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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 Orem movers
McKenna S.
I had to move in a week, they didn’t have time but made it anyways. Then I had to move 3 days earlier and they made it happen. All around the best experience. T the team lead was very professional and great to work with. I don’t ever want to move again but if I do I will for sure use Pro Movers!
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Vic Z.
Joseph (the owner) is great to work with! He is very professional and extremely responsive. He was great at communicating every step along the way, and confirming details as the move date got closer. He's very reasonable and flexible, and is willing to work with you to find a deal that works best for you. His team is incredibly fast and made my whole moving experience so much better than any of my previous moving experiences. I was tight on time during my moving day, and was worried about getting everything done in time - JS Movers finished with time to spare, and they used the spare time to help me move additional items that weren't even initially discussed. Highly highly recommend JS Movers if you're looking for the best value and an all-around fantastic moving experience! I will definitely be reaching back out to his team for future moves.
Carter J.
Had a great experience with Bishop's Moving Co. We had a last minute moving emergency where another mover fell through, and Matt and John came through! They worked quickly and carefully, and were life savers. Can't recommend enough!
Bishop’s moving Co.Bishop’s moving Co.
Michelle B.
The guys who came to move my furniture were very respectful, efficient and friendly. They moved me into my new place very quickly and they made sure that my furniture was protected. If I move again, I will definitely use Tranzambezi.
Thumbtack Customer
The other side movers did a great job of moving. I was in Boston over the weekend and called them the day of. I spoke with Dave on the phone and he was pleasant, friendly and most importantly dependable. He promised that they'd get me moved. He also had a crew that had extra men available to he provided them to me as a courtesy. The move went quick and easy. All the men were super nice. Would hire again.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Matt K.
Joseph and team knocked it out of the park. We had two houses to move and in under 6 hours Joseph and one helper took care of business. Including 2 flights of stairs and heavy couches. The professionalism and care he puts in is top notch. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second recommending JS Movers for any moving job.
Jeffrey D.
I am very impressed with the moving job that Lucas provided. He communicates well and is quick to respond. It was even a nice surprise to have the stuff moved two days earlier than scheduled. I had him move a few items from one floor to another and although it doesn’t look like much, I have seen it moved on a few occasions by bigger commercial movers and he handled himself better than those other companies did. Bigger and heftier pieces of furniture sometimes need a creative outlook to make it work and he did that and didn’t get frustrated. I would highly recommend him
Strong and Skinny GuysStrong and Skinny Guys
JTeresa D.
All the movers were great! Polite, professional, quick, and funny.
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Samanatha F.
Great to work with!! They will be the first company we call for our family and friends future move!! Really are great to work with as well as very friendly!! Thank you so much for making things so easy for our move!!
Re b.
Ronnie and Ruben helped me move! They were here on time and worked together very efficiently. And they were able to help me organize different boxes in my new place! I highly recommend college movers!
College Movers - Utah ValleyCollege Movers - Utah Valley
Katie H.
We had a great experience with infinite moving! They took great care of our stuff and were very efficient in getting things from old house to new house. Not a single thing broke or was scratched in the move, which is incredible!
Infinite MovingInfinite Moving
Kacie T.
Tau Movers did a fantastic job. They were careful and efficient. Great company!
Braden P.
Parker was awesome. I had booked a moving company through a broker service before talking to him. He took the time to answer my questions and read my entire contract to show me how I would most likely be paying way more than I was quoted. I was a little nervous about sending my stuff across country (Utah to Texas) without knowing the person or working with a big moving company. I decided to go for it since he spent so much time asking me questions and showing me his insurance and the plan to get everything moved. Moving day came and he was right on time to load up my belongings. During the drive he kept me updated where they were and two days later he was rolling up right at the time we planned on. Something you could never get with a big moving company. Parker is willing to work around your needs and make it the most seamless moving process he can with little effort on your part. Highly recommend using Parker over a big moving company.
Sage H.
