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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 Galveston movers
Peggy R.
These guys were GREAT!! They ended up moving me a day early and took such great care of the items they moved. Their price was move than fair and I will definitely be calling them again when our office moves in a few months!!
Thumbtack Customer
Texans movers has excellent service the prices are reasonable,my moving experience was amazing! the movers are quick & reliable. I would definitely recommend them to everyone!!
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Sandy P.
Thank you for a quality move. I would def use Houston Movers again.
Megan K.
Although we went another way with moving, Houston movers were very professional
Reen M.
Movers-R-Us did an amazing job with moving my furniture from long distances and assembled it efficiently. Highly recommend them if you need to move your furniture.
Robert M.
Shayan and his crew know how to get the job done ✅ in moving us from point A to B. Mr. Shayan was able to fit me in at the last minute. I called Better Mover Bureau on a Monday and they were able to move me with in the same week on Wednesday, on a last minute notice! By Mr. Shayan and crew able to accommodate me in moving us, it took a lot of weight off my shoulders. I highly recommend Better Movers Bureau their prices to move is very reasonable👍🙏😊
Better Movers BureauBetter Movers Bureau
Cori B.
I couldn’t have asked for a better moving experience. They moved my entire packed to the gills storage unit in great time, and everything everything arrived at my new home safely. I primarily spoke with Deonte, and he was responsive, flexible and pleasant. With Movers-R-Us, my move was easier than I ever expected, and at an impressive value. (My husband hired someone else to move his belongings into the new house - he paid about three times as much.) I unreservedly recommend hiring them for your move.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were quick but careful with my belongings. Very caring guys. When I move again I will be contacting them again.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Thumbtack Customer
on time, polite, and did the move fast
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Elaine J.
After a problem with scheduling was resolved, the move went off without any other problems. Bruce and Carlos worked very hard to move us in the timeframe required.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Melissa W.
They did a good job. They took care in handling and moving our stuff. They had to move stuff to a third floor apartment. The stairs are narrow and steep. They never complained.
Marielle S.
GAM was very responsive. Though the move included a stop, they professionally put all my stuff in place with no damage. The move was also affordable - I loved off the island into Houston.
Ashley W.
Houston Movers did an excellent job on our move and their cost beat out all their competitors. They were very responsive with communication throughout the process - from scheduling a month prior to our move to estimated time of arrival on the day of the move. The two man crew hustled from the moment they started until they finished. All big furniture and fragile items were wrapped with plastic and/or moving blankets. They were patient with me as I decided where each piece was to go in the new house. And they were incredibly nice guys. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use them again.
Haley S.
They were very professional. They wrapped all of my furniture and moved everything without any issues. They continuously worked without taking breaks. They moved me from a third floor apartment to a first floor and even most a few of my belongings to a second location. I will definitely use them again for my moving needs.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Meghan L.
Very helpful mover. Kind and considerate, too. Highly recommend!
Xprez servicesXprez services
Thumbtack Customer
Texans Movers was great, I couldn't have asked for a smoother move. We had an "out of town job" from Galveston to Houston and they did it quickly, efficiently, and they were very professional. I would recommend them highly.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up on time, moved apartment quickly and efficiently. Careful with equipment and furniture.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Stephanie f.
Movers were on time, friendly, and completed the job within the allotted timeframe. Great communication leading up to move--they accommodated me on short notice (I was unsure when my out of state furniture would arrive). Would definitely recommend!
Nekita P.
GAM movers and packers took care of my items during my move. They wrapped items to where they wouldn’t get damaged and safely transported and unloaded my belongings to my new home. They placed the items in the correct rooms for ease of u packing.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Texans Movers to move furniture in my home. I was moving items from garage to house. Moving furniture to other locations and floors in my home and some things into storage in my attic. There were many stairs involved and some items were heavy so I requested three workers. I also needed to move one piece of furniture to my son's home about a mile away. The guys worked steadily and I was very happy until the end when they began speaking Spanish in front of me not knowing that I could understand most of what they were saying. They made a rude comment about the tip and the whole encounter was very unprofessional. It left me with a poor opinion of the company which up until that time had been very positive.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Leigh K.
Awesome movers. They had to fight a big flight of stairs and narrow doorways. Did a great job. Will use again
Brian A.
After numerous reschedules where I was calling for updates, they finally arrived to move my furniture, boxes, and a baby grand piano. They had rescheduled 3 times allegedly because they have 2 guys who know how to move pianos and they were delayed on other jobs out of town. They finally show up and disassemble the piano , then decide we don’t feel safe moving it now. I support safety, how safe is it leaving a baby grand piano on its side in the middle of the floor. I guess since the moving guys charge by the hour the 2 hours they wasted on taking apart the piano, AFTER I went to the hardware store and purchased the tools they needed. Mysteriously the guys who knew how to move a piano didn’t have any tools. A typical experience with movers , poor communication, excuses as to why they can’t do something, last minute changes, workers who complained about the guy who scheduled the job, workers telling me they were doing me a favor. I am the customer I am paying you by the hour I expect at a minimum you show up on time, have your tools , and for the time you are in my house at least let me think you care about doing a good job.
Moving MateMoving Mate
Anju T.
Great job moving from Galveston to Austin!!! They were able to make a stop in the Houston area to drop some of the furniture off with my parents.
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Melissa W.
Justin and his team were fabulous! They moved everything with care. They put some new furniture together for us. I highly recommend them!
Clawtel Moving & StorageClawtel Moving & Storage
Cassia G.
Very professional: arrived on time and quickly started with wrapping and doing it in an efficient timing. We completed the whole move in 2 hours and 15 minutes! Highly recommend this team.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
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