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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 Arcadia movers
Tami B.
Working with prime moving was a dream! After I got a quote from another moving company with a ton of hidden fees I found Prime Moving at the last minute and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The team was efficient, helpful, professional, and took great care of my belongings. I would absolutely recommend working with Prime Moving.
Prime MovingPrime Moving
Ragini K.
Incredible movers, goes above and beyond, very helpful.
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Charles and his assistant was extremely accommodating and friendly. They were so positive and helpful. They worked with decency and manners. I've worked with large moving companies and the workers carried a poor attitude so that made the moving process even more stressful. I am actually hiring charles to help move again in the next month for another property. I would highly recommend !
C.M.N. Construction Inc.C.M.N. Construction Inc.
Ruth C.
It was a local move with 2 guys, hardworkers, respectful and assembled my furniture in record speed.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were there on time and moved the sofa quickly and carefully. Taking care not to scratch walls or the sofa. Their prices was reasonable.
SED&R Socal Euro Development & ReconstructionSED&R Socal Euro Development & Reconstruction
Henry T.
Great movers! We had some last minute scheduling changes and he was able to accommodate all of them effortlessly. Highly Recommended!
One Day MoversOne Day Movers
Nick L.
Super helpful movers who were quick and weren’t a total rip off! I got so many quotes that were unreasonable, and these guys gave me a fair price and did a great job.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Jacqueline j.
17:7 Logistics was the best value I found (and I did my due research) his service was very immediate and professional. His hourly rate is listed a few dollars more than other movers but the price he quoted me beat other companies by a surprising amount because he factors in fairness. I saved his number and will be referring him to all of my friends and family for their moving needs because I was completely satisfied with the price, service and delivery! Thank you so much.
Marianne C.
so i hired mjg relocations to move me me after 26 years. Mario and his crew, Oscar and George did a fabulous job! i asked him to arrive at 6 am and he was there at 6 am and packed my house in 4 hours. boy, did they work and extremely organized! the next day he arrived at my place and unloaded in 3 and a half hours. everything went to where i asked it to go. then we went to the storage unit and he unpacked for probably another hour. and he was heading back to l.a. the same day. i have never hired professional movers before, and mario knows what he's talking about. he had a 26 ft truck which was plenty big with about a foot left over. can't believe it went all so smoothly. i certainly recommend mjb relocation services. his price was very reasonable. i looked at another company and he said a truck and a half. i was worried. Mario said, no, way. 26 ft. don't worry. it will all fit. and it did! so kudos to mario and his crew, super polite, hard working, and a great moving experience!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Venkat k.
They are on time and completed the job cleanly.But the only one thing need to careful about is their packing and loading time condition.If do not plan properly we end up in paying more than the estimated one. I paid around $187 more than the estimated $3300 for my two bedroom move from Los Angeles to Phoenix.Other than that they are really good. I would love to recommend them to my friends.
Father and Sons Moving IncFather and Sons Moving Inc
Gauri P.
I cannot even begin to explain how amazing my experience was with SoCal Moving! I had given them the task to move an armoire up a flight of stairs and into the master bedroom. A task that turned out to be quite difficult as it was my fault for not measuring the staircase correctly. Despite the seemingly impossible task at hand, they somehow managed to get the armoire up the stairs by thinking out of the box, and just utilizing their raw power, with minimal damage. I don't think anyone else would have been able to succeed other than them. A task that should have taken maybe 10 minutes of lifting, ended up taking about 2 hours due to my miscalculation, but they did not give up and kept trying different things. I feel like anyone else would have just stopped trying, but they persevered! I am so thankful I hired them, as they stand by their word, and are completely worth the money. I'll definitely be hiring them for all my future heavy lifting tasks!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Xiaolan D.
The three guys arrived very accurately. One of them can speak basic Mandarin, which is quite helpful with the conversation. They are quite professional to help move from a 2 story 3 bedrooms house to a 2 story 5 bedroom house. They are very careful to watch out the walls, floors and doors so I couldn’t get any scratches of my house. In total I am quite happy with my choice even though one of my plants was treated as a fake plant and put in a crowded box...
Leslie S.
Our move required a lot of heavy lifting including several pieces that needed to be taken down 18 stairs. Julian and his helper were completely up for this difficult task on a record heat afternoon day (100 degrees plus). The job involved drop off at 2 separate locations. He is a good communicator which was invaluable since I was working with two different parties and do not live locally. I'm very grateful everything went very smoothly. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to friends and family. It was worth every cent!
Amani ManagementAmani Management
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