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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 West Valley City movers
Chris B.
Working with JS Movers was an absolute delight. Joseph and his partner packed, moved, and unloaded my entire house with ease! Moving can be a stressful experience but Joseph put me at ease through the entire process. I will hire JS Movers anytime I need anything moved!
Akela B.
I would 100% recommend using Tau movers for all your moving needs! There’s no way we could have moved our treadmill without them. I will definitely use them again in the future.
Pamela M.
Red Barn Movers did a great job. The movers were on time, professional and worked fast. I highly recommend them.
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I used the Other Side Movers to move and was completely impressed with their professionalism, speed and attention to detail. I would recommend them to everyone I know. Thanks again guys!
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Cheyenne L.
Joseph was very quick to reply to messages, they showed up on time and completed the move quickly and with no dings, dents, or scratches. The value is excellent as well. Would definitely use them for future moves
Rachell M.
We needed some last minute movers and this team jumped right on it! So incredibly professional and fast. I've never seen people work so hard. Thank you so much for saving us in a tight moving bind. Your team worked hard and moved our stuff faster than we could believe.
Char B.
Highy recommend this company for your moving needs, I had to move last minute and they were more than willing to help and the price was reasonable. Helpers were very kind, courteous and professional.
Nationwide MoversNationwide Movers
Kamille S.
On time, respectful and moved all items without any issues.
College Movers - Utah ValleyCollege Movers - Utah Valley
Ericka C.
Hired just to move the big stuff but they got everything moved in just under 4 house! Couple of dings and scratches but none of our furniture is all that expensive and for the value, it's a fair trade off. Would recommend.
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Lc r.
This is a great crew to help you move. I've had a great experience.
Christy S.
Joe went out of his way to accommodate my hours that i needed move to be complete. He handled my items professionally and i received all my items at my final move destination without any damage.
Aleesha L.
These guys were amazing. On time, went above and beyond! Will hire again for moving.
Barker Brothers MovingBarker Brothers Moving
Cheryl L.
Movers were very helpful, knew what they were doing and were fast.
Andrea W.
Joseph and his guys are angels. They helped me out so much. They relieve the stress and pressure of having my elderly parents help me move. They were flexible, kind and hard-working. Everything you could ever want in movers.
Antony K.
College Movers did a great job with very little notice. The respond quickly to questions.
College Movers - Utah ValleyCollege Movers - Utah Valley
Chad M.
Tau Movers did a great work at a fair price. I highly recommend them!
Sean G.
Laz and Nolan were fantastic! They were so fast and efficient. Super nice guys. They moved all of my big heavy stuff down 3 flights of stairs like it was nothing at all. No complaining, no extra long breaks, nothing. They got the job done and they did it well. I will be recommending Tranzambezi to everyone, and will definitely use them again (next time I need movers). Thank you for taking the stress out of this move!
Christine S.
Tau Movers were on time, ready to move and careful with all of my belongings. They had great attitudes and their willingness to go above and beyond made it so easy to work with. I would hire them back in a heartbeat! Thank you again for exceptional service, super grateful!!
Rizu S.
I hired Green Day Moving for a mini-move... meaning, I had already done a major move then realized what was left over was too much for just one or two car trips. Dezmond was cordial to deal with and even intelligently set up my move--considering my chaotic schedule--for a Sunday. The two guys that he sent came in the morning, loaded my possessions into their small truck in under 30 minutes, drove to my new place (right behind me all the way, actually), and then energetically unloaded everything into my new residence in under 30 minutes. I might add that the movers he sent--Brody and Jonny--industriously helped me with miscellaneous chores afterwards. Quite calmly, they rolled out a heavy garage floor mat, carried items from my car and from my garage upstairs for me, and even assembled some new brand new items that I was waiting to unbox and assemble when I settled down somewhere. The invoice that was presented to me was exactly at the prices originally agreed-upon, and I coordinated with the Owner again--Dezmond--to pay in full, then thanked him for a job well done. Thinking back... I wasn't even sure when I was looking at my small amount of belongings if any moving company would be willing to spend only a few hours, helping me with such an innocuous job of moving, but I'm so glad I found Green Day Moving. Stairs at both the "from" and "to" places definitely made it worth the money to have experts efficiently do the job for me. Would have been exhausting trying to do it myself, and now, thanks to them, I am fully moved, and can forget about my old place. Yes... I would use Green Day Moving again in a New York second. Happy with the people, happy with the price, happy with the service.
Green Day MovingGreen Day Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I'm going to recommend the other side movers to everyone I know. They were so kind and treated our items gingerly. The move went so fast! They were so efficient and so polite! I have nothing but great things to say about these young men they are so inspiring.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Aubrey A.
Love these guys! Did a great job and hustled to get it done quick! Will use them again if I move again.
Monica H.
I needed movers last minute and I was so excited that these guys were able to help us. Great price and great service!
Thumbtack Customer
New Concept Moving was great to work with. They showed up early and started working right away. The handled all my stuff with great care. I had an issue with the house I was buying. They were not out when they were supposed to be. New Concept Moving helped me out and stored my stuff over night without charging me a penny. They could have taken advantage of my situation and charged me out the wazoo, but instead helped me when I really needed it. I would recommend them and will be using them again if I ever move again.
New Concept Moving and StorageNew Concept Moving and Storage
Lauren D.
Eric did a great job helping me move! He was fast and efficient and very careful with all my belongings! Would highly recommend
Eric ScottEric Scott
Mathew M.
Eric was extremely responsive and flexible when it came to our move-in date changing multiple times. His crews were efficient and very friendly.
Eric ScottEric Scott
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