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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.

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 Danville movers
Andy N.
We were so thrilled to have Move Me Do help us move yesterday. From start, Sam was very responsive and helpful in providing us an initial estimate for what was to move. In the days and weeks that followed, we kept in touch so that Sam could schedule his team accordingly. Finally, the big move day - the team showed up with a BIG truck, and strong & capable men! Their team’s ability to work together really showed in their efficiency & masterful packing it all in! We were so impressed and grateful at the end of our move. And highly recommend this company!
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Alaina W.
Tony’s movers did a really great job with our move. They were professional, careful with our things, had a fair price and worked really hard the entire time until the job was done. We’re glad we chose this company for our move and will plan to use them again next time.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Shirine T.
I reached out to 10 different movers bidding for a condo move in neighboring cities. From the onset, Luis was professional, responsive, and provided the a fair rate based on my move. I booked with him and it was the best decision I made! Unfortunately the weekend that I scheduled my move was in the middle of a heat wave, but despite it being hot, Luis and his son maintained a positive and professional demeanor, hustled hard up multiple flights of stairs, and were incredibly thoughtful and careful in transporting my items. In fact, everything arrived perfectly! If anyone is looking for movers who are honest, take pride in what they do, and provide exceptional service, I’d highly recommend Mr. Domínguez’s services.
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Debi C.
The team of 3, Dimitri,Daniel and #3 ( didn’t catch 3rd name) were great. They worked hard, were responsive to requests and changes, polite and completed our partial move in Danville. They wrapped items well with their supplies at no extra charge, no hidden fees. We moved locally from a 2 story prepping for sale to a townhome with some movement of items to garage, some a different room, some to their truck for cross town move into 1 story. Disassembled and reassembled as needed with their own tools. I’ll use them again for our final move at closing.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Nirup S.
I have moved more than 10 times in US and they have been hands down the hardest and most efficient movers. Extremely easy to work with and I never saw them even take proper breaks even though they charge hourly. They had a smile on their face through the day. Disconnected/reconnected appliances with ease. Hands down one of the best decisions I made during this move!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Karen L.
Proffessional, experienced, and efficient mover. Clean large Mercedes van. Excellent communication.
Stefanie B.
We had a great experience, best movers we've had. They took time to careful wrap all of our furniture to make sure nothing was damaged. They brought a big truck and was able to move our 2 bedroom apartment in one trip.
Krishna K.
I highly recommend Bear's moving services. Really happy with the services they have provided.
BP MovingBP Moving
Donald S.
Tony's Movers gets a top rating!!! Getting the quote was a quick process, but I selected them based on the responsiveness and quality of responses versus other companies. They were the most professional in answering my questions. The quote was good and they did a great job the day of the move. They did an excellent job packing our kitchen and moving our entire house. It was a full day job for four guys and a large truck, but they were very efficient.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Stephen M.
Derrick and Tremaine were great. Moved a house load of furniture. Would gladly use them again!!!
Laura M.
Came on time for a small moving job, were professional, friendly, a smooth and easy experience. I'd hire these guys again!
DMC HaulingDMC Hauling
David D.
Rick & his team took on a pretty tough hot tub move and did a great job. He and his whole team were very experienced, respectful, and professional. There were a few obstacles that came up during the move and they calmly thought through a solution and got it done. I’m very impressed. I highly recommend them.
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Chris J.
Renan was great! Fast, responsive, and took great care in wrapping my items before the move. Would hire him again in a heartbeat!
John G.
Victor and Kevin did an amazing job for my family, taking apart multiple beds, moving them around the Bay Area, and then assembling them again. They were communicative, on-time, and took great care to protect the furniture and move it safely. On top of this, they're super friendly guys that we liked having in our home. I'll use them exclusively for anything that requires a truck or furniture assembly in the future.
Ruby S.
Anthony and his crew were polite and extremely helpful. My brother had a last minute move for a large home full of heavy furniture and hastily packed boxes. They worked long into the evening without complaints and were back early the next day. Some of my friends that came to help pack were impressed. We all plan to call Anthony for any future Bay Area moves!
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Cindy m.
Jose and Juan were simply wonderful! They did a great job. What could have been a stressful move turned out to be very pleasant because of them.
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Kathleen D.
Ivan and team were fantastic. They were punctual, fast, and incredibly efficient. I really appreciate their hard work getting my furniture moved into my new house.
Lucky2Movers L.L.C.Lucky2Movers L.L.C.
Joel A.
Had a great experience throughout. Helpful in providing a bid and setting a moving date. Did a very thorough job packing and loading and then unloading. Will definitely hire them again.
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Valerie T.
Hardworking, professional, listened to our concerns, and careful with our belongings. I could not have hired two better movers. I would hire them again. Thank you!
J/H Moving and DeliveryJ/H Moving and Delivery
Barbara s.
Anthony and his helper were very professional and it was a pleasurable experience. I already sent a photo copy of Anthony’s card to my friend who is moving. I would use Anthony again.
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Yvonne J.
We Do Odd Jobs are awesome! Jonathan, Noah & Riley were very pleasant and professional. Chris “Thank You” for the flexibility in scheduling our move. I highly recommend We Do Odd Jobs!!
We Do Odd Jobs LLCWe Do Odd Jobs LLC
Sarah C.
Tony was amazing! Very professional, they responded right away, gave me a quote with no extra fees and charges etc. they were friendly, punctual, professional, and moved the piano with in the hour. Thank you so much! I definitely recommend this company
Tony's moversTony's movers
Megan R.
Luis and Robert were great! Luis was quick to respond to my request and set a day/time to move my elliptical. They were able to come 2 hours earlier than set which worked out great. Thanks guys!
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Nancy A.
On Friday, May 3, Horacio sent out 2 men to move my furniture piece. They were punctual, VERY helpful and professional! I would happily use this company or refer La Claire to others !! Definitely 5 stars!
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Jennifer B.
Keith moved and installed our baby grand digital piano. Both he and his assistant were helpful and knowledgable. He also responded back to me very quickly, and did the job the following day. I highly recommend using them!
Churchill's PianosChurchill's Pianos
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