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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Carlsbad movers
Thumbtack Customer
They moved fast and efficiently and we were happy with the moving experience.
Reliable Delivery LLCReliable Delivery LLC
Mazin S.
My originally planned movers did not show up and Hector with Vazquez moving was able to put together a crew to move me into my home at the last minute. The crew was meticulous in protecting my belongings and were very careful not to damage my home moving out and moving in. Mosley is a great crew lead and you'll be lucky to have them manage your move. I would recommend them ... they are good people and did a great job!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Gabe W.
We had to move a piano and they were able to move it the same day at a fair price. Thank you!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Rebecca C.
The BEST movers I have ever worked with! (& I've moved 5 times in the last 8 years)
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
James G.
Good move. No problems.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Kris A.
I've used Michael and his team for two moves now. They are always professional and careful with our items. This last move the move date kept changing because of construction delays and Michael was still able to accommodate my timeline. I would highly recommend. You get what you pay for with quality movers. Cheers!
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Allen l.
Rob was quick to respond and quick to schedule my small job. He and his guys handled the move of a very large and heavy cabinet out of a tight room and down 2 flights of narrow stairs and completed the job that I required them to do. I would highly recommend On The Move for any small moving job and would use them again even on a large move.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Betty H.
The movers were efficient and very professional
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Thumbtack Customer
They were quick, responsive and not pushy at all. I had 3 movers show up bright and early on a Saturday. All of my stuff got to my new place in one piece. I would recommend these guys if you need movers. Thanks Dominant Moving Systems!
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
Bob R.
I would highly recommend Cloud 9. My movers were professional, courteous, and efficient. They completed my move from Carlsbad to OB in less than three hours. When I got the quote from D’Wayne I thought there’d be the dreaded add on charges but much to my delight, I paid what I was quoted. Other movers would not commit to a quote and said it would be 3-5 hours for my move - not Cloud 9, they stayed true to their quote. If you want a quality and affordable move hire this company.
Cloud 9 Movers LLCCloud 9 Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Elite arrived on time and moved our baby grand piano quickly. Their team of mover's were very professional and friendly. We couldn't of asked for a better experience.
Elite Moving San Diego Inc.Elite Moving San Diego Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a quick move and John was able to help me with that. He sent me a quote. I never was given a contract to sign. It was suppose to be a pack and unpack for a set amount. They tried to quit my move in the middle because of a death in the family. I informed them that I had to work the next day, so they tried to finish the move. There were still items left behind that I had to move myself. John informed me that they had 4 professional movers move us. 2 of the guys said this was their 1st day and last day. 3 pieces of my jewelry were missing. They told me that they have no liability towards the missing items.
Affordable Labor and Moving ServicesAffordable Labor and Moving Services
Wiplove M.
Great experience, starting from free in house estimation, to setting up appointment, and then awesome professional friendly move on the move day. Daniel #1, Kyle, Malcolm, Joseph #1 were great. Fast, transparent, courteous, careful, and no hassle whatsoever. Highly recommend if someone is looking for a peaceful moving.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
April B.
As an interior designer that has used countless movers over the years, I can recommend Cloud 9 with full confidence. The guys, De'Wayne, Chad & Drake were total professionals, super friendly, polite, on time and moved our items with zero issues. Thanks Allen for helping with our move.
Cloud 9 Movers LLCCloud 9 Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were excellent!!!! They arrived on time, were very careful with my furniture, calculated the agreed price, were respectful. The best move I could have hoped for.
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Luiz showed up on time and carefully moved everything and did everything we asked, even moving a heavy piano! Great job and would hire him again!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Jea K.
Great guys. Did a great job on the move
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Esther J.
These movers did exactly what I wanted- they help my family move into our new home and they did it fast and efficiently. I would definitely hire them again.
Cloud 9 Movers LLCCloud 9 Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They handled my move in under 3 hours - so I paid the 3 hour minimum. The movers were organized, strong and respectful. I would hire them again.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Seever S.
The movers were polite and professional. The value was great. We agreed on $150 for the whole move and we committed to that. They even moved the old material from the destination and hauled it away for us. I appreciate that. I would have rated them 5 if it wasn't for the punctuality. They weren't 100% punctual. All else good.
Km servicesKm services
Mackenzie E.
Russel and Yuri were amazing! Arrived 10 mins earlier than the quoted time window, moved items very quickly, and unloaded very quickly. Great price for professional movers.
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Jeremias H.
I was very pleased with the work they did. Velazquez movers came on time and were very friendly. My items were well protected during the move. Will definitely hire them again.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Kristen M.
This was such an amazing, professional crew who went over and beyond to make our move as seamless as possible. Not only did they move our things, but they helped us install and reassemble pieces in the new place. They were so easy to work with, and would absolutely hire them again if we ever need to move another time.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The three movers were professional, fast, and efficient. They worked very hard. The only issue was there was some scheduling issue that delayed the movers so they arrived a couple of hours late. Since we had a bunch of friends waiting at our new address to unpack, they had to wait because of the delay. The movers were fantastic despite the scheduling hiccup.
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
Chris S.
They did a great job on an unusual and difficult move of large furniture
Hudson MoversHudson Movers
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