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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 College Station movers
Valerie E.
Absolutely the BEST movers I could ask for ! Showed up on time, worked quickly yet carefully, and were super cool guys. Even before the move they were very responsive and flexible which I really appreciated. I would recommend A Star movers to anyone without hesitation!!! Made my move a breeze
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Miriam R.
They showed up on time and got to work. This was not an "ideal" moving situation and they clarified how I needed to move and then jumped in and did it. So appreciated
Fresh start movingFresh start moving
Eric C.
Guys were very courteous and moved things very quickly. Had a very heavy reclining sofa they moved from a 2nd floor apartment to a different apartment on the 3rd floor with ease. They were very careful with our furniture and took care to move everything where we wanted. I would highly recommend using them...I will for our next move!
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Brenda M.
They were able to move me from a downstairs bedroom all the way to 3rd floor bedroom under two hours! Absolutely amazing. They were very gentle with my things and made my moving day experience a breeze.
College HaulersCollege Haulers
El s.
They did a wonderful job. They showed up on time, and had everything they needed for the move. All our furniture were treated with care and wrapped to protect it from scratches. Not only was he very responsive, he was also flexible when I had to change dates. I highly recommend Best Price for all your moving needs. We will definitely use them again if we need to move.
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Sudeep H.
We had a good experience with 1Source Moving. Andy was very responsive from the very beginning. He was also there himself leading the team with the packing, moving and unloading. The team was friendly and efficient. They were also very respectful of certain auspicious items which we requested special care for.
1Source Moving1Source Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Best $40 I ever spent! My daughter was moving out of her 3rd floor apartment...no elevator...and I only had my son to help move her. I found Bellhops online and requested one Bellhop to help my son move the bigger furniture down the stairs. Dalton was our Bellhop. He was extremely nice, had a great attitude, and was great to work with. We had her entire 2-bedroom apartment in the trailer within an hour. I would recommend Bellhops to anyone who needs a helping hand.
Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)
Symone M.
10 min before they were suppose to arrive, they said their truck didn’t work and asked if I could get a uhaul. I believe they were about two hours away from where I was moving, and this showed they didn’t even leave yet when they texted me. Very disappointing and unprofessional to experience this the day of my move.
The Moving StallionThe Moving Stallion
Brady A.
Very well mannered people and very flexible in terms of moving items. I would highly recommend them any day of the week!
Better Movers BureauBetter Movers Bureau
Ryan H.
Rudolph and his team went above and beyond when moving us. We will definitely be using them again & will recommend them to friends/family.
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Best moving experience ever! I promise Jessie and Joseph will get you from point A to B without any broken items and top rate customer service!
Night & Day MovingNight & Day Moving
Rachel L.
Courteous, professional and responsive. Care Bear Cleaning helped me move into my third floor apartment and were able to accommodate a last minute reservation. Highly recommended service!
Care Bear CleaningCare Bear Cleaning
Maureen M.
We are very pleased with the service of these two young entrepreneurs. They did an excellent job of moving, protecting and securing our furniture for the drive to our home. We highly recommend them!
College HaulersCollege Haulers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved my daughter out of her 3rd floor townhouse. They loaded our U hall. Both gentlemen worked very hard on a very hot day. They did a great job!
Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)Bellhops Moving (Hartford, CT)
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up the same day that I requested service. I needed a few heavy items moved and Chris did a great job. His team worked fast and had a great attitude. Definitely would recommend.
C B Universal ServicesC B Universal Services
Bryan H.
Highly recommended! Justin arrived exactly when scheduled, quickly disassembled the table, moved every piece out carefully, and then delivered the table at my residence and reassembled it with a great deal of attention to detail. Don't look anywhere else, this is your guy.
Mckinney Billiard ServicesMckinney Billiard Services
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