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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 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.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

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.

Reviews for Lancaster movers
Molly B.
I moved back in the spring and loved these guys! Moving again and will look to rehire them!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Evan W.
The two gentlemen that moved me were punctual, professional and efficient. They moved my belongings with ease and did it and a timely manner. They asked questions and did not assume anything. I would strongly encourage you to have Gateway Moving LLC as your next moving company. I will be using them again.
Gateway Moving LLCGateway Moving LLC
Marty P.
These guys did an excellent job on short notice. Showed up, moved quickly and managed to move everything with care.
Veteran & Sons Moving Company LLCVeteran & Sons Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did a fantastic job moving my furniture. Very polite - I would hire them again!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Karen K.
Once Kingdom movers arrived they were efficient and careful with the furniture to be moved. They also set up the furniture at its destination.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Brian B.
Reliable Moving and Labor exceeded our expectations. They are friendly and very careful. I recommend this company to anyone looking to move.
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Leigh B.
Just finished our move and they were great! They were early and worked so efficiently. Due to their hard work, our move was smooth! Would recommend them and will use them for future moves! Couldn’t ask for more in a company!
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and quick response. Excellent and careful work moving my piano. Highly recommend for anyone needing moving help!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Thumbtack Customer
I had a small moving request with some heavy items. Kingdom movers did a great job moving them with no damage to the items or the walls. They were very conscientious in all aspects of the job. I would highly recommend them.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Melissa S.
Helped us move with ease!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Wendy S.
We had to move a piano and Dave and his assistant used extreme caution and care with the move! I would highly recommend them!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Darlene Z.
The moving team was courteous and respectful. They worked well together and were very efficient. I would definitely recommend them for moving projects.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Lindsey N.
I had a great experience with Keystone Movers. I was able to contact them the day before my move and they were able to fit me in their schedule. They were punctual, professional, and kind during a stressful time for my move. Would definitely recommend!
Keystone MoversKeystone Movers
Lizzy P.
I used this company for my move. I want to say this is the most professional movers I've ever used. Thank you for your service!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Heather M.
I chose Reliable Moving because they were always quick to answer my questions, plus the pricing we fair! Reliable Moving showed up on moving day on time and ready to go. I was so impressed with their professionalism. They had my apartment emptied within one hour. Plus, my neighbor noticed how professional they were and asked for their business card. I am so happy I chose Reliable Moving and highly recommend them to others. Thank you Darrell and Mike for a fun and professional move! Heather
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Elliot M.
True professionals. They moved me in quickly and effectively.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Mike W.
They moved a very heavy sofa for us on short notice. They came out on time and got our furniture moved quickly. I will definitely use their service’s again in the future
Aila B.
Wonderful moving company!! I highly recommend! The owner, Darrel and his staff were amazing! Such a pleasure to work with. I will be recommending Reliable Moving as much as I possibly can!
Reliable Moving and Labor LLCReliable Moving and Labor LLC
Lisa A N.
James and his team were on time, worked efficiently and were professional. I recently moved the the area and would definitely hire James again for picking up and moving my furniture.
Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.
Deborah D.
Fantastic, professional, courteous, kind, and personable moving crew!
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Marilyn “Dandie” L.
Fantastic service, took very good care of moving my furniture. Very punctual and flexible- I’d recommend their service and will keep them in mind for any future moving/hauling services !
Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.Reflections Cleanout & Moving, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
It's Your Move Movers were punctual, they worked hard and quickly, and they were courteous and polite. Oh, and their prices were good, with no hidden fees. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
It's Your Move MoversIt's Your Move Movers
Patience S.
I had a great experience working with Calvin, Freddy, and Chris. I have moved A LOT over the years, and they were by far one of the most professional and efficient team of movers that I've worked with. They took great care with the pieces they were moving for me, ensuring they were wrapped and secured on the truck and made it unscathed to their final location. Many thanks to them all!
Gateway Moving LLCGateway Moving LLC
Barbara C.
My Movers were hard workers they achieved all my expectations!!!
Peace of Mind Movers LLCPeace of Mind Movers LLC
Valecia L.
I moved from an apartment to my first home over the weekend and I could not have done it with out jova and lee, the best movers you can ever ask for they’re very professional and know what there doing.
Toro MoversToro Movers
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