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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 Goose Creek movers
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were courteous, the moved quickly but carefully. Best moving experience! And I've moved a lot....the price was on point and absolutely no hidden fees or surprises. I highly recommend Ready to Move. Thanks so much!
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Thumbtack Customer
Great moving experience. 3 guys showed up with a large truck and quickly moved all my large items out of a second story apartment. Whole move took 2.5 hours. I highly recommend this moving company and their rate was very reasonable.
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Laurie K.
Elite movers was very professional and handled all of our belongings with care. We would without a doubt use their services again for future moves.
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Thumbtack Customer
The movers were professional and friendly. They did a fantastic job with handling our stuff. I'd recommend Tori and his team for your next move.
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Jacky W.
Great service. I have been recommending Ready to Move to friends and family! If we ever need to move again we know who to call!
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Thumbtack Customer
Pack It Up Moving packed and moved my 3-bedroom home in a single day. Tori was extremely flexible and able to provide an optimal crew size to get the job done in a single day. The movers were extremely efficient and the move was a very smooth process. They were also extremely polite, clean, and took all the precautions to prevent damage to my belongings. I recommend their services highly.
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Thumbtack Customer
Exceptional service well mannered as well as quick and efficient. If I have to move again will defiantly be giving Tori a call to handle the move. Not only was his team efficient with helping me arrange the house to get the most out of the square footage. Kudos to Pack It Up Moving
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Thumbtack Customer
This easy first the hiring a moving crew and I was very nervous as to the quality of service that I would receive. Ready to move offered me the best quote and then fully delivered on all of their promises. All of my anxiety about the move disappeared. The few was on time, professional, fast, and friendly. Would hire again and definitely recommend.
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Theodore J.
Thanks for meeting my last minute move request
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Zee G.
On time. Great care with the items. Nothing broken. Second floor one bedroom move from to residence 20 miles away. This is my second time using Big Moves. Highly recommended.
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Donna A.
They went above and beyond to move my 5 bedroom house.
In & Out Moving Co.In & Out Moving Co.
Rynard W.
Great move very professional took great care of my furniture and home
Edward P.
Contacted me right after I posted my needs very responsive to what I had to be moved on the day of the move was very prompt Worked quickly and efficiently they were a pleasure to work with I would highly recommend them
In & Out Moving Co.In & Out Moving Co.
Hannah K.
Movers were very friendly and fast. This was my second time hiring this company.
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Jim B.
Another service cancelled their service the morning of their arrival because one of their employees had a criminal record! After just 15 minutes they messaged me and with the best luck in the world! They scheduled for a same day move at 1pm! The two movers who showed up (Corey and Deandne) were a combination of professional and social employees! Everything went perfect and the day ended just as I had hoped. After 6 hours during the move, we ran a total cost of less then $600, more then we expected! They will always get my recommendation to anyone who needs help moving!
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Latoya R.
Moving services was great and on time. Do this company specialize in unpacking/packing services and cleaning services?
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Karen P.
Outstanding experience. Would recommend this company to anyone moving in the South Carolina area. Thank you James!!!
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Dawn D.
The team did a phenomenal job! They loaded a pod at one location, packed a house at another location and then moved both into a new home. They were responsive, efficient, funny as heck and professional! You can tell these guys have been working together for quite some time! I would highly recommend them for your move!
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Courtney B.
I had a last minute move and they showed up and did an excellent job! I would definitely use them again and will be recommending them to others! Thanks!
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Thumbtack Customer
The guys were prompt, courteous and professional. No haggle. No hassle. All hustle. I appreciate their easy to calculate pricing model and stayed on budget.Good job Elite Movers!
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Jay T.
I called Mr. James in a desperate way to help a young lady out that didn't have even a bed to sleep on for her, her 3 year old, and unborn child. I needed/hoping for same day service in 2 hours and Mr. James went above and beyond to ensure that the items get delivered. Two movers with the most friendliest and energetic attitudes showed up to start the process within two hours. They did not prolong the time. Within minutes their hands were on furniture and they started to load. They never stopped moving! I am highly impressed and so grateful. I would recommend their service to anyone that need movers that come with their own truck.
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Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I are so thrilled with the move. From Tori's crew. They were professional and carried themselves with Class and integrity. You have erased a huge burden off of my shoulders with just having the items in my home. If I have to move again your company will be the first one that I call for availability and price. Easy to work with! Class Act and I wish you continued success. Clarence
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Thumbtack Customer
Ready To Move provided a great experience! They were super friendly and professional. They were on time and finished earlier than expected. Made sure all the furniture was protected. Would definitely hire again with out a doubt!
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Thumbtack Customer
Tori worked with me and made sure the team was available when I needed them on short notice. They were very careful with my stuff and did an outstanding job. Will look to him when moving needs arise in the future.
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Austin K.
The service members were very polite, quick but careful at the same time with packing, and extremely cautious not to scratch walls or damage anything while moving large objects. Will highly recommend them to others and will use them again myself.
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