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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.

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. 

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 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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for State College movers
Thumbtack Customer
Needed help moving furniture. Dave made the move easy and quick.
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Christopher B.
Maltese did a great job. They were finished very fast (my move was within a single building) and were willing to go above and beyond. I will be looking for them in the future for any moving needs I may have.
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Nicole T.
We recently had a piano moved to our home through Dave and Maltese Services. Dave's communication with me through the whole process was immediate and great! He and his team took care and were professional with moving the piano from one home location to another. They were very punctual. I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again and am pleased to recommend them for future moving needs. --Nicole
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Jordan B.
The move took less than 30 minutes and I made my bus out from school
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Great workers. They showed up, moved my things, and put them in my new place. Simple as that.
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Erin V.
We had a wonderful experience when we hired Maltese. They were timely, careful, friendly and efficient! They took all the stress out of moving. I would recommend them to anyone who needs reliable assistance when moving. Their response time and professionalism were top notch! Thanks guys!!
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Jan B.
They moved our piano into an adjacent room. They were very punctual and communicated with us by text during the day to update their arrival time. They did an excellent job!
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Anna T.
Arrived on time, took great care of everything, listened to our special requests and were very polite. Made a very traumatic move much easier, would highly recommend.
Nation Capital Moving - PANation Capital Moving - PA
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you to everyone who helped assist with our move from State College, PA. to Pawley Island, South Carolina in December 2016. Customer service superior with staff being attentiveness to all our needs. Rose walked us through everything and kept us updated with inventory changes, packing, and delivery. The guys that packed us up and delivered us were careful of our hardwood floors and walls. We highly recommend this company for your move. Very happy customer!
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Maltese Services to unload a small moving truck of household furniture and boxes. The 10' truck was packed full. These guys showed up on time and were very nice and professional. They worked hard and fast. My niece was very pleased with the work done at a fair price. I will hire these guys again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.!!
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
Kelley B.
In one word “Awesome”! Vandy brought a crew of three thoughtful and hard-working employees whose attention to detail was unmatched. I highly recommend him and his crew to anyone interested in local or interstate moves. After nine hours of packing and delivering our household items today, it was easy to give Vandy and his capable team FIVE stars! THANK YOU!!!
Stateside Moving Services, LLCStateside Moving Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Dave and Nate did a great job moving our son out of his old apartment and into a new one. They are hard workers and cheerfully did all that we requested. They worked well together and with us. They dissembled and reassembled furniture, and Dave even came back when we had a question about some extra furniture parts. We would call them again!
Maltese Services LLC.Maltese Services LLC.
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