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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 Bellevue movers
Hannah M.
Moved efficiently, friendly movers. Thank you!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Sylvia Z.
I am very satisfied with moving service provided by the SNH Movers. Though my moving job was pretty simple, SNH Movers really provided a good experience and the price is fair.
SNH MoversSNH Movers
Piyush S.
Had a great experience working with Let’s Move. Incredibly easy move!
Let's MoveLet's Move
Suri k.
We recently used Nomadex Moving for a local move. The movers (3) came on time and were very professional and friendly. Their work quality is best as they took care of packing and moving and were very careful. I also think their rates are very reasonable. We highly recommend Nomadex Moving company.
NomadEx MovingNomadEx Moving
Naga P.
Recently worked with them for my moving. They didn’t got any moving boxes nor packaging materials as promised. Never recommend them for moving needs.
NomadEx MovingNomadEx Moving
Jacob R.
People movers have the best moving rate in town. They are fast, work hard, and do their job well. I was able to book my move with them within few days of moving. They were at our place on time. Packed and moved our apartment in 4.5 hours and had us in our new place within 2 hours. These guys are great and I will totally hire them again for future moves.
People MoversPeople Movers
Karen T.
It was an efficient move and nothing was damaged, the moving guys were polite and worked well together
Ohana Movers & Junk Removal LLCOhana Movers & Junk Removal LLC
Prem N.
Workers were a bit slow in moving things. Took them 4 hours to move 1 bed apartment. Could have been done in 3 hours if they had come with better moving equipments. Small dolly slowed down the moving process.
Emerald City Junk Removal & Moving - SeattleEmerald City Junk Removal & Moving - Seattle
Priyamvadha S.
We hired Airus Movers to move from a 1 bed to a 2 bed. As soon the movers arrived, they were pretty quick and organized with the packing and loading. They wrapped most of the furniture, dissembled and assembled a work table and a bed. Unfortunately, it began raining midway through the move, but the movers were extremely patient and ensured we received quality service. Exemplary professionalism throughout the service. If you’re moving and want a stressless experience, be sure to hire them.
Kiran K.
Having done a few moves there are many things that can come up moving day. Move me do were more accommodating with our timeline and provided an excellent service. Two movers arrived to move our boxes, furniture, and equipment. The furniture was wrapped in moving blankets and wrapped in plastic to keep safe. All furniture and electronics were delivered safely to our destination. We had a few loose items which they handled with ease. They also helped us unpack our mattress at our destination. Move me do had great professional etiquette and were by far the best movers we experienced in Seattle and elsewhere.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Bryan P.
Great moving experience! Movers were courteous, friendly, and easy to work with. Would highly recommend.
People MoversPeople Movers
Gerry L.
I will surely contact them again once I moved, they are professional movers and very friendly.
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Sai p.
Fantastic experience. Right from the quote until the move everything was dealt smoothly. Josias was professional and wrapped the move on time. Will definitely work with him in future and recommend for anyone looking for the moving.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Ankit a.
Moved on a hot Seattle weekend. So far my best move. The owner is responsive and the crew members were great and experienced. They padded the furniture and shrink rapped it. They brought the right moving equipments. I had lot of stuff and was moving to 3rd floor without elevator. It was lot of work and movers were able to do the job satisfactorily. Will definitely use them again.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Thomas o.
Moving an upright piano can't be easy but Juan and his colleague moved so smoothly and quickly that I couldn't believe it. They were thoughtful and careful while moving, good-natured and professional.
Thumbtack Customer
The People Movers team was punctual, efficient, and friendly. In addition to the furniture I needed moved, I had items I didn't have time to pack - but the team was able to appropriately pack and move those, as well. I am very satisfied with the whole move! Thanks team!
People MoversPeople Movers
Rachael T.
I had a fantastic move! It was so quick, easy, stress free. The movers were very nice, on time, wore masks, and even put together my bed. I chose this moving company because of the price point. Overall I was extremely satisfied and recommend this moving company to anyone!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Eric G.
Great experience with Moving Band! I was moving my 3 bedroom house 4 times and finally found the right mover! Moving is very stressful with or without mover and this guys did their best to make my move as easy as possible. They arrived in time with boxes and all other moving stuff, packed the entire house, wrapped all my furniture(don’t have pictures unfortunately, but it was amazing. When they packed my couch I haven’t realized it’s actually a couch, it looked like a giant pillow lol). All kitchen stuff was packed property and nothing broke. After they done all my stuff was unwrapped and put in the right spots. Definitely the best movers I’ve ever hired. Also, I like their price because of the movers I hired before were worse and charged me about 60% more a year ago. Highly recommend for anyone who need a movers!
Moving BandMoving Band
Thumbtack Customer
Moved a 4 BR house's worth from storage unit to a house, plus a side delivery to another address. Moved quickly but carefully. They do not charge for transit time from truck location to move origination and back. Careful, efficient, helpful in moving stuff into appropriate rooms, rebuilding furniture etc.
People MoversPeople Movers
Rahul D.
Great experience moving with loyalty moving. Two young guys showed up on time and got to work right away. Really happy with the service and professionalism. I would highly recommend loyalty moving.
Loyalty MovingLoyalty Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I just moved from Ballard to Magnolia in Seattle, not exactly a long distance move, but no less stressful than moving across the country. I needed to move on pretty short notice and People Movers accommodated my schedule. I've never had a more positive experience with a moving company! They showed up on time and went to work. Dmitry, Max, and Joe moved me; they took very good care of my property and did not even break one glass. They did a great job of dismantling what needed to come apart and reassembled it later. They assured me that they would not leave until I was completely set up the way I wanted to be, and I have a 3 story townhouse. This was a refreshing change for me, as my moving experiences in the past tended to be very stressful. I highly recommend People Movers.
People MoversPeople Movers
Jay N.
NomadEx packed our belongings with care and moved them swiftly at no additional charge for stairs. We're happy to have moved with them. I recommend using them as they offer moving services at a competitive hourly rate.
NomadEx MovingNomadEx Moving
Harsh H.
Eddie and the team helped me move from Bellevue to Bothell. They arrived on time, wrapped all the important pieces of furniture and completed the move under 4 hours (it was a 2b2b apartment move). Overall an uneventful move (uneventful is a good thing :)). I highly recommend these guys as they work professionally, are punctual and are not that expensive as well.
Moving BandMoving Band
Sourabh C.
It was a really smooth move
Interstate Mckinzie MoversInterstate Mckinzie Movers
Tony S.
Great moving company!
Rain City moving and storageRain City moving and storage
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