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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.

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. 

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. 

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 Monroeville movers
Deborah H.
Thank you so much for a seamless move! Dom and Wes were friendly and took good care of my belongings and worked efficiently. I will definitely recommend A&M Friendly Movers to anyone for their moving needs.
A & M Friendly Movers Ohio LLCA & M Friendly Movers Ohio LLC
Justin B.
Moving Mountains provided exactly what we needed and was at the most reasonable price in the area. Movers were right on time and maximized the space in the truck to make sure our move was as efficient as possible. They got the job done on exactly the time frame they said it would. I would highly recommend anyone looking move to use this company!
Moving MountainsMoving Mountains
Melissa D.
If you guys want awesome movers call them. They where professional, took care of my unloading of furniture. Will recommend them to anyone that needs a moving company.
Moving MountainsMoving Mountains
Darcy E.
This was an excellent choice of movers & I can’t say enough good things about the company! My movers, Sam & Doug, were punctual, very pleasant & sociable, & took very good care of moving all my furniture & belongings from the ground floor & up the steps to the 2nd floor. They worked nonstop until the job was finished despite me asking them to take a break & have some snacks I offered them. Very hard workers!! Thank you so much Westmoreland Movers & I will happily refer your company to others planning a move!
Westmoreland Movers LLCWestmoreland Movers LLC
Colleen H.
The moving team was amazing. So polite and efficient! They were able to schedule a move quickly when another company was unable to meet our date requirements. Great service all around!!
You Say It We Move It!
Ken B.
They are very nice and helpful guys. They did a great job and move my stuff carefully with no damage. I add a piano to the list after initial estimate and they gladly helped with moving it to my new place.
You Say It We Move It!
Holly V.
Highly recommended! In fact, I'll be using them again in 2 weeks for another move.
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Amanda K.
Very happy with my choice to work with Elite! I had to change my move date twice due to issues and they were so accommodating. I only had two movers and they worked very quickly. They worked so well together and were able to figure out a way to have to only make 1 trip instead of 2 after I underreported all of the stuff I didn’t realize I had. I highly recommend using Elite for your move!
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Teri h.
Exceeded expectations - punctual , polite , knowledgeable and perfect move . Would use again and refer to others - perfect !
Thumbtack Customer
Fast, diligent, and definitely thoughtful in their moving processes. I was very satisfied with the care they gave to the piano. Also, when I bought the piano I had no idea it was so huge (craigslist), thinking it was a standard size - turned out to be an upright grand! No problem from Travis and Co. They moved it in and were wonderful. I highly recommend them!
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Coleen S.
I needed two refrigerators moved to different floors at my home. Mission Accomplished !! They were easy to schedule and communicated back quickly.
You Say It We Move It!
Amy h.
Very quick call back & quote. Moved me on a Sunday. Did extra work for the quoted hourly rate. Good guys, fast & cautious.
Helpful HandsHelpful Hands
Keri S.
I would highly recommend mighty movers to everyone! They were very accommodating with my change in my schedule and very respectful and good workers .
Mighty MoversMighty Movers
Robert C.
The Guys did what I needed. Some things packed and moved to my new home at a fair price. Thank you so much!
Couple Guys & A Few Trucks!Couple Guys & A Few Trucks!
Mike M.
They were fantastic. I couldn't ask for anything better. I have another move scheduled in a year and Elite will be the only one I contact. Mike M.
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Nicole P.
I was nervous thinking I got storage unit too small for all of my things. These guys are pros! They got everything to fit perfectly and had some extra room. Will definitely hire Elite again for all future moving needs.
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Stephen S.
The movers loaded a trailer and pickup truck. I drove the trailer 640 miles. I was very happy with the way they packed the pickup and trailer. The load didn’t shift during the drive. I was very happy about that since I was the only person in the pickup truck.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Vinod R.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Travis. He was extremely friendly, fair, and professional. He was very upfront about the process and myself and my family all felt very confident working with him. I was honestly a bit at sea when it came to finding movers, but we were super grateful we worked with Travis. Oh, and his prices were excellent - at least as good as anyone else we approached. I'm glad we trusted the myriad positive thumbtack reviews. We're planning to recommend him to family friends.
GE Logistic Solutions 1GE Logistic Solutions 1
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