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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for League City movers
Wendy N.
G.A.M. Movers communicated regularly about the move. The movers arrived on time and completed the move efficiently and carefully. They took their time wrapping all the furniture going into storage. I highly recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Overall great moving experience by very experienced moving professionals. Only minor issue we experienced was a few hour delay in appointment time when movers were estimated to show up. Otherwise was a solid 5 star moving experience! Professional quality moving @ a great price!
Mark TherrellMark Therrell
Carmen D.
Godfrey and his team at G.A.M. Movers made my mom's local move a breeze! They were incredibly responsive and quick. I highly recommend G.A.M. for any of your moving needs!
Katie S.
Very fast movers!
Mangi Movers & TechMangi Movers & Tech
Aaron r.
Went above and beyond to take care of my move for a bargain price. Couldn’t have done the move without them.
Thumbtack Customer
As a single female moving on you own can be very stressful, but I had one of the best moving experiences with 1st Choice. The movers were quick yet not negligent on being careful with delicate furniture. Bruce is easy to communicate with about concerns, details, etc. Highly recommend, you will not regret choosing 1st Choice Movers.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Rachel D.
They did a fantastic job with my move! They worked very efficiently and carefully. Only took 2 hours to move be from one apartment to the next! Great value as well! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for movers.
AllSawa Movers And Packers  🥳AllSawa Movers And Packers 🥳
Thumbtack Customer
The move was okay, I'd unfortunately probably not go with this company again just because of the difficult start. The truck broke down and the move was an hour later than scheduled. I did receive a call that they were going to be late so that was appreciated. Once the movers arrived I was told the truck they had rented would be too small to move all my items in one move. This concerned me as I was very specific to what all my contents were when setting up the move. I called the manager/owner and he spoke with the movers and I was told I wouldn't be charged for the extra time. Being a reputable person, I paid full price for my move anyways. What should have been a 2 hr move (I move a bit for my job so I have it down to a science) took 3 hours and the guys seemed to do a good job so I paid for the full time. I appreciate that I was offered to only pay for 2 hours but I feel that affected they way the movers rushed to get my things off the truck and into storage. Because I didn't move from one place to another but I was moving from an apartment to storage I can't tell if any fragile items were broken or not. The movers themselves had a good disposition over all. Again, just because the move wasn't timely and I felt obligated to pay for the extra hour--although the situation with the truck was not my fault, I would most likely not use this service again.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Rebecca P.
A-Star Movers is an outstanding moving company. They are very professional, respectful, super hard working, and careful with your moving your household goods. They are equipped with all your moving supplies and are skilled in stacking, and placing your items in a safe spot to avoid any damages. A-Star movers are prompt, and will get the toughest jobs completed with 200% customer satisfaction! Thank you so much for being available on short notice and helping us out in our desperate time of need!
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Scott M.
Best Move Ever..and I have moved over 20 times. Cleo..Bo..and Michael are true Rock Stars in my book!
Graceful Moves Moving Co. LLCGraceful Moves Moving Co. LLC
Nautica H.
They moved everything so quickly!
Matthew P.
Very fast and efficient movers. They helped move from 2 locations and to 1 in 4 hours. Would HIGHLY recommend them to any friends
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Isabel V.
Amazing service from this moving company! They arrived on time! They also worked very quickly! Will definitely be using them next time i move!
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Monika S.
These guys are amazing! They were able to move my piano quickly, and with such great care. Not only are they incredible movers, they are so kind! Highly, HIGHLY recommend these guys!!!
Emanuel Movers,Inc.Emanuel Movers,Inc.
Evan H.
Great job moving our stuff
Thumbtack Customer
All went great/worked very diligently to finish job. It took two trips to complete the move. Will use him when we move to new home
Emanuel Movers,Inc.Emanuel Movers,Inc.
Shunta A.
These are two extremely hardworking and polite young men. They moved some very hard to move items for me. They were very careful with the items. I will definitely hire them again.
Top Heroes Xpress llc Furniture AssemblyTop Heroes Xpress llc Furniture Assembly
Wendy N.
A-Star Movers was easy to work with. They had great communication and showed up on time. The were neat and quick. I highly recommend A-Star Movers and would use them again.
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved upright piano from second floor apartment into house. Did a great job. Scheduled the evening before the move, and the truck was there at 9am the next morning! Professional, careful, and expedient.
Mark TherrellMark Therrell
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived about 30 minutes early (better early than late), just wish they would have called first. Movers were very efficient with the loading and unloading.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Jerril M.
I had bad experiences with 2 previous movers but Antonio and his team were responsive and carried out what they said they would do. They moved a heavy washer and dryer up 3 floors for me. Antonio is a genuine guy and I will definitely go to him the next time I need movers
Antonio's moversAntonio's movers
Londin F.
The movers were great, but the owner Baldwin Pei exceeded my expectations especially with his professionalism and customer service skills. I highly recommend Amazing Movers (and i am picky).
Amazing MoversAmazing Movers
Domonique P.
They showed up right on time. The guys were courteous and spent 5 hours moving my stuff down a flight of stairs just to move it all back up 3 flights without a complaint.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were quick and somewhat efficient, but possibly doe to a language barrier, I ended up moving 3 truck loads of items alone. Also, out of all my heirloom China and serving dishes, only 2 pie plates remained. I could've smashed them myself, which is why I hired a company to pack and move me.
Betton Moving Co., Inc.Betton Moving Co., Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Crew was very good - worked quickly and took good care of all the items. The only problem with the move was that the truck was to small for our house (3br, 2400 sqft). Definitely recommend them for apartment or small home moves.
Texas Move-It - Houston MoversTexas Move-It - Houston Movers
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