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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 San Antonio movers
Sharon P.
Ramos moving was amazing! They moved my entire family to North Texas. Each mover was polite and respectful. Best moving experience ever!!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Andrew H.
The movers were awesome and moved quickly!
Anything Goes EnterprisesAnything Goes Enterprises
Sylvia P.
I had an excellent moving experience with Ramos Moving's movers. The movers were respectful and helped me install my washer and dryer on top of moving it in. They went the extra mile. We had one issue with moving an item, but it was taken care of rapidly and professionally. This company is an example of customer service as it should be.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were ready and excited to move, had a great attitude! Worked super quick, moved everything in 20 minutes!!
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Thumbtack Customer
From the initial phone call to set up our moving date and time with James, the text confirmation one day prior to our move to the Movers (Rick & Martin) assigned to us, all things combined made for a very successful, NO stress move! On time, professional, courteous, quick, friendly and reliable....the perfect type of movers to work with during a move. We highly recommend Ramos MOVING Company!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Alyssa M.
Great movers! I wouldn’t hire anyone else to move.
Smothers Brothers MoversSmothers Brothers Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent service. On time, very professional movers, They moved me in very quickly, my neighbors saw the move and hired them also!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Larisha B.
I moved literally 2 large items (a treadmill and fridge) down 2 flights of stairs. The move was less than a mile away. I requested a 2 person job and the person arranging the move (Gia) said it is a 3 person job. During the move,only 2 people were moving the items. The movers came within the arranged time frame, but I feel that I was misled to believe I needed an additional person. I sent pictures of what needed to be moved during my job request, and on the morning of the move the people asked me again what I was moving and where my addresses were. It seems that there's lack of communication of the jobs. Also, during the move, the 3rd man asked me to move a fairly light mirror that I wanted to move as well. I told them that I paid for moving services, so I asked him to please handle it. I am moving from a temp apartment to my home, and I will not request Movers of San Antonio for the job.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Keith J.
I received accurate professional moves to move my belongings from one apartment to another. They arrived early ready to start moving as soon as I was ready and did not stop until the move was complete. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone planning a move, and I have.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Anahi A.
The movers were great! The only bad thing about my move was that they were 2 hours late. This was not the movers fault but their supervisor who over scheduled but once the movers got there they were fast, careful and great!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Caroline C.
Thanks Movers of SAN ANTONIO You made our move a breeze. The movers were extremely courteous and professional. Would definitely recommend this company!
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Micha L.
I recently used Movers of San Antonio to move (my first time using movers) and it was worth it!, The movers jumped right in and got down to business right away. When we got to the end destination, they were just as efficient moving things in and even took care of moving some furniture between floors. I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone looking for quality service, and efficient, hard-working movers.. Kudos to this business for nailing it.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Thumbtack Customer
The moving crew was on-time, in uniform, very professional, and very efficient in the move. The 2 man team was very polite and respectful of my things and moving locations. Guardian Moving is now my moving company of choice for the San Antonio area. The overall experience exceeded my expectations and was worth the cost.
Guardian Moving and Storage SAGuardian Moving and Storage SA
Thumbtack Customer
The move went well. Expected 3 movers, due to an injury had 2 movers but James work with me on the price. Everything was relocated with care. A very professional experience and would recommend Ramos Moving Service to anyone.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
20 years active duty, countless moves, and Ramos Movers has been the ONLY movers that I will definitely hire again and recommend to others.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
John S.
Excellent movers. Definitely made moving less stressful. And it was super-cheap!
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Thumbtack Customer
The service is great. The movers are very friendly and are very quick in moving stuff.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Justin D.
Once again, Movers of San Antonio exceeded my expectations. Jack and Tim, the men moving my furniture were extremely polite, courteous and super fast! I have never seen movers ...move...that quick.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were pleasant and easy to talk to. Just moved a little slow.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Takashi R.
They did a good job for my move. Everything was moved safely and efficiently.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Randall N.
A perfect move! They were able to move serval precious family antiques without incident. Recommend this company to anyone who finds themselves needing to move.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Lindsay Y.
These guys were so great. My move was small, but involved moving things between a bunch of apartments, and they handled everything seamlessly. Fantastic moving experience!
Keith R.
movers of san antonio movers are FANTASTIC!!!!!! Quick, efficient, polite, and funny. They moved my entire house in less than 5 hours. movers of san antonio is fantastic, and very reasonably priced. I would recommend them to anyone!
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Lindsay M.
The moving team went above and beyond to make sure our move went smooth. They were very careful while moving our things. Great experience!
Anything Goes EnterprisesAnything Goes Enterprises
Iris R.
The movers arrived during the designated time window. The two movers were professional and nice.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
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