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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 Riverton movers
Shannon P.
Infinite Moving did a fantastic job with our move! The 3 men who came to do the move were all professional, friendly, and got the job done quickly. They were very careful with our furniture and fragile boxes, and did it all with a smile! We could not be happier with the job they did and highly recommend them! Thank you, Infinite Moving, for making our move so easy!
Infinite MovingInfinite Moving
Patty F.
Our moving team communicated well and arrived on time. They worked very hard all day until our move was completed. I would recommend them and will call them for my next move in a couple years.
Barker Brothers MovingBarker Brothers Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Weston and his crew showed up right on time and had me completely moved within 2 hours. They were fantastic and made the experience of moving easy peasy. When I move agian, Weston will be my first call. Thanks Weston!!
Dillingham Services, LLCDillingham Services, LLC
Daniel S.
These guys are awesome. Rounded down on time, they were really fast, easy to work with and made moving so much easier. I’d use them every time I move!
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Brittany D.
Tau Movers helped me out last minute when another mover cancelled. He went above and beyond to help me out, despite being in the middle of a busy season. Highly recommend!
Gregory H.
They did a wonderful job helping me move a treadmill downstairs.
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Anand B.
Movers were very professional, they moved all my stuff very carefully and they managed to arrange and fit all the stuff in the truck with some expert planning. We are very satisfied with their work. Worth every penny..
Peter s.
Joseph worked with me all along the way. He responded quickly. He listened to my needs and recommended specific storage sizes, prices of the move, and time-frames. The move out of my home was extremely fast and efficient. They were late to show up for move out day, but this was due to some faults detected in the truck. They ended up inspecting another truck. This proved to be the safer choice.
Lisa S.
They were very professional, nice to work with and completed my move efficiently and in a timely fashion.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Quincy C.
Wow! These guys were great! The professional company that moved us down to Utah was going to charge us at least twice as much as these guys quoted and they would have taken 2 days, but these guys came and knocked it out in just 6 hours and moved our entire 5 bedroom house in from a storage unit! I even had extra budget when they finished and had them help with other move in projects before they left. Excellent!
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Chuck M.
I will use them again when we have to move. Parker is awesome and so are his guys.
Larry B.
I gave them 4 stars because I'm satisfied overall. The first time they came out they determined that they needed more men to move the pool table; apparently neither of the movers had experience with such a table. They scheduled for Monday afternoon/evening. I called on Saturday to nail the time down a little closer and was told that they had a 9 am job and would be at my location around 1 pm. I called them about 1:30 pm and was told that the am job was taking longer than expected and they wouldn't be able to get to me until 6 pm or so. They arrived on time with six men and successfully completed the move. I would use them again because they were careful and did a good job of moving. I'd suggest taking pictures of your pool table and texting them in so that they really know what they will be dealing with. It wouldn't have been such a pain for me if we lived at the location from which the table was being moved. I had to drive 30 minutes one way each time they planned to make the move.
Eric ScottEric Scott
Donna M.
Great service and great customer service they did an awesome job of moving my piano they made it look easy
Tyler C.
These guys were great. Moved everything no problem. They were able to get me in short notice, and that helped out a lot.
Brian P.
We hired movers well ahead of time. The day of the move from California, an hour away, we were told their crew all had Covid. Luckily I was able to find Mike. His crew immediately came to help the day of. Can’t ask for much more than that. His guys were great. Unpacked our 26’ truck up 3 flights of stairs. Turned what could have been a terrible experience into an amazing one. Can’t recommend Summit Moving Co enough! Thanks again! 🙏 Brian
Summit Moving CoSummit Moving Co
Russ R.
Jos and his crew were on time and careful with the items they moved. The job was done timely and professionally. I will use them again.
Shannon P.
Big Ben's responded quickly to my request for pricing and took the time to talk to me by phone to make sure they understood my needs. Their pricing was very competitive. Unfortunately, I was unable to use them as they were scheduled on the specific date I needed the move done. Their professionalism and pricing will keep them at the top of my list for future moving needs!
Big Ben's Moving ServiceBig Ben's Moving Service
Roxana B.
They were amazing. My staff was very heavy and not easy to move, but they figured it out the way to do it. At the last minute I had to move one extra thing to another location and they helped me as well!!! They were also very nice and very professional. I had a great experience working with them. I will totally cal them to help again!!!
Nationwide MoversNationwide Movers
Jorge S.
What an amazing moving experience. Daniel, Jordan, Keaton, and Adam all showed up on time and were friendly and hardworking. They were very pleasant and easy to work with and had great attitudes. They were flexible when scheduling and had great communication the whole time. I would hire these guys anytime I ever needed to move again and recommend them for anyone. Don’t look anywhere else
Uinta Moving CompanyUinta Moving Company
Mariah M.
We were so grateful to find Tau Movers so quickly. We received a response right away and they were prompt to complete the work. Thanks again!
Josie G.
The young men where cordial and quick. The owner was kind when it came to working with me on pricing. If I need to use a moving company again, I will call them again without hesitation.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
LaVar D.
This company “delivered” in all ways. Very professional and courteous. Very prompt and willing to go the extra mile to make sure all was to our satisfaction. I would refer them for all types of moves. They are the best. LaVar Densley
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Jazmin W.
They do not waste time. They are quick, efficient and professional. Not only did they empty out my storage unit, they organized all my belongings neatly in the garage instead of just tossing it randomly anywhere. Highly recommend them and will hire them again when I move again.
Prime MovingPrime Moving
Brooke S.
They were very quick to move my one bedroom apt. I didn’t have too much furniture but it took less than two hours to get everything to my new apartment. I also appreciated their responsiveness and professionalism throughout the process. Would use them again.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Shane A.
Not only are they professional, friendly and very responsive on the phone, they are HARD working guys. This has been my best experience with movers ever. (Six full moves before this one.) All the guys were great but Jesse and TJ exceeded my expectations. Super careful with my high end furniture being very aware not to scratch or dent things. They somehow managed to get an entire 26' truck into my 10x20 storage unit by using their super Tetris abilities and spider monkey like maneuvering. Prices were fair and reasonable with and no surprises and NO HIDDEN FEES. I recommend these guys 100%. Steven was a true pro on the phone and kept constant communication to make sure all my needs were met.
Atlas Moving CompanyAtlas Moving Company
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