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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 Binghampton movers
Thumbtack Customer
James and his team are most professional movers. They helped us move stuff . My move had been most smooth. All products were packed very professionally and handled and moved with very cautiously.m
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Sandra S.
Punctual for the move; work quality was excellent; demonstrated professionalism throughout the move
Garrett’s HaulingGarrett’s Hauling
Jeanne K.
This is the second time I have used BEC Enterprises for a move. If I need additional moving, I would hire them again. Very professional movers.
Carol M.
I called them last minute, the day before our move. They were able to provide us with 2 movers and a truck. Great company. Great movers
Mishal a.
The best experience with moving company!! Everything was perfect. They move my stuff carefully and quick! I was surprised how quick they did it and with perfect moving! I recommended it!
Elite Labor & RelocationElite Labor & Relocation
Cam I.
Mr.James and his movers were beyond helpful during our move. Would recommend.
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Freddie P.
My experience with this moving company was great. I would recommend them to anyone looking for movers.
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Dianne L.
One of the Best Movers I've had in the past year. I moved three times in 12 months.
Mirlourdes P.
Absolutely exceptional service for my long distance move! I am very pleased with their work and they will be the first moving company I would recommend to anyone needing moving services. Just amazing! Thank you so so much for all your hard work and for making moving easy.
All-Star Express MovingAll-Star Express Moving
Tanya B.
Arrived early and promptly. Finished my move in only an hour. Very polite movers. Would use again.
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were upbeat and kept a positive attitude the whole time. They helped us at one of the hardest things, moving. Movers called in advance to confirm reservation, clocked in electronically, and the customer support staff was very attentive.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Michael F.
Professional. On time and very responsive The move was seamless Simply, I highly recommend Moving and Cruising You won’t be disappointed!
Moving and cruisingMoving and cruising
Amit A.
They did a real good job moving all the furniture. They wrapped everything under covers, made sure nothing was damaged and moved within the time we expected. Great guys to work with. Would recommend then for future moves.
Pops’ Mid-South Moving ServicesPops’ Mid-South Moving Services
Sarah L.
I highly recommend Pops' Mid-South Moving Services! They responded back to me quickly and were able to help us move across town within a short notice. They were efficient and professional - I received a courtesy call beforehand and nothing was damaged during the move! We will definitely use them with future moves.
Pops’ Mid-South Moving ServicesPops’ Mid-South Moving Services
Kelsey d.
These guys were great! Exactly what I needed for my move at a great price. Would highly suggest to anyone moving in the Memphis area.
Elite Labor & RelocationElite Labor & Relocation
Todd S.
Teamwork great prompt and quick responders; which, when your first company bills on your day off is something you really look forward to in procuring a new service provider. Don’t just move; cruise through your move with Moving and Cruising.
Moving and cruisingMoving and cruising
Julie F.
The movers did an excellent job for us and had to deal with a lot of rain and mud our moving day. They are a great value, work hard and definitely keep your time and money in mind during the move. Meaning, they work hard to get the job done quickly.
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Antoine D.
Excellent movers, highly recommended. Arrived timely, took care of items with care and very efficient with time. Don't hesitate to utilize them for your moves!
Big Redd moversBig Redd movers
Jamie S.
Incredible job well done. I know exactly who to call on for any future moves. Such a great experience and so thankful to have found BEC for our move.
Marshall V.
Great job and amazing help for a big move
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Cassondra G.
I had a great moving experience with MOV-N-U. They responded to me quickly on Thumbtack. They showed up on moving day and help moved me in a very timely manner. They made sure to take extra special care of my belongings. I would definitely use them again.
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
CHeryl C.
Great moving company! Will use them again.
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Srividya g.
They wer very kind while moving and friendly too..
MOV-N-U Moving ServiceMOV-N-U Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
They arrived on time and provided moving and junk hauling services.
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a POD unloaded for a move into my new house. These young men moved so quickly and were incredibly careful with my belongings and so polite! They exceeded my expectations!!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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