Akamai Moving exceeded my expectations! They were extremely friendly and respectful of me and my items being moved. I had a bunch of misc. things that needed to be moved all around my house and they were more than happy to accommodate my situation. They stayed until the job was done and even took a load to the dump for me! Fantastic value for what I paid. I wouldn't hesitate to hire or recommend them again if ever needed!
Akamai Moving Company LLCAkamai Moving Company LLC
Brenda R.
Akamai Movers arrived early to the job and brought extra guys to make the loading go more smoothly. They were professional, friendly, and courteous. They were able to completely load a 20 ft U-Haul quickly and efficiently so that all of our furniture and belongings were organized, secured, and padded with blankets to minimize any possible damage during transport. I would highly recommend Akamai Moving Company to anyone looking for a positive moving experience.
Akamai Moving Company LLCAkamai Moving Company LLC
Chelsea F.
The guys were really nice but they ended up charging me 2X more than I originally thought. If it costs over $1,000 to move when I move out I’d rather just push my stuff down the stairs and hope for the best. The stairs here are a nightmare so I’m grateful they got everything up here but a bunch of things ended up damaged. No fault on the guys really but I won’t ever pay for movers again because they all say “no hidden fees” with 2 guys and a truck at $110 an hour 3 hour minimum but a 5 hour job cost over a grand. No hidden fees? What a joke. My sister had college movers move her stuff in 3 hours for $300 so I won’t be using this company again. I’m pretty upset about the cost because I had to borrow $500 to pay them when they were done.
Atlas Moving CompanyAtlas Moving Company
Anand B.
Very dedicated staff, they were punctual and very careful while moving and all my items arrived in pristine condition.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Dylan C.
These guys were Amazing. The communication was superb. They were there very promptly. Got the job done exactly like I asked and their quote was by far the best. They moved my hot tub from one location to my backyard. I was impressed with everything. I will use them whenever I need to move anything again without question. Highly recommend! 5 stars.
Akamai Moving Company LLCAkamai Moving Company LLC
Fred C.
They responded promptly to my inquiry and were able to help me the same day with my heavy furniture at a very reasonable rate for my small move.
College Movers - Utah ValleyCollege Movers - Utah Valley
Dacota B.
They showed up on time and got the job done in half the time! I have used a moving company before and this one is by far the best! All the guys were super nice and friendly, they put things where I wanted them and they were even willing to readjust if I needed. The owner is super easy to talk to and work with. I highly recommend these movers! They are the only ones I will use from here on out!
Nadia H.
JS Movers came to our rescue on last minute’s notice. They responded very quickly and the owner was very kind. They do not usually work on Sundays, but they came out of their way to come and help take care of us during these crazy times in 2020. Thankful for genuine, kind, and professional people in this world. There’s no way in heck my family could do the heavy lifting that they did. Thank you JS Movers!!! 🙏🙏🙏
Rachel O.
I am nothing but impressed after working with Tranzambezi. They were very informative when I called to ask additional questions, the booking process was easy, and their prices totally fair! Not only were they professional, time efficient, and hardworking? They had a super positive attitude which was super impressive considering I moved into an apartment on the 4th floor. I highly recommend hiring Tranzambezi and plan on hiring them again when I move in the future!
Chad Z.
Hiring the Other Side Movers was the best decision I've made in a really long time. Not only did they work extremely quick and hustled back and forth from their huge truck(included in the price), the story behind their organization was worth every penny. I hope I don't ever have to move again, but if I do, I will 100% hire them again, and I recommend you do the same. Thanks so much guys!
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Mark G.
Barker Brothers moved quickly and were honest with their quote. They showed up in the time window they gave me and got the job done in the 3 hours they quoted me at with 1 less person.
Barker Brothers MovingBarker Brothers Moving
Albert H.
These guys were great, very fast, professional, and they fit me in during memorial day weekend. I would definitely recommend them, and I'm keeping the card for the next time I move.
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