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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 Alexandria movers
Marie N.
Maybaum Movers provided excellent service. We had three movers move two apartments in 7.5 hrs. It was raining and not an ideal weather to move, but Maybaum Movers had a great attitude and made the move smooth.
Maybaum Movers LLCMaybaum Movers LLC
Kris W.
This experience for me seemed like a money grab. Movers arrived after scheduled time. The move was inefficient in an effort to prolong the move. Instead of loading the freight elevator, then taking the items to the truck, they would only move one piece. For example, the movers would move one item (i.e. lamp) at a time. I had items that I wanted moved put aside. If it was an item that they did not want to move, it was moved to the other side. The movers took a break for almost an hour in the middle of my move - that I was unaware that I would be paying for. It took 5 hours to move items from a 1bedroom apartment that was less than 600sqft , 300 yards. I would not recommend.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Willie M.
Baku Moving was professional and did my move with no problem, I definitely recommend them for your next move!
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Yazhe Z.
The movers from My Movers LLC were very professional and effective. Very good moving experience with them.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
NoVA Movers did a lovely job moving my things to a new apartment. They were gentle with my possessions and had everything moved in a timely manner. I was very satisfied at the end of the move!
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Thumbtack Customer
House move, including a piano. Great work by the moving professionals!!
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived about an hour late. While waiting for the movers, I called Dulles Logistics and Rentals, but no one answered; this was concerning that a moving company was not reachable during the day of the move. When the movers did arrive, they were very quick and efficient; fortunately, the one hour delay did not affect the move or cause us to miss the window for using the freight elevator at our destination. I was generally satisfied with the economic price, speed, and service of the movers, despite the lateness and inability to call them on the day of the move.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Diamond b.
Awesome movers! They got the job done and were fast! So proud I chose Colibri moving company to help me move.
Long V.
Ernest movers took care in moving a dining table; wrapping it and delivered to its destination. I would use Ernest movers again.
Ernest moving ( ez movers)Ernest moving ( ez movers)
Susan S.
NovaMovers provided excellent moving service. They arrived on time and moved from my 3-bedroom townhouse very fast and professionally. The movers are very friendly and efficient! Definitely recommend it and will use them for future moving.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Marques R.
Moving team did a fantastic job. I recommend their moving services!!
Next Day Moving LLCNext Day Moving LLC
Darrell M.
Very responsive setting up move, however we had some challenges during the day of the move. Movers were very nice guys, however they arrived late, and the move took much longer than expected.
Yulia K.
The movers arrived at the appointed time and were very careful and methodical when moving furniture and boxes. I also appreciate their flexibility when I had to delay the moving time by one hour. They made moving as painless as possible.
Allen B.
The efficiency is without a doubt the best out there. The moving team was at my place on time and moved like they were machines. The movers got right to work and handled everything like it was their own. I got moved into my new place the same day and the movers put all my stuff back together. In the end there were no hidden fees and they got the job done right. Baku Moving is the best moving company in business. I am recommending them to all of my friends.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Earl D.
Awesome & Respectful Moving Company ! Would definitely hire them again. Check out Skylink Movers before you look elsewhere for DMV Movers!
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did a great job moving everything efficiently and safely. Highly recommend!
Eastbay Movers and Landscaping Services.
Gary L.
Movers came same day and moved everything as requested without any issues.
Extra Moving Help TeamExtra Moving Help Team
Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely happy with my experience with Smart Move. The two movers were respectful of me and my belongings, and they worked very hard on an unpleasantly hot day. I have never used professional movers in my many previous moves, but I would not hesitate to use Smart Move again in the future.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Tiffany J.
The movers were quick and very efficient. It made my moving stress free.
NewRay MovingNewRay Moving
Tyshawn T.
The experience was great. The movers arrived early and made a difficult move a smooth transition.
Get Helpers (assembly & packing services)Get Helpers (assembly & packing services)
Mira A.
We worked with Ben Knowlton and his team were very responsive and patient with us during our move. We had issues happening with the move and NYP Movers were very patient in us delaying the move with no certain date. When we did have the date to move, Ben and his team were very professional, punctual, and easy to work with. I highly recommend Name Your Price Movers.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved some furnitures and double set of washers and dryers from a 4 floor townhouse. I am extremely pleased with the upfront dialog and the move itself. I would highly recommend hiring Boris and Mike to move whatever needs to be moved!
Marco Polo Pro MovingMarco Polo Pro Moving
Kelly C.
It's Your Move Movers was a wonderful company to work with. I was helping my older parents move to a new senior living area, which is no easy task, but It's Your Move Movers were very understanding and helpful. They ended up working much longer than expected to help settle my parents and were thoughtful and kind throughout the entire move. I would definitely work with them again.
It's Your Move MoversIt's Your Move Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding customer service! EZ Movers met all our moving needs. They were punctual, quick, courteous, and trustworthy. Highly recommend to anyone needing assistance with moving.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Joel B.
Colibri moving was great. The movers were very efficient and got the job done quickly.
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