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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Suffolk movers
Danielle K.
SOMO Movers were excellent! It was a very difficult move and they handled it with precision and professionalism. My furniture was very heavy and not one item was broken. They packed my storage unit perfectly when other movers couldn't- grade A all around! I will definitely call SOMO Movers for my next move!
Jeff M.
The Best Movers team treated our move as if it was their families move. They exhibited great professionalism and went the extra mile to ensure satisfaction. I wholeheartedly recommend them — you will not be disappointed!
Best Movers 4U LLCBest Movers 4U LLC
Dianne S.
Dawson was unfailingly polite & professional enough to point out when moving a large piece of furniture was unsafe. He also researched & recommended the right specialty mover to move the large piece of furniture.
Smooth City MovingSmooth City Moving
Ora D.
Great movers
Alpha DeliveryAlpha Delivery
Tara N.
I’m a retired Army Vet and I’m use to the military packing me up and moving everything easy and quickly. With this being my third time moving since I retired be able to locate affordable and reliable companies to move furniture at the last min is very hard to find. I had a Certain budget and Best movers 4U made sure all my needs were met at an affordable price. Movers arrived on time dressed very nice not like any moving company I’ve seen before and loaded everything in a reasonable time. Thanks so much for all your help I will only recommend and use Best Movers 4U from now on!
Best Movers 4U LLCBest Movers 4U LLC
Avis H.
From start to finish (the scheduler, movers, and service) were phenomenal!! The movers were in punctual, professional, and very friendly. They took care of my home and handled my furniture like it was their own. Will definitely use them again for all my future moves and gladly refer them to all my friends and acquaintances whose looking for movers. Thank you, SOMO!!
Angela S.
Best movers!!! Highly recommend
Smooth City MovingSmooth City Moving
Sittichok W.
Highly recommended for local moving.
Smooth City MovingSmooth City Moving
Jake F.
Hired them to move a piano. They were responsive, professional, on-time, and had the best rate in the area. I highly recommend them for any move.
JBR Moving Team, LLCJBR Moving Team, LLC
Deborah p.
NBA Movers kept in touch before and on the day of our move. They were careful with our belongings and worked steady and hard on an extremely hot day. I would advise to be exact about what you want moved or suggest a pre-visit so everyone’s expectations are the same.
Thumbtack Customer
Item moved was a baby grand piano and the move was excellent in all respects. Great care was taken at the pick up home and the delivery home. Patrick and his men were very courteous and made sure everything was done with utmost care. I definitely will use "The Moving Men" again if I have the need.
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Shatara j.
This company was awesome! They helped move our things quickly and professionally. The team was very nice and wanted to make sure they did everything right! Go with this company for all of your moving needs !
JBR Moving Team, LLCJBR Moving Team, LLC
Daimani E.
My move with NBA Movers, was completely stress free. I was made aware of everything every step along the way such as arrival time, departing time, etc. They were quick, asked questions, and helped place boxes and furniture accordingly. Made moving with a new baby extremely easy. Would recommend & will use again!
Faye K.
Great moving company good mannerism, very tidy,
Best Movers 4U LLCBest Movers 4U LLC
Kenn A.
The guy running it is nice enough and professional, but he basically hires a bunch of high schoolers to help him move. They didn't utilize safety equipment, dolleys, carts, or anything else you'd expect licensed movers to use. The furniture we did have them move ended up being dinged, scratched, and even broken.
Peninsula Movers LLCPeninsula Movers LLC
Stuart D.
Prime Movers USA moved a heavy, upright piano locally for me 2/9/18. I was completely satisfied. They were professional, honest, and courteous. I would highly recommend them.
Prime Movers USAPrime Movers USA
Alison S.
It only let me choose three, but he and his crew were responsive, punctual, professional, and just simply amazing. With 8 household moves under my belt, I've hired a lot of professional piano movers. He and his crew are the best I've seen! Moved a 6'2" grand piano with no issues. Would hire him again in a heartbeat.
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Felicia H.
Kept me up to date with schedule and moved items professionally
Joe S.
Excellent job moving. Fast, careful and courteous. Recommend highly.
Precision Movers 757Precision Movers 757
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick was a real pleasure in his work and demeanor. He kept me calm when I was stressing about the move and took care of all the moving, even the dreaded grandfather clock! It was a great experience, even if the last part got quite a bit stressful, but a solution was in hand and all went very well. I HIGHLY recommend The Moving Man!!!
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Jacqueline X.
Dawson did a great job moving my things into the POD!
Smooth City MovingSmooth City Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I thank TetrisTeam Moving Co. They did an excellent job at our home.
Tetris Team Moving Co LlcTetris Team Moving Co Llc
Faith W.
They moved my items from multiple locations quickly and safely. Would recommend them for sure.
ByHisGrace#1, LLCByHisGrace#1, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They did a most excellent job with moving our piano. Would highly recommend them for everything!
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
Thumbtack Customer
I just finished my move with Patrick and his great moving company he was on time and had everything that I needed to be wrapped safely for all my Japanese cabinets and dolls. His price was unbeatable he was extremely knowledgeable on how to maneuver each item carefully. I would highly recommend Patrick for any move that anyone is looking to do .When I PCS again he is the man I will call V/r, Jacqueline Hernandez
The Moving ManThe Moving Man
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