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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 Kenmore movers
Cynthia h.
Belog Movers is well worth consideration for your next moving project. They worked hard and accomplished the move under my expected time frame. Courteous and professional, and took good care of my things. I’d highly recommend them!
Ashfaq S.
This company is a scam! DO NOT HIRE THEM! When I put up a move request they were very responsive. The day before the move I got called and talked to a person to confirm the move. I sent him pictures of our furniture and boxes and quantity. He decided on the truck to bring. Everything was confirmed. But no one showed up! No message and communication and no response to my calls, texts, online messages! The company simply stopped communication. I got stuck with a packed house and no movers. Spent hours trying to find a mover last minute on a Saturday!
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Ankit M.
Great job by kingdom’s Army team. Highly recommended movers.
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Linda S.
The guys did a very good, careful job moving my piano.
Super Friends Moving, LLCSuper Friends Moving, LLC
Rohit D.
We had to move some stuff and hired Ryan. They are very hard working, professional, punctual and responsive. Did the work very fast and made sure everything is clean after they left. We will go back to them for all our future requests to move
Real Pro MovingReal Pro Moving
Selma B.
The experience was really great & very professional from start to finish. The movers worked fast, and got everything done quickly, while also taking the time to wrap the furniture, and handle everything with great care. I was really impressed, and will be using People Movers again in the future.
People MoversPeople Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Move was good over. A bit later on their arrival than stated. Worked thoroughly. A few items scratched and dinged, but would have taken much longer had I done it on my own. Also moved my piano and freezer chest no problem. Attitudes were nice and helpful.
People MoversPeople Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They showed up on time and moved everything without causing any damage. I would use again.
People MoversPeople Movers
Izabella G.
I ended up not needing the moving but while I was speaking with them, they were very responsive, helpful, and reasonable. I would use them in the future when the need arises.
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Prithvi K.
Josias and his family were fantastic and prompt in their disassembly and packing of items from my 2 bedroom apartment. They moved all items from my apartment to a new 3 floor house up an elevated driveway. Below are pictures of the reassembly of the bed frames and sectional to name a few. They even placed items into a separate storage room. All of this whilst it was RAINING DURING THE NIGHT! All around great guys and an awesome family! I will definitely recommend Millennium Moving to my friends for sure!
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Marina B.
Moving is stressful — unless you hire the right company for the job! Naturally, I turned to customer reviews to select a company to help us move to a new home, and there were plenty of high-rated moving companies in the area to choose from. After pulling a few quotes, I talked to reps to clear up a few details. Move Me Do was the quickest to respond and provided all information before I even had to ask any questions, so we decided to hire them for our move. The crew of two movers showed up on time, did a quick walk-through and asked us how we liked our furniture to be handled for transport. Our biggest concern was dust, so we asked for multiple pieces of furniture to be shrink-wrapped, but they also suggested wrapping some of them in blankets to protect them in transit. Blankets and shrink wrap were provided free of charge, and the furniture was wrapped so well, that we didn’t see a single scratch or a dent when everything was unwrapped at our new home. The crew was amazing! Very friendly and polite, they worked efficiently for 3 hours to wrap and load everything, and the unloading and unwrapping part only took about an hour. They removed the shrink wrap and packing tape, and put it back in their truck. We really appreciated that because our trash bins were already full at the time. They were going to fold the blankets inside the house but I asked if they could do this outside (again, out of concern of extra dust), and they were happy to comply. Their frontman Sam showed up at the end of the process to collect payment, and there were no hidden fees or surcharges. We paid the exact amount we agreed on and we were very happy to tip the hard-working crew members who did amazingly well at handling our furniture with caution and care. Those guys picked up the heaviest boxes as if they were filled with feather, and we thought that we had packed those boxes way too full. All in all, we are confident that we made the right choice, and if we ever need to move again, we’ll look no further. P.S. Love the nod to the Beatles in the company’s name!
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Jesse S.
Josias was quick to respond with a quote and helped me move a mattress within short notice! It was a pleasant, professional experience and I greatly appreciate his effort in working around my schedule despite having already been booked for the day.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
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