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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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Aiken movers
Thumbtack Customer
Elite movers was a great moving company. Their three movers were efficient and took great care. I would highly recommend.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The men from Elite assisted me with my move across state. They worked hard and the move was complete in one day.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
After several phone calls and online quotes Pack It Up Moving/Moving With Integrity was the best and the most reasonable. Someone came out to check my storage unit (very professional). I was given a quote at which time I decided to try other moving companies for a better quote and was unable to find any. So I went with Pack It Up Moving/Moving With Integrity. And I'm very happy I did. They made my move from Aiken SC to Brooklyn NY stress and worry free. My things were picked up on June 8th, 2016 and delivered on June 8th, 2016. The movers were very professional from start to finish. I would hire this company again as well as refer them to my friends and family.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Rickie J.
If you are looking for prompt, professional and courteous service Elite Movers is the only company you need. This is the second time I have hired them to move and we have had no issues. Even after 14 hours they were top notch. Thanks again Elite Movers.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great job. Kept his word . Great movers. Will use again.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Jodi H.
My experience with Sweatman moving far exceeded my expectations! Their price was less than every other mover I contacted and there was no extra charge for moving a riding lawnmower. He and his helper showed up 10 minutes early (which I did not mind) and got right to business. I told him I was worried because one reviewer said he was a "no show" and he explained his side of the story. He is not allowed to reply to reviews to clarify or address anything. It was a hot July day but that did not slow them down. He is a very hardworking, dependable mover who I highly recommend!
Sweatman MovingSweatman Moving
Thumbtack Customer
It doesn't get any better than Elite Movers. I have been moved 3 times by a "national big 3 company" and this move was just as smooth. This team worked hard from the moment they started and treated us better than family. Hard working, respectful, honest and efficient are just a few words that come to mind. Thanks again for all your hard work. Couldn't have done it without you.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Marques P.
Punctual, professional and affordable! Aubrey and team did a great job with my heavy furniture move.
EZ Heavy Lifting & MovingEZ Heavy Lifting & Moving
Cara L.
Everything from coordinating and getting the right guys to help, the following up and checking in through out my move gave me extra comfort and ease. The guys showed up on time, were easy to talk with, very friendly and happily willing to make any changes with moving my things. My move was a fully furnished home on a farm 2 hrs away, I had a to make a couple stops along the way but we got it all done in about 9hrs.
R&S Movers LLCR&S Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
moved across town. They had tire trouble, so were late, but kept me informed of the issue and timing.Even discounted the fee and had an extra mover at no cost. They padded and bubble wrapped everything. Polite, efficient, awesome. Got their names so I can request them again if needed.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Cathy M.
They provided in-town moving services from an apartment to a house. The guys were friendly and hardworking, and they were very careful with our belongings.
Budget Movers of AugustaBudget Movers of Augusta
Thumbtack Customer
I moved from an apatment in SC to a storage unit in Virginia, on about a weeks notice. Pack it up moving offered a significantly lower price than any other competitor. They arrived on time, handled all my belongings with care, and preformed loading and unloading quickly and efficiently. They also helped me to pack my storage unit tighly and efficiently, leaving more room than anticipated. Overall, they preformed excellent service. I would definitely use them again, and would recommend them.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Rebecca K.
Great experience. The guys worked hard and got it done. There was no wasted time and they were friendly. The office staff who set up the move and cleaning was super helpful and very responsive to my needs. I would use them again and would recommend to my friends.
Mighty Titans MovingMighty Titans Moving
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