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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 Greenville movers
Alison K.
Travis and Ali were incredible. They moved fast yet efficiently. They took care of each piece moved as if it were their own. Highly recommend Heavy Hitters Moving! Thank you
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Pat k.
I have moved frequently and must thank We Haul Moving for their courteous, professional and seamless transition. Best move I have had and great value. I highly recommend.
We Haul Moving and Storage LLCWe Haul Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had to move on very short notice and am SO glad that I found Pack It Up Moving!!! I researched and booked the company 2 days before my move and could not have been happier with the customer service and moving service that was provided. Tori was so kind and periodically checked in on the status of the move to ensure everything was meeting my standards. And the movers were fantastic-- very hardworking, friendly men with positive attitudes. -- I could not be happier and I think it's safe to say I've found our life-long moving company!
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Paula P.
Very professional and on time coming to look at what furniture needed to be moved. Estimate dependent on time and furniture moved which is better than just one price for all. Looking forward to the move soon!
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Danielle C.
All Out Moving and Cleaning got us moved out of our apartment quickly and carefully. We moved from SC to KY, so we were worried about our stuff making it safely, but Corey packed everything in perfectly. Our stuff barely moved in the truck, even though we had a 7 hour drive with some of that drive being through the mountains. We would recommend All Out Moving and Cleaning to anyone!
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving experience! Tony Mason took the time to discuss the details of my move with me when I was exploring my options, offered a fair price that he did not try to change at any time, was able to help me move on very short notice, and maintained excellent communication with me throughout the hiring and moving process. Moved my items (including several large/heavy antique furniture items) with great care up a flight of stairs. no damage observed to items or to residence. And he's a pleasant, friendly guy too. I would recommend this mover without hesitation!
Queen City Building and Moving SolutionsQueen City Building and Moving Solutions
Zoie A.
The owner responds to messages quickly. They arrived a bit late, but the movers did a fantastic job with our move. They even patched up the walls for us and removed our mounted TVs from the walls. I would highly recommend this moving company.
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Moved in a timely fashion, professional
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Jake P.
They helped me moved from 4 different locations and did an amazing job!! Hands down best moving experience I have had.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Muhammad A.
Great experience with We Haul Moving. Not only gave us a great quote, but also swiftly moved all items in no time! Highly recommend their services.
We Haul Moving and Storage LLCWe Haul Moving and Storage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience and value. Hard working movers who are flexible with their time and always get back to you quickly with any questions leading up to the move
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Melissa V.
Heavy Hittera was great! They communicated wonderfully prior to the move, and showed up on time - even a bit earlier than scheduled. The guys were super hard workers and moved everything guickly! Thank you so much for a seamless move. I would highly recommend this company for use!
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I assumed 2 men would be moving me. I hired movers rather than have friends help so that I would not have to move myself. (as I have an arm injury) However, it was a woman and a man. I did not feel like I could just sit by while a small woman and man moved all of my stuff. I feel like I ended up moving just as much stuff as they did. I expected a discount because I moved so much of the stuff myself, but did not get one. They were nice people but they were also a few hours late. I would have done better to just have friends help me move and only have to pay for a Uhaul. I would have had to do less work that way.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Chad H.
Very quick to respond, looking forward to the move
Heavy Hitters MovingHeavy Hitters Moving
Hannah T.
On D Move was awesome and came on super short notice to help us move a heavy piece of furniture. They got the job done quickly and efficiently. Thanks so much!
On D Move LLCOn D Move LLC
Helen M.
Marslino and his brother moved my daughter and did an excellent job. I would highly recommend him for his professionalism. Compared to other movers he is very affordable.
Miro’s CrewMiro’s Crew
Thumbtack Customer
From beginning to end, Pack It Up moving was a class act. We received a prompt, free quote to move our household from SC to AL, and the price quoted was unmatchable by others we received. Communication with Tori (the owner) was consistent and quick. The movers were polite and efficient. The whole experience was simply great.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Laurie H.
Very courteous and professional. Would move with them again.
We Haul Moving and Storage LLCWe Haul Moving and Storage LLC
Deborah D.
Hero Movers did a stellar job moving our 3 BR from Greenville, SC to Asheville, NC. I have had not so professional movers multiple times in the last, which was very stressful, so I was a bit nervous. But Donovan and his employee were professional, hardworking and yet laid back. I love that they didn’t rush even though the move took longer than expected. They are very reasonably priced for the level of service as well. Highly recommend them!
Hero MoversHero Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were very quick with responding to our request for movers and had an opening to help us within 2 days of contacting them. They were late arriving to our apartment but they did communicate that with us. The movers were fast and although they weren't super careful with all of our stuff everything got there fine and undamaged. Did not accept payment until we had everything in our new house and were satisfied with the move. We would call them again if we move locally.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Dolly H.
What do you want when someone moves your belongings? You want people who are careful. You want people who are efficient and fast. Cory, Karen, and Tyler were a force. They moved us quickly and with care. They even took heavy items out of our basement to discard- water heater, etc. I wouldn’t change a thing about our moving experience with All Out Moving and Cleaning. I recommend them 100%.
All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.All Out Moving and Cleaning LLC.
Karlee J.
They did a great job moving my stuff and were timely!
Hustle and Market DeliveryHustle and Market Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Enjoyed working with a small business as opposed to a large company. Easy and accommodating to my schedule. They were super quick with moving and didn't damage anything. Moved from Greenville, SC to Cleveland, OH. Thanks!
Queen City Building and Moving SolutionsQueen City Building and Moving Solutions
John K.
Great job moving two king mattresses at our house.
Ready RemovalReady Removal
Aracely T.
Great company! Moved my stuff out of storage last minute!
Ready RemovalReady Removal
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