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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.

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. 

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. 

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 Anderson movers
Thumbtack Customer
Very late. Was moved by the time they arrived
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Larissa A.
Very professional, great attitude...made the moving experience a fun and positive one!
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They were fast and the move was great. They took care of my belongings and nothing was broke or scratched. Very pleased with them.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Great job the guys did a wonderful job we will be moving again in about 5 months and will be using this company again
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
After 21 years my wife and I moved to another part of town. We called the owners Corey and Karen, and they replied promptly. We negotiated a price, received clear instructions as to what would happen on moving day, as well as who would be involved. When moving day arrived we were amazed at how quickly this team of 4 went about their work. Corey, Karen, Richard, and Stephen are extremely courteous, honest, and hard working. No standing around at all-just work, work, work. They also took great care to protect our belongings. After it was all done, they cleaned our property immaculately. When it was over, bill was exactly as agreed upon. If you want a first rate couple to do your moving call Corey and Karen. You'll be glad you did! Love you guys!
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Sara W.
I was so impressed of the responsiveness of Terrell. We were in constant communication throughout the process. He arrived on time and proceeded to get right to work in moving the pieces of furniture as requested. It took no time to get the job done. I will definitely hire them again.
SilverBack Hauling L.L.C.SilverBack Hauling L.L.C.
Alycia T.
Would recommend! Owens & Owens LLC were able to fit me in for a last-minute heavy furniture move at a great value. They were the first to respond to my project request and they got the job done quickly and with great care to my belongings. Thank you again!
Owens & Owens LLCOwens & Owens LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The crew was on-time, worked quickly, asked questions that helped up put things where we wanted, reviewed with us an damage to furniture before moving it, really nice and helpful people. Will use them again for reorganizing the garage and hauling trash. In addition to being a great service provider, they are also affordable.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Debi B.
I was moving my 91 yr old Mother from Anderson to Columbia and needed movers who would be able to work with us and be understanding of our situation so after talking with We Haul decided to go with them. Best decision ever!! Not only were they professional, they were very kind and understanding with my Mom. They definitely went the extra mile for us helping with extra things that weren't even in the original agreement. There were people observing them as they were taking our furniture into the new apartment that came up to me later and were talking about how impressed they were with the care they took with our belongings and how efficiently they worked...one lady even asked for their business card! You cannot go wrong hiring this company...very highly recommend them!!
We Haul Moving and Storage LLCWe Haul Moving and Storage LLC
Jessica T.
Jo-el and team did a superb job helping me move stuff from my pod into my house. Super responsive, on time and got the job done quickly. I appreciate the attention to detail to not bang into any of my door frames, etc as they unloaded. Definitely recommend and won’t hesitate to use the service again in the future if needed!
Milford’s Moving on OutMilford’s Moving on Out
Lisa H.
I would recommend these guys hands down. I was able to hire them to move me on Very short notice. They showed up on time ( actually a few minutes early). They also worked nonstop ( I brought them water just so they would take a break.. it was hot out!) They were professional and friendly and worked quickly (especially with all the stuff I have)! So yes they deserve 5 stars and I will use them again when needed.
Evans Lawn ServiceEvans Lawn Service
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