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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 Vancouver movers
Julie L.
Stumptown Movers were great! They were on time for picking up and moving a refrigerator. They even helped me move a chair last minute and they were the best value.
Stumptown MoversStumptown Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Very efficient and quick. Arrived on time and no damage to items moved. HIghly recommend this mover.
moving with ease
Atish d.
The best movers, I was so glad to get this company to do my move,all four movers were so efficient and worked without wasting time,they wrapped everything so well and moved my home items in one truck load..I will only recomend Casey's movers. Thank you Casey and his team.what a great people to trust ...
Caseys Movers, LLCCaseys Movers, LLC
Kathie R.
Move completed.
PacWest Moving & DeliveryPacWest Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
The team showed up on time were pleasant professional and the move went so smooth. I will use this service again. Never again will I move without them coming to help. Easiest move ever.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
supportive Services Moving handled my move fabulously. As luck would have it, the move was scheduled on a day that had record breaking rainfall and flooding. The guys were fabulous to get my stuff moved without getting it wet, or damaged. They were very professional and offered a great service. I highly recommend them.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Tonya M.
They were amazing! Thanks you guys for moving our piano for us... When we move, we will be calling you!
Northwest Piano GalleryNorthwest Piano Gallery
Kristen G.
The movers were friendly but they arrived 2 hours late and it took them over 3 hours for a small moving job.
Emilano Home Services LLCEmilano Home Services LLC
Sarah S.
Aaron was absolutely wonderful during our move. He was available short notice, showed up on time, stayed till everything was done, and was just in general a great human while moving heavy furniture. Super professional and amazing at fitting everything in the moving truck like puzzle pieces! Such a good attitude when moving items up stairs too! Thanks so much Aaron! Couldn't have moved without ya!
Aaron's moving serviceAaron's moving service
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were absolutely professional, however the management was not. When there was a delay I received no updates. It caused a major upset in our move.
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome movers. AAA++++ This moving company went above and beyond what I expected. My hospital bed was added at the last minute and need for another mover Katheryn who I contacted on Friday when we were do to move Monday she was on vacation took the time to secure the extra worker and all were all on time ready to go to work. It was a long day for all of us. The movers were polite and help with out hesitation or reservation. My mother of 80'years was so worried about me having MS and moving both of us was no small task but these movers did a really good job and we are forever great full to have chosen them to move us. Please contact them and see for yourself what an outstanding job with expertise in what they do. They very carefully and thoughtfully moved and put everything together in record time were we wanted things to be. I can only say that if you are looking for movers this is the best ones to hire for your move. Thank you so much for moving my mother and I. Would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Keep up the expert work we appreciated it Thank you Sharon jurgensen Elaine Michaels
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Kate S.
The guys were extremely efficient, but careful with our things. They arrived with a full sized moving truck with lift gate and all the proper tools for the move! They disassembled our bed frames and safely moved and reassembled them quickly and without any damage. They also moved our washer and dryer upstairs to the laundry room and moved our refrigerator in and connected everything. We would definitely recommend them to anyone in the area and would gladly use them again if needed!
Precision Relocation Services llcPrecision Relocation Services llc
Ohkna k.
Affordable price and fast moving.
Hood to Coast Labor & Moving ServicesHood to Coast Labor & Moving Services
Michelle H.
Less Stress Moving was able to accommodate a move date and time that I needed with very little notice and made the process as painless as possible!
Less Stress Moving LLCLess Stress Moving LLC
Kay E.
For our local move (Vancouver to Battle Ground), Aaron and his team were perfect! Before the move day, he was happy to drop by to estimate the job. After that, he stayed in touch to confirm details as move day approached. They were exactly on time for the move and took care with all the items we needed moved. Everyone was courteous and responsive to our input during the entire loading and unloading process. Not a minute was wasted during the entire move. And, importantly, choosing Aaron saved us money compared to the estimates provided by other candidates for the job. If you have a local move, I strongly encourage you give Aaron a call: his energy, initiative and excellent service earned him my recommendation!
Aaron's moving serviceAaron's moving service
Thumbtack Customer
Brent Raudy's crew moved me from one part of town to another. Their arrival was delayed by 30 minutes but they keep me informed. The move went as smooth as a Ninja blended smoothie. Titus and Antonio were focused on the job, moved with speed, were respectful of my stuff. They made moving fun. I would use them again with confidence. You go guys!
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Nels P.
Nick was simply terrific! Everything you want in a mover.... on time, courteous, careful with all our stuff, reliable, and reasonably priced. We moved from Vancouver to Woodland, so while a "local" move it involved distance, and Nick handled all issues like the pro he is. Take it from someone who has moved more than a few times.... you can't go wrong with hiring Precision Relocation Services! If we ever need to move again, he'll be our first call!
Precision Relocation Services llcPrecision Relocation Services llc
Thumbtack Customer
The communication and flexibility moving with Cherish was great!
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
Megan W.
Very impressed with Aaron’s service. Great at communication and he and his moving partner did a great job with my move. Definitely will use the service again.
Aaron's moving serviceAaron's moving service
Jacob S.
Great easy move! Professional and communicative
Ez freight LNEz freight LN
Jade M.
This was a really great experience from start to finish. The guys who came to move us were Nick and Kyle and they were awesome. They were super nice, friendly and extremely professional. If we ever move again in this area we will definitely use PDX premier college movers.
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time and completed the tasks efficiently.
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
Lisa C.
This was the best moving experience ever. Scheduling was a breeze and the day and time needed was available. The movers arrived about 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time and got busy right away. They were very professional, polite and efficient to the highest degree. I wish I had known about this company before! Thank you Supportive Services Moving – you made our move a breeze and a super experience! I highly recommend this company!!!!
Supportive Services MovingSupportive Services Moving
Lauren r.
PacWest moving did a great job with my move. They were extremely responsive and super patient with me as I changed my move date so many times. Moving day crew was on time, professional and ready to work! I underestimated the amount of stuff I had in my house, but they got the job done and gave me so much peace of mind, knowing all I had to do was unpack my boxes. They even moved my donation furniture down from the 2nd floor to the garage so I could easily haul it away. For a newer company, this was an easy process for me and if I ever need moving related services again (hopefully not!), I'd hire again!
PacWest Moving & DeliveryPacWest Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Fabulous! Don't even bother looking at other movers! Quick, efficient, friendly, engaging and professional! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the worry out of moving!
PDX Premier College Movers LLCPDX Premier College Movers LLC
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