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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 Watauga movers
Crystal C.
Family Moving took the stress out of moving. The moving crew was polite and patient and the cleaning crew efficient. Highly recommend!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Brian C.
I have now used secure moving 3 times to move. Each time Arthur has been extremely responsive and his movers have shown up on-time and worked quickly to get my stuff moved. I highly recommend Secured Moving!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Charles C.
Secured Moving Company will be the only company I move with! They showed up early, and finished our moving quicker than I could have even expected. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is moving!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Lauren F.
This was my very first moving experience and I could not be happier. Movers arrived on time, moved all my belongings with care and made sure I was happy before leaving. Would recommend to anyone moving.
Reliant Moving Services LLCReliant Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome move!! Professional, quick, and helpful movers! Best of all...affordable!
Extreme Movers, LLCExtreme Movers, LLC
Ron S.
DO NOT USE!!! Scheduled our move with castle movers a week in advance. Verified 1 & 2 days before moved. They called 2 hours before our move and cancelled!!!! Left us high and dry with no time to complete our move. Will never use again! Absolutely horrible experience.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Kelsey W.
Movers were great and all furniture handled carefully. Great movers.
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Mussette K.
After 2 moving companies no showed, I reached out to AJ Moving to see if they had an availability. Not only did they fit me in but they arrived early and completed the move quickly and efficiently. Thank you for saving my move!
AJ MovingAJ Moving
Camille T.
Brother Bear moving was wonderful to work with! I needed movers to help with loading a pod to move across country. Ryan responded to my inquiry immediately and was able to set up my move right away. He was very nice and friendly. On the day of the move, they showed up right on time. The two movers - Zion and Caleb I believe were their names - worked super quickly and were very kind and polite. Would recommend Brother Bear moving to anyone!
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We'd had a move of 700+ miles. We contacted Castle Movers to load our truck. Very professional, very personable, very kind. We would like to recommend Castle Movers for all your moving needs.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
LaTanga H.
The guys were great and moved everything that needed to be moved without hesitation or question.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Kirsten B.
Fastest movers I’ve ever had! I don’t mind paying movers but the most annoying thing is when they purposely move slow to get extra hours for the move. NOT WITH THESE GUYS! They were very fast and Ali was very precise when it came to a plan of moving all of my items. I will be using them again for my future moves and recommend anyone else to use them too!
Sky is the Limit MovingSky is the Limit Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys the move went smoothly, very careful and very efficient with time. This was a wonderful move, nothing like any of my last moves total. I will be calling them again to move me out of storage ! Thank you Leslie
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Derrick V.
Excellent moving experience with these guys! Colton made my move quick and painless. Thanks!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Allen R.
It was very easy to schedule moving my piano, and the movers were efficient and knowledgeable. Should I need to move it again, I would not consider calling anyone else!
Metroplex Piano MovingMetroplex Piano Moving
Thumbtack Customer
These movers were very polite and moved are things in an efficient manner. Good job guys.
Hawk Movers LLCHawk Movers LLC
Erin S.
We had two movers for a local move. They worked very quickly, were very professional, and was extremely affordable compared to all other moving companies I contacted before finding Secured Moving Company. Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to move and don't want to pay an outrageous price in hidden fees or travel expenses.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Peter C.
I have used movers several times in past. Secured moving is by far the best for quality and price. Arthur explained everything before the move and offered some great advices that helped me with the process. The crew showed up on time and they moved my whole house within the estimated time for the job. I am highly recommending secured moving.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Kimberly W.
The team of movers was very prompt and professional. They efficiently moved all of my household goods from a storage facility to my new home with absolutely no mishaps of any kind. It was also one of my most cost efficient moves ever. Secured moving is definitely someone that I will use again and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in the market for movers.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience with castle movers! Then men were very nice and moved everything so quickly and carefully. I will be moving again in a few months and will definitely choose them again!
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Natalie R.
Amazing communication pre-move, and so nice to work with regarding changes to my moving schedule!
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
Dawn T.
Great team of movers! They moved our very heavy piano with much care. Friendly and professional.
Youngstars Moving & DeliveryYoungstars Moving & Delivery
Shelby W.
Secured Moving did a great job moving us! They were prompt and got straight to work, getting the job done efficiently and quickly! We will definitely be using them on future moves!
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our move got off to a rocky start as we were set up to move in the afternoon. The move before ours took much longer than expected as the movers were not given full disclosure of that move. We were given the opportunity to move the next day which was a Sunday or white until Monday. We chose Monday morning. The movers showed up on time and called to let us know they were in route. Once they arrived they assessed our furniture and needs and got busy. Tim and his crew were nothing but professional and courteous. They got us moved with no problems. I will definitely be calling them again.
EkoMovers of DallasEkoMovers of Dallas
Derek B.
I was very pleased with the moving services by Secured moving. It was coming a downpour, also the beginning of the pandemic, and the team did not miss a beat. I highly recommend this group for all moving services.
Secured Moving Company LLCSecured Moving Company LLC
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