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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 East Ridge movers
Thumbtack Customer
Called to help move furniture around and movers came that afternoon. Very nice, professional and conscientious young men! Very pleased and will use them again.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Erin P.
That did a fantastic job of helping us move all our stuff very quickly and with such short notice. They knew how to pack the truck efficiently and secure it. A huge help for our move!
Scenic City Movers LLCScenic City Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We used two guys from Bellhops to unload a moving truck. They were on time and worked very hard. Good communication in the days leading up to the move! Would recommend using this company!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I was quoted for a two hour move, it ended up taking four and a half, and I was helping out a fair bit. The movers were super helpful and nice, could just be a bit quicker.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Incredible and effective, others were cheaper but these guys were actually legit movers
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
S T.
Long distance move- were very flexible about scheduling and communicative about location
Simple ServicesSimple Services
Michelle P.
Fast, affordable, and they took care to wrap the fragile items. Will definitely use them if I move again.
Scenic City Movers LLCScenic City Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I've never hired a moving company before, but Randy, Tony and Matt made my move from Chattanooga to Winston Salem easy and stress free. They were all very professional, priced well and hard working to get the job done. I highly recommend...you won't be disappointed.
EkoMovers of AtlantaEkoMovers of Atlanta
Elizabeth R.
We were very pleased with Curtis and his team. They moved several items for us across different locations. We would hire them again.
Williams Lawn Service and junk removalWilliams Lawn Service and junk removal
Tonya A.
Wow! This company is awesome. They were the first to respond, they were early to pick up and the price was great. I highly recommend this company for any small moving projects!
SNM MoversSNM Movers
Christine W.
Nathan was fantastic! He had all of my stuff packed and moved in under 2 hours!! He works fast but efficiently. His professionalism was on point, as well. Cannot recommend him enough!
Nathan BrownNathan Brown
Ed M.
This company was a joy to work with. No job is too small. Had a dresser to be moved from downstairs to upstairs. The were at my house less than 15 minutes to complete the task. They were on time and very courteous.
Simple ServicesSimple Services
Melissa C.
They were exactly what I needed. The 2 young men got that furniture out in record time. So IMPRESSED. Definitely my #1 choice when I move!! Thanks so much!
SNM MoversSNM Movers
Jennifer W.
It was a simple move of a mattress and bed frame for donation. I was tired of the item being in my way and don't have easy access to a truck anymore. I finally reached out late afternoon and within an hour had questions answered and scheduled them to move it the next afternoon. The quote even came down a bit after explaining the simplicity of the job, which seemed fair. The young men were on time, courteous and respectful of our property. Would definitely use again when needed. Thank you!
Simple ServicesSimple Services
Monica S.
I used Simple Services twice over the past week to help moving a few large pieces of furniture. They were responsive, punctual and offer a very reasonable rate. 100% Recommened. I’d use them again.
Simple ServicesSimple Services
Laura P.
Fernando was very professional, quick to respond and cost was extremely reasonable. He did a great job moving our antique buffet from my parents house to my house and I will definitely be using his services again!
Firmes PerformanceFirmes Performance
Kent C.
Curtis responded quickly to my request and did an excellent job moving some very heavy furniture into our home and setting it up. He and the person working with him was very professional and kind. I will recommend him to anyone who needs help!
Williams Lawn Service and junk removalWilliams Lawn Service and junk removal
Thumbtack Customer
The two Bellhops that assisted us with our move were phenomenal!!!! I would definitely use this service again if needed. Also, the customer service clerk was very kind and helpful with ensuring my reservation was secured because it wasn't finalized in the system through Thumbtack, although I received a confirmation.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Heather S.
Derrick and his crew were awesome! Very kind, friendly, professional, respectful, and did the job quickly and with care. Had to move my stuff out very quickly and Derrick responded immediately and on a holiday! I appreciate you and your crew's hard work! I will be a returning customer for future jobs and referrals! Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your Easter!
SNM MoversSNM Movers
Christie A.
