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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 Hilton Head Island movers
Thumbtack Customer
Guys were very polite but the care for the furniture & house were a little lacking. We've had to have are sofa's cleaned from dirt from the move. We also had to patch several holes in the property that we moved out of. Lastly the movers lost one of our sofa legs that had to be order since the move.
Elite MoversElite Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Best movers we have ever dealt with. Clyde & Terrell were fantastic. Everything was carefully wrapped and protected. They were courteous, efficient and went out of their way to make sure we were pleased with our move. The price was very reasonable also. Highly recommend this mover!
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Nancy H.
The gentlemen who moved us were courteous and hard working. Unfortunately, we had some damages during the move. Tori handled the situation equitably and with integrity.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Brenda C.
Punctuality, Responsive, Professionalism and Value - all were exceptional. Moved to new location on Hilton Head. Would recommend them for short moves, as well as long hauls.
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Tim F.
We needed to move our old refrigerator from our kitchen into our garage. The side-by-side refrigerator was too wide to fit through the laundry room doorways to the attached garage. We had to move it through the large front door, around the house on a sidewalk and into the garage through the garage door. The unit was heavy. Dominic planned and implemented the move. It took one hour. A job very well done. Thanks very much Great Movers!
Great Movers LLCGreat Movers LLC
Sue H.
This move was the easiest I have ever had thanks to the quality of work and the professionalism of the wonderful men who did all of the work. The price was exceptional and quality of service was excellent. I will recommend them to all of my friends who need a mover and I will hire them again for any future move! Sue Hall
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Dorothy M.
Very good men to move my things. Took great care to follow my instructions on my move. Excellent value. Highly recommend and would definitely use them again!
Zachary y.
great experience they were quick and made the move easy
Elite MoversElite Movers
Meahgan O.
Showed up on time. Was very responsive even when I had to move the day and time last minute due to a delay in closing. The movers were very polite and did a fine job.
Badie Moving CompanyBadie Moving Company
Jackie M.
Gary and his partner Daniel were professional and paid attention to detail; our furniture etc arrived with not a single incident. They also moved their tails and the move was accomplished in a timely fashion!!! Would highly recommend!!
Katrina S.
They were on time, very efficient, worked together very well for a smooth and fast move. Offered a great competitive price as well. Would go with them on our next move which is probably a year away. A+++++
Klean & Klear, LLC.Klean & Klear, LLC.
Katherine T.
Needed furniture moved around the house for an event. Gary was very responsive leading up to the event and was right on time. He showed up the next day to move the furniture again. I can't recommend him enough.
Nadine B.
The men arrived on time. Moved my Armoire with care and helped assemble a few pieces that went on it. Help move other furniture to clear path and put it back. Very satisfied with their work. I will definitely use them again
Brothers n movement moving service LLCBrothers n movement moving service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tori Everson's moving company was Excellent service. They were helpful hard workers and good people. They made my move much better than I expected.Be sure and look them up. Thank you. Cindy Bentz
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Russ C.
Excellent move. The crew kept in touch and was professional, cheerful and positive throughout. Highly recommended.
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Deborah H.
Pleasant experience, hassle free. Just what we were looking for in a moving company.
Coast Island MoversCoast Island Movers
Courtney B.
I recently had a long distance move from Hilton Head, SC, to Chattanooga, TN. Ready to Move gave me a great price and service was great. They arrived early, had my entire house loaded in 2 hours and arrived at my new house in a timely fashion and unloaded quickly. Not a single thing was broken or damaged. The crew was all very nice and respectful. I would definitely recommend Ready to Move again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Good local /over 50 mile round trip move .Nothing damaged and very accommodating .
Klean & Klear, LLC.Klean & Klear, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! The guys that did the moving were awesome! I would definitely recommend to anyone!
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Debbie C.
From start to finish , this was the most easiest and pleasant move, ever. Jamal was awesome, constant contact, kept his word on everything. His Men were professional, kind and fast! We highly recommend Elite, for short distance and long distance moves. Thanks, guys !!!!! Debbie C
Elite MoversElite Movers
Constance S.
What a great company! They made a difficult moving experience EASY and PLEASANT. I would Recommend them without hesitation!
Savannah and Sons Moving LLCSavannah and Sons Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chrissy was fantastic, as was Earl and the rest of her team who helped me. She went above and beyond what I expected, helping me to sell furniture, packing and labeling boxes clearly, taking great care to wrap my breakable objects very securely, and doing everything she could do make sure my move went smoothly and that I got a good price on it. Several years ago, I hired a Hilton Head mover after I sold my house, and although we were just moving to another house up the street, that Hilton Head mover was terrible. I found Krissy online and feel incredibly blessed that I did. She is one smart, capable, resourceful, hard-working and personable young woman. She has a lovely personality and was very easy to talk to and work with. I would recommend Klean & Klear above any other movers, and would be more than happy to act as a reference for her.
Klean & Klear, LLC.Klean & Klear, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Tori was very responsive with a quote ... His team has been truly outstanding. My wife says best move ever ....
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent professional crew, smile and smart. How to make a stressful moving day, a fun experience. We will definitely recommend Tori's service.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
They showed up very late, poorly supervised and did not follow direction well. Look elsewhere and save yourself additional headaches associated with moving.
Klean & Klear, LLC.Klean & Klear, LLC.
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