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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 Draper movers
Craig J.
We called JS MOVERS movers to come and move us and they were right there for us keeping in touch every day until we moved I would give them a five star if anybody wants to be moved they take their time and patience to move you in a good professional way . I would recommend them to anybody and to all my friends when they have to move. thank you Craig and theresa Jacobson
Jessica F.
I move annually, best moving experience I've had!
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Nick A.
These guys were life savers. We had a short window to move and they exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend this moving company for all your moving needs.
Ryan S.
Move went well.
Miles S.
What can I say about The Other Side Movers that hasn't been said already? Completely blown away by how easy these guys made my move. Extremely punctual, easy to work with, and FAST. I've never seen a move done so quickly. I was moving from a 3rd floor apartment and these guys hustled up and down the stairs the entire move. On top of everything, they were professional and courteous. I have no doubt in my mind who I will be using next time I move and no doubt in my mind who I will be referring friends and family to. 10/10!
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Devon T.
I overall had an excellent experience with TranZambezi. They guys that came moved quickly and efficiently. They made me feel very comfortable about moving my things. Very personable. My one small issue was I think I was over quoted. I had sent pictures of things that needed to be moved and listed what I had, I wanted it all to be done in the 3 hour minimum, they stated I would need 4 movers in order to get everything done in 3 hours. Turns out I only really needed 2. These guys move fast! Loaded up, drove to my new place and moved everything inside in about an hour and a half.
Devan W.
Moved across the country not knowing when my move in date would be as I was waiting for the current tenants to finish moving meaning I had very short notice for finding help moving. The people working here were able to help me get moved within three days. I had a 10x10 storage unit stacked to the ceiling and almost everything was boxed. They were quick and tried to make sure my bigger items/valuable things were wrapped in a blanket for protection and packed the truck like a game of Tetris using the space efficiently. This along with being some of the cheapest movers around, they deserve the high review. All of this was done in two hours with a 20 minute drive included, and the unload was upstairs. They just started this moving company and hope others will choose them and help their business grow.
Infinite MovingInfinite Moving
Angela n.
Great service moving my 600lb bathtub!!
Nicholas S.
Did a great job moving the piano. Had to call to find out about their insurance policy. Friendly workers none the less and took their time carefully moving our piano!
Eric ScottEric Scott
Karin H.
The Right Track Moving and Storage team was outstanding. I purchased a large piece of furniture and employed Right Track to help move the piece to my house. The crew was extremely professional, arriving on time and explaining the process every step of the way. They problem solved when necessary, and ensured the best possible care of the furniture. Moreover, they were polite, honest and hardworking. I would recommend Right Track Moving and Storage for your large or small moving needs.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Adam W.
Very quick and careful work moving my furniture and boxes from a moving truck up two flights of narrow stairs into my apartment. I would hire them again
Eric ScottEric Scott
Faluoke A.
Very good job on moving appliances, great work!
Skye landscapeSkye landscape
Dan D.
Very polite, and hard working. Made moving a lot easier!
The T Family MoversThe T Family Movers
Terry G.
Had a good experience with Tau Movers and they did a good job.
Melinda M.
Our previous movers, Beehive Moving, didn’t show up and I got these guys through thumbtack on a Sunday in less than 2 hours They showed up, worked hard and got the job done!
Eric ScottEric Scott
Kylie M.
They got everything moved extremely fast and were very friendly!
Dillingham Services, LLCDillingham Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This was our second move in the past two months, so we have plenty of fresh memories to compare this experience. We had previously relocated halfway across the country, putting most of our belongings in storage and taking the basics with us to temporary housing. We hired The Other Side to move our possessions from storage to our new home. This was not a small move- it took two trips with full truckloads, and every step of the way the crew was polite, conscientious and helpful. They seemed to enjoy moving much more than we did, and they did a great job. We had no damaged items, and the price was less than half what had been quoted by a well-known corporate mover in the area. I would definitely hire them again and will recommend to others needing professional moving services.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Gregg A.
Tau quickly responded to our Thumbtack request for a mover and it was easy to schedule an appointment. They arrived on time, took the time to over the cost and were careful moving our items. I would use them again.
Max F. F.
These guys were fantastic. They were quick, efficient and took precautions to avoid damages while moving heavy pieces of furniture. I definitely recommend these guys and will be using them in the future for all moving related needs.
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Kimo K.
This mover were great! I needed a last minute move. (Same day.) They were able to accommodate me. They took the time to know my situation and worked fast. I will for sure use them again.
John D.
Prompt responses and went above and beyond on moving day helping us
Eric S.
Jason was great at communicating from the start, and the move went great. Jason and his team tackled the project with a positive attitude and worked extremely hard all day on a multi-location move. I recommend these guys enthusiastically!
Wasatch Tetris MoverzWasatch Tetris Moverz
Jacquelyn E.
Quick to reply. Quality work. Both movers were kind and professional. We moved furniture down stairs and into it garage. They carefully placed it in the area we needed it in. Would definitely work with them again if the need arose.
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Tawna J.
They were great, worked quickly and moved My whole apartment carefully.
Alitzel S.
Joey's service did a great job helping with our moving needs
FJ SolutionsFJ Solutions
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