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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 Richmond movers
Blake C.
Cavalier moving did an excellent job! Smooth and quick move made for an easy moving day.
Cavalier MovingCavalier Moving
Sheila S.
The move went smoothly. The movers were efficient and extremely professional.
Cavalier MovingCavalier Moving
Samantha R.
We had a wonderful experience with Great Nation Moving. They were easy to work with and made the move for us as painless as possible. The crew of movers were very professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend this company for your next move!
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I was really impressed with the care he took with moving my piano. For moving a piano, he made it look easy. The guys were friendly and really paid attention to the details of the move. I'd hire them again if i need something moved.
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Blake C.
Irish Ox Moovers helped me move from one apartment to another. They did so quickly and efficiently - they even moved more than what I asked to be moved.
Irish Ox Moovers, LLCIrish Ox Moovers, LLC
Gloria P.
Mistah was very courteous and professional for my in-house move. I will use him for future moves.
O.T.G Moving ServicesO.T.G Moving Services
Courtney S.
The two guys that moved me were professional and efficient. I will be using their service the next time I moved.
Smooth Moving Properties LLCSmooth Moving Properties LLC
Alex A.
Velocious movers did an excellent job for my move! I highly recommend their services and will work with them again!
Velocious MoversVelocious Movers
Jordan M.
Fantastic moving experience! I'll definitely be using Irish Ox Moovers the next time I need to move.
Irish Ox Moovers, LLCIrish Ox Moovers, LLC
James G.
Jeremy’s Moving was a excellent choice for my long distance move! They were very professional, protected my valuables, all while working at a fast pace. Great experience and would highly recommend this moving company!
Jeremy's MovingJeremy's Moving
Danielle R.
Excellent moving company!
Bradley ServicesBradley Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience working with Piano Movers Plus VA - nice guys and they did a great job of moving my furniture
Heroes Moving & StorageHeroes Moving & Storage
James H.
You cannot compare these people to any mover. The others were clumsy and broke two of my best artifacts. However, the movers from Pick Up Movers maintained lots of care and diligence. The result is that there was no damage and also there weren’t any hidden or extra charges. I am quite content with their moving services and will definitely hire them again.
Pick Up Movers LLC MDPick Up Movers LLC MD
Thumbtack Customer
Very careful and fast movers!
KDS Logistics, LLCKDS Logistics, LLC
Jose A.
The team was great! They were efficient and careful to make sure everything for our move made it safely to its destination. Not only did I get a fast response but they moved everything as quickly as possible. Highly recommend to anyone moving in the RVA area!
O.T.G Moving ServicesO.T.G Moving Services
Tobin V.
Smooth move, completed on time.
KDS Logistics, LLCKDS Logistics, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great. Arrived on time and were friendly. Moved everything without any breakage. Talked with about half-dozen movers before deciding on E&E, and am happy that I did. Can't remember anytime a move went this smoothly.
E&E Outdoor Services, LLCE&E Outdoor Services, LLC
Allison C.
I am so impressed with Cavalier! My movers called when they were on their way and showed up early for the job. All 3 movers were efficient and polite. I would definitely recommend them and will hire them again for any future moves.
Cavalier MovingCavalier Moving
Antony L.
They did both full packing and moving, all the boxes were labeled and placed at the right rooms. They protected furniture with moving pads, they deserve 5 stars
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Danielle E.
Very efficient movers. Would recommend
KDS Logistics, LLCKDS Logistics, LLC
Nicholas B.
Cavalier Moving made a stressful day efficient and I am very grateful for that! They showed up on time, were very quick with getting furniture moved, and didn’t leave a scratch. I would definitely use them again and recommend them for a great moving experience!
Cavalier MovingCavalier Moving
Janina V.
The 4-person crew and 26ft moving truck we're perfect - we could not have asked for more skilled and hardworking individuals to help us move out of our 3 bedroom home!! Will definitely be using them again whenever we move again. Highly recommend!!
E&E Outdoor Services, LLCE&E Outdoor Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a one bedroom apartment, with some pretty large and heavy items, moved to a storage unit. The movers arrived and got right to work and finished everything, including transporting the contents about half an hour away, in just over two hours. Everything arrived in perfect condition! The movers themselves were extremely friendly and accommodating! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to move.
E&E Outdoor Services, LLCE&E Outdoor Services, LLC
Cathrin G.
We had Patrick move our piano two years ago, so I was grateful he was able to help us again when we moved to a new home. Patrick and his team came to move our piano quite late in the evening during a mid-week move. They stayed until the job was done. We plan to stay in this home for a long time, so I hope we do not need to move our piano again for many, many years; but I would recommend Patrick's service to anyone.
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Thumbtack Customer
I had lived in my townhouse for 15 years and I had a LOT of stuff/items collected over the years and I wanted my belongings moved with perfection and ease. I was so impressed with how they protected my items. EVERYTHING was intact and there was NO damage to any of my items. I will recommend Pick Up Movers to anyone that's moving. The moving team did an EXCELLENT JOB WITH MY BELONGS!!!
Pick Up Movers LLC Raleigh, NCPick Up Movers LLC Raleigh, NC
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