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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 Lancaster movers
Ebony B.
This was my first time hiring movers and they definitely exceeded my expectations. Great communication, and very nice staff Thank you again for the move guys
Triple A's Moving & Delivery.Triple A's Moving & Delivery.
Denean S.
The two movers were friendly and professional. They were flexible with their time and squeezing my move onto their schedule. Thanks! I would hire them again.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Yukeba D.
The movers were extremely professional, took great care of my furniture and provided great customer service. I have recommended your company to a friend that is moving at the end of this month.
Luxe Moving in Frisco, TXLuxe Moving in Frisco, TX
Candace y.
I set up for a move at the end of this month, but needed to cancel, and did so within the 2 week time frame. I am so greatful and impressed with their professionalism and punctuality when speaking with them to set up a move and at the time I needed to cancel. I will keep them in mind if I need to move in the future.
Terrey E.
The owner is very responsive and has great customer service! His team of movers are great guys as well. I will only use this company from now on for my moving needs and highly recommend them to everyone.
Let’s Move It!!!Let’s Move It!!!
Joy-Lena W.
They moved me at a moment's notice, and were were very professional. They arrived on time, followed all my instructions, and finished quickly. They were very responsive and respectful young men. I will not hesitate to use this moving company again.
Youngstars Moving & DeliveryYoungstars Moving & Delivery
Nicholas T.
I hired Castle Movers for a short notice move from a 2 story home to a storage unit. My movers were Raul, Roberto, and David. They showed up on time, great interaction, very respectful and professional! They handled all of my items with care and tied them down perfectly in the truck. They were quick (only 2.5 hrs needed! Wow!) and they were very careful not to scratch walls or furniture. I highly recommend! These guys are amazing!
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Ashley P.
If your on the fence about your moving company, jump here. The guys were hard workers, respectful of our property, and made our experience so much easier. I will absolutely be recommending them to everyone and anyone whose moving. We couldn’t have chose a better company to work with.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I have never had a moving company that got everything right within a small time frame--these guys went above and beyond--that I really appreciate and for that I thank them. Corey is the best at what he does--the two guys that helped me move I thank you so much!!!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Crystal H.
Roland and Joseph were amazing. They moved my whole apartment in a great time and they were very friendly! I would recommend the company and will use them again if I ever need them!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Julie G.
Everything was perfect. The people were so friendly, and did perfect packing. Not a thing was damaged. And, they treated us and our things like family. I've never had a better moving experience. Thank y'all!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Casey R.
Red Carpet did a great job moving us into our historic home! They were very careful with the home and all our belongings, while working quickly! We’ll definitely recommend them to our network.
Red Carpet Moving Co...Red Carpet Moving Co...
Debbie B.
these guys saved us...when Mr. Evie and his Christian moving company ( with no insurance) book with us and never showed up. Extra Set of hands and delivery service. Really showed up and showed out. thank you Chris and Theo.
Extra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLCExtra Set of Hands Moving & Delivery Service LLC
Crystal F.
Will was amazing with gathering all my things from the 3rd floor and getting them onto the truck with ease. Him and his colleague were great with time management, especially with having to drive almost an hour away! I will definitely book a move with them again!!!
Great Value Movers LLCGreat Value Movers LLC
Pedro A.
They arrived exactly when we had agreed, they were amazing, friendly and professional, got the job done in record time and all of our belongings got to our new place intact. If I were moving again, I would for sure hire them again without hesitation.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
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