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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 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.

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 Pottstown movers
Zina W.
When you are ready to move, you want movers that you can depend on to respond quickly, be attentive, professional, flexible with timing and ready for the job of carefully handling whatever you want them to move. They are true to their name “Mighty Movers”. I highly recommend them and would hire them again.
Mighty Movers LLCMighty Movers LLC
Bethany S.
Had a short notice gym equipment move and Hoey Logistics was quick to respond and accommodate. Much appreciated. Would be happy to use them again for any future move!
Hoey logisticsHoey logistics
Karen M.
Great movers! I would hire them again!
Toro MoversToro Movers
Susan K.
Paul and the other mover were both very efficient and were very personable and professional. They were very careful and made the move of my spinet piano from house to house, a seamless experience. Thank you!
Mozart pianoMozart piano
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional throughout. Great communication and had the move done as promised plus very affordable. I know I won't be moving again for quite a while but anyone can feel safe hiring this team
Revell Moving Co.Revell Moving Co.
Jasmine P.
I chose Adam and his team for my move b/c of the reviews. I’m glad they were all true. My move was from a townhouse to a storage unit. The two guys working on the move did a great job on maneuvering all my big furniture through the tight stairwells. They were professional and careful throughout the entire time. I would certainly recommend to others and use them again.
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Lauren W.
This was our first and only experience with movers and we are so happy we chose On Demand Moving Services! Lanre and his entire team were so professional, courteous and easy to do business with. We even had to change our move date and they easily accommodated us! The entire process was so smooth, they showed up on time, and were extremely polite, helped us get all of our things in order and told us an estimate of the time it would take. Best of all they took really good care of our belongings and were extremely friendly. They even came in under estimate which saved us money and time. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone moving or considering using movers. We went back on forth with hiring someone or doing it ourselves and I will tell you that my husband and I were so relieved afterwards that used On Demand Moving Services instead of trying to do it all ourselves. It was worth every penny.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Che m.
Excellent service! The 3 guys came and got right to work, expeditiously and efficiently. I will be using Sylvan for the second part of my move and would recommend this company to any and everyone I come across in need of an honest moving company!! Integrity goes a long way. Thank you Sylvan for your work!
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
Kelly E.
This was my first experience with hiring movers, and I chose well! They were professional, efficient, and skilled. They packed my truck so that it was only 1/3 of the way full, and not a single piece of my property was damaged. Granted, I packed the boxes, but they moved them and all of my clunky and old furniture. I will be recommending them to friends and coworkers in the future.
SonnyB moving hauling & Etc…SonnyB moving hauling & Etc…
Myra D.
Awesome job, helped me on short notice to do a very difficult move. Checked in with me throughout to get everything in the right place.
A&F Business LLCA&F Business LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had a "yucky" job.... moving my son's belongings out of a low-ceiling basement (I'm 6'1") and knew that 50% of what was down there unseen would have to be trashed. In the midst of making 20+ calls to local movers and dumpster providers, we received a quick response from David / Kingdom Movers with an initial bid. This was my first experience with Thumbtack so I was a bit leery. I was immediately able to speak with David over the phone and explained my initial plan re: movers transporting all of the contents out of the basement with some going into an on-site dumpster. He outlined his plan of action (3 movers with a 16' truck) and then offered a cost saving alternative -- they would load and dump our unwanted stuff, and then move our saved belongings into the storage unit for a very reasonable price. Date and time immediately confirmed! David and his team showed up and I knew within five minutes, this was going to go much faster than I had ever imagined. He quickly outlined the plan with his team, and all I had to do was review each box/item quickly and designate its "destination" (storage vs. dump). Only one hour and twenty minutes to clear a place packed "Hoarder" style up the basement stairs into 2 piles and into the truck. A small glitch with our local dump sites delayed the move a bit, but it was not problematic especially since the team had included one extra person than originally planned. David actually had to arrange the dump unloading for a separate day/time and the way in which his team consolidated everything to fit into an already packed storage unit was so impressive. David and his team were so courteous, friendly, and never complained about any of the inconveniences, i.e., the heat, the basement, the dump delay, etc. The end price was actually a bit less than we had estimated. I know without a doubt when it's time for our next move, I will not have a problem finding a reputable and incredible moving company.
Kingdom Moving and TransportKingdom Moving and Transport
Shannon V.
Aaron was fantastic!!! We had a very immediate need to move some furniture from a 3rd floor apartment, and then they even helped us move all the rest of our stuff we didn’t even initially as about. They were on time, very efficient, loved a very difficult credenza, and overall just fantastic and so polite! We will definitely be using Aaron and his team again!
October Ocean LLCOctober Ocean LLC
Brittany B.
Eric was wonderful to work with for all our moving needs and even helped us find a great place to use for storage. Pricing was excellent and and wonderful work quality as well! Would recommend to anyone and will be using them again ourselves in the near future! Also was a bonus that he was able to disassemble our outdoor play set and move and reassemble at our new house. Many companies do not offer that.
Eric Delahaye dba. Degrees of CluttersEric Delahaye dba. Degrees of Clutters
Jonathan B.
We loved working with Toro! They helped us out with a same day pool table movers and stayed until midnight getting the job done. Would highly recommend.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Shannon B.
