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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 Irving movers
Thumbtack Customer
Had a 2 bedroom apt ready to move. However movers showed up 3.5 hours late. I guess my move wasn't a priority. Didn't want to move at 9pm so I'm still looking for a Depedable moving service.
Aplus Movers DallasAplus Movers Dallas
Jose G.
The movers did a fantastic job moving my items.
TetrisPro MoversTetrisPro Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Blue Mule Movers were awesome. I found I needed movers at the last minute and when I spoke to them it was no problem and my movers were there the next day. The move went smoothly, the movers were efficient, quick, and respectful. I would recommend them to anyone, they were the best choice of movers I have ever made.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Bob I.
Very friendly and moved everything I needed moved with care.
Jake’s essential servicesJake’s essential services
Arun D.
Movers were very quick and efficient. Even though they had to move to 3rd floor apartment. Blue mule mover was value for money
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Doris S.
After getting several bids to move us I selected The Perfect Movers. It was an excellent choice! T. J. and staff arrived on time, carefully and quickly loaded our things up and moved us to our new home. This was not our first move but definitely our first experience we with kind, professional and courteous movers. Thank you The Perfect Move company!
The Perfect MoveThe Perfect Move
Thumbtack Customer
They started off very well, but it was only two movers sent to move our whole house. Naturally, they got tired which is understandable. Should've sent more than two movers to move a 5 bedroom house.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Jay J.
Amazing movers. I did not provide the correct pickup location and the movers corrected my error and still moved me quickly! Thank you!
Dipesh M.
Original Schedule was 11 AM, Movers moved it to 1 and came at 2 PM.
Extra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLCExtra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLC
Viral J.
What a great pleasure dealing with Dallas moving. 6 movers for my small apartment! The move has finished in 30min. The entire team is wonderful and Olivia is sweet
Dallas MovingDallas Moving
Lane C.
Wonderful experience! Highly recommended. Movers were quick and careful with our things and made our move so easy. 10/10 recommend blue mule movers.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The move was fast, and yet the movers were careful and respectful. I'd definitely recommend them.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Bryan F.
Hired Againwhen for a small local move and was extremely pleased. The movers quickly loaded the truck and handled items with extreme care. Would definitely hire them again for a move.
Thumbtack Customer
Great job!. The move went smoothly from apartment into storage. The two movers were helpful and protected my things by wrapping in shrink wrap. It was not a big move but I was very grateful of their quick efficient work. I will use Blue Mule Movers again.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Harsha V.
They are very punctual and finished moving very quickly without any delays. It was very seamless move!!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Beshh b.
I will definitely use Maverick Movers again for my moving needs. They took care of my belongings as their own, they were quick and very professional. Thank you Maverick Movers for your help.
Bina a.
My movers were very helpful and they helped me on most of my moving part.Really was impressed with their job.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Bonnie T.
Best moving experience ever!! Definitely use again & recommend to anyone moving! Totally hassle free, no surprises! Did exactly what was promised!! Such a pleasure after some movers I’ve dealt with in the past!!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Janine K.
We gave a short notice to Family Moving that we needed moving and storage. They came out when we needed them and moved our boxes and furniture quickly and carefully. They were very friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs help moving.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
OMG, Cordobe was awesooooome!! I couldn't believe it. My bf said he'll use them the next time he moves. They were punctual, efficient, polite. I've never moved with movers before but absolutely loved my experience. I almost can't wait to move again! LOL
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Krishna C.
Devin and DC helped me in moving. They are punctual, friendly and professional. I will definitely recommend Secured Moving Company.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Anshul H.
Dallas moving team is a true hard working professionals! I couldn't ask for a better movers. Pleasant and smiling! They came with 5 movers everything happens quick. Olivia thank you for your help
Dallas MovingDallas Moving
Paul O.
These guys were awesome, respectful, and very efficient. They were nice and patient with how we wanted things to be moved. The next time we move we are definitely going to go with Family Moving again
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Afta B.
The movers were so nice and polite. They took care of our belongings when we moved. Highly recommended!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Kasandra M.
Very careful when moving items. Kept good communication to ensure everything was as I wanted during the move.
Reliant Moving Services LLCReliant Moving Services LLC
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