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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.

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 Newport movers
Thumbtack Customer
Best move I've ever had thanks to H-Movers. Eduardo and Stephen were the most professional movers I've dealt with. They made the move a complete breeze and handled all my items with great care. Would recommend them to anyone both local or across states.
Anna E.
H-movers is named for the owner, and he and the members take personal pride in their work. Their communication is fast and easy, and they will work with you to meet your needs. Once they arrived, the moving process was efficient and careful, and went even smoother than expected. You absolutely get what you pay for with H-movers!
Thumbtack Customer
I had a move from a storage space to an empty house. The guys were very professional, polite and kept moving! Very easy to work with. I will hire them again for sure!
Don P.
H-Movers exceeded my expectations. They responded promptly and on short notice, they communicated clearly, met the schedule they agreed to and completed the move quickly and professionally. Great guys, would hire fhem again in a heart beat.
Thumbtack Customer
Eduardo Hopp - the owner of H-Movers - was very professional and accommodating. He gave me the best deal from all other moving companies, and helped me on a very short notice (one week only). Eduardo and his associate Henry, show up on time, work fast, yet they are very careful -- none of my personal belongings (flat screen TV, computers, expensive wine glasses) were damaged or broken. I will definitely recommend H-Movers to all of my acquaintances, and use them again when I move next time!
Thumbtack Customer
It was a very complicated move that was challenged by a snow storm a night before. Because of that the timing of one of the moves was a bit off. But all an all Omar was incredibly good with handling the instruments. I would recommend him if you love and care about your baby grand.
All-Pro Piano MoversAll-Pro Piano Movers
Keith K.
What a great experience! Joe and his guys were professional, courteous and just nice guys. The move went very smoothly and my wife and I were extremely pleased with Here2Haul. I highly recommend using Joe and his team if you are moving.
H2H ServicesH2H Services
Patricia C.
Fellows showed up on time (they were early and politely waited in the truck until I saw them). Covered the furniture with NEW CLEAN pads and were very aware not to scratch floors, ding walls or damage the furniture they were moving. They were very efficient. Definitely will use them again if I need to move something else.
DA Family MovingDA Family Moving
Tom H.
I cannot express my utter disappointment in today. It was completely unprofessional of them to just leave without talking to me first. This puts me in a very bad spot and I'm extraordinary upset. while I understand their concern for the extra request I would have been okay if they said no. As for the move it self everything is either packed in a box a crate or a bag. Does it look a little unorganized? Yes it does however everything is packed. I did not ask them to clean or pack. I am livid! 5 Star review coming soon. Unbelievable! I also cannot believe that they call the office and you thought it was okay for them to just leave and not even talk to me. Everything that needed to be moved was packed in either a box, a tote, or a bag. I am beyond upset... It's going to cost me an extra three days of rent because of this! My landlord thinks I'm lying!
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