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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 Allentown movers
Chris w.
Very polite and helpful. Moved an elliptical that no other company would move for that price. Took the time to take it apart and moved it without any problems. Would recommend to anyone looking for skilled and efficient movers!
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Jim P.
George was a pleasure to work with and his price for our move was better by far over the larger moving companies. Moving day was smooth and professional. The guys were hard workers & courteous and completed the move quicker than expected. Many thanks.
Georges Moving Cleaning CompanyGeorges Moving Cleaning Company
Samantha S.
Toro movers is great. We had a LOT of stuff to move and Toro was with us for 10 hours! 4 guys that were friendly and wrapped everything and moved everything needed. Recommend!
Toro MoversToro Movers
Rosemarie i.
I moved before these guys were great .I would make them move me again.
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Cassandra B.
These guys were great. I needed to move a 1 BR apartment to another 1 BR apartment. Not a huge amount of stuff but I definitely needed professionals to help. These guys moved all the furniture I needed to move in roughly 2 hours and charged 150. They also offer junk removal in cases where you have furniture you don't want to keep in your move. Very nice guys, gave me lots of good advice for my furniture setup as they were moving it. Painless and stress free. Most moving companies sre geared toward moving houses not apartments, so I def. would recommend to anybody in the market for a small move.
Karen K.
I would highly recommend Affordable movers for their professionalism and the quality of work they provide. The move was quick and the price was right.
Affordable Guys MovingAffordable Guys Moving
Musaeid S.
They were so great and incredibly professional and quick with my move. Loved working with A & A Professional from putting in the order to finishing the move.
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Joanna P.
Very pleased with the service - excellent communication and responsiveness, the movers were punctual, efficient and very nice to work with for the duration of the move - I had to move on short notice and Avant Garde made things much less stressful. Highly recommend.
Avant-Garde Moving & StorageAvant-Garde Moving & Storage
William F.
Great experience with A & A Professional Movers and his team moving. Took great care of my stuff and was very efficient. Would use again!!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Michael T.
Eric was one of the best people helped us moving. He took care of our things more than us. I will recommend him to anyone who is planning to move out. He made our moving day go smoothly. Thank you Eric.
Eric Delahaye dba. Degrees of CluttersEric Delahaye dba. Degrees of Clutters
Thumbtack Customer
Adam and Mike helped me and my wife move our home from Allentown to Bethlehem. They showed up on time, worked extremely hard, and were very professional and courteous. As a bonus, they were very personable and a pleasure to work with. The time that the move took was very close to the estimate Adam and I worked up when we scheduled the move, so the total bill was pretty much what we expected. All of our belongings arrived safely. Although I hope to never move again, if I do need a mover's services in the future I'll call these gentlemen first.
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Rebekah C.
This was the easiest and smoothest move I've ever had thanks to A&A Professional Movers! They were very nice, professional, responsive and flexible. They handled my belongings with care and attention. They worked efficiently and were very easy to get along with. I highly recommend them for any move and plan to contact them again in the future 😊
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't have been happier with Randy & his helper and couldn't have asked for a smoother move. They were efficient, professional, helpful and a pleasure to be around. It was as if a couple of good friends were helping me move. Tney knew exactly what to do and did it well. If you are looking for a moving company you won't find anyone you would be happier with.
Barletta Home ImprovementsBarletta Home Improvements
Carlos G.
Great, energetic crew that worked diligently to complete our move smoothly.
TRM(The Real McCoy) Services, LLCTRM(The Real McCoy) Services, LLC
Melissa M.
The guys were on time, hard working, and made sure my moving needs were all taken of. They made the daunting task of moving as good as an experience it could be with a positive attitude and lots of laughs. I definitely recommend.
Eric Delahaye dba. Degrees of CluttersEric Delahaye dba. Degrees of Clutters
Daphne A.
Jova and Lee were great!!! They completed the move despite significant challenges.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Jessenia M.
The movers were great fast friendly and efficient. I would hire again.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Neil E. M.
A & A Professional Movers team were professional and lightning-fast. It was raining and they worked through it like nothing was going on. Sweet and polite as well, understood what were sentimental items and caring and respectful in handling. Would call them for the next move for sure!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Debra T.
Hector and Louis were very helpful. They went over and above what needed to be done for this move.
Legacy Multi Services CorpLegacy Multi Services Corp
Benjamin T.
Absolutely fabulous movers! On time, took great care and very kind and respectful. I Highly recommend!!!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a pretty small job - a large antique couch moved up a few flights of stairs - but needed it done fast, and Affordable Guys delivered. My couch was in my apartment half an hour after I contacted them, at a reasonable price. The couch was treated with care and the movers were friendly.
Affordable Guys MovingAffordable Guys Moving
Sarah G.
Kadeem and Jonathan were nice, professional, communicative, and great to work with! They moved my large sleeper sofa, my bed, and other large furniture objects quickly and in the 100 degree (humid) weather. Kadeem and Jonathan also put my bed together and went above and beyond to help me move.
Asap Movers NJAsap Movers NJ
Thumbtack Customer
Moving some of my things out of my old house into an apartment. They called to let me know when they would arrive. They arrived when they said they would. They were very good at getting only what I wanted moved in the truck. They finished quickly. They arrived a the new place the same time I did and followed instructions.
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Bryan S. C.
Crews were absolutely amazing! They were professional, efficient, and handled all my furniture perfectly. This move was extremely smooth. Truly recommended!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Jordan G.
They did a fantastic job on a complicated move to 3 destinations. Showed up on time, were very polite, and careful with all our items. Thanks!
Georges Moving Cleaning CompanyGeorges Moving Cleaning Company
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