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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 Texas City movers
Kristen S.
These were by far the best movers I have ever hired. I would hire them again in the future when we move. They were fast. They treated my stuff with care. They kept hardware together for the things they took apart. And they were cheaper than half the movers in the area. Hire these guys! You won’t be disappointed!
Nick & Nate MoversNick & Nate Movers
Stephanie M.
The movers were extremely friendly! They even let me son "help" by carrying small items.
The MoooversThe Mooovers
Kasi H.
Guys were here ten minutes early for the appointment and worked efficiently and moved everything without incident. Will use again.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
In all my 36 years, I have never had a moving experience like this one! THE best money my husband and I have ever spent! Vanessa was SO helpful from the first email to phone calls, and our three man crew, wow! Can not say enough of how amazing a job they did! We WILL be repeat customers! Need to move, don't go to anyone else! Thank y'all again for an amazing first time experience!
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Jackie S.
They did a great job moving my furniture for me. I would recommend this company if you're looking for professional hard workers. Responded promptly as well as wAs able to work with me with my dates being changed Around.
Stewart B.
Very hard working and efficient. Got us loaded, moved and unloaded very quickly. Had some issues with scheduling as the agreed on one day and had us in their book for the following day, but they did eventually fit us in on the agreed to date.
Emanuel Movers,Inc.Emanuel Movers,Inc.
Charles R.
Our 3 man crew was great!! From start to finish they listened & acted. NO DAMAGES!! Very courteous, super attentive, ultra professional. My first time using a moving company & so glad that I was not disappointed. Definitely will refer to others.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Jasmine C.
REVIEW PHOTOS FOR PROOF The movers were 1 hr late! Our particular move was super easy. All the movers had to do was unload our rental truck and put everything in our storage. Which, was in a air conditioned storage facility. I confirmed the day of that they would be there at 12pm just to follow up with them as this was my first time using Thumbtack. They guy confirmed that he would. At 11:54 am I received a call from one of the movers asking if I was at the storage unit already. I told him yes. He sighed and then apologized that they were running late. I asked how far away they were and he said about 40 mins. I didn’t react aggressively or angrily. I just told him that we would grab a bite to eat and come back. Keep in mind that this move is costing us $75/hr for 2 movers, 2hr minimum and a $80 truck fee. Our little things didn’t require 2 hrs and we had our own truck, but I understand that it’s a business and they have to make money. Whatever. The guy’s get there right at 1pm and finish right at 2pm. The owner or supervisor calls me to ask how’d the guy’s do. I begin to explain that they were 1 hr late. He proceeds to tell me that we aren’t paying for the time but the work they actually did. Which, again wasn’t much at all. Keep in mind, if the customer goes over the agreed upon time, they are charged. However, there is no recourse for the company being late. I began to explain that them being 1 hr late put us behind on everything we had planned for that day. We don’t currently live on that side of town, but are waiting to close on our home in October. That particular storage facility is relatively close to where we’re moving to. We currently live over an hour away from the storage facility. My husband works 13 days straight and gets one day off. His time is extremely valuable and limited. This was his only day to move and he still had to get home at a certain time to sleep for work. Not to mention that we had 3 children waiting with my parents as well. We had a lot to do in a very small amount of time. Them being late through us off completely. He apologized for them being late. I asked him how much was he charging us for the move. He said that everyone pays $230. Again, I reiterated that they were late. He then tells me that he told me ‘between’ 12pm-1pm. I reminded him that I confirmed that morning that he would be there at 12pm and if he understood that to mean ‘between’ 12-1pm, why would your movers call me at 11:54 am to tell me that they’re running late? He literally insulted my intelligence at that point. He finally asked if $200 flat would work. I was so annoyed about the entire situation that I agreed. Like I explained to him, it’s not about the money but the principal. He actually believe that he deserved the full amount of pay without any obligation to make things right on his end. He took no accountability but expected his apology to be enough. It was unprofessional and unorganized. I would not recommend doing business with this company. I used Bellhop to actually load the truck and they were great! Professional and great customer service. Try them out for size.
Kristen S.
This has been hands down the best moving experience I have had so far. These two guys were friendly and professional. I wish I could have tipped them more because they did deserve much more. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! Hire these guys, you will not be disappointed!
Amazing MoversAmazing Movers
Kristen D.
They were absolutely amazing! They worked so hard all day long (13 hours and didn’t even take a break!!!) and took extra special care of all our things! They got everything we needed moved in one trip! We had some complicated furniture and they were so patient and maintained a great attitude even though it was a difficult job! I would recommend their services 100%! Thank you guys so much for everything!
Best Price professional MoversBest Price professional Movers
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