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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 Provo movers
Tim R.
Awesome move!
Betty P.
Haven't moved yet.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Jo R.
Tau movers might be good for moving a refrigerator or a couple of furniture pieces but they are rookies for whole house moves. I just moved from AZ and it was a fabulous move! It took three guys four long days which included 3 Uhauls, packing up a 3600 square ft house, 12 hours of driving, unloading some to our tiny rental and the rest to a storage facility. On the other hand, Tau took two half-days with 3 guys for this move which included very little packing, and was only two doors down from the tiny rental and it cost me almost a third as much as the AZ move. Just get an EXACT BID IN WRITING OF EXACTLY WHAT HE WILL DO FOR WHAT AMOUNT. Oh and after they left today we found a whole storage room they didn’t empty! I would NEVER recommend Tau Movers for whole house moves!
Joan P.
We had another wonderful experience with Joseph and John from Tau Movers today. We are getting ready to move out of our home and needed some very heavy furniture moved from our upper floor to our garage. Tau movers did such a great job. They listened to our needs and concerns, and made everything work!
Heather A.
Fantastic!!! I needed a last minute emergency moving company, TAU MOVERS and his company quickly responded and didn’t disappoint. They treated all of my belongings with extreme care and were fast at packing my truck! I would definitely recommend TAU MOVERS!
Steven T.
They were great to work with. We had to change our moving date a couple times due to issues that arose, and they were super helpful in accommodating us. They moved our baby grand piano from our moving truck into the house and went above and beyond to help get it set up.
Island Choice Movers LLCIsland Choice Movers LLC
Cherie A.
I needed a heavy piece of furniture moved to my home and another item moved from my home to my son’s home. It wasn’t a big move but they were willing to do the job. Within 2 hours of my inquiry Summit Movers was enroute to save the day! They were strong, careful, and professional. All fees were explained upfront. I will definitely call them again for help. I really appreciated their service.
Summit Moving CoSummit Moving Co
Jen B.
They were great! Showed up on time, even ran between the truck and my house to keep the job moving. Moved my whole house in less than 5 hours
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Carlin C.
Great team! Will definitely hire for our next move
Top Notch Movers SLCTop Notch Movers SLC
Holly G.
They were extremely easy to work with, friendly, and provided excellent service. I am having some house renovation and needed help moving large pieces of furniture to a temporary location, which Family Moving Co provided in spades.
Familiar Moving CoFamiliar Moving Co
Nathan E.
Moving made easy. Matt was quick to respond and was very reasonable with his pricing. I was contacted the morning of my move confirming the time again, which was nice. I even got a text when they were on the way, letting me know they were 5 minutes out. When they showed up at my house, they quickly got to game planning and made quick work of the move out. Moving in, they were faced with a flight of stairs and a sharp corner once getting through the main door. Some of the bigger furniture was difficult to manage, but they made it seem effortless. All in all, I am very satisfied and thankful for this company. This is who you want helping you move hands down!!!!
Bishop’s moving Co.Bishop’s moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
I was having a hard time with my moving plan due to the unforseen problem that my title company had with the seller, thus my moving time frame became very uncertain and frustrating. Giovanni was very helpful and responsive to my needs and was able to schedule me in within a very short notice. The move was within 50 miles from and to a 3-bedroom townhouse with a stop to pick up a sofa along the way. At first I thought that the 3-hours minimum of 2 movers were sufficient for us since we did not have too many big items. But apparently we had too many small items that it took around 4 1/2 hours to finish the loading/unloading. The 2 movers assigned to help me were very friendly and helpful. They were very considerate with all of my stuffs and always ask politely whenever they were not sure where to put them. I am glad that I hired them and was so satisfied with their service that I ended up asking for them to help me move my washer and dryer on the next couple of days. Giovanni was able to help me move them himself on the same day I was calling which was very awesome! Would recommend them and will definitely be my first option to go to if I ever need any help moving again.
New Concept Moving and StorageNew Concept Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Mandell and his crew at Smiths Moving Company were an amazing help for our across-town move. We hired them to move the big stuff and some boxes and they went beyond and loaded all the little stuff as well. Because of a great loading job we were able to get much more on the trucks than we expected. It was a hot day and they kept up the pace through the heat. I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't hired them. Although we will NEVER move again, if we did, I would definitely hire this crew again.
Smith's Moving CompanySmith's Moving Company
Callie D.
They were awesome! I had an old spinet piano moved, as well as some couches and my king size mattress and box spring. They were quick, careful, and professional. They were also quite jovial, which helped during a stressful moving day. Thanks again!!
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Martine J.
Very knowledgeable and efficient. A great company to work with. The only company I will use to move my piano!
hauling and moving serviceshauling and moving services
Kathryn S.
The two men were personable and professional. I was impressed that they requested to see the exercise equipment before moving it, to see what they may need and to evaluate the best route out of the house to their truck. I followed them to the home where they were delivering it to be sure the residents had a space prepared and ready. They, too, were impressed, especially when the men asked if they should remove their shoes! (Which the resident did not require.). I highly recommend Tau Movers to anyone who wants knowledgeable, strong and amiable movers.
Trent A.
Thank You! Friendly, hard-working and didn't complain about the 3 flights of stairs together to move everything up!
Eric ScottEric Scott
Lori B.
They responded quickly and communication was clear. I was very happy with how they moved my piano and would definitely recommend them!
Island Choice Movers LLCIsland Choice Movers LLC
Rachel H.
The team that came from Red Barn for our move was absolutely incredible. They took time to understand all of the items we needed moved, updated us throughout the process, asked clarifying questions, and were generally friendly to chat with while we were getting it all done! Unloading was also great - not only did they take things to the assigned rooms but offered to move things around if we didn’t like exactly where they were. I had even mislabeled a piece of furniture but they had remembered me saying where I wanted it so they double checked with me! They helped unload my car that had some additional bags in it. Then they saw we happened to have a treadmill box and asked if we would like help moving it to the spot it was going to go. They had incredible integrity, were fun, professional, and to top it off I knew I was supporting an organization that does a lot of good for a lot of people. Everyone should use Red Barn Movers!
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Mariah M.
They were extremely efficient and punctual. Very friendly staff! Moved our baby grand piano quickly and with care! Would recommend to anyone!
Amy G.
Reliable and responsive. Thank you for fitting us in just a couple days before Christmas. I highly recommend Right Track Moving and Storage
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Emma A.
Working with Tau movers was great! They fit me in same day and even helped me set up my furniture before they left. Thanks guys!!
Ashley S.
This moving company was amazing. Great guys, very professional and efficient. They got the job done fast and nothing was damaged. We will definitely use them again.
Jaycie L.
They were incredible! They were quick and very affordable. They were so sweet to my baby nephew and just made the whole moving experience so much easier.
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Michelle J.
Charles and Castro were fantastic! They responded quickly and set a time that they actually stuck to. I had them move a very heavy vending machine and they were great overall.
Trashaway LLCTrashaway LLC
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