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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 Burbank movers
Arindam S.
Very professional movers. Right from the booking till the move was over everything was professional. We moved from an apartment in Burbank to a new home in Santa Clarita. So we were worried about the new paint being scratched and all but they moved everything perfectly. They made sure nothing in our new home was damaged or scratched. Their rates are reasonable too. Definitely recommend them for your moves.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Tracy C.
Jason the Moving Supervisor and Michael were excellent. They were professional, responsive and very prompt. They moved each of my items with care which I really appreciated. I recommend them for your moving needs!
Rubicon Moving & StorageRubicon Moving & Storage
Jacqui J.
It was so great! They came earlier than expected and moved everything so efficiently! The two movers were amazing and experienced. They helped us out so much! Would have them move us again in a heartbeat.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
All 4 movers were great. they all worked together and made my move stress-free. Their prices were the best out of the other quotes. I have already referred them to my friend for his move!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Ronalynn L.
Thomas and his team were amazing. They were very helpful and with the move trying to get us moved out and in quickly. I definitely recommend!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Pat moved me from Burbank to Las Vegas and it ended up being a much larger move than originally thought. His offer was lower than other moving companies because he deciphers the most economical way to move you. His hired help on both ends of my move were extremely helpful and efficient. Whatever it took to accommodate the move, Pat was there to help. We also ended up towing my car. He's trustworthy, honest and a hard worker. Always polite and respectful during an incredibly stressful time. I would definitely trust him for the job at hand.
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Thumbtack Customer
Great Service! Easy to book and was kind to call and give availability. On the day of the move, mover was on time with truck and dolly. Thank you very much!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Thumbtack Customer
Moving Troopers is very professional moving company. i trusted them my 3 bedroom house and they did a greta job on that. They were very thorough while explaining the prices and they gave me some tips how to pack to save money. They provided the packing materials for free on our move day. The actual movers were very experienced. i will definitely recommend this guys!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Rebecca M.
Move would great, would recommend!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Raymond W.
Move was great. Thank you guys
Redline movingRedline moving
Tracy L.
My experience with 24SEVEN Movers was outstanding! Edgar was responsive, professional and really cared about protecting my furniture and my home. He had all the equipment and a fantastic attitude. I plan to use his service again and highly recommend 24SEVEN Movers to anyone looking for a great moving experience!!
Thumbtack Customer
Best Service, Easy way to move my stuff
Kobe MovingKobe Moving
Fatimah B.
A very good team of local movers and I will hire again.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Thumbtack Customer
Let me start off by saying that this guys ROCK and on m move they lived up to their reputation. No hidden costs even the boxes were included in the rate. no B.S. Chris was the guy who booked me. excellent customer service! the movers were even better (Sorry Chris))) ). they moved us in a beast mode! non stop work. Thank You guys!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Jessica R.
Moving in itself is a hard task but thanks to these movers I can say that this move was so stress free. They showed up on time and gave top notch service. I have no complaints. I would recommend them to anyone that needs movers. They gave excellent service, they took care of our furniture, they handled everything with care, their attitude towards their job and personality was just amazing. I am beyond pleased with this top notch service . Worth every penny! If you are considering moving please do not hesitate to contact this company and I can truly say the guys will not disappoint you! Good help is so hard to find but I can sit here in this moment very pleased to say they proved me wrong. If I should ever be moving again I will for sure be contacting this company and hopefully they would still be with them. Well done guys!
Local Moving Services Inc.Local Moving Services Inc.
Rebecca B.
Nicest guys. Moved 3 very heavy pieces. Loved them
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Judith H.
THIS IS YOUR MOVÍNG COMPANY!!! The Clever Moving staff were all 5 stars. We could not of asked for better service. Our move had many stairs and challenges. All 3 movers worked VERY hard and never once complained. I was concerned about moving our sleep number bed, and an Ikea closet. They disassembled both pieces and reassembled at the new location. They wrapped all furniture and artwork to prevent them from getting dirty without any extra charges. I know when looking for movers we have many choices to choose from, but I assure you, you do not need to look further this is the company you should choose, I promise you will not be disappointed. I usually do not do reviews, but we were so impressed with their service, professionalism, punctuality, and price. My husband and I strongly recommend Clever Moving.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Dalar A.
These guys were amazing. They moved me from Burbank to Santa Monica in less than 4 hours, including a few heavy pieces of furniture (dresser, bed, tv console, etc) without breaking a sweat. They disassembled and reassembled my bed as well, and did it all with a smile. I saved their number and will be using them if I ever need to move again, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for movers.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Terrence W.
Alex and his team were great! They were quick and got our three bedroom house packed up in just over 5 hours and we have a TON of stuff. They were also great with our toddler and made the move a lot more fun for him. All of our stuff was disassembled, reassembled, and moved in just over 9 hours! Thank you guys, made moving a much better experience!
Redline movingRedline moving
Pamela R.
Christopher and Jonathan did a super job of moving my piano that I gave to a friend to her residence! They arrived right on time. Their price was so reasonable! They took wonderful care while moving the piano. They have a good size moving van with a lift. Both gentleman were so pleasant with a smile on their face! I will definately call them again! There were no extra charges added at the end of the trip. I might add that I followed them in my car to the destination. Christopher drove responsibly and took the quickest route to the destination during rush time in the evening! YOU WILL BE SO PLEASED USING MUSCLE MOVERS!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Shannon S.
News did a fantastic job with our move. The team worked quickly but still carefully. Our project involved multiple locations and they were able to work around the complications of each site with true professionalism. I would highly recommend this team for any moving project.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Hat P.
Moving is so stressful and I had to move in a pinch, and am so happy I chose Nomad Movers. Ali and Kadyr were my movers, they were so supportive and flexible with my OCD packing requests and they made sure I was happy no matter what we did, I didn’t have a chance to begin packing so they helped pack most of my room for me, and given that I didn’t do the packing myself I completely felt taken care of and trusted their instincts and their packing style. I hope I don’t have to move for a while, for me it really is one of the most stressful things to do, but if I do, I would 100% hire Nomad again and ask for Ali and Kadyr. So many positive vibes, thank you so much 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Clare G.
On time. Care in moving items. Straight forward, fair flat rate bid---no last minute upcharges.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Eddie T.
I hired them to help my parents move and they were fast, professional, and did a great job.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Nancy G.
BK movers were fantastic. I would definitely recommend them. A very good value for the miney
BK Movers LABK Movers LA
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