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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 Covina movers
Stephen F.
Exclusive Movers are amazing. They are professional, courteous, prompt and very careful. They did a fabulous job moving our heavy furniture and taking care to make sure it was properly protected. I will definitely call Exclusive Moves for our next move.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Stuart X.
Very reliable mover!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Naga K.
I highly recommend this moving company because of their flexibility, professionalism and puntuality and these movers did a fantastic job. Adam was the sales rep whom i spoke with gave me a highly reccomedable quote.
True MoversTrue Movers
Helped me move a treadmill up a flight of stairs on last minute notice. Justin was on time and was a great help. I highly recommend
In And Out Moving Co.In And Out Moving Co.
Dan P.
Don and his team were fantastic! Responsive, friendly, and took great care of items. Went above and beyond in assisting with the move! Highly recommend!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Ruben Z.
Guys did an awesome job. Moved heavy items and were able to get my oversized motorized bed upstairs all in one piece!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Jen J.
The movers Jake and Alex worked diligently and efficiently. Jake is an exceptional leader on their moving team. They wrapped my items well and delivered with no incidents. I would have provided five stars for this service, but I feel Chuva (the arranger) was not 100 percent clear about the pricing - which was still very reasonable. I was charged for 3 hours (the minimum) for the packing/moving. The drive time (about 40 miles) is on top of the minimum, so the cost was closer to $400 than $300. This service was worth it, I just object to how this was communicated. I prefer to know everything up front. All this being said, I would and will hire them again.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Larry and Dean (Dad & Son) was a pleasure. Part of the success was the interaction I had with Larry via email and texting that allowed us to coordinate up front which resulted in a successful move of my Piano from Glendora to Covina. Everything Larry said he would do for me HAPPENED, so Larry & Dean are definitely a pair of 5-Star Movers. "John from Covina"
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Jesus S.
I don’t normally write reviews, but the team that helped move us to our new home was excellent. They hustled & we’re very pleasant while they worked. Highly recommend!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Daniel P.
Paul and his associate were extremely professional and helped me in an absolute bind. After trying to move our very awkward workout machine with 6 other guys I called on professionals for help. I was turned away by 3 other companies because of the complexity of the job, but Help Me Inc. accepted the challenge. They did wonderful work and I recommend their service to anyone looking for help moving. Thank you Paul and associate!
Help Me IncHelp Me Inc
Zhalleh M.
My husband and I are very pleased working with Reliable Movers. The name says it all, they are reliable✅,efficient✅ and professional. They made sure not to hit walls ✅, read box labels and place them in the correct rooms. This is coming from a couple that moves on a regular base. Their prices are fair and reasonable✅. We would definitely work with them in the future and would recommend them . Thank you for making this process smooth and easy for us.
Karl A.
Needed last minute furniture to be moved, Donnie and team came a few hours later even though it was a very last minute request. Got the job done right away! Highly recommend 👍🏻
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Jennifer H.
Do not use these movers! Be cautious! They are horrible! They agreed to come and move at 3p-5p originally. When I questioned the man he stated that would be there from 3p-4p. I contacted him at 4p and he said they would be there in an hour. I got a call at 455 stating that they were an hour away! When they finally arrived they advised my husband that a 3 hour job would take 5 hours. They also advised him that they would charge $100 more for the washer and dryer and that they would charge extra for being upstairs. Mind you- when I booked them- I sent an itemized list of what would be moved and stated that I lived in a second story! Horrible management! Then we told them to cancel - I contacted them through app and the guy advised that they would charge me $297! For them mismanaging time and information. Then he continued to call me and had the movers drive back to my location after they left to get money from me! They threatened to not leave and call the police! Never use them! Save yourself the trouble!
EZ Moving in LAEZ Moving in LA
Pat Q.
Great work. Punctual. Texts to let you know when he's arriving. Professional. Price was right. Nice friendly person. If I ever move from this apartment, I would definitely call N My Lane!
Monica Z.
I needed same day help to move bunk beds I bought. Adrian responded to my request and started the job within 30 min of my inquiry! I will definitely keep him in my contacts for future business!
West Side MovingWest Side Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Mightiest Touch Movers were great! They communicated with me in the morning giving me an accurate ETA. They worked really hard, never taking a break. They were so careful with my furniture and my walls (which was not easy on stairwells). They were efficient, hardworking, and honest. I would highly recommend these guys to all my friends and family!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Vincent R.
I had no idea what was involved in moving a pool table until I saw the master Jorge at work. The amount of care that goes into these types of things blew my mind. Jorge is a true professional and you just know he's been doing this kind of thing for years. I recommend anyone to give him a call if you're in need of billiard service.
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Paul S.
Larry is such an honest guy. He exceeded our expectations tenfold. First, he quoted us lesser than what others in the area had quoted us. On top of that, he charged us less than what he quoted. He also helped us move out our old refrigerator which he did without us having to request him. Though we paid him a little more than what he had calculated we still feel that he got underpaid. Its hard to believe that people like him exist in this day and age. We would definitely hire him back.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
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