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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 Mercer Island movers
Hye j.
It was my second moving experience and Move We Do offered way better service than my previous movers. They were efficient and diligent, which led to shorter moving time and cost efficiency. It was also pleasant to work with them.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Richard W.
Great movers. I had a small but important move, and they were able to do it efficiently.
Let's MoveLet's Move
Ying L.
NomadEx is doing a great job to help me move. Hard working movers! Polite and professional!
NomadEx MovingNomadEx Moving
Bernice L.
2 movers were on time. Small local move done quickly plus a transfer station stop for unwanted donation items.
GM Move & TransportGM Move & Transport
Dheepthi J.
The best I have ever experienced in terms of moving house with movers. They are truly exceptional. We had to request for a earlier time than what we had booked, they are very flexible and June himself came to move, as he went short hand. They cared for us like a family. I would call them again if we move. Awesome service NOT money minded. God bless them.
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Biki M.
I used Trusted twice to move my furniture out of and into the house. This included heavy, valuable and delicate items. I found that Trusted was not only very qualified to move items, but found very creative solutions to moving some of the items. For example, I have a glass table top that is very heavy and needed to be unscrewed from the bottom wood, before it could be moved. Trusted was quick to spot this, promptly used the necessary tools to remove the glass top, and then were very careful when moving the glass. They used blankets to prevent the furniture from damaging the floor, when moving the items, and went out of their way to ensure that absolutely no scratches occurred on my new wood floor. Trusted was very professional in their demeanor, and very courteous. The best part is that they provide the best value for their service. They were the least expensive and yet delivered excellent service. I recommend using Trusted for your moving needs.
Thumbtack Customer
Great service, very efficient movers, and really nice people.
People MoversPeople Movers
Arnab R.
It was a great experience! Anytime I will need moving help, will contact you :)
Emerald City Junk Removal & Moving - SeattleEmerald City Junk Removal & Moving - Seattle
Amy O.
Excellent movers. Able to utilize all space possible in u-haul.
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Benjamin J.
Really impressed with the company! Moved a very special piano for us and did with great care.
Derek W.
I hired them as they charged lower rate per hour and also lower minimum hours vs the other shop I quoted. Sebastian and the senior mover (sorry didn’t catch his name) came to our house to help move some heavy/big items around. They were polite and efficient. I had concern with the newly painted walls & floor, they were diligent and took extra caution while moving the items; and not a scratch on either. I would recommend their service.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Chelsea L.
I loved working with moving band. They are professional and caring with your household goods! Also the best rate in town!
Moving BandMoving Band
Kim N.
This was the easiest move I've ever had! The crew was professional, fast, and prepared. I would highly recommend A2B to anyone.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Donna E.
Very pleasant and professional people. First to respond to my last minute request! Very communicative. Moved my things carefully and thoughtfully.
Nigel J.
Great company! Many thanks to Deshon and Jacobus. Their energy was infectious. All around a great experience. 10/10 would move again.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Renee L.
Very good experience. The movers are punctual, professional, responsive to my request, and very nice in person. Will choose them again next time.
Real Pro MovingReal Pro Moving
Olga S.
Excellent experience. The movers finished the job faster than expected, were very accommodating to requests. Not a single scratch on any of the items. Highly recommend.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Alex H.
This guys just moved me a week ago, all my stuff is safe. They worked hard and looked extremely experienced, that’s their piece of cake definitely.
Moving BandMoving Band
Ashley S.
Awesome moving company! Was very careful with all of our furniture, and very detailed and thorough. Also, very nice gentleman who are very personable. 10/10 recommend!
Simba Movers LLCSimba Movers LLC
Laura C.
They were there for me when a different moving company had failed to show up. They were very nice and efficient, even helping me pack a few things with the time that was left.
Easy MoveEasy Move
Rebecca S.
Responsive and good communication, but did not use moving blankets or protective equipment and the armoire got sctatched in several place, some were deep scratches, and the knob broke. Very disappointed.
Leon H.Leon H.
Thumbtack Customer
Leon was great to work with. I had a couch that was a nightmare to move and wasn't able to get it out of my apartment on my own. He was able to get it out no problem. Would definitely recommend.
Leon H.Leon H.
Korey G.
Cheap. But difficult to communicate with, not punctual, lacked professionalism, dropped a box during the move and did not tell us. Got the job done at a good price but I’d waver on deciding whether to go with them again.
Seattle Moving ServicesSeattle Moving Services
James H.
I contacted Ron Mcgill through the online services web site Thumbtack. Ron McGill is listed as the owner of Moving Mass, with the Seattle zip code and phone number as above. We spoke several times on the phone, and I described a large 3 piece dining room set and a very large wood amoir cabinet. On the 21st of April his two employees arrived, but with no dollies or moving equipment. I immediately asked about this, and I was told by them that another employee with all of the moving equipment had not shown up. We got started moving and packing, but when they got to the amoir they had to resort to dropping it onto its side, onto a blanket, and then dragging the blanket across a door threshhold and onto a rough concrete porch. I called the owner as they were preparing to do this, and the owner, Mr. McGill, said that he has somewhere else to be and could not bring over the appropriate moving equipment. Because the piece is so heavy it came down somewhat roughly onto the blanket and concrete underneath. As they dragged it several feet out the door it scraped and the blanket slipped underneath the amoir. I was present and watching the entire time. His two employees were somehow able to manhandle the heavy amoir into the truck on its side, as it was too tall to stand upright in the 16 ft truck they had rented. His two employees and I spent 5-6 hours moving the rest of the items, and moved everything into our storage unit. The next morning my wife and I stopped by the unit to check on everything and it was then that we noticed the damage to the amoir, on the side that they had dragged it on. I took pictures and sent them to Mr. McGill on the 22nd. We sent a series of text messages back and forth, and I asked for a $200 reimbursement, calculated based on my work with contractors and with fine furniture makers approximately what it would cost to have someone come to the storage unit several times for repair and to replace the molding along the top of the amoir that had been shattered. Desired Settlement: Billing Adjustment I then offered to settle for $100, as I said to him that he was probably a small business owner just getting started and I wanted to resolve this. I got no further replies to phone call or text messages. I have no problems with how hard his employees worked, and I gave them a $100 tip at the end of the day. They were left with inadequate equipment by their boss, who is now unwilling to address the damage done by his employees struggling to make do with his failure to give them moving equipment. Pictures avail.
Moving MassMoving Mass
Deeksha R.
I would give them more than 5 stars if I could. They were very professional, punctual, pleasant, friendly and considerate of my requests. Will surely be using them again for future move. Highly recommend!
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