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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 Sugar Land movers
Jay M.
Move was not stressful thanks to Leo’s moving.
Leo’s Moving ServicesLeo’s Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic mover, prompt, quick and house items were handled with care. A-Star Movers are best and I am thankful that I chose them for my move. All the best A-Star Movers!!
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Texan Movers were great! We had A LOT to move and they did it in a clean and timely matter! Will be using them for my next move!
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Linh T.
The movers, Paul and Juan, were very professional and considerate of the furniture that they were moving. They were strategic in the move to maximize the efficiency of the truck's capacity as well as time. The owner, Zeke, was also very professional and courteous. He provided a courteous reminder of the upcoming move as he said he would. Moves are always stressful; Sugar Land Moving & Storage helped mitigate that stress. Definitely would hire them for future moves in the area.
Pinpoint MoversPinpoint Movers
Marla V.
When I enquirer to schedule my move with GAM Movers, they were very quick to get back to me. Then when I asked to move ahead of schedule, they accommodated my schedule. The two guys that did the move were great. I recommend this company.
Rennad M.
These movers were excellent. They were running a little late, but they took the time to inform me of their new ETA. They moved all office furniture with care. I will use them on any future moves.
Jeff G.
NR movers did a great job moving furniture into and out of my garage. I will definitely use again
Jason B.
I requested a quote with GAM Movers through Thumbtack and received a quote in a matter of minutes. The price was great and they showed up exactly on time for the move. Great experience and I plan to use them for my next move.
Caroline A.
We will be keeping this moving company saved for furture moves and referring to all our friends. These guys showed up and put in work. Couldn't have made this move with out them. Best quote I could find.
Thumbtack Customer
The gentlemen that helped me move were very nice and efficient. I would highly recommend using A&C Movers again.
A&C Movers HoustonA&C Movers Houston
Aireana P.
They did an excellent good at moving all my things safe. I will use them again if I need to move again.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Samuel J.
Excellent Job Flawless Move
Thumbtack Customer
Gave a courtesy call when they were on their way, to let me know their estimated arrival and that they would be on time for the scheduled move. All 3 movers were very friendly, and eager to know what all I would liked moved and if I had any special order or care instructions for my furniture and boxes. Will rehire them if I move again.
Graceful Moves Moving Co. LLCGraceful Moves Moving Co. LLC
Imtiaz M.
On time, Quick, Efficient. We needed some furniture moved from downstairs to upstairs. Moving Mate (Dewayne and Jay) were careful and professional. Happy with the result!
Moving MateMoving Mate
Amy S.
Contacted movers and Jason came right out with the right crew and completed a heavy lifting move quickly and efficiently. Great job! I’d recommend them again.
Eva S.
All of the above. Compared to my last move, the price was excellent and Texans Movers were professional, very courtesy, and were very careful with my items. I used a different company before who broke several of my items and never replaced anything. I had very courteous movers and they were quick and asked questions of when it was time for placement. Use this company and you will not be let down. I will use them again, because I have business items in storage as well. Thanks Texans Movers for making moving look easy!
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Christina J.
Carlos and his team did an amazing job of moving our things out of our 3rd floor apartment and into a storage unit! We are so grateful for how they handled each piece of furniture with care. 1 star was removed due to movers not showing up on time, but we were given a 3rd mover for free to make up for it. Will definitely be using them again when we move into our house!
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Michael V.
Great choice for movers! Well worth the money!
Premier MoversPremier Movers
Himali S.
Simple move made even simpler. Thanks.
Sound LogisticsSound Logistics
Oanh N.
The move was very smooth. They are very professional and pleasant.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Karyn I.
Had an absolutely seamless experience! They were prompt, very professional, and genuinely caring. The pieces in need of moving were fragile. Extreme care was taken in properly packing and transporting each item. I highly recommend Emmanuel Movers, Inc! I will definitely be hiring them again for my next move.
Emanuel Movers,Inc.Emanuel Movers,Inc.
Melissa Y.
What an amazing team of guys. We hired 2 movers to move our 4 bedroom home and they did it quickly and without any problems. They were very helpful, considerate, professional, and quick! Not to mention an amazing bargain! Definitely recommend using them and if I move in the future I will be a repeat customer! Thanks guys!
Galactic MoversGalactic Movers
Brady F.
Moved our 3 bedroom home in record time. A+
Benjamin D.
Professional team of 4 moved efficiently my house.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Prasad S.
They were right on time. I had a crew of 3 to help me with my move, none of them wasted a minute of their time and were on the job all the while. They made out move easier.
Drop It Delivery, LLCDrop It Delivery, LLC
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