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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 Calabasas movers
Ezina L.
Flash Moving was great to work with. They showed up on time, worked quickly and got the move done in rapid time. Barry is an excellent communicator and let me know where he was at every step of the way. All items were moved safely and there were no hidden fees during the move. I appreciate that the fee quoted was the fee charged. Will definitely use them going forward and would also recommend Flash Moving to anyone needing to move.
FLASH MOVINGFLASH MOVING
Jennifer J.
Paul and his crew were professional and amazing. If I have to move again I will definitely contact them to move me!!!
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
From the moment I contacted Muscle Movers they made the moving process easy & stress free. They are punctual, professional, and super strong. I’m already settled into my new place, but if I ever need to move I would absolutely hire them again :)
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Thumbtack Customer
BK Movers moved a piano for us this time. We have worked with them previously and once again they did not disappoint. Quick, professional and fair. We would recommend again and again.
BK Movers LABK Movers LA
Wayne B.
Very good moving experience— careful with my furniture
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Steve M.
Great Movers! On time and reasonable. Nothing broke or was misplaced.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Nina S.
We had our floors refinished and needed to move furniture out of a few rooms into another room. I got many quotes that were expensive for this type of job. PTM Movers were reasonable and helpful. Dave is super-responsive and got back to me right away. The guys showed up on time and did the job very well. We're having them come back to move everything back into place. If you need a mover you can rely on, give PTM a call!
PTM MoversPTM Movers
Michael K.
Paul and his crew are extremely efficient and very flexible! I watched in amazement as his crew moved our belongings effortlessly and what seemed to be in record time! I would recommend this moving company to anyone!
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Alina H.
Frank did an excellent job on our move. Will definitely use again.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Larry S.
These guys were great. No time wasted, they went right to work and completed the move in less than 3 hours. Moved some large items from Calabasas to Simi Valley. I will use them again when needed.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Mojgan S.
Professional, efficient, friendly and fast movers. I would recommend them and use them again.👍
PTM MoversPTM Movers
Candice l.
Great experience with a last minute move of a large couch. They were able to accommodate my time and budget. Would use again.
ugoodmoversugoodmovers
Franzi K.
Carlos and Leo did an amazing job moving our large sofa. They were very professional and I highly recommend them. We called them last minute and they immediately scheduled us the same day and showed up to our house on time. It was a very heavy sofa and they did a very professional job moving it from the first floor to the second floor. We have plans to hire them again.
BOXES IN A FLASH LLCBOXES IN A FLASH LLC
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were fantastic. When another moving company no-showed on a day we had planned a week in advance (taken time off, rented a storage unit, etc), Tony and his team were ready to come ASAP at a moment's notice and help us. He was quick, efficient and very helpful. He ensured that our furniture was protected as to avoid damage during the move. Excellent overall and I'd highly recommend his company.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Gary S.
Christopher and Ty provided a courteous and professional service for my small local move. They went above and beyond my expectations. They were also a great value. I FULLY recommend !!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Danielle R.
So this is long over due, but i wanted to make sure i shared my great experience with “Total Moving”. I’ve worked with them on two separate occasions and both times they were awesome. When i reached out they responded promptly and arrived on the job right on time. I especially appreciated their patience and the way they cared for each item. I recommend giving them a call for any moving job big or small. Great company, good guys.
Total MovingTotal Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Nice, kind, respectful and fast. I give Mario 5 stars. I would highly recommend his company. Excellent work ethic. Very happy with my move! Thanks Mario!!!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Lisa G.
Had a confirmed 9am appointment with West Side Moving and they did not show up. It is now 10:16am. Despite my repeated messages to the company, I received no reply, no apology and no explanation. Stay away and heed my warning. Very unprofessional and unreliable.
West Side MovingWest Side Moving
Lindsey M.
So much help awesome guys! They showed up on time and were very professional. They worked their asses off and I couldn’t thank them more. I had heavy furniture and a ton of stairs they made it look easy 🙂 thank you guys for all the help I appreciate you and will definitely hire you if I move again
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Rob Duran and Paul Arsenault did an outstanding job. They were prompt, friendly, and extremely efficient. Rob and Paul packed my entire apartment, disassembled the furniture, transported it to the new destination, and loaded and assembled the furniture at the new place. They worked their butts off to provide me with excellent service. I highly recommend Full Time Movers to anyone as a result of their phenomenal work. Thank you guys again.
Full Time MoversFull Time Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Tony was so beautiful... he showed up with his guy on time & ready to go! Great energy, kind, hard worker. He took such tender care in protecting my Baby Grand from 1930... all the way down the stairs. Such strength and delicate coordination! Arriving at the new location & completing the set up inside the Art Gallery. Just the trust I wanted to feel from my mover. Highly recommend.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
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