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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 Racine movers
Udo C.
Excellent movers would use again if needed
Moving Heavy jeweler 🚚Moving Heavy jeweler 🚚
LaReana N.
Definitely will call on them again! Excellent work and moved everything with care.
Reliable Junk RemovalReliable Junk Removal
Lynn B.
Quick response to job request and they were very careful with relocating refrigerators. Took the time to move obstacles that could get damaged and then put everything back in place when done with the move. Would definitely hire them again.
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Jenny M.
The team of 4 movers showed up with a huge truck, right on time, and brought everything in at the destination to the rooms designated on the boxes. Nothing was broken or lost. And they moved my entire house of stuff from Racine WI to Kenosha WI in 3 hours. Worth EVERY PENNY as this would have taken me two days easily. They move FAST so don’t be alarmed they charge by the hour. Thank you, I will happily recommend your services and if I ever move again (which I hope not because unpacking is AWFUL) I will call you first!
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The men who came to move me were professional but not as fast as I thought they should be.
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Walter G.
While the movers were knowledgeable and good guys oveall , they worked at a slow pace . I had to reassemble my son's bed and they failed to bring literally any box whatsoever onto the 2nd floor of our home . I specifically asked for 3 men to make things go by quicker , it still took them 4 hrs to load and 4.5 hrs to unload at the new home . This was a local move at an hourly rate of $135 per hour. I don't expect Superman but in my 18 years of experience as an interstate mover myself , this should have taken no more than 6.5 hrs to do maximum. And if you ask yourself , ' why didn't you move yourself then if you're experienced ? Well I'm 46 and stopped doing it 6 years ago .. I felt for the hourly rate charged , they should've been moving much faster . Unloading is ALWAYS faster than loading.. but somehow it round up being longer . As I said , good guys , smooth process however they milked the clock because they could.. wouldn't recommend.. oh and they literally dolly everything.. I saw them carry 3 small boxes in the 8.5 hrs of the move . If you've ever moved before using professional movers I'm sure you'd agree it doesn't take more time to unload a truck then to load it ..
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Brent N.
Second time I’ve used New Age. Great work. Great people. Would definitely recommend them for your next move.
New Age Moving Co.New Age Moving Co.
Mette B.
I had a great experience and Larell and his crew went above and beyond to move a very heavy piece of furniture. Great communication and I highly recommend.
Doitindependent Junk Removal & MovingDoitindependent Junk Removal & Moving
Jill S.
These guys were awesome. They were patient and so helpful. They were able to figure out how to take apart a complex chair and moved everything with care. Highly recommended!
D&M Transportation ServicesD&M Transportation Services
Scott P.
Courteous and professional. Hard workers that got the job done quickly. Second time I used these gentlemen and again I was not disappointed. Highly recommend them for your moving or clean up projects. Scott
D&M Transportation ServicesD&M Transportation Services
Brent N.
I highly recommend New Age for your next move. Showed up promptly at the time agreed upon. They were extremely careful with all the fragile items and muscled the oversized items with ease. I don’t remember them even taking a break while loading or loading the truck. Incredibly professional.
New Age Moving Co.New Age Moving Co.
Rich H.
We are quite satisfied with the quality of the. Move that JL did for us last week. We. Moved from a small 2 BR house to a larger house about 2.miles away, in the same city. Pros: We had an unusual schedule and they accommodated it east. Packing on a Wed, loading on a Thu, unloading on a Fri. Crew was extremely professional and hard working. They were very good about keeping face masks on. They rarely took breaks. All of the worker were good people, and I was very comfortable with them. Fragile items were packed and wrapped with care. Nothing glass was broken. No electronics were damaged. Cons: Estimate was 2275 - 2875. Total came in around 3300 or so. Estimator severely underestimated scope of work. That was disappointing. Still awaiting the full receipt which was promised at job completion. Of course had the original estimate been $3300, they would not have gotten the job, so maybe I'm being too forgiving here... Packing of electronics was awful. No cords were labeled, nor were they kept with their devices. Took me 3 days to find all. My cords and match them to my devices. I'm still looking for one of the cable boxes, but I found the cord. Many boxes were delivered into the wrong rooms, which made finding things difficult. We're still looking for one cable box. We found the cord, as all cords were separated from their devices. At least a dozen boxes were put down upside down or sideways. Fortunately, nothing was broken. Boxes should all be delivered top side up. Some boxes were unlabeled. Headboard must not have been wrapped in a blanket, as it took two small gouges along the way. If we move again. I would certainly consider them. I'd make sure they had systems in place to address the cons listed above. All in all, it was a positive experience (other than coming in so far above estimate even after frequently pointing out the lack of hidden fees, etc.). These are good people and they did a decent enough job.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
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