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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 Stafford movers
Courtney M.
CrossTown Moving made our move as seamless as possible!
CrossTown MovingCrossTown Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving service. Was very prompt with communication and did not have any issues during the move. They were very efficient with moving and were easy to deal with. Highly recommended! (Moved from Houston to Atlanta)
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent movers!
Graceful Moves Moving Co. LLCGraceful Moves Moving Co. LLC
Kevin V.
I'm so glad that I chose Bellhops for my move. I used the labor option w/o moving truck because I was moving less than 50 ft. from my old apartment to an adjacent unit. The two movers arrived as scheduled and went above & beyond their work duty! One mover helped repair a broken bookshelf that I had planned on throwing away. Alongside the amazing repair, the movers both worked very quickly and efficiently. I cannot praise them enough! Thank you Myles and Eric for making my move so easy!
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
J. M.
Very professional! I would highly recommend this moving company and will definitely use them next time I move
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Talia W.
What an amazing help Brand Movers were for me. I had a last minute move and WOW that were very accommodating. Words cannot express how awesome their service was. I will forever recommend them to anyone who needs a mover. From taking the time to put my furniture together and even moving in the rain! Thank you!
Tamika S.
They were early and constantly moving.
Kathy B.
Kelvin and his team were very nice, professional, and worked quickly. If needing to move again I would definitely hire KGM movers!
Michelle B.
Zama and Christian came in and began to move boxes out right away. They were very professional and did and excellent move with care with our belongings.
Araceli H.
It was a great decision to hire Leo's Moving Services to help me move all my furniture! They were professional, kept me informed of when they expected to arrive, communicated easily about what I wanted them to move and any concerns I had. They managed to move all my things smoothly and quickly. Thank you! I really appreciate your service!
Leo’s Moving ServicesLeo’s Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were great. Will recommend to others.
Galactic Movers LLCGalactic Movers LLC
Jessica V.
Haven't moved yet but happy with the deal
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The guys were prompt, expedient, and extremely polite. We were also impressed with how patient they are. Considering moving is a big family stressor, they handled us all with the utmost respect. We're using them again to move our belongings from storage. I will recommend them to anyone that is moving!
A&C Movers HoustonA&C Movers Houston
Moved quickly and efficiently. Will use them again!
Sonia S.
The moving service provided by Graceful Moves was above and beyond what my husband and I expected! They did an excellent job and were thorough and professional! We appreciated all the extra precautions that they took during our move and how accommodating they were! Thank you for your hard work, it was truly appreciated!
Graceful Moves Moving Co. LLCGraceful Moves Moving Co. LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great service! The crew was on time I moved from a 3rd floor apt everything was loaded within the hour. The transition was so smooth. If I ever move again I will call them first
Pinpoint MoversPinpoint Movers
Rukhsaar B.
Amazing job and very professional. The movers were quick and efficient.
Bria J.
These guys were awesome, ankle to deal with last minute requests and patient with us as we were doing a last minute move. Definitely well be using them again and referring them for any moves in the future!
Galactic Movers LLCGalactic Movers LLC
Diane C.
Frontier moving and packing company John and his crews Chris and Adam did an excellent job with moving our things like their own. He answered directly to the point with my inquiries. Highly recommended to our friends and anybody.
Frontier Moving LLCFrontier Moving LLC
Rushab S.
Great service. Carlos and his team got us packed up and moved across the country with no issues and did it on a very short notice. If we ever need to do another cross country move, we’d definitely use them.
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I was more than pleased with Texans Movers! They arrived on time,moved very quickly and were very polite. We ended up with a fraud alert on our debit card and I didn't figure that out until driving to a few atms and calling my financial institution. Texans Movers were patient and didn't charge me extra. I have never seen such amazing service.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Shaheen d.
The BEST possible moving experience I could have hoped for!! They were timely, professional and took great care with our things. They were also very helpful during the process of estimate, quote and scheduling. They made my move from Houston to Austin incredibly easy and stress free! I couldn’t have asked for better people. Friendly, trustworthy, understanding, and super fast. Highly Recommend this moving company.
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Chris C.
Very professional, the guys arrived ready to work. Wrapped my furniture in plastic film for protection. Took care whenever they moved my items. Estimate I received b4 the move was accurate. Would highly recommend these guys. Thanks again Jorge.
Galactic Movers LLCGalactic Movers LLC
Victor S.
G.A.M did an excellent job and checked all the boxes you could ask for in a mover. Any communications were almost instant. They showed up on time, assessed what needed to be moved and got straight to work. They were careful with anything fragile, asked questions about anything they were unsure of, and kept up a good pace. Also, in the house they were very careful going up and down the wooden stairs which I was worried about. Would definitely recommend for anyone moving.
Jana M.
If you are looking for high quality, professional, and great value moving company look no further! Start to finish this company was exceptional. Johnny went above and beyond to review every detail of my move including all my items, mapping out each location, parking, the best routes to take (I moved during the 59/610 weekend shut down) etc. Extremely organized and professional. My crew with Dallas and Danny were precisely on time, ready to go, and top notch. All my items were handled with care at all times. Dallas and Danny were also very personable, friendly, and professional gentlemen. I’ve moved several times over the past few years and normally used 2 of the “bigger guys” however their prices were just completely out of line and I decided to take a chance with a new company, best decision I made! Highly recommend Amazing movers!!
Amazing MoversAmazing Movers
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