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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.

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’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. 

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 do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Davis movers
Danny T.
We were pleased with MAS Movers and hired them for a subsequent move. Both experiences were solid.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Thumbtack Customer
They came with a trailer, not piano moving truck. But they were very careful to move the piano. Good job guys!
Thompson PaintingThompson Painting
Nick m.
The best movers!
Katie E.
The movers were kind and worked hard but… Came one hour later than the scheduled time. Broke one piece of furniture completely and did not tell me, I saw that it was broken after the movers left. Damaged other furniture pieces, and again, I saw the damage after the movers left. Disappointed after tipping 25%.
Angela O.
I'm very pleased with all the movers who came for the job. They're hard working people, very efficient, friendly and yet professional as well. I have few bulky items for them to move and yet, they still treated the job very seriously. I highly recommend them to anybody who is looking for either a small or big move!
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
Jennifer Y.
Movers were very fast and they were very good with instructions. I literally did not lift a single box. I would definitely recommend this company to people who are looking for fast/efficient and professional movers. They definitely get the job done nicely!!
🥇24HOURMOVING - FREE Boxes & FREE Junk Removals🥇24HOURMOVING - FREE Boxes & FREE Junk Removals
Zhaolin Z.
Very efficient, super careful with every piece of moving. Clean work and nice people.
Natalie R.
I'd used them for a larger move, and knew they were the right company for this job, too!
Chang-Il H.
Friendly and kind. Two crews moved a heavy table top to 2nd floor carefully and assembled the table.
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Tiana H.
They did a fantastic job! Fast work with excellent quality. Would recommend them to anyone moving in the area!
Mark H.
Mario and team showed up on time and moved everything quickly and carefully. All were very friendly.
Easy pro movers LLC.   MarioEasy pro movers LLC. Mario
Laura C.
Task Specialists Moving helped us pack a 3 bedroom home into a u-haul and then they helped us unload it into a storage unit 25 minutes away. Even though we had originally only booked them to load, they had no problem helping us unload as well. I really appreciate the care with which they protected our belongings using blankets and Saran Wrap. I was most worried about moving my beloved exercise bike. The team took excellent care of it and it’s resting safely in my storage unit, awaiting my return Before the day was out, my husband said that this was, by far, the least stressful move we’ve ever had— and we’ve had quite a few. Investing in the services provided by Task Specialists Moving was a vital step in reducing our moving stress and keeping the injuries sustained by my husband and our friends to a minimum.
Task Specialists MovingTask Specialists Moving
Maria L.
Adrain was punctual and delivered the three furnitures from three different locations in a very organized manner. Highly recommended mover/hauler.
uCall iHaul LLCuCall iHaul LLC
Mauricio O.
I could not have gone with anyone better than Traust Moving. Being a home owner, your worry about damaging walls and floor. But they were very careful and safely protected my furniture and appliances. These guys don’t mess around, they are fast, effective and respectful. My wife appreciated very much that they secured her plants and listened to what went where, etc. Traust was honestly my first choice since I had worked with other moving company, but after this, I will only recommend Traust moving. Thank you guys for making this an easy transition!
Traust Moving Local & Long Distance MovesTraust Moving Local & Long Distance Moves
Justin P.
They arrived about an hour later than they estimated for me but besides that, it was a quick and smooth move. Was happy to work with them and would recommend them.
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
Jacob A.
Didn’t end up using his services but he was very friendly and responsive. Will surely use him in the future for my moving needs!
Austin W.
Very good experience. The movers completed the job in time, and they took care of my furniture very well. They are also very polite and careful. Highly recommended.
Danielle C.
I needed some last minute help to move a few heavy pieces of furniture to my parents house . Mario was super quick to respond and was able to come out the next day. He and Antonio worked quite fast but were careful about wrapping up our furniture before moving the items. They also helped my parents with some heavy lifting work at their house. They were courteous and professional. Their rates were quite competitive too. I would definitely hire them again .
Easy pro movers LLC.   MarioEasy pro movers LLC. Mario
Betty P.
Kevin and his crew were exceptionally responsive to all of our needs and went above and beyond our expectations! We would definitely recommend them for moving. They were professional and did exactly what we asked of them.
Siyuan F.
Was really great! Came when they said they would, and were very fast and experienced when moving. Very nice people :D. Let me tag along to and fro on the truck, too — thanks so much for that, by the way. No faults at all! A++ :D
Antonio N.
The crew arrived on time and got to work immediately. They got everything wrapped and loaded into the truck much faster than I thought, and unloaded things just as fast. I really appreciate their work ethic and flexibility and will definitely call them again for a future move. 5 stars for sure!
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Cristina S.
JJ's did an amazing job moving a large house for us. It took more than 12 hours and they just kept going with a great attitude to finish the job. They are professional, polite, respectful young men with a great future as a business owners. We're already planning on hiring them again in the near future.
JJ’s RemovalJJ’s Removal
Tim C.
I can’t say enough good things about them, start from quote process, they are open and patient, so as a customer you will know what’s included what’s not. Than a day before moving they will confirm with you , and they will contact you when they leave for the job. The entire process is highly organized and professional, very efficient.
BT Movers LLCBT Movers LLC
Diane V.
We needed a few things moved from my daughters Davis home- she is a student so we had a limited window of time. I literally got on the app Sunday afternoon. They came within a few hours, got the job done quickly - I highly recommend these guys - they kept me in the loop via text. They had a big truck and could have taken the whole house in one trip.
Easy pro movers LLC by EfrainEasy pro movers LLC by Efrain
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