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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Cerritos movers
Paulie M.
I basically had two small beds, a bookshelf, and some household items that I pre-packed, so the move shouldn't have taken more than four/five hours. I had another company move me with the same items not too long ago and had charged me for four and a half hours. Since that particular company wasn't available to move me this time, I hired Genius Moving but was very disappointed with the amount of time the movers of this company took to move me to my new house in Chino from my former house in Cerritos. They charged me for eight hours - almost double the time the other moving company had charged me. The distance between my former home and my new home is 35 minutes, but the movers took more than two hours to arrive at my new place. I drove my car to my new house slightly after their truck had left with my household items, and I arrived at my new house within half an hour, but the movers were nowhere to be found. I kept waiting and making phone calls to the Genius Moving company to find out where the movers went. I didn't think it was very professional to be treated that way. The movers also left all the wrapping papers and plastic all over my house.
Genius MovingGenius Moving
Glenda L.
Working with J&G was a fantastic experience from packing to moving. The team arrived on time, were friendly and helpful throughout the packing and moving. Excellent leadership and teamwork. I had a big move after living in a house for 30 years with a lot things you accumulate over the years. The move was complicated and involved moving multiple items and working around leaving some items. I highly recommend them to anyone and would use them anytime I need to having the services they provide. Hurray to J&G, Glenda
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
Natalie H.
Great guys helped us out with moving into our new location. We decided last minute that it would be better to have movers in helping us move all our belongings to our new apartment because between me and my husband a new baby and a dog. It was definitely not ideal. James was friendly, communicative and professional.
StableStackServices LLCStableStackServices LLC
Mary X.
So great working with Rick! Would recommend to anyone who needs help moving :)
Rick's simple movingRick's simple moving
Justin M.
In this vast world, we have an over abundance of options when it comes to human services. Whether the need is food, help moving to a new home, car repair, or even a relationship, it is all at our fingertips combined with a phone screen. I needed aide in moving a family heirloom pool table from my aunt's home to my own, so I did what all humans do: I used my fingertips and that phone and searched the internet. The unfortunate part about that vastness, though, is that it comes with a lot of people who lie and cheat their way into your pockets to make a quick dollar. Well, that is NOT 24 Seven Moving! 24 Seven Moving was extremely professional, they were prompt, they were kind and soft spoken, hard working, focused, and they took their time with breaking down, wrapping, and also padding the table before moving it (mind you, the table is 9ft and extremely heavy, and only 3 men showed up!) To add ice cream to the cake, they were fair in price, even with installation. Even with a few hiccups and Los Angeles traffic, they didn't try to price gauge me. If you need a responsive, fair, and peaceful moving company, please call 24 Seven Moving! 🧘🏼‍♂️🇲🇳🇯🇲🧘🏾‍♂️
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Michael P.
Wow, that's all I can say. Alex is amazing. Not only did he move one of my pianos but he was able to move the second one at the same time, this is the kind of service you'll get. I'm definitely going to call Alex when I need a piano moved and will highly recommend him to everyone I know. You won't be disappointed, don't wait, he's your guy to get the job done. Shows up, does a great job, and gets it done promptly.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Trae P.
Very efficient moving team that quickly got several items of furniture from my parents' house to a friend's house. The move included needing to break down and reassemble two beds, as well as traversing a stairway with one of the beds and a desk, but they were able to do so easily. I highly recommend them !
Clever MovingClever Moving
Sharon B.
We had a mixed experience with this company. There apparently was a miscommunication with the dispatcher so they sent 3 movers instead of 2. We ended up resolving that after some back and forth, however it wasn't a great start to the day. Also, they were about 40 minutes late. Not the end of the world, just a bit annoying. The men did good work packing up all of our furniture and moving it. One really upsetting thing that happened, one of the movers apparently was never taught how to use a bathroom. He made a complete mess of the bathroom at both the house we moved from and the house we moved to. Pee on the seat, water all over the floor and counter, and a dirty mess on the floor from him stepping in the water with dirty shoes. The last thing we wanted to deal with was cleaning up after an adult male who was a guest in our home. Only advice to anyone using this company, keep an eye out on your bathrooms.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Mark S.
Rick and his sons were super helpful. They came out on short notice and got my small move done quickly and carefully. I will definitely be using him in the future and highly recommend!
Rick's simple movingRick's simple moving
Neel P.
Great team, came on time, kept me in the loop and was very transparent about pricing. Went above and beyond to move my two fridges from two properties. 100% will use again
Inception MovingInception Moving
Ranjan A.
I hired their service for pickup of second hand refrigerator and the quote they provided was very reasonable. The movers assigned for the job were punctual and delivered the stuff with proper care and handle. I definitely recommend their service.
StableStackServices LLCStableStackServices LLC
Miriam H.
Chris was amazing! I had 5 really big pieces of furniture to move, which are quite heavy and he was able to move everything in the time he predicted to me. He was respectful of my home and furniture and very friendly. It was awesome to meet Chris and his partner Alex! They are very nice guys that make sure you are satisfied with their work. Chris, thank you for all your help! You're awesome and I hope to hire you again! Thank you for your kind spirit and energetic dedication!
Christopher CrawfordChristopher Crawford
Marilyn M.
They did an excellent job. They were very fast in getting the job done. Very courteous and respectful. They listened to all my instructions and executed them perfectly. If we ever need movers again we will definitely be contacting them. Thank you guys for a job well done.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Dawn C.
From the moment we asked for a quote…to the last box packed away in our storage unit….Bulky Bros was great from start to finish! I would definitely recommend them for all your moving needs! Linda was great as well in setting up all the details!! Thanks again for helping us out and making everything go so smoothly!
Bulky Bros Inc.Bulky Bros Inc.
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