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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 Kingsport movers
Brenda G.
The movers were very professional, and so helpful moving my daughter and granddaughters from their apt back home. I had no problem confirming when they would arrive and they were right on time. I would highly recommend this company to anyone that was moving. Thanks again. Brenda Gillis
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Amanda C.
We would definitely recommend Olympix-Elite movers! They arrived on time and did a quick and careful job of moving our things into our new home. We are very happy with the services they provided.
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David H.
We had part of an exercise machine that we needed to move down to the basement level. These guys showed up on time, moved the machine and even offered to assemble it for us! I would recommend this company again.
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Chadin C.
They did a fantastic job and got me completely moved in 3 hours.
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Ruth M.
It was a difficult move with a long carry. The crew was helpful and I appreciated working with them.
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Christopher H.
These guys were excellent! They moved our 500 lb piano with ease and were extremely professional.
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Deena C.
Kevin was awesome! He was on time. He took care of moving my furniture like it was his own. His helper - Jake - was just as careful as Kevin was. Friendly, easy going, you won't go wrong hiring him. I will recommend him to anyone I know who is moving.
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Heather E.
They got here on time and were quick to get straight to work. Their efficiency was impressive. I had to book an appointment short notice, and they accommodated everything I needed. I have a baby grand piano that they moved with no hiccups. If I ever need to move anything again I'll definitely be contacting them.
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Sharon P.
They were amazing! My daughter had brought a u haul trailer to load furniture that her grandparents gave her. Once she got there, the u haul looked much too small. Keys Moving and Storage wrapped and placed the items so skillfully that they fit everything in the trailer. They had to remove and and reattach a door to get a very big piece out. Since they finished quickly and had extra time, I asked if I could pay extra to move some things that my parents need moved. They were happy to do so and did not charge extra.
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Selina S.
These guys are GREAT! First of all, they drove over an hour to my location and were on time unlike others I have used. My move was a 12 hour day and they rocked it! ! They were very professional but fun to work with and I felt that they took care with my belongings (antiques). I WILL use Olympix again and would highly recommend them for your move.
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Lisa M.
Kevin and Gabe moved my belongings without any problems. I would recommend them and will hire them in the future if I have a need.
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Charles H.
Great experience with J & C. They were prompt, friendly & courteous. I will definitely use them again when I need something moved.
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Keith B.
Did an excellent job arriving early very helpful courteous and professional. I will use again anytime needed and recommend to anyone needing something moved.
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Joe B.
Kevin and James were very professional, friendly and quick to get to work. They moved us in a short period of time. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Brian T.
We hired Olympic-Elite to move an upright piano inside our house. They arrived on time as scheduled and completed the job quickly and carefully. Would definitely recommend.
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Toni R.
These guys are extremely professional. They showed up right on time and they worked quickly and efficiently and they were very careful with my stuff. I would recommend them for anyone who needs professional movers.
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Brandon S.
Mike and Matt did an excellent job at safely fitting my belongings in the truck. They worked extremely hard and took the time to properly wrap and secure items so that they traveled correctly. No items moved during the 7 hour trip. Would definitely recommend.
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Ginger N.
They did a great job for me and took extra care with my piano. They were flexible with my schedule, easy to communicate with and went above and beyond when I asked if they could help with one more item that needed to be moved. I would highly recommend these guys!
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Sherry F.
Mike & Jason did a great job with my move. They made a stressful time alot easier. I really appreciate the great service they offered. They are very efficient and also have a great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend them and would certainly use them again.
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Rhett L.
These guys were AMAZING and were very accommodating to our last minute job needs. They arrived on time and with a 2 man crew completely unloaded our 26" rental truck in less than 2 hours. They were very careful and courteous. I highly recommend them for any moving job.
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Karen S.
Matthew and Michael did a great job. They work quickly, but carefully. They work well together and have great communication which is essential when moving large items! They also had such great attitudes. They seem to enjoy what they do which is so refreshing to see these days. I would not hesitate to hire them again.
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