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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Arlington movers
Joe G.
Cancelled move on the day of the scheduled move. Could of suggested another mover at least.
Ballistick Billiards & Media SolutionsBallistick Billiards & Media Solutions
Edward R.
They made it on time and moved to complete my move.
Michael H.
The move by Castle Movers was fine except that when you pay for a move by the hour it gives no incentive to the movers to be quick. They were careful and moved most of our stuff correctly but it took 2 full days which cost more than expected.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Kelly L.
I had 1 big item to move upstairs and they were great!! I will use them in the future for moves. Very professional and great movers!!!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Edith S.
I highly recommend Candice movers. They changed the moving day at the last minute for me due to rain. Completed the move within allotted time frame.
Candice CleanersCandice Cleaners
Brandon M.
Mark & His Team at Family Moving by far have exceeded my expectations for the unexpected move of my family. From the 1st time I contacted Family Moving the communication & customer service has been First Class. Being a military family moving has become an every day part of life so finding a company the meets & exceeds standards is rare. My families move will be two parts but for the 1st part of the move our movers (Colton & Luke forgive me for misspelling) arrived on time & got to work promptly. Our belongings were moved with care & Precision and the professionalism of both gentlemen was refreshing. Family moving has definitely earned my business for future moves & I would recommend them to all, don’t hesitate to book them.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Aishwarya p.
K&L was one of the best moving Assit. There were absolutely no breakage of any items from moving. Luis was professional and super helpful!! I appreciate his help with the moving. I would highly recommend K&L Assit for moving assistance.
Thumbtack Customer
awesome moving experience, very professional movers. Will definitely recommend them to other people.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Mary B.
In the beginning the moving and loading was at a slow pace but after a couple of hours things got picked up. The movers did a great job moving heavy items without damaging. And the unloading was done swiftly and efficiently. I would recommend The Perfect Move to family and friends.
The Perfect MoveThe Perfect Move
Joey K.
Secured Moving is a great moving company. I can genuinely say I'm pleased with their service. They were punctual, professional, affordable, and cautious with my furniture. I would highly recommend Secured Moving to anyone. Thank you Secured Moving for your service.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Karina C.
I hired movers going from a townhome to a single family home. The pricing is definitely unbeatable, I would have paid twice as much going with someone else. In addition, my move was quoted around 5-7 hours but was actually a 3.5 hour move! We did help them out moving by taking things to our new home ourselves but I’m impressed with the care and speed of the move. I would definitely recommend these movers!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Shiffawn W.
They were very professional and moved very quickly. Would use them again and I highly recommend them for anyones move. The best mover I have ever hired.
DTM Van LinesDTM Van Lines
Jeremy D.
The movers were very courteous throughout the whole process. The move took longer than anyone expected with a few complicated furniture pieces, but not once did any of the movers complain.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Emily H.
Secured Moving Company did a amazing job moving my family! They were quick and efficient!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
James B.
Family Moving was very good for our move Jacob and his crew were wonderful highly recommend
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
James P.
I have no complaints about my moving service with Brother Bear. The movers did an excellent job.
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Samantha t.
Quick movers
Safari Movers and DeliverySafari Movers and Delivery
Jessica C.
I need furniture moved the same day. They had a cancellation and were able to accommodate my move in a timely manner. They were punctual and moved a good pace but still concerned for being safe.
Let’s Move It!!!Let’s Move It!!!
Rebekah M.
Moved from a town house into another town house. Quick, attentive, and punctual. Made my move easy and even set my sectional up for me! Great group. Recommend their services if you're moving.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
The crew that handled my move were awesome…friendly, professional and treated my belongings like they were their own. If I’m ever in need of moving service again, I will definitely call on Lulu’s Handy Movers.
Lulus Handy MoversLulus Handy Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I really never comment on these but the three gentlemen that moved my furniture was fast and friendly. I have family whom will be moving also and I will definitely recommend this company, especially the three gentlemen that moved me.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Mark b.
Secured moving did a good job at a good price, I would use them again on my next move.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Jerry c.
I hate moving but these guys are pros.They are very careful and quick.If you need to move do not hesitate to call them.
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Alaina K.
Castle movers was great!
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Angela T.
Awesome movers!. They were on time, polite, professional, kind, and fast. I will definitely refer them to anyone who is looking for movers.
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