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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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. 

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. 

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.

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 Sumter movers
Dave D.
The team that moved my household goods were very professional and made sure that the pieces of furniture were moved and packed carefully. I would highly recommend A&M Friendly Movers .
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Sonja M.
Great moving company and great guys that came out to help with our move. They worked hard didn’t waste a single moment. They made up for the horrible experience we had with a different moving company last year. Definitely a great company to go with during a stressful move.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Movers showed up on time with a large truck and all the essential moving supplies. They worked very quickly to load and unload my things from the storage unit into my 3rd floor apartment. Nothing was scratched or broken. I'll definitely be calling them if I ever have to move again. very affordable and quality customer service. :)
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Farrah M.
With moving being such a stressful time, Shane and his crew eased the process tremendously! We were extremely impressed with the professionalism and care that the movers took with our goods. They were on time and very knowledgeable about the job. Highly recommend!
R&S Movers LLC 6032685627R&S Movers LLC 6032685627
Thumbtack Customer
We moved from a 3 Bedroom house to a 3 Bedroom apartment and had packed everything ourselves, I hired these guys to move it from the house to the 2nd floor apartment I was now renting. They were on time and there was no hidden charges these guys went straight to work!! Awesome work !! Thank YOU
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David M.
Excellent service for a very reasonable price! They were very respectful and worked quickly and seamlessly. Should I need to move my table again, I will definitely be calling these individuals.
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Renee T.
Absolutely great experience! They work prepared and worked diligently to the last minute. Great energy about them, I will definitely use them for any future moves I have.
R.J. Movers,LLCR.J. Movers,LLC
Chastity R.
We had a good time. It was really hot outside, but they made the best of it. I look forward to them moving me back in. I would highly recommend them. Tim team is amazing!
Incredible Moving Squad LLCIncredible Moving Squad LLC
Yolanda h.
In the course of unloading in my new home, the owner's wife inquired on the status of the move and referred to my belongings as "junk, a lot of junk" in front of my family as the second truck was being unloaded. She rambled on not knowing she was on the speaker about our personal belongings over 20 years of service and 30 years of raising kids repeatedly referring to our belongings as "junk" when she asked one of the movers to show her what was still in the truck. Then she asked "did she hear me?" and when told yes, she didn't apologize. She says " I mean stuff". When the owner, her husband, called for payment, I explained what happened. He assured me I would receive a call the next morning from his wife with an apology. That was March 13th and it has now been 21 days and no call, no apology. I would not recommend this behavior to my military friends and family or my network. The young men that came to move were fabulous, hardworking, and professional. They were very attentive, eased my moving anxieties, and cared for my home opposite of the rudeness of their employer.
A & M Friendly Movers LLC.A & M Friendly Movers LLC.
Lucy B.
These guys were absolutely wonderful today! On time, very professional (all 3 of them), diligent, considerate and focused. Start to finish, I have no complaints. And Elite was by FAR the best value of the 4 or 5 moving companies I called. We would hire them again in a heartbeat!!!
Elite MoversElite Movers
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