If I could have given negative stars they would have -5. They were given all of the details about my move so they knew what to expect. My fiancé met them at the apartment. They were hired to start at 11am. At 11:10am I got the first phone call. The one mover had seen mouse droppings. He said that he was terrified of mice and he didn't think he could move me. I had already given notice that I would be out that day. I told him as much and he said he'd "try." The second phone call came about 10 minutes later. He had seen a bug, supposedly a bed bug (I never had a rodent or bed bug problem in 1.5 years I was there.) He told me he couldn't do the move. I told him that my back was against the wall. He said he'd do it for more money. It was supposed to cost $150/hour. He now wanted $175. I agreed only because I had to be out. The truck they brought wasn't big enough for my move nor did they pack it well enough to be able to take everything. We met them at the storage unit. When they opened the truck there was still half the truck that could have been used. They put what I thought was the first load, in my storage unit. Then one of them came over and said they were done for the day. I'm sorry? What? The move isn't complete. Not their problem apparently. They worked a total of 3.5 hours but the price they said I owed was for 4 hours. I was furious but I wanted it to be over so I paid. $700 (the actual amount I owed them was $612.50) for 2 movers who complained constantly, didn't have a hand truck (??), shook me down for more money for no reason, didn't pack their truck enough to make only one trip, then said they were done even though the job wasn't done. Save yourself time, headache and money-avoid this moving company (I use that term loosely) at ALL COSTS!!!
Easy Load UpEasy Load Up
Karen T.
From the beginning of the job it was awesome. Professional, on time , kind & the rates were the best. So much so we had them come back for the second part of our move. 😊we would highly recommend them.
Revell Moving Co.Revell Moving Co.
Krista T.
Turner Moving and Logistics was awesome. Super responsive and came in clutch at the last minute with helping me unload my apartment into a storage unit. They were so fast and organized and handled my items with great care. Thank you!!!
Turner Moving and Logistics (TML)Turner Moving and Logistics (TML)
Mandy M.
Two men showed up at 9:30pm for a 6:00pm move. They had been working all day and were exhausted when they arrived. Moved very slowly. Worked until 1am and left with less than half the truck full. My husband and I were carrying boxes to try to speed up the process also. Were supposed to arrive the next morning at 9 to finish, but arrived at 10:30. Had 4 people, but 2 were the same from the night before and working on practically no sleep. Our settlement was supposed to be 11:30 but got pushed back to 4:00 because house was not cleared out for new owners. Had to hire buyers 2 movers to help load truck. They were super fast and cheaper. wish I had hired them. Very slow unloading at new house too. No apology from Adam, just excuses. Do not hire!
A & A Professional Movers, LLC.A & A Professional Movers, LLC.
Tom S.
Although there was a delay in arrival it was for good reason. Aaron and Omar were awesome in every regard. It was a last minute job and it was done at the highest level of professionalism efficiency all while being friendly. The best moving experience I have had.
October Ocean LLCOctober Ocean LLC
Ed S.
Showed up right on time and got to work. Carefully wrapped all furniture and kept us on schedule. Difficult move as I was going from a large house to a small condo, so a stop at a storage unit was required in between. They handled that without any problems and continued with the rest of the move on schedule. Very friendly, polite and helpful throughout. Pricing is very fair and you deal directly with the owner, Lanre, on the business end who answers all questions concisely and quickly through phone and email - you're never waiting days to get an answer back. Would definitely use again and recommend to others.
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Annette W.
These guys were terrific! They responded to my request for a furniture mover within 1-2 hours after I posted it on Thumbtack. They showed up promptly to do the work and went above and beyond what they were hired to do. Kudos to them; definitely worth hiring!
Black Vigilance services llcBlack Vigilance services llc
Ryan H.
Needed my refrigerator moved up to my kitchen. Contacted A&A and he responded almost instantly. Came to me same day within 2 hrs of my request. Unfortunately due to the dimensions of my refrigerator and the tight space of my townhouse steps we couldn’t get it upstairs. I would definitely recommend this service. Came on time and was very professional.
A&A Moving Shipping and WarehousingA&A Moving Shipping and Warehousing
Donna U.
the crew was late arriving,coming from a distance, and I thought we were off to a less than stellar start, but they were EXCELLENT about diving right in,quickly assessing an unusual situation for loading/packing household items, and they were friendly, cheerful and worked well as a team as well as working with me.....they made the process move along smoothly,quickly,and without a hitch........at the end of a long day ,I was very happy .......GREAT CREW
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
David A.
Try answering/responding to requests. UPDATE (a week after my first review) Seeing that you are painting me as an impatient prick, let me share some actual facts. First of all, it wasn't thirty minutes bud. I messaged you the day before as well. And at least 3 more times the next day. I just wrote the review after the last failed attempt of contacting you while you were "online." My understanding is that if you are online, you are actively answering questions. Your status said "online now" at least a half dozen times with no response. It took you how long to actually respond? A week? Sorry, but you're in a business where people have to make moves and there are deadlines. I had a deadline. Bad business on your part. So spare me the life lesson on my impatience and focus on running your business more efficiently. You think you're the only one who is busy? I also have a three year old so I completely understand impatience and that was absolutely NOT the case here. I would have loved to use your business because the movers I ended up using were terrible. They might have been terrible but they got back to me when I messaged them....yah know, the same day...not a week later. Better luck next time.
I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)
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