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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Lubbock movers
Brady C.
“DJ’s bust a move” will be the only movers I use from now on. I needed to move some furniture and appliances VERY last minute. They responded within MINUTES, handled my property with upmost care all for a great price. Don’t waste time or money with other moving companies, use DJ’s!
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Jennifer W.
Good Movers did a great job on our long distance move from Lubbock to San Antonio. The guys were efficient, professional, and very nice.
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Justin and his crew were awesome. They helped me move on very short notice and were extremely customer service oriented. I will definitely use them for all my moving needs. They were extremely accommodating !!!!!!!
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Treva H.
I chose WTMM after reading the reviews here on Thumbtack and they did not disappoint! Very quick response in planning the move. On time. Very personable & caring. They moved an entire household from storage into our new house (both in Lubbock) and assembled a large, heavy bed frame & adjustable base & mattress. Everything was perfect: nothing broken, nothing missing, nothing messed up at all! All 3 men respected us, our belongings, and each other very much. They were kind & caring and I didn’t hear any foul language. I highly recommend West Texas Master Movers & will definitely use them again if I’m in need of movers!
West Texas Master Movers Llc.West Texas Master Movers Llc.
Danya C.
They quickly got back to my request however; initially I was concerned because they were not polite in communications and more pricey for our area. The problem we were working with a short window of time so options were limited during a Pandemic too. They were an hour late meeting us the day of the move. It took them an entire day to move our house from 10AM- 9PM. After all was moved, we finally just had them leave for the day even though they never got to put any beds together. Due to time and our belongings would have been insured, for $300 more I could have gone with the higher end ,commercial local mover that would of had a bigger team and a truck large enough to make one trip. If there is ever a next time I will consider this. On the positive they did not damage any furniture and did ensure my washer/dryer were unlocked , replugged (the plug changed from a 4 to a 3 prong) and ready to go. Once we meet them they were nice and courteous. Overall the experience was not a bad one but could have been better. We have moved with professional moving companies probably 7-8 times so we definitely have a data base for expectations.
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Ashton J.
Darrell has great attention to detail. I think he utilized every square inch of available space in the U-Pack 28" trailer we were moving our things into, and carefully protected delicate and fragile pieces of furniture. He had a great attitude despite getting stuck doing the entire move by himself with only my husband and I to help (his team member had something come up that left him as a 1-man show). He issued no complaint about working until 1 AM, and I can imagine that with an extra man to help him, Darrell is much faster than he is handling a move all alone. We were very impressed with his experience and skill.
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Jordan P.
These guys are great. Fantastic problem solvers and efficient with their time. Really easy to work with and open communication. I gave them a difficult job (moving a big wooden play set across town) and these guys rocked it.
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Cindi F.
Good Movers and Daryl are fantastic. He communicated really well, showed up when he said he would and unloaded the furniture with a lot of professionalism. I would strongly recommend them and will use them again anytime I need them! 5 stars for sure!
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