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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 Plum movers
The movers were very professional, punctual and did a great job! :) Scheduling, moving and the after move billing was all smooth sailing. Thank you.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Pavithra I.
Did a great job with the moving. Will recommend it to anyone looking for good movers!
GE Logistic Solutions 1GE Logistic Solutions 1
Alyson L.
The three movers were very careful and trustable with our piano. They took their time to think through the move and then worked with precision to move the piano down the stairs.
Apollo MovingApollo Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did a great job moving our stuff and setting up the furniture.
GE Logistic Solutions 1GE Logistic Solutions 1
Thumbtack Customer
No one available for my move, had to rent a U haul and move it myself
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Mark A.
Great company to work with. Moving is such a hassle. The team facilitated a seamless move for us.
2 Men Labor2 Men Labor
Jean G.
The movers were polite and efficient. They showed up on time, and the move went smoothly.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from Pittsburgh to just west of Cleveland. It was so easy to schedule this move and when our closing dates were moved, Eko moves was so accommodating! They were very understanding and it was an all around excellent crew! Communication was wonderful from everyone at Eko. I would highly recommend Eko Movers. Thank you
Eko Movers of PAEko Movers of PA
Thumbtack Customer
Moving coolers went pretty well with this friendly guy. Will surely hire these guy for moving
Moore's Hauling & Snow Removal LLCMoore's Hauling & Snow Removal LLC
Krissy H.
My husband was extremely happy! They helped this move so much! It was a Pitt campus move from one apartment to another! This move will happen again, and we will use this company!
Westmoreland Movers LLCWestmoreland Movers LLC
Maureen H.
The movers did not move everything that needed to be moved. It's too bad that one has to babysit them to make sure that all items were moved. One person neglected to follow directions to move boxes from my third floor, which required asking my family to move stuff for me. The basement was totally overlooked, and they quit early. I realize the day's heat was brutal, but they did not work the entire 4 hours, even though I paid for 4 hours.
Elite moving companyElite moving company
John M.
Great crew. Was recovering from injury during move and the men that moved items went above and beyond
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Brian K.
Not moved yet
GE Logistic Solutions 1GE Logistic Solutions 1
Thumbtack Customer
The move was okay. Their first job ran over so our move started late. We have additional items to move but no one returned our calls. We will be looking for another company to finish the job. Other than that, they were professional and moved furniture witour breaking any item.
GE Logistic Solutions 1GE Logistic Solutions 1
Curt W.
Fantastic Service. E&A moving were punctual and professional. I highly recommend them for your moving needs!
E & A Moving LLC.E & A Moving LLC.
Sam R.
Very good communication! They were available on short notice, which was great. The team showed up on time and were careful and efficient with moving the furniture ( table, chairs, sideboard). This was probably one of the smoothest moves I’ve had, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Fighting Chance Movers to anyone planning a move.
Fighting Chance Moving LLCFighting Chance Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony, Mike and Olaf (?) are the most amazing movers and made this moving extravaganza so much easier. I would highly recommended E&A Moving to anyone. They were awesome!!! Thanks again guys! I appreciate it!
E & A Moving LLC.E & A Moving LLC.
Joann F.
A good experience with these movers.
Westmoreland Movers LLCWestmoreland Movers LLC
Vivian F.
The two movers are very professional and polite. They did a great job and I would highly recommend the helpful hands for moving.
Helpful HandsHelpful Hands
Great team of movers!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Patrick P.
Great moving experience. However, SEVERAL of my furnishings were damaged in the move and the owner has yet to rectify the problem.
Elite moving companyElite moving company
Cameron A.
Thankful I downloaded Thumbtack and found man an a Van. Two gentlemen came and moved us and we're efficient and did a very nice job moving us, last minute. Any more moves will use them. Thanks!
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were super efficient and fast... Careful with my furniture. The office staff changed the price after movers were done. They tried to charge me additional hour despite the agreement to charge for time movers were there. They finally agreed to charge for hour and half as I had no time to argue during a busy hectic moving day.
DFF Dumpsters & Junk Removal EST 1959DFF Dumpsters & Junk Removal EST 1959
Thumbtack Customer
Culmer movers were fantastic. They moved us from one house to another, and they were quick and efficient. They also were very personable and made a stressful moving day a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend them.
Alan L.
Great choice for moving. I did local moving with them, very efficient and professional. Great value as well. I compared its quote for my moving against a few and this one was the best value option hands down.
2 Men Labor2 Men Labor
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