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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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 Madison movers
John F.
I had to do a same-day move for my 1-bedroom apartment, and AZ Moving helped me do it. AZ Moving responded quickly, scheduled quickly, and moved all of my things from A to Z on very short notice. Without AZ Moving, I would have been in a very difficult situation, but AZ Moving was there to help.
AZ MovingAZ Moving
Caroline K.
Quick, professional, and friendly movers! I had a great experience with big dog movers.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The team that came to help me move was friendly and helpful. I enjoyed working with them. The estimate was nearly dead on and the movers worked quickly and efficiently. All in all a great move.
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Andrew B.
Overall, the folks at Ero were good at the physical aspect of moving. However, the lack of effective communication, timeliness (showing up an hour+ late) and the professionalism of the movers was frustrating. At one point the movers went out on our deck and stopped moving boxes for a few minutes. As much as I'd like to give a five star review, I can't as these issues made it quite stressful in moving
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I would use these movers again. Ryan was good with returning phone calls. I was set up to move to my new apartment and I found out that the apartment was not ready. He helped me get my items in storage and was able to set up a new moving date into m new apartment. The movers are friendly and helpful. I would rate M & R movers A+.
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Alexis H.
They were extremely helpful and knowledgeable in moving difficult furniture which made my move exponentially easier.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Amodh Y.
Professional mover.
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Pedro and Manny were excellent the day of the move! They had more to move than anticipated and still completed the entire move in 5 hrs - including a 25 min trek across town! There was communication through every step of the process, and confirmation of times, any changes, etc. They were calm, laid back and focused during the move...taking the stress out of the day! Thank you both for a great move!
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
Curtis H.
I've had some pretty bad moving experiences from no-show movers to movers who were careless with my belongings. However, ERO Moving LLC was hands-down the best company I've hired to-date. They were happy to accommodate two moves in one day and worked very efficiently (and that was after having done a couple moves earlier in the day!). I was also grateful they made my U-Haul truck work even though I should have rented a bigger one. Great experience!
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
Kris N.
Mike, Josh and Bronson made our move a breeze. They were great to work with and took great care moving our stuff. I highly recommend Mike and his team at Big Dog Movers of Madison.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Thumbtack Customer
THEY ARE FANTASTIC!!! This was, by far, the most positive moving experience we have ever had! Business has created the need to move cross country on five occasions, and to do local moves seven times over the past 35 years. We could not have asked for better support, services and organization. Face it: moving is really hard work. I can honestly say this is the very best move experience of them all!
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
James E.
I needed a piano moved in my home. TN Movers did a fantastic job. They called to notify me they could come earlier than I expected. 3 young men arrived and moved the piano in 10 minutes. Fun guys, professional, courteous, strong. I would use them again for any moving need.
Top Notch Moving and StorageTop Notch Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan and Luke were just awesome. I moved from Madison to Chicago last weekend and couldn't be happier with how the move went. The guys were thorough, careful and efficient, and world-class nice people on top of all that. They worked tirelessly to make sure everything was just right. I'd absolutely recommend M&R Movers to anyone making a move in the area--I know I'll be calling Ryan again when I make my next move. Thanks guys!
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Ben B.
Professional, friendly and helpful movers! They arrived early and worked efficiently to move our items at a very reasonable price. 5 stars! Thanks again!!
Top Notch Moving and StorageTop Notch Moving and Storage
Shayne N.
We asked for 2 movers, and they showed up with 3. Charged us an extra $65 per hour for the third guy. They damaged furniture, and did not use their equipment to increase efficiency. I have moved 10 times, and this is the worst experience I have had with movers.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Brenda H.
Our college-age daughter and roommates were moving across town. The movers did a great job with them, and left little to no worries for us! Great job!
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Maitland C.
Shield Moving Service really delivers a top notch service. They were on time and able to move my stuff with no issues. I’d definitely hire them again.
Shield Moving ServicesShield Moving Services
Marcia B.
I would recommend David to everyone. He is a hard worker and you can't beat his moving prices. If I move again I will hire him right away.
David's Reliable MovingDavid's Reliable Moving
Senthil K.
Moved first time with the help of professional movers. What I was worrying for many days before moving was done very quickly and smoothly than I expected. BusyBee guys were updating me on their arrival estimate time and their progress promptly. Very delighted. Will refer my friends for sure. Thanks Team.
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
M&R movers were excellent!! Friendly fun and fast. Did my whole move in 3 hours! I'm extremely pleased with their services. And at a very reasonable and affordable price.
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Sara F.
I've all ready referred AZ Moving to a friend
AZ MovingAZ Moving
Eunji L.
The best! The movers were really friendly & incredibly fast.
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Hungry Man Movers recently moved a split king adjustable bed for me. They were on time, extremely courteous, and very fast. I'm very satisfied with them and would hire them again.
Hungry Man MovingHungry Man Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Pedro and his brother were professional during all aspects of the move. They communicated very well and worked very hard to please. I will call them again for our next move. Outstanding!
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The job was never completed, and that was no fault of Badgerland Movers. I chose not to carry out the move, but the owner was incredible the entire way through. Very professional, very compromising, and all around good energy.
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
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