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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 Johnson City movers
Shaun B.
Excellent service and great communication. All pro arrived on time, had my pool table down efficiently and moved with no issues. Will certainly use again on next move.
All Pro Billiards & SpasAll Pro Billiards & Spas
Richard Y.
They did a great job moving our piano up our steep driveway.
Olympix-Elite Moving ServiceOlympix-Elite Moving Service
Kristy Q.
I was so stressed about moving and this company helped so much. I had a small 2 bedroom house and even though they are paid by the hour they worked with a quickness. They had me completely moved in less than 3 hours, I was expecting it to take them around 5 and they blew me away. They were also a pleasure to work with and if I ever have to move again I know I have a solid company to call.
Olympix-Elite Moving ServiceOlympix-Elite Moving Service
Therese K.
I highly recommend Olympix-Elite! They just completed a long-distance move for us in record time and with utmost care. The team was communicative, efficient and very conscientious with our belongings. This was a tough move with challenges at both ends and these professionals remained energetic and good-natured throughout! I hope I never move again, but if I do, I know who I’m going to call—Olympix-Elite. Thank you--Matthew, Mike, and Daniel—you are the best!
Olympix-Elite Moving ServiceOlympix-Elite Moving Service
Tonya L.
I would recommend Olympix-Elite Moving Service to any one who needs to move small or large. Mike and Matthew did an excellent job for us. They are very pleasant and completed the job even though I did not give them the exact info on the piano they moved for me (much larger than expected). They never complained and did an excellent job. My hats off to these two, very personal and hard working. It was a pleasure and will call on them again.
Olympix-Elite Moving ServiceOlympix-Elite Moving Service
Richelle M.
They showed up on time to the minute got everything done in under an hour and came in under the quote!! I'm very satisfied and will absolutely be calling them again if I ever need to move again
Key’s moving and storageKey’s moving and storage
Sawyer B.
Outstanding service. I made my initial appointment with the crew around 2 weeks prior to my move, and I kept in contact throughout that time to make sure no conflicts arose. Everything was great. Even when we had complications with our truck load in North Carolina prior to coming to Tennessee, the crew was super responsive and understanding. Even though we had to modify time multiple times due to issues out of our control with the load, we had zero issues. It took the loaders nearly 7 hours to get everything in the truck. These guys got it out of the truck in LESS THAN TWO HOURS and with care and due diligence. I was amazed. Highly, highly recommended from us.
Key’s moving and storageKey’s moving and storage
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