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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 Benicia movers
Erik U.
Had a large furniture move and had two helpers come and move stuff around. Helpful and quick!
We Do Odd Jobs LLCWe Do Odd Jobs LLC
Maria R.
Matt and Ed moved variety of boxes, entertainment center, bed frames and dining furniture. They also did junk removal of household things: couch, broken lamps, toys, chairs etc. All labor and moving costs negotiable so for our budget it worked, plus gave tip. Matt was very responsive via text from beginning of hire to end of job which I totally appreciate during a stressful moving time. I would highly recommend for moving needs.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Audrey S.
Last Minute Moving did a great job for me. Workers were top notch. They were punctual, and showed up with all of the supplies necessary to protect the large China hutch they moved for me. The end destination was up a set of stairs and they navigated that lifting task extremely well. I highly recommend Last Minute Moving. A.Smith
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Susan M.
We are refinishing our wood floors and needed to have all the furniture moved. Dante responded very quickly to my request. He was punctual and was able to quickly and carefully move all our furniture. I will definitely use him in the future if needed.
Janis B.
They did a good job. The scheduling process was good and they confirmed on day of move. Pros: worked hard, did a good job, no damage. Cons: were 10 minutes late. They were able to move the fridge but would have been safer with appliance dolly. Would definitely hire them again.
We Do Odd Jobs LLCWe Do Odd Jobs LLC
Kimberley D.
I was extremely impressed with Gogo Transport Services. We had a very difficult piece of furniture to move and they used the utmost of care in moving it. He answered my many questions & the entire team was very friendly and helpful throughout the process. I highly recommend their services and have already booked them for another job!
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Katherine G.
Adeel moved furniture from Alameda to Sacramento for me and he was fast and everything was wrapped up good and no damages! I would definitely use this company again in the future.
Marhata moving servicesMarhata moving services
Nicky o.
I almost made the mistake of trying to move with just a few friends. Thank goodness I hired Rick and Kiri. Hustle & Muscle is the perfect name too... these gentleman are very hard workers and do not stop until the job is done! Not only this, they’re just kind people as well. I highly recommend them if you’re considering hiring movers. Thanks again guys...I’m settling in my new home well 🙏🏼 ~Nicky
HUSTLEandMUSCLE— Veteran BusinessHUSTLEandMUSCLE— Veteran Business
Nichole M.
I reached out for a 90-mile move. Matt and his crew got the job done quickly and in less time than I'd planned. I recommend without hesitation!
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Jennifer L.
Rick and his team stepped into assist me with moving a large item after another person failed to show up. I will definitely be hiring him for other pickup and deliver jobs!
HUSTLEandMUSCLE— Veteran BusinessHUSTLEandMUSCLE— Veteran Business
Tina N.
We needed help moving large items from out of the pod into our condo (with stairs). Mike was not only responsive, but also extremely flexible and kind. We had major hiccups and needing to reschedule and he worked with us to ensure he can help us. When they arrived, they were quick and was able to move heavy pieces, up and down stairs with no problem. I highly recommend him and would use his services again without a doubt!
DMC HaulingDMC Hauling
Thumbtack Customer
We received a quick response to all our questions. JP altered our deal at the last minute when I asked to change the job. Just the way I wanted it. Nice efficient young men. I will use this moving service again.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Judith C.
Boutique Moving staff were all excellent, thank you Marcel and Juan. My only suggestion would be a slightly bigger truck; they couldn't fit in 2 standing lamps & 2 large mirrors which my husbans and I will need to bring later.
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
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