Excellent service. Friendly but professional too. Moved my daughter from Chattanooga to Murfreesboro in no time. They took the time to wrap and protect our furniture and other items and we’ve had no issues with anything. Korrie and his associate were amazingly nice and willing to go above and beyond to make sure we were happy. I would definitely contact them again if I ever need a job done from Chattanooga. And I can’t give them a stronger recommendation. Very happy customer, Christie Allred
Fast Track Moving & Storage, LLCFast Track Moving & Storage, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
While Bellhops may be a great company for some, I think they really need to articulate that they do not disassemble or assemble furniture. The bellhops disassembled my bedroom furniture (with the use of my tools) but when we arrived to the second location they could not assemble the bed because they did not have any tools. It never occurred to me that they would not have tools. With that said, if you are just looking for straight labor (no assembly required), then yes they are the place to use. However, if you are looking for traditional movers, you might want to go with another company.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Cynthia C.
If I could have chosen all 5 items to describe working with Firmes I would have!! The company we originally called to move across state lines only came with ONE driver!! He was a hell of a worker, but he was suppose to pack the end half of a 5BR house (including outdoor furniture) lived in for almost 40 years by himself! After calling almost 10 places, I called Firmes & Fernando called me back within 5 mins, then him & another guy was @my house in East Brainerd WITHIN 2 HOURS!!!!!! At first, the driver didn't want me to bring in more help, but after seeing that they were ACTUAL professionals & they knew what they were doing he welcomed them and they helped him knock out the rest of the items in under 2 hours! They even packed our flat screen TV's in my car! Wish we would have called them in the first place! Fernando came thru at the last moment (on a Friday, after 3pm too!!!) and really really really helped my family close out a LIFE CHANGING move! Firmes was such a blessing for us, a ray of sunshine after so much mishap! Couldn't have been more satisfied with the the communication, punctuality or the price! I would (and will) recommend them to anyone and would use them again if need be! Thanks again Fernando!
Firmes PerformanceFirmes Performance
Annette B.
I don’t usually write reviews, but I had to give this young man and his partner a review. This morning I woke up and prayed and asked God would he send me somebody to help me unload this pod. We spoke with the young man and he gave us a very good deal. My pod was filled to the brim and didn’t realize some of the stuff was very heavy, but the young man and his partner came here took everything out of the pod, didn’t try to charge me for heavier stuff and did such a fantastic job. So if you ever want to move or load and unload. I’ve got the perfect man for you his name is Kevin Key. I would recommend him to any and everybody. So know that I am blessed and highly favored, he answered my prayers. Thanks again Kevin as well as your partner.
Key’s moving and storageKey’s moving and storage
Thumbtack Customer
We hired/reserved 2 bellhops to load our 1 bedroom apartment belongings into a moving truck for a 4 hour period, and made the reservation 2 days before the job. Unfortunately, it appears that even though we were e-mailed a "confirmed booking," the bellhops hadn't actually been properly scheduled. As it turned out, only one was available to show up on schedule - and he worked very hard for more than the originally-scheduled time (we had only good things to say about him). But the company had to scramble to schedule & bring in and send us a second bellhop to assist the first one with some of the larger furniture - and the second one wasn't able to arrive until 3 hours after the originally-scheduled start time. (But he also worked hard upon arriving.) The people working there - both customer service and bellhops - are very friendly, helpful, and apologetic over the situation, which is why I'm giving them a 4 star review, and not a lower one. Without prompting, they reduced the bill to help make up for the mistake. But the web site itself appears to be very weak when it comes to scheduling bellhops - if the time is uncertain, they should not send the customer a "confirmed booking" e-mail but rather indicate that the booking is still pending, and then they should send another e-mail when the booking is actually confirmed with their bellhops. My advice if you book with Bellhops is to be aware that the scheduling may not go like clockwork as you might otherwise expect from the very polished-looking web site. If that is ok for you, then you should still have a good experience.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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