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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 Florence movers
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time, very nice, fast, made my move great because I wasn't worried about their experience. Professional. I have moved 18 times in the past 35 yrs and this was the best. The 3 men who moved me were not kids. If I ever move again, I will call them. The price was excellent. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Tony and his team are fantastic. They helped us with a tedious move with two drop off locations and two pick up locations. We are in the process of moving furniture from my parent's home of 20+ years so my mother can move into an assisted living facility. It is emotional for all of us, especially our mother. Tony was kind and took extreme care to move a very large dining room suit and an heirloom bedroom suit down stairs with two landings and two 90 degree turns. We unintentionally threw a few curve balls at him and he handled everything with ease and grace. Queen City Moving Solutions could not have been better to work with and we know we will call on them every single time we need a moving solution.
Queen City Building and Moving SolutionsQueen City Building and Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
An in town move - very professional and efficient- would use again
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Thumbtack Customer
They were wonderful! They did such a great job of getting our stuff out of storage and then into a 3 story townhouse. This was a long distance move and I never wondered or worried about my stuff being broken on the truck. This is definitely a company I would recommend to anyone moving!
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Jeffrey P.
Overall a very good experience. The team of Kevin G., Troy and TQ arrived on time, were friendly and worked steadily. Everything was wrapped/padded and handled carefully. It was definitely worth paying extra for a third mover. One note, communication between the "office" and the crews may need to improve. In the initial consultation and quoting process, make sure you bring to their attention anything you have that is out of the ordinary i.e. treadmill, etc. I addressed a treadmill it in the quote questionnaire, listing it as an item costing more than 1,500.00 dollars because the questionnaire only asks for high dollar value and antique items. During the initial walk thru I pointed it out as an item to be moved, no comment was made. Two hours into the pack out, I was asked if it was to be moved and I said yes and was told that they weren't aware of it and that it usually costs more to move this type of item. I told them I addressed it in my email with the company. They packed and moved it with no problem.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Virginia F.
Made a move that I thought was going to be excruciatingly long much more convenient. Worth the price to know that everything is going to be safe and performed in a timely manner!
R&S Movers LLCR&S Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We did not close our home so ready to move is storing our belongs in Charleston warehouse,until we have another home,so far excellent service
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Thumbtack Customer
The move began well, the packing took longer than expected but, only about an hour longer than they told us it would take. The problem came at the end of the night when I realized my phone was missing. I didn't want to accuse the movers, but now that it has been over a week and my phone that was on the kitchen counter, has not appeared I know for sure one of the movers took it. The owner, Mr York, was kind enough to reimburse me for the stolen iPhone but honestly I really just wanted the movers to return it rather than me having to buy a new one. Also, some of our kitchen items were left in our old house(all the casserole and baking dishes that are kept under the stove, the cabinet that had all of our travel mugs, and the drawer that my kids kept all their coloring books, crayons, etc. but we should have done a better walk through before we left to ensure nothing was forgotten) not major things just an inconvenience because the house we moved from is in another state. A couple Christmas decorations that were fragile were broken due to improper packing but I guess that is the risk you take when you have someone pack for you. I went with this company because of the great reviews however my experience was bad but,I think it mostly depends on which movers you get. Ours seemed nice in the beginning until I realized what had happened. But like I said before, we were reimbursed for the iPhone so I was able to replace it, it was just a HUGE inconvenience.
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