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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 Renton movers
Julie S.
Great move! They did a great job for us and we're ready to move again and will be calling them to do our next move next month.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Kevin R.
Great movers! Got a piano moved quickly and right on time. Would recommend
Let's move it LLCLet's move it LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Super easy and affordable move. This is my second move with this company, all have been smooth and professional. I will certainly be calling them for my next move
People MoversPeople Movers
Thumbtack Customer
People Movers did an awesome job on my move. The guys that moved me were efficient and careful with all my things. I was moving things to a small storage unit and I knew it was going to be a tight fit. The guys did such a good job being strategic about fitting everything in to the storage unit, I had room to spare! And best of all, they did the move in way less time than was estimated. Would definitely hire again for my next move.
People MoversPeople Movers
Karla W.
If I could give Moving Clear more than five stars, I would. They did everything right and I could not be more impressed. Hire Moving Clear and you won't be sorry. Not only do they give prompt, reliable, and professional service, but they charge far less than other movers. I have moved every year for the last three years. I used different movers every time and they were all horrible. I was really apprehensive about this move. My previous moves were in the same area, but this time, I was moving from Renton to Olympia, a much longer distance. Moving Clear arrived early and got started. Juan and his assistant were friendly and very professional. They were also very fast. The truck was loaded and ready to go in no time at all. Unloading in Olympia was a challenge, but these guys made it look easy. There was an old couch and some chairs that needed to be moved out before my furniture could be moved in. Moving Clear had no problem moving the old furniture, but they went above and beyond. They took the old furniture to the local dump and only charged us for the dumping fees. I couldn't have been more pleased with the move, but I was even more pleased when I got the total bill. I expected to pay twice as much for this move given the distance and obstacles, but I didn't. The total bill was less than what I paid for my last three moves. Excellent service at a lower price is a rare find these days. Thank you, Moving Clear. You guys are is best!
Varun A.
Very satisfied with the move. Thank you. You will be my first preference for my future moves. Good job.
Moving BandMoving Band
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving company!!! Zahran is a very trustworthy guy. Crew was very nice and everything was moved efficiently with no damages.
People MoversPeople Movers
Mimi N.
Highly recommend Visionary movers as they are professional and reliable. Price is affordable and competitive. Will definitely use them for my future move.
Visionary MoversVisionary Movers
Kj J.
They did an excellent job moving a very heavy table I will make sure to use them again for my full move
Interstate Mckinzie MoversInterstate Mckinzie Movers
Simon L.
Helped me move on very short notice, the two guys for the move were very helpful and laid back. Definitely recommend!
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking for a mover. He was great to work with and my move couldn't have gone any smoother. He was on time and very efficient. I will definitely use Stephen again for any future moves.
The Hanndy ManThe Hanndy Man
Somalia J.
Amazing! Hired People Movers for a 2 BR move.  They were amazing.  They were on time, courteous and fast moving.  They were so respectful of my things. Would recommend them to friends and use them again. Worth every penny.
People MoversPeople Movers
Cyndie M.
I cannot say enough about the level of support, professionalism and quality of work Savage Movers provided. I had to move my elderly mom and she was not at all prepared when the movers arrived. They took care of everything! Made this move a very smooth process. My mom was thrilled. So was I! Thank you so much!
Savage MoversSavage Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I have moved 5 times in the past 12 years. Some moves were inter-state, others in-city and I have always needed to hire people for lifting and moving furniture. My experiences include young college kids that are making extra cash during the summer. These guys were usually pretty eager, but not quite experienced and needed more guiding. Other times the movers were official movers, but disinterested and almost unwilling to do the job. People Movers were so efficient, experienced and fast, that we used them twice for our two part move AND my family will use them for their upcoming moves as well. They are fast in loading and unloading furniture, boxes, etc. They dismounted our bed frame and remounted it in the new place in no time. They were friendly, fun and overall a pleasure to work with. We will continue to recommend them to everyone we know. I've had so many nightmarish experiences moving, that it was refreshing to see a moving company do its job so well!
People MoversPeople Movers
Thumbtack Customer
We had a very satisfied move with Cherish Moving LLC for an interstate move. A special thanks to Sergio and his team for their punctuality during pick up and delivery. They were so professional and friendly. They took utmost care with all the stuff including heavy and delicate furniture and delivered them safely. At the back end, Emily's help on the quote preparation and scheduling the move, deserves a big thanks as well. I would definitely recommend Cherish Moving LLC to anyone.
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I finally broke down and decided to hire movers when my back refused to do another move alone, and I regret nothing. Vadim and Zahran did a fantastic job helping me move everything out of my storage unit and they were really fun company to have with me during it as well. People Movers was well worth the money and I'll definitely be hitting them up for moving help again when my lease is up!
People MoversPeople Movers
Great experience. The guys did an excellent move of my baby grand piano. Would definitely use them again if I move.
Andrew Gillispie, Piano TechnicianAndrew Gillispie, Piano Technician
James C.
Great movers. Very careful.
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time, packed up a very cluttered apartment efficiently, and went out of their way to complete the move on schedule. The easiest move (for us) ever.
People MoversPeople Movers
Sajeeve M.
Fast careful and efficient . No nonsense pricing. Friendly movers. I'll go back to hiring them anytime for any moving needs around the area
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
Lauren Z.
Moving Band was awesome! They gave me best moving experience I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for your help and hard work!
Moving BandMoving Band
Steve S.
Moving Clear did an outstanding job for us today. Prompt, professional and everything handled carefully. I would definitely for them for my next move
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for the safe and sound move of the century. I would not have trusted anyone with my move more than you guys. Max and Nurik gave no trouble to my wife when they arrived and it was a stress free move. Thank you very much... Will refer.
People MoversPeople Movers
Qiang Y.
The team helped us moving a piano yesterday. The service was great, price was fair, and movers were very careful about the piano and super friendly. Definitely recommended!
Thumbtack Customer
Moving is never fun or easy but my 3-man crew from People Movers showed up early, worked hard and were professional and flexible. Kat was super helpful setting it all up and it went as smoothly as can be expected. I plan to hire them again next time I move.
People MoversPeople Movers
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