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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 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.

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 Wauwatosa movers
Kristin D.
Great movers to work with. They are efficient and professional. I used them for a long distance move and highly recommend Big Dog Movers.
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Jason L.
JL Moving were fantastic during my recent move. They were right on time and very quick. The movers were very courteous and professional. The response time when setting up the move was great. The price was also unbeatable. Thanks and will recommend to anyone I know who is moving.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The guys did an excellent job! They handled moving in a narrow hallway and staircase with great ease and care and moved my piano as well as dedicated piano movers.
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Jacob F.
Busy B's Moving made the whole long-distance moving process almost effortless. Will always be coming back to them for my moving needs in the future.
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Thumbtack Customer
It was a small move- moved a table into the garage for us. They were punctual, polite, and professional.
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Nicole W.
The Hungry Man team was so nice to work with and made my move across town as enjoyable as moving can be! My old place was all packed up and moved into my new apartment in what seemed like no time at all. Having moved myself the last time around, Hungry Man Moving was money well spent!
Hungry Man MovingHungry Man Moving
Therese O.
From my first contact with Renee @ JL Moving.....to the two young men, Will & Brandon, that arrived on moving morning.....to Renee checking in with me right after the move started.....etc.etc.etc. I would recommend JL Moving.....no doubt about it! ***** 5-Stars in every category!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Right Now Movers did a great job on my move. There were able to move me the same day that I call due to the need for an emergency move. They also stopped by my storage unit to pick up other belongings. I truly appreciate Gary and his team being so flexible to move me the same day and understanding my circumstances.
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Thumbtack Customer
JL Moving was very accommodating, professional and friendly as I had to re-schedule twice. Joshua and BJ arrived early! Both were extremely friendly and a pleasure to work with during our move. I would highly recommend using JL Moving for any moving needs.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Tendai H.
The guys did a good job moving my items from one apartment to another. Very fast and efficient. They are communicative. It was the easiest move by far and will definitely hire again if I ever need to move.
Phat Lady's Kids LLCPhat Lady's Kids LLC
Deb B.
My move was a challenge as both were on second floors of old buildings with MANY WINDING STAIRS. Both my guys were amazing. Nothing was damaged and the move was fast. Great experience with Right Now Movers!
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived on time, got the work done quickly, and were polite and helpful. Everything arrived in great condition, and both movers were careful about where and how they moved items in and out of both locations.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had 2 guys that moved me today. They were there on time, and worked hard and handled my furniture very carefully. They drove 50 minutes to my storage facility and they unloaded fast. Grady... he is a quality person! In todays world it is hard to find great people. Grady called me b4 the move, during the move, before we left my Mom's home and called when move was done. I cannot tell u how much I appreciated Right Now Movers. I will definitely be looking to move me if I need a mover this year. I am very happy with them all!!
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Lynne t.
Movers were great!
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Damon r.
Phenomenal team here. Pleasant to work with and made my move stress free. Paid attention to details and did all they could to move my items with care. I highly recommend if you are searching for phenomenal movers.
Box It Moving Solutions LLCBox It Moving Solutions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Move went very smoothly. Nice enough movers who seemed to be trustworthy. Worked efficiently. Would hire again.
M&R Movers LLCM&R Movers LLC
Christy P.
Extremely easy to work with. Move coordinator was timely in her response to my questions. Movers were efficient, friendly, and hard working.
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Juan and 3 of his movers helped me move across town, including a stop at a storage unit, in about half the time it took the Big Name Company to make the same move 6 months ago! SGT Movers are professional & efficient and I love the company's mission to put our service men & women and vets to work. Thanks again!
Sgt. HaulSgt. Haul
Thumbtack Customer
We had an apartment move a half hour away, and the two men completed the move in a fair amount of time. They were careful with the furniture.
Right Now MoversRight Now Movers
Devon M.
Movers were punctual and efficient.
Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and efficient movers.
Pat's Movin and Haulin, LLC.Pat's Movin and Haulin, LLC.
Heather J.
Great work and moved quick
ERO Moving LLCERO Moving LLC
JoAnne T.
I haven’t moved yet
Busy B's MovingBusy B's Moving
Toni E.
Great movers. We moved a house of six (two adults and four kids) to a new house. I spoke with Mike about the move and our needs. His team went beyond my expectations to complete the job. They were able to get my peloton treadmill (required disassembly and re-assembly) and a queen purple mattress up the stairs in addition to a washer and dryer. All of these were tough items to move in addition to the quantity of items moved. I would trust them again to move my items safely and securely. The team was respectful and efficient. I appreciate their hard work. Thanks!
Big Dog Movers Of Madison LLCBig Dog Movers Of Madison LLC
Sheena A.
I was completely stressed about moving, however, Renee was extremely helpful every step of the way. I highly recommend JL Moving Co!
JL Moving LLCJL Moving LLC
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