 flights of stairs) but handled it professionally and were a joy to work with. The only complaint I can make is the estimated 2 hour move became 4.25 hours long despite me helping load and unload. To be fair, this was partly my fault for not being fully prepared to load up, but it was partly due to inefficient loading and unloading effort on their part (carrying 1 small piece per trip at times). Despite this, I am happy with the service and for the price I don't think they can be beat!
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Felechia J.
Mike and Joe worked so hard to get us loaded up for our move. I’d hire them again in an instant.
Less Stress Moving LLCLess Stress Moving LLC
Brian L.
I cannot put into words how awesome these guys are!!! Showed up on time and beat out the competitions price by a land slide. They showed up and helped beyond what was expected. They even took the time to wrap furniture as necessary and make sure everything was loaded correctly for the move across state. I honestly recommend Millers Moving Company for any furniture moving and thank you guys for your OUTSTANDING work!! If not for you guys today it would have easily been a two day job! Thanks again for all the hard work it was so appreciated!
Miller's Moving Company LLCMiller's Moving Company LLC
Vivian R.
These young men were energetic and respectful as they unloaded my containers speedily and with care. Plan to definitely hire them again for the second phase of our move!
Less Stress Moving LLCLess Stress Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They moved some furniture for me. Quick, efficient, kept in contact when there was a delay, adjusted for my schedule. Not least, they were affordable I recommend them.
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
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