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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 Austin movers
Jessica B.
Austin Affordable Moving was very accommodating when my move was moved up 4 days. The movers took great care of moving my things out of the old place and into the new one.
Austin Affordable MovingAustin Affordable Moving
Yaswanth C.
S-IREGOLD movers helped with my move. They were responsive and did an awesome job with the move. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for good local movers.
Keishana C.
You want a GREAT MOVE, This is the mover for you. Another mover bailed on me and he came last minute and got us completely moved in within 5 hours. 2nd floor move out and 3rd floor move in, with a 30 mile distance in TRAFFIC!!! He came and he conquered!!
Thumbtack Customer
Move went fast and smoothly. Very friendly, helpful movers. We highly recommend Texas Elite Moving!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Christine K.
All-around amazing moving experience! Jack is responsive, and made sure all my questions were answered and my moving day went smoothly. He even checked in during the move. The two movers were personable, professional, and worked quickly, even in this hot Texas summer! The cost of the move is exceptional, especially for the quality that you receive. I highly recommend The Moving Kings for your next move!
Oscar G.
The moving team was very efficient, nothing missing, great move.
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Marco G.
The team from Moving Up ATX was great and super helpful. They helped moving in much easier and faster than moving out.
Moving Up ATXMoving Up ATX
Raj M.
Jack and team at Moving Kings are highly professional and super friendly crew to work with. Jack was very reasonable and responsive right from the start. His estimate was spot on. We have moved many times and have worked with a lot of movers. Moving Kings was the best movers we ever worked with. I highly recommend them. Thank you Moving Kings for making part of the moving less stressful for us!!
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely perfect moving experience. Movers were quick, professional, and did an excellent job getting us moved. Would highly recommend!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Karl F.
We moved yesterday from North Austin to Leander. We hired Moving Kings and the team of 3 was great - on time as expected, packaged and moved all items very carefully, worked efficiently and made moving as seamless as possible. Plus really nice guys! Would use Moving Kings again or recommend to anyone who needs moving help in the Austin area.
Thumbtack Customer
The move went great, it was quick and easy. I was originally quoted a price for two movers and on move day Chris showed up with three which made the move faster and easier on everyone and he kept the same quoted price.
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Stephanie C.
Spotted Frog was awesome! Arrived on time, and moved everything so quickly. I highly recommend this moving company for all of your upcoming moving needs!
Spotted Frog MovingSpotted Frog Moving
Yaswanth C.
The guys from Moving Up ATX were awesome and completed our move before time, I would highly recommend them for your move
Moving Up ATXMoving Up ATX
Chaitasee P.
We had a great experience with two moves on a single day with moving kings!
Adam L.
Small move requested on short notice, and MM came through with a perfect move!
Mountain MoversMountain Movers
Traci N.
I highly recommend Mountain Movers - they were punctual and efficiently completed our move. In addition to moving they took the extra time to make sure everything was set up to our liking and helped us remove unwanted items. Ive moves my daughters several times as they are in college and can attest that Mountain Movers was the most reliable I’ve worked with. If looking for a reliable mover I highly recommend.
Mountain MoversMountain Movers
Emma M.
This moving team moved very heavy items efficiently and with care. Highly recommend!
Shernette a.
The movers were prompt, professional and provided great service. Thank you MME movers. This is the first moving company I had who provided exceptional service .
MME88 MovingMME88 Moving
Jessica S.
Great moving experience, went above and beyond to help me during the moving process!
Thumbtack Customer
Moved from a house to apartment. They did a great job and finished actually under the time frame they were estimating. When I need to move again I know which moving service I will call. Chris Sides, the Texas Elite Mover!
Texas Elite MovingTexas Elite Moving
Marta L.
Great move everything was ready and movers were quick and organized. Completed the job with professionalism.
John Pesina Moving companyJohn Pesina Moving company
Sumedha P.
Highly professional and punctual. Had a very good moving experience with Night & Day Movers.
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Chris L.
Showed up in time, professional, moved my stuff quickly, brought a pickup to move it with.
RAPIMOVE - Furniture Moving & DeliveryRAPIMOVE - Furniture Moving & Delivery
Mimi F.
Great experience. Movers were careful with my belongings and moved me quickly and efficiently!
JunkAway AustinJunkAway Austin
Jada W.
The staff at Moving Up ATX are very professional. I greatly appreciate how they shifted their schedule to squeeze my move in. The movers were efficient and the manager was very responsive.
Moving Up ATXMoving Up ATX
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