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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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. 

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. 

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.

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.

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Federal Way movers
Kaisha N.
Millennium Moving did a good job with moving my belongings. They were very gentle, and managed to move everything with no damages. Will hire again. Thank you!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Debbie B.
The customer service was exceptional. The movers were polite and very efficient, and moved very fast. The destination included a very steep driveway and steps to the front door, they never complained or stopped. Great move!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were early and were very careful & gentle moving my piano. They were courteous & thorough when going over the contract. I would definitely hire A2B Moving again!
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Tihesha S.
They were amazing! They arrived early, assembled my bed and their manger called throughout the move to see if the move was going well. Highly Highly recommend!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Katrina O.
Piano Moving Art is a fabulous company. They moved my baby grand two times with care. I highly recommend their services. Great customer service!
Piano Moving ArtPiano Moving Art
Richard B.
Quick clean and professional! Made moving a breeze.
Real Pro MovingReal Pro Moving
David P.
Had a great experience working with millennium moving. They were very quick even with having to carry stuff up a bunch of apartment stairs. I appreciated their help and for making the move problem free.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Kinza A.
Jamie & his son did a great job. Had 2 very heavy dressers to move and they did it with a lot of professionalism. I’d recommend Jamie if you’re looking for a heavy lifting furniture movers.
Jaime TorresJaime Torres
Rachel F.
The guys were very hard working and also resourceful in organizing and carefully moving our items as we had to move from a 2 bedroom apartment to a storage unit. Both were also very nice and professional, and very careful with all of our belongings. Overall very pleased with the move as well as how quickly they responded to my messages and questions.
Interstate Mckinzie MoversInterstate Mckinzie Movers
Thumbtack Customer
On time, professional and overall fantastic job. I hired their services to move my mom from her apartment to her new condo and they did not disappoint! They even put down runners and such to protect the floor at both places and did such a good job packing and handling my mom's things. She was able to get the move out cleaning done while they packed the truck- least stressful move of her life she said. Will definitely use their services in the future! Thanks again EDL Movers!
EDL MoversEDL Movers
Heidi M.
These guys moved fast! There was a bit of a language barrier between me and a couple workers but it didn't hinder their work any. The team arrived on time, they worked quickly and they managed to move everything in one trip. They didn't break anything, none of my stuff was damaged. I was really impressed! I don't plan on moving again for a long time so I can't personally hire them again, but I will certainly recommend them to all of my friends and family looking for a trustworthy and incredibly efficient movers in the future.
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Lauren B.
Great Movers! They were very careful with my things which I really appreciated. The guys arrived on time and got straight to work. Everything was hassle-free from interactions with the office staff to the movers themselves.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Frank L.
The service we received from beginning to end was fantastic. We had a FT quotation done. The price was very competitive. On the day the company arrived promptly. They were all very friendly,helpful,polite and worked in timely fashion. They emptied our house and moved us in to our new one without a hitch. Extremely grateful for all they did for us. Moving house is so stressful, they really helped alleviate some of the stresses about the physical moving part. Highly recommend and if we ever move again we would have no hesitation on using the company again. Thank you!
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Perfect moving company. I will definitely hire them again. Even though they were running late, they called me and said that they would be about 40 minutes late due to traffic. They did lots of extra moving since there were two men and I explained the items move. No problems at all and I only needed a tape measure and a small steplatter, a few other items that I found. We were moving two refrigerators and some tables and chairs, a sofa and se outdoor furniture up and down stairs and all around the two buildings. The price was fair and abilutly professional services, I will hire them again. My Fridges moved so well and now are cool and wonderful. PERFECT. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Moving MassMoving Mass
Cynthia C.
Wow wow wow! These guys are incredible! I needed same-day movers for a short trip and Brian was awesome to work with. He was so very very nice, helpful, and professional. I will definitely be calling him again when I need movers.
That’s a Wrap Moving CompanyThat’s a Wrap Moving Company
Sarah B.
My husband and I just moved and had a recommendation from a friend to use Move For Less. The guys arrived on time, worked diligently and took extreme care with our items. At that time I was really worried about moving my delicate items, but the team took care of my concern & packed every item very gently. Pricing was fair enough for the awesome move we had experienced with them. They were also able to deliver it on time and everything went seamless and no damage has been made to our things.  Service was really fantastic and we do recommend them to everyone.
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Sandy H.
Chris and his partner were excellent. They worked hard to move my furniture without hurting walls or things on the wall. Some of the places were awkward and tight, but they did it. I would definitely call them again if I needed some heavy objects moved.
Won't Stop MovingWon't Stop Moving
Crystal T.
Leon was on time and very professional. I only had a couple days notice that I was going to have to move some furniture. He responded to my request and was able to come out before the weekend was over. I was so pleased with how he moved my furniture from downstairs to upstairs and vice versa. He took extra care to not ding my walls or scratch my wood floors while moving very heavy furniture. I will hire him again.
Leon H.Leon H.
Mary B.
Juan and company were wonderful! 10 minutes early, and took great care with our things! Loved the experience. Recommended them to our realtor, too. So punctual, careful and responsive. Can’t say enough about this moving experience. Far and above previous movers we’ve used.
Allice B.
Very happy with the experienced and fast movers. They were both professional, nice, and prompt. Would definitely use again.
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Courtney B.
These movers were amazing! They handled my belongings with care and were super efficient as well. I definitely recommend them!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Liz S.
Great crew. Moved piano with ease. Only complaint was timing. Expected to be here between 2-3, finally arrived at 5.
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Thumbtack Customer
Moved things from 2 apartments into our new one. They were very professional and handled my items carefully (nothing was broken).
EDL MoversEDL Movers
Caulene N.
AWFUL. Do not hire these people. Confirmed a move 3 times including the morning of. Now 3 hours late and not responding to calls or texts!!
Won't Stop MovingWon't Stop Moving
Halley F.
Movers were quick and very helpful. Made sure our 400lb* table was exactly where we wanted it, would definitely recommend to others!
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
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