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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 Columbia movers
Brandi T.
Was scheduled for a move but movers were not able to show up to move my house. Very inconvenient.
Randolph home care and hauling solutionsRandolph home care and hauling solutions
Thumbtack Customer
The move with Pack it up Moving went great. The move was a local move from an apartment to a house. I also had a 10x20 storage facility that needed to be moved out of and into the house. The movers were timely and very efficient. It took longer than anticipated but mainly due to needing to stop at the additional location to empty the storage facility. Overall my experience with Pack it up Moving was great.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Deanna H.
Elite Movers helped me recently with a local move. They were on time, to the minute, and worked carefully and efficiently to move my furniture (some antiques). I would highly recommend Elite Movers.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Anusha P.
Moving professionals were great. They did an awesome job for moving my stuff. I was surprised with their speed of moving. They moved all my stuff in less than 2 hrs with so much care for the fragile pieces.
Global Moving Professionals LLC
Anth M.
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QualiTy Movers did a great job moving my family into our new home, very professional and efficient. They were prepared to help with setting up and made our move a breeze! Thanks again.
QualiTy Movers LLCQualiTy Movers LLC
John N.
Awesome! If you want to move in the subsequent day, they can do it :D The only con was a bit of miscommunication regarding the original site to move out of, but it's expected to have some confusion. Nonetheless, the work ethic of the two guys was superb. The move-in and out process was efficient with no items broken. I thought the value of the move was phenomenal given that I was moving several states away (SC > WI).
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Emily J.
QualiTy Movers were great at handling my last minute move. Other movers stood me up, but QualiTy Movers responded within minutes for a same day move. Only $50 to hold a spot on the schedule while others charge a huge deposit fee upfront. They packed everything neatly and were very organized. Disassembled all of my furniture, paid attention to detail and handled it with great care. I had an issue with my storage space and they patiently waited for hours until the matter was resolved. They new that moving can be stressful and were very compassionate and understanding. They were very professional and set a high standard for a moving company. I high recommend QualiTy Movers LLC.
QualiTy Movers LLCQualiTy Movers LLC
Shabreccia J.
A&M Friendly Movers gave me more than I could have expected in a move. Every one knows moving is a stressful time, and mine was particularly stressful. However, A&M Friendly Movers were so helpful, kind, and efficient. I will be using them again the next time I move and recommending them to anyone I know. Couldn’t have asked for better service. Thanks so much!
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
The guys were great and got everything moved quickly! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone moving in the future.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Mahogany S.
Great movers and great price for the work! We had a lot of stuff and they worked to get it all in one move safely.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Charrai H.
They made my move super easy. They were punctual and contacted me before the move as well as when they were in route the day of the move. There work was efficient and they paid attention to detail ensuring my pieces were wrapped and protected.
R.J. Movers, LLCR.J. Movers, LLC
Jon S.
The movers were very helpful, could not ask for more. They were easy to work with and the price was more then fair. This was a long distance move, and would recommend them to anyone moving any where. Thank you gentlemen for the outstanding job.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Great service at a fair price. Would recommend to others needing help moving and loading large heavy items on moving truck.
American Moving LaborAmerican Moving Labor
Dee M.
They are the best moving co in Columbia! Every worker is super nice and professional. I’ve used them twice and was happy with both moves.
Sweatman MovingSweatman Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Had the best experience moving with Tori and his crew. I met with Tori before the move, and I was so uplifted by his positive demeanor and can-do attitude. I had a complicated move, and Tori worked out all of the details. He kept telling me that he wanted to make it a stress-free move for me, and that's exactly what he did! The movers were phenomenal...friendly, hard working, and considerate. I felt my household items and furniture were handled with great care. My best friend is already planning to go with Pack It Up Moving for her upcoming move. I highly recommend this outstanding company.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, polite, hard working movers. They showed up on time and worked steady throughout the move. Would definitely hire again.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Great movers and the least expensive.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Kendra D.
They were quick to come to our home and give us an estimate on our move. Their pricing was the lowest of any estimates we received. We did not choose them for our move and we are so sorry we didn't! We will definitely use them for our next move!
Global Moving Professionals LLC
Lee c.
I made reservations about 2 months in advance. Two weeks before the move I clarified our needs again with someone on the phone because our original contact had quit. One week before the move I got an email canceling our move with no explanation.
Sweatman MovingSweatman Moving
Jasmine T.
This was my first long distance move and I was very stressed/worried. Tori and his team did everything possible to ease my worries and make this move stress-free. Tori was able to handle the details of my move even though it was short notice and he charged a reasonable price in comparison to other local & nationwide companies . He kept in contact throughout the entire process and patiently answered all of my questions. Additionally, the movers were very professional and hard-working. I'm still amazed by how quickly and efficiently they moved my stuff from Columbia, SC to Auburn, AL. I would definitely hire Pack It Up Moving again!!!
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Tori for my move from Columbia to Summerville this past week, and was extremely satisfied with the service. It was a small move (1 bedrooma apt), and the movers worked quickly (4 hours from arrival to completion, including travel time). They even made sure to pad and wrap all of the furniture to ensure its safety. I would definitely recommend Tori to any family or friends who were looking for a mover.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Mike and Andre made my move from one state to another so easy! They were on time, friendly, and extremely helpful. This was my first time using a moving service, so I was a bit nervous before hand, but using Ready to Move was a fantastic experience that I absolutely reccomend!
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Theresa W.
I appreciate the move but now have a broken light on my deep freezer and a lopsided night stand. I hired movers so my things wouldot get damaged.
R.J. Movers, LLCR.J. Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team - which consisted of 2 or 3 men at various junctures - was very careful and absolutely nothing was damaged, but they took almost 12 hours for a job which in my previous move took about half the time. This was especially frustrating since they were only able to begin at 5 pm. This was the "midnight move."
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