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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 Franklin movers
Jesse C.
The movers were on time, worked fast, knew what they were doing, and made sure to be conscientious when moving furniture. Definitely recommend for anyone moving. Also best prices for smaller moves (2 bedroom house = 2 hours).
We Haul NashvilleWe Haul Nashville
Keenan L.
Great movers. Came multiple times on short notice in order to accommodate our move
Thumbtack Customer
He provided moving services within my home. He moved furniture into my attic.
Richard moving services and others.Richard moving services and others.
Leo D.
Great experience from booking with Nate through the actual move by his professional and courteous movers. Highly recommend!
Jon H.
I used Messolar Moving when my scheduled movers from All My Sons didn’t show up. Messolar Moving saved our entire move and came ready-to-go the same day. Their crew was professional, polite, and very hard-working. I was so impressed that I hired them again the next day for some additional moving help and TV installation. Highly recommend in every way!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Greg Y.
Highly recommended movers
Efficient moversEfficient movers
Alec R.
Both guys were great. They worked hard the entire move (I moved out of a third floor apartment with no elevator...and moved in June heat) They made sure my furniture/art work/electronics were properly protected and secure. I would recommend them for anyone making a local move. Thanks guys
We Haul NashvilleWe Haul Nashville
Lindsay S.
I recently moved to Franklin from Cleveland, OH and had my movers fall through the day I arrived. I had messaged Messolar Moving through Thumbtack and received a prompt and immediate response! They were able to accommodate my moving request the same day and arrived on time. It was extremely humid and hot the day I moved in, but that didn’t stop them from being great with time management and they worked extremely quick and efficient. The guys were extremely personable and polite. I would definitely use them for my next move!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Philip C.
ASAP moving was very professional. I had a piano that needed to be moved from one location to another. Very quick response when I contacted them. We talked about details of job by texting, scheduled and they finished the job fast. I highly recommend ASAP moving not just for piano's but for other moving jobs as well. Very reasonable price as well.
Asap MovingAsap Moving
Greg L.
My Messolar Moving experience went great. They were on-time, communicated status regularly and were efficient in the move. I highly recommend them
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Cornelia W.
They were great and hardworking. Professional and took great care of my stuff while moving it. I will hire them again on my next move.
We Haul NashvilleWe Haul Nashville
Lauren G.
2 bedroom apartment move done, start to finish, in less than 5 hours. Movers were professional, courteous, and excellent. Will hire again!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Susan C.
No issues...smooth piano moving. Friendly
Seale Keyworks, Inc.Seale Keyworks, Inc.
Stephen B.
I needed a pool table moved out of my house ASAP and these guys came in the clutch the very next day! Very helpful and personable movers as well.
Genius HaulingGenius Hauling
Sada G.
Carlos and Gregorio did a great job moving our heavy furniture pretty much clear across town. I would certainly use this mover again.
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Thumbtack Customer
Moved a 3600 sqft home in town. Professional, safe, fast, friendly and a fair price. I'd use again without question and recommend to any looking to move.
True Friends Moving CompanyTrue Friends Moving Company
Sheila K.
They answered my call at 11:30 PM when another mover canceled on me less than 12 hours before my move. They arrived on time, finished within their two hour estimate and finally saved me over $175 from the estimate given by the movers who flaked on me. I hope I don’t have to move again soon but when I do I will be using Messolar.
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Allison O.
Haulee tag line is “furniture and heavy lifting moving” yet after first sounding like they could assist me move only a few little things from my 70 year old dad’s house to a rental uhaul, asking me if “I’ll just be moving the items into the uhaul or will we need to transport those items to the uhaul?” And “We do 1 hour moves!” All I needed was assistance moving items a couple feet from house to uhaul because I have a broken wrist. But less than 24 hrs later they stated they can’t do “labor-only” moves. How about change your service headline.
Brent R.
I move every 1-2 years. I can say with confidence that Sam and team are the best movers I’ve had. Thank you for a job well done!
Affordable MoversAffordable Movers
Lila N.
The guys that helped us moved or elliptical were awesome! They were on time, efficient and so kind. They even cleaned it for us. We’ll be using Messolar Moving again in the future!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Heather a.
Great guys got all of it moved quick.
White Glove Moving ServicesWhite Glove Moving Services
Ginger C.
Highly recommend! Very friendly, efficient, and took great care of our belongings during the move. If you need an excellent moving company, don’t look any further!
Iron Wolf Moving & packing specialistsIron Wolf Moving & packing specialists
Emilee P.
We had many large/heavy items and boxes to move into PODS. We hired 4 movers for 4 hours. BMPRO movers moved large, heavy items down several staircases and around corners strategically and without touching walls. They also disassembled necessary furniture and always showed great respect for our property. We were VERY impressed by that and also their efficiency in packing our pods. We would definitely use BMPRO again.
BMPRO Moving & InstallationBMPRO Moving & Installation
Sai M.
Had an excellent experience with Mindful Movers, recently moved from an apartment to townhome. Thank you so much for the help! Both D'Angelo and Daniel were extremely professional, punctual and helpful
Mindful Movers, LLCMindful Movers, LLC
Allison S.
Sam and crew did an amazing job moving us. Not a scratch on my furniture or walls. They went above and beyond to make sure our move was an easy transition. Would highly recommend.
Affordable MoversAffordable Movers
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