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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.

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 Providence movers
Judith M.
Stark moving was punctual, polite and very efficient with my move.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
H-Movers made my move very easy and each of the movers that showed up were very polite and cared for my belongings as if it were their own. These guys are true professionals and know what they are doing. I highly recommend H-Movers to anyone that needs a great moving company. Next time I need to move I know who I will be calling!
Steven F.
Stark Moving was, hands down, the best moving company we’ve ever hired. They were professional, punctual and delivered a high-quality long distance move (everything was safely wrapped). They even put our bed and my vanity back together. Stark removed all of the stress out of the big move. If you’re looking for movers, Stark Moving will make it a breeze. Thank you again!
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Saima C.
Amazing moving company. Very professional with quick response time. Actual movers were the best I’ve ever had (have hired 4-5 different movers in the past 12 years). They did a great job and worked hard to move things safely but quickly. They came right on time. Price of move reasonable too. Will hire them for any moving needs in the future.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Carlo L.
Out of all the movers I've hired in the past. These guys are he best! They moved a 2 bedroom house packed and moved across state to new location. Will use again on my next move. Priced right and highly recommended.
Best Rate Express MovingBest Rate Express Moving
Sharyn P.
H-MOVERS are courteous, careful and thorough. We have used them to move twice and will definitely use them again if we need moving services.
Katie M.
I used Rexton for a local move. They had great communication during the booking process and did an excellent job with the move. Everything was shrink wrapped and moved with care.
REXTON Moving & Storage, IncREXTON Moving & Storage, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience with Son Light Movers both before and during the move. They were easy to reach and responsive to changes. During the move, they were fast, careful, professional, and on-time.
Son Light MoversSon Light Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Oleg and the team at Smart Penny Moving were outstanding! It was the best move I've had (and I've moved often). They are very careful, but very efficient. Total professionals! I highly recommend Oleg and Smart Penny Moving. I would use them again in a heartbeat!
Smart Penny MovingSmart Penny Moving
Annette J.
H-Movers moved some sleeper sofas for me, taking the old ones out first. The move took much less time than I had expected. The movers were very careful of the furniture, hardwood floor, and doorways. I definitely plan to contact them for future projects.
Anna W.
They are hard workers. Fast and efficient. Have worked with other movers before, Move On is definitely one of the better ones to hire. Highly recommended. I’m hiring them again for the second half of my move!
Move ONMove ON
Diane R.
Top concierge sent 2 very pleasant and professional movers to complete our move as promised. They were efficient and helpful, wrapping furniture as needed and carefully moving everything. I would highly recommend
Top concierge moving and cleaning services, INCTop concierge moving and cleaning services, INC
Thumbtack Customer
Moved furniture, appliances and boxes from attic, cellar, garage and shed. Best ever movers. On time, thorough, and got the job done right the first time. Couldn't ask for a better moving company.
Juliana C.
Curran and his crew were amazing to work with! I had them unload my moving truck after a move and they were so efficient and careful with everything. They really went the extra mile to move everything as quickly as they could! Would definitely hire them again for any future moving needs!
Courtney K.
Stephen and John moved my furniture this past weekend, and did an incredible job! They arrived exactly as scheduled, and were extremely polite and professional! I would definitely recommend H movers to anyone planning a move!
Mary B.
Very prompt, professional and made my move so easy! Would highly recommend this company for your moves!!
Gabriella S.
The movers were very professional and friendly. The move was completed quickly and efficiently. I was very satisfied with my experience.
Susan B.
Excellent service for move of small apartment from Providence RI to NJ storage facility. Movers arrived on time and called ahead to confirm their arrival on both ends of the move. They took great care of my furniture.
Born to MoveBorn to Move
Tia F.
Moved from a ground floor house into a 3rd floor apartment and the H movers crew made it so easy! Appreciated their professionalism, punctuality, and efficiency! Definitely would hire them again for my next move.
Phani R.
Our experience was excellent. Movers came on time and completed the move with in the stipulated time. They were very courteous and easy to work with 👍
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from a second floor apartment into a condominium and used the services offered by H-Movers. They were wonderful. Every detail was carried through with the upmost courtesy and professionalism. Eduardo and his partner were on time, polite, and knew how to move our things! We would highly recommend them for your next move!
Daniel M.
VIP Movers did a great job. They were on time, efficient and easy to work with before and during the move. I would hire again.
VIP Movers BostonVIP Movers Boston
Thumbtack Customer
H-movers took care of our condo move. Although the two gentlemen worked quickly and very hard, the move took longer than we all expected. Eduardo, the owner, came onsite and jumped right in to help. Great customer service!
Thumbtack Customer
First time hiring movers and was blown away. Super professional, nice, and efficient! I'll probably be calling them next time I move.
Thumbtack Customer
I really enjoyed my experience with these movers! They called me ten minutes before they were coming and then again when there. They handled my furniture carefully and properly wrapped up what could be wrapped up. I originally only needed my couch moved but then ended up having more stuff to move and they had no qualms about moving the extras on such short notice. They were friendly and the hourly cost is great. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who may be moving
Top concierge moving and cleaning services, INCTop concierge moving and cleaning services, INC
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