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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 Downey movers
Cassandra F.
I had a great experience with LA Moving Solutions. They moved my treadmill and it was a quick and affordable move.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Very nice move.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Sara G.
Great moving crew, fast and careful!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Micaela F.
Arrived on time, very professional and excellent work quality. They made sure my belongings were secured and safe to move. Worked in a timely manner. Would recommend this company to anyone who needs help moving!!! Will definitely use again the next time I need to move!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Such fast mover and they did a great job 👍🏽
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Norma C.
The service provided by Mightiest Touch Movers was excellent!! My items were moved into storage and Donald helped organize the space to make sure everything fit. They worked fast and finished the move in the agreed time. They were also very professional and polite. I would definitely hire them again!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Ryan B.
Very happy with Paul and his team. Fast friendly and funny movers, competitive rates, always did everything we asked and more, and very professional in their dealings. With some bad moving experiences in the past, I can see these guys are the real deal. I plan on hiring them for my next move.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Marilu C.
The service was excellent! I'm happy to say my fancy furniture was moved without a scratch! ☺️
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Merlin H.
These guys are really good movers. Punctual and carful with my belongings. Would hire them again
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Carol G.
Jose and his colleagues did an amazing job. We were moving from our home of thirty years and it was a big job. Their professionalism, great attitude and friendly demeanor made working with them a pleasure. Excellent communications and manners. I would recommend them to anyone planning a move in Southern California.
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Thumbtack Customer
Very courteous team, they give me a heads called the day before and the day of the moved and got to my house on time and move my stuff in a timely manner. I'm very happy with Mario service, he make sure that all my stuff was well taking care. ! A very professional team! Thank you.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Thumbtack Customer
We used MGB Relocations twice for our move to Menifee from Downey. Mario, Anthony and Oscar, did a wonderful job protecting our items, and knowing exactly how to position them in their truck for safety during the long drive. They wrapped items that we could not get to, advised us on the best way to package items for the move, delivered them to our storage until our new home was ready to move in. They brought supplies, when we had run out. We arranged to have them come back a month later (I did not think they would even consider that), loaded the truck again to move into our beautiful home. They are the friendliest professionals, with reasonable prices, hard workers that take special care to protect our things. I would hire them again in a heartbeat, and will recommend them highly to anyone that needs professional movers, with great attitudes, at a reasonable price. They were worth much more!! Thanks guys!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Anthony S.
The two movers that showed up were GREAT! Worked safe and efficient. Will hire again when needed. Fantastic experience from start to finish.
Thumbtack Customer
The quality of service was outstanding. The two movers genuinely cared about my belongings and worked really well together as a team. They were efficient, professional, and friendly. I will use them again in the future and will recommend highly.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Lizette A.
17:7 Logistics were wonderful! Helped us move all of our boxes and furniture into our new apartment in 4 hours. Appreciate their professionalism and responsiveness, including flexibility when we had to change the time of our initial appointment. Love that they mount tvs for free! Highly recommend!
Jaime P.
Sorry about being so late with this reply. Rigo was great. He helped me out last minute with a great price, showed up on time, and got everything in one piece up to the apartment. He helped me move across states for a great price and has a friendly personality. Thank you for all your help.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Karen C.
I can't say enough good things about Don and Jay! They were friendly and professional. They arrived early and completed the job in the estimated timeframe. There was no parking in front of my new apt and had to park half a block away and yet still powered through to get the job done in 90 degree heat; still smiling and joking the whole time. I highly recommend Mightiest Touch Movers!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Kellie W.
These guys were great. Had a small moving job-pick up at my mothers house and bring here to my house. They were on time-they communicated the whole time-even sent me a picture they loaded everything…..disassembled the bed and reassembled here. Worked very quickly And professionally. Keeping their number because I have more jobs down the road and will definitely be using them again. Pleasure to work with.
Pick-Up MovingPick-Up Moving
Wendy G.
I 100% recommend them, Alex was easy to communicate with they arrived on time and were very friendly. I moved from my upstairs apartment to Downstairs and with in 4 1/2 hours all my big furniture including my leather couches were downstairs, my 3 T.V's mounted along with wall art and misc. items, all were unharmed and in perfect condition. Price was amazing. I would give them 10 stars if that was an option.
Zainab A.
The best service I have ever received. The team is very efficient, respectful, professional and at a great value. No damage was made to any of the properties moved. Honestly very impressed with the speed and open communication. The whole process was stress free. All packing materials were provided at no additional cost. Wardrobe boxes provided and made unpacking just as efficient. Team also provided additional handyman services with perfect quality. Super grateful for team and won’t hesitant to use again. Thank you!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
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