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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 The Colony movers
Thumbtack Customer
I recently hired Extreme Movers for a discreet separation move and they are quick, reliable and affordable. I have moved a handful in my lifetime and Extreme Movers have gone above and beyond expected. When I think of moving again, I will definitely call Extreme Movers again!! Michael is professional and he gets the job done!
Extreme Movers, LLCExtreme Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were friendly and moved with a sense of urgency. They handled our belongings with care.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Violet W.
Lulus Handy Movers made my move quick and smooth. Highly recommend!
Lulus Handy MoversLulus Handy Movers
Pavan Prakash G.
Two professionals came and did a wonderful job with the move. It was just a simple studio move but with a lot of heavy items. They did a quick and clean move. Worth every penny.
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Olga R.
I had a great moving experience with Family Moving Company. Very responsive and professional.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Amar R.
Called them to move my apartment to a pod. They were quick and efficient in moving my items.
Wise Choice Relocation ServicesWise Choice Relocation Services
Haylee H.
Movers were very quick and efficient. No complaints & will definitely use them on my next move!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Janice H.
We move tomorrow
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Hannah G.
Movers were awesome! Super friendly and moved furniture efficiently. I would highly recommend. Thank you again
Kris K.
Castle Moving crew did a great took great care of our belongings and were extremely efficient during the move.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Deborah H.
Will definitely be using Bizzymoves again in the near future for any moves. Will also be referring them to friends that are moving. They even put the bed frame and the bed together for me. 3 men group for moving, fast work…amazing and friendly type people. You won’t be disappointed if you use their professional skills to move you and your family.
BizzyMoves Professional MoversBizzyMoves Professional Movers
Siarra G.
Movers were really nice and respectful. It took them a little longer than expected to move the furniture but overall it was a good experience.
Lanie H.
Awesome experience with Rich and Benji! I would recommend this company to anyone moving! Got our apartment moved super quick!
Kai MovingKai Moving
Kushal P.
I had Lulus move my heavy planters with soil in them. They were very heavy and Jimmy was able to figure out how to move these things with ease. They looked experienced moving heavy stuff. I would hire them again when needed.
Lulus Handy MoversLulus Handy Movers
Jaime M.
I didn’t know that you could get on-demand movers for just a couple of large items at an affordable price til I found JM Moving on Thumbtack. It was perfect for moving a bed and dresser to the person who was refinishing them for me! Javier was great! Happy with this service.
Heather M.
The gentlemen Blue Mule Movers sent to assist in my move were outstanding. We were not exactly the most prepared movers, but the gentlemen took it in stride. They were extremely helpful, kind and professional. The courtesy that was shown to me and my husband was outstanding. They are hard workers and they were always working during their time with us. I have heavy furniture, and lots of it. They blanketed, taped and wrapped all of it to make sure it got to the new home perfectly. I was very impressed with the movers. I would recommend Blue Mule Movers to my friends, co-workers and anyone who asked me for a recommendation. While I hope I do not have to move again for at least a few years, I know when the time comes I will use Blue Mule Movers to assist with my next move. Wonderful experience! A special thank you to Andrew and DJ for keeping me on track and handling my stairs with a smile.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great Job. I was very happy with my decision to go with Blue Mule movers after doing extensive research on which movers to go with. They were right on time for the morning shift and finished the move in 3.7 hours. I also had them pack everything the evening before and though they were running an hour late they notified me earlier than the scheduled time. Value for money and stress free moving!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Susan R.
Robert and his team were hard working, professional, well worth the price and Nice People. I highly recommend Manifest Moving. They will be my go to moving Company.
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Jean K.
The team was great! They worked quickly they were courteous and a joy to be around! I will definitely use this company again for future moves. I typically hate moving but this was pretty painless.
Heavy Duty MovingHeavy Duty Moving
Ray P.
Needed some movers quick and TMT (The moving team) delivered! Responded very fast to my request and was super helpful. Genuinely appreciate doing business with these guys. Cheers!
The Moving TeamThe Moving Team
Hayward P.
Colton and his team were great from the first time I originally reached out to schedule my move. They were also extremely flexible and accommodating as it related to last minute additions to my move request. The team was slightly delayed the morning of the move, however, Colton clearly communicated this and once the team arrived, their moving process was seamless. I would definitely recommend their services and would use them again for future services.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Courtney J.
They did an excellent job, with my move, from a 1br to 1br. Service was fast and friendly. I highly recommend them and would use their service again on my next move.
AJ MovingAJ Moving
Kelly M.
I have had quite a few moves over the years but theses guys were Absolutely wonderful. Nothing was broken they are the hardest workers I’ve ever met in the moving business
Integrity Moving ServicesIntegrity Moving Services
Kelsey H.
I had such a great experience with this moving team! They moved us into our very first home (even with a few bumps in the road). I appreciate y’all and would DEFINITELY recommend!!
Manifest MovingManifest Moving
Macy M.
Great experience! Made my move a lot easier
Takeoff ExpressTakeoff Express
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