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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 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. 

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 Chula Vista movers
Thumbtack Customer
My movers were the best. Our move took longer than expected and they stayed till everything was moved and in place. They never complained and took minimal breaks.
Vector Moving and StorageVector Moving and Storage
Lucy C.
The movers were on time, courteous and professional. They took great care my household items that need to be moved. I will definitely recommend them to anyone that needs movers. The price was reasonable as well.
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
Ismael T.
Great movers, great rates. Angel arrived right on time and helped make our move simple and easy. Everything in perfect condition. I will be using them again for my next move.
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Yanira M.
Utile Movers did a great job moving our items. It was a small move but they did a great work and made sure our belongings we taken care of. I strongly recommend them.
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Niderah M.
Wasn’t told Materials weren’t included in move. Make sure to get pricing on everything. Otherwise movers were great.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Ja M.
I can't say enough about how amazing my move with truck easy moving went! This made moving seamlessly easy and very affordable I will be recommending them to everyone! They arrived 15 minutes early and were incredibly professional and nice! They managed to be very careful but also very quick with the move and ensured everything got moved properly. They also made sure that the boxes and furniture got placed in the correct location at my new house.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Loisa E.
We had truck easy move our things from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house, they were careful with moving our things, moved it were we wanted them at and they were friendly. They did a great job
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Tareon H.
Amazing movers!! My experience was nothing short of great. Communication was exceptional, on time, and very professional. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to move!!
San Diego MoversSan Diego Movers
Francisco J.
I used Must Have Movers for a large pack and unpack move (3200+ sq ft houses). Despite having to move very large/heavy furniture from multiple rooms, they remained fast, efficient and professional the entire move. Two things I appreciated the most: 1) While unpacking, they were very careful not to scratch or ding any of the walls (the new house we were moving into was just recently repainted) and 2) I had one small issue that I needed addressed after the move and Talant was extremely responsive and went above and beyond to ensure that I had a positive experience even after the move was done and paid for. I would highly recommend them in the future.
Must Have MoversMust Have Movers
Jonathan S.
These guys were amazing in helping me move my 77inch tv to the local Best Buy. I would highly recommend their service for any and all moves.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Di N.
OMG... They SAVED my life that day!!! I wuz in a DESPERATE state and BLAKE and his helper came to the rescue... They helped pack as well as move ALL my things,did it in a well timely manner 'THEY GOT THE JOB DONE" even the heavy items! I wuz SO impressed and thankful that I had Hudson movers work for me!!! If you need well experience AND quality movers HUDSON MOVERS are for you, That's a promise They are the BEST !!!
Hudson Movers & Handyman ServiceHudson Movers & Handyman Service
Thumbtack Customer
Just okay. Very nice and courteous. However, not the most able bodied movers. One worker was aged and slower and left me feeling guilty that he had to work as a mover. I also felt a younger workforce could have saved me time and money. Otherwise, movers were okay and accomplished the job.
The Clean Move Notary Services, LLCThe Clean Move Notary Services, LLC
Nalini M.
The best moving company I have utilized in 23 years of military moving. Took the best care of my items, treated my home with respect and most importantly did and amazing stress free job. I will hire them for any future project. Thank you for an exceptional stress free military move.
Martha F.
Tyler and Marcos did an outstanding job moving me.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
They were fast, courteous and careful with everything I was moving.
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Jessie A.
Was late for their appointment for 30 min. Did not cover the carpeting when moving The furnitures. Was charged 70 dollars for the gas even if they did not use the truck to move the stuff to another place. Scratch my walls and denied they did it. Did not send enough people to move the piano. The first time move my piano up they did made holes on my walls and did not take care of it. Nice people but should take responsibility of the damages at least. Will not recommend if they will get away with the damages
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Lisa J.
Even with 3 flights of stairs at both locations, the Packing Bees team completed my move in 4 hours! Excellent work and I'll call them again if I need moving help.
Packing Bees MoversPacking Bees Movers
Janeen R.
all 3 movers were extremely professional, patient & polite!
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Molly B.
Speedy moves was quick to respond to our needs. They moved very heavy, solid wood furniture and a safe up a set of stairs and various other items. Very happy with their response time and work. Thanks!
Jason O.
Quick, helpful, worked hard. Made my move easy.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very efficient, friendly and careful movers. Will use them again!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Guys are nice! On time and ready to move items! Definitely attentive to detail!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Jamal Q.
I've got Cube mover from thumbtack and they have exceeded my expectations. My 1 bedroom apartment was in the storage and movers had to bring everything upstairs (2 floor ). I thought I will have to hire someone else to move my piano, everyone was charging extra to bring it upstairs . Vlad , Gene me and my friend got it upstairs with no sweat, movers loaded it in the truck without our help and they did not charge me extra to deliver it to my apartment. Big bonus- their truck has a liftgate - it makes the job very simple.
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Porscha R.
I had a great experience with this company. Aaron and the second mover were great. Moved all my stuff from a storage unit and wrapped it up on spot then took it to my new home and assembled it! Would definitely recommend!
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived on time. Gave me a courtesy call. Worked quick & efficient.
Affordable Labor and Moving ServicesAffordable Labor and Moving Services
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