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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 Plano movers
Macy r.
Manifest moving was great and made our move super easy!
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Shahin W.
We hired comfort home movers for our house move, Joseph and his crew of 3 movers were professional, hard working, polite, knowledgeable and super careful with all our furniture and boxes. They made our move seamless and as easy as a move could be. If you want quality movers, with professionals, these are your guys, highly recommend, 5 stars all the way!
Comfort Home MoversComfort Home Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks blue mule movers! You made my move so easy!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Steven U.
Very satisfied with the move. I will hire them again if I needed to move.
AgainWhenAgainWhen
Mallikarjun A.
I hired them for my apartment moving. They arrived on time, handled all the things carefully. I had very good moving experience with blue mule movers
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Ashley M.
Daryl was great! There were some unforeseen circumstances the morning of my move, and he finished my move by himself! I will be asking for him specifically for any future move.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Rahul B.
Safari movers were punctual, responsive and did a great job with my local move.
Safari Movers and DeliverySafari Movers and Delivery
Prasanna K.
Great movers, 10 mins ahead of schedule and moved everything within 2 hrs
MAVERICK MOVERSMAVERICK MOVERS
Diane P.
After three days of moving myself, I couldn’t bring myself to pack and move my kitchen. Family Moving not only packed and moved my kitchen, but also a restroom as well. They were very professional and completely upfront about all costs. I am recommending them to all my friends and family moving soon in the area!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Hugh M.
Very quick. They moved a very large and heavy desk. They were on time which is unbelievable in the moving industry. They did a great job prepping for the move and putting it into a tight space. We will use them to move us into the new home we are building if they want the job.
Go-Hard Home & Furniture Moving L.L.C.Go-Hard Home & Furniture Moving L.L.C.
Priya s.
We have had a great experience with Family Moving & Storage. Mark was very prompt in updating us about the move schedule and responding to all our questions. We had 3 movers and all of them were extremely professional and were patient during the move. They carefully wrapped all the big furniture items and make sure nothing was damaged. Very happy how the move went, it was smooth without any hiccups. Also the pricing was reasonable compared to other movers we enquired. We would definitely recommend Family Moving & Storage.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Sharon M.
DFW is not a moving co. I thought DFW was moving me and another moving co showed up at my house. They were carrying out one box at a time and wasn’t even wrapping my expensive furniture. When they damaged my furniture I couldn’t even reach DFW LLC. DFW LLC should not be allowed to provide moving quotes on this site! He leases out the moves to other companies that are not real moving companies!
Great Value Movers LLCGreat Value Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Blue Mule Movers are amazing. This is the best moving company I have ever used. And believe me, I have moved alot. They arrived early and moved my one bedroom apartment quickly. There were 3 men. They were organized and very professional. I will definitely only use this company for future moves. They were very quick and really careful.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Judy H.
Did a great job moving our things. Would highly recommend Reliant Moving Services!
Reliant Moving Services LLCReliant Moving Services LLC
Kara S.
This is the second time we’ve had Family Moving for our move and they’ve done such a great job again! Everything was finished fairly quick and the movers were so friendly. I definitely recommend!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Gerald S.
The move took 11 hours. We did not expect to spend the entire day loading and unloading to move to a new home 5 miles away. 4 truckloads, 6 men, 11 hours. Endurance was essential. Our movers were careful and moved our things without damage.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Peggy E.
The movers was great
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Joe D.
Blake and team did a good job with the move. There were some challenging aspects to the move but they handled the tasks pretty well. Although the move took longer than initially anticipated, I would give them 5 stars overall and would highly recommend them for your moving needs.
Integrity Moving ServicesIntegrity Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Beautiful service! Smiling faces! Professional and nice! Thank you the moving team and Olivia. Dallas moving is the best
Dallas MovingDallas Moving
Keith C.
Very quick to respond to a local move in inclement weather. Move was conducted in the evening and throughout the night. Very satisfied.
GOLDEN TOUCH SERVICESGOLDEN TOUCH SERVICES
Thumbtack Customer
Superb excellent and professional! thank you Olivia for the great help! This is THE BEST MOVING COMPANY!!! Go Dallas moving
Dallas MovingDallas Moving
Kyle B.
Movers were on time, quick, and courteous. They are the best piano moving service I have used thus far.
Metroplex Piano MovingMetroplex Piano Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent!! Moved to new Apartment with my family. Crew turned in on Time. Did good job in moving. No dramas.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Brandi b.
This company is excellent. The movers were very professional and accommodating. They were able to get me moved from a situation and their prices are very reasonable. I recommend Kai moving services. Also they have equipment to make your move easy they are very friendly and I just appreciate in them coming to save the day.
Kai MovingKai Moving
Vera B.
Excellent movers! They assessed how best to move my items and then quickly and efficiently did the job. Very personable gentlemen.
Triple A's Moving & Delivery.Triple A's Moving & Delivery.
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