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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.

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’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. 

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 do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Puyallup movers
Madalain M.
Great move with Let’s Move. They moved our 2,000 sf 3-story townhome with care. We’ll hire them again.
Let's MoveLet's Move
Tracie S.
Although he was not able to move our piano, everything else was moved quickly and safely as requested.
Triple J Moving Services  Jaime TorresTriple J Moving Services Jaime Torres
Richard S.
Very good moving help, friendly, good at moving smarter and carefully. Would use them again NP. Thanks
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Cyle M.
Derek and his team went above and beyond for us. They moved extremely fast while not sacrificing quality. Factor in the value and we could not have been happier. I would recommend let’s get moving to anyone looking to do a move. They were professional and courteous. We filled the 26’ truck to the brim and they had it loaded and unloaded within 6 hours. They also moved 3 appliances and moved whatever we needed upstairs. Thanks again Derek!
Let's Get Moving!Let's Get Moving!
Thumbtack Customer
Not yet moved. Talking on phone.
Leon H.Leon H.
Chris F.
There is so much that can be said about this company. Another moving company bailed on us half way into the move and JR moving came in and saved the day. Josh, Joe and Don are the best crew you could ask for. Hard work, fast and extremely professional! The owner and his crew always kept good communication and you will not find a better choice for your move then them! Highly recommend!!!!
Electa S.
I just needed movers to move from my truck to storage, the two young men that showed came ready. They were professional and courteus.. thank u
Green Movers Seattle LLCGreen Movers Seattle LLC
Meg S.
I hired them for another moving job
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Christina g.
Provide timely, experienced, professional, careful movers.
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Tracie J.
Emmanual and Jeramy were professional but also approachable. I only had a few items to move but would definitely use them again for bigger moves too. Thanks guys!
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Sharron W.
I would highly recommend this company. Wish I had found them for my first move to storage, they were on time, did an excellent job of handing my furniture in the rain, putting things where I wanted them, just an all around pleasure after have movers from hell my 1st move.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They arrived on time, were very efficient and knowledgeable about pianos. They also took extra measure to protect the piano throughout the move. They are by far the best piano movers I have ever used.
Andrew Gillispie, Piano TechnicianAndrew Gillispie, Piano Technician
Gabriela L.
These guys are awesome!! They are puntual and very very efficient. All my stuff was packed and delivered with care. Thank you again for helping me move. Highly recommend them if you are looking for quality movers.
Ella W.
They took good care of the piano when moving it. They communicated promptly.
Let's move it LLCLet's move it LLC
Larry V.
I had Kingdom Army movers come out and move some furniture for me around the house. My first impression was a positive one when they showed up at their scheduled time. June and his crew were incredible! Not a wall dinged or any furniture nicked as they navigated around my staircase to move some pieces over 150lbs. Their professionalism and customer service skills were on point. If you're looking for some movers who care for you and your belongings, Kingdom Army is the one to call. Thanks June!!
The Kingdom’s Army MovingThe Kingdom’s Army Moving
Mike M.
From start to finish they exceeded my expectations. Movers were efficient and professional. Took care of my stuff and were very attentative. Will definitely refer them out to others. Thank you A2B moving!
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Andrea C.
Did an amazing job moving my piano safely! Definitely recommend!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Alex O.
The guys did an excellent job of moving us from puyallup to Lacey
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Vincent M.
Markiss and crew showed up right on time. They did an excellent job of protecting and moving the furniture. We were moving to 2 different locations and they were able to get it all done in a professional and timely manner. Excellent value.
Terry C.
Move For Less...what can I say? In one word...Phenomenal! We had a difficult move, to say the least. The house sold much quicker than anticipated and we were unprepared. John, of Move For Less was so accommodating. We had scheduling issues, on our end, and had to move items over two different days...John said it was no problem. His men tirelessly moved the items; some very heavy, some awkward (stuff in a garage). I say tirelessly, they were getting tired by the end of the day but they pushed on, carefully and professionally finishing up the job on the first day, about 8 hours. The second day was much smoother as most items were already packed. He sent over a 3 man crew and they had the 26’ van loaded, moved to new location (storage unit), and unloaded in 6 hours. The crew was professional, courteous, polite, and efficient. I would use Move For Less again without reservation. Thank you, John...and your crew!
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Thomas L.
Derek came on time and prepared to take care of the move. Thank you for the help.
Let's Get Moving!Let's Get Moving!
Al K.
The team was very carefull with all of items but were very slow. They could not finish the complete move in 8 hrs with 3 men ended costing us additional 300 over estimate and I ended up moving several items myself
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Edward R.
Hired them twice now. Just to move heavy objects, worked well both times.
Lugg - On-Demand Moving 📱(Seattle)Lugg - On-Demand Moving 📱(Seattle)
Patrick C.
Very professional, fast, efficient and friendly to work with. Went above and beyond in taking care of our possessions for move and did some extra moving of furniture not in original talks. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to work with some great people.
Ohana Movers & Junk Removal LLCOhana Movers & Junk Removal LLC
Eric A.
These guys were efficient and knowledgeable. Great team. I will use this company for my future moves
Super Friends Moving, LLCSuper Friends Moving, LLC
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