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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 East Palo Alto movers
Susanna Z.
The moving team was professional with my move.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Natasha D.
Excellent moving services with a professional crew and a good value. Very efficient and careful with moving items.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Safraz R.
We had a great experience moving from Palo Alto to SF with Moving Services Transport! The move was timely and we felt that our needs were prioritized throughout the entire process. We are definitely requesting their services the next time we have moving needs!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Anand N.
Moved this for us
Castrosmoving service'sCastrosmoving service's
Thumbtack Customer
Silicon Valley Luxury Moving was efficient, courteous, and worked quickly. They carefully wrapped and blanketed our furniture and moved it exactly where I wanted it with the utmost professionalism. I would definitely use them again for my next move.
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Analuisa L.
Both Oscar and David did an awesome job on moving us, very professional and hard workers. Kuddos to larro’s on great moving services.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Mai K.
They help my moving done.
María J.
Kevin brought everything you would hope for in a moving service. He was on time, professional throughout the move, and worked quickly, efficiently, and respectfully of all COVID restrictions. I would 100% hire them again if I ever needed to move in the area.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Aditya G.
Hustle and muscle proved to be a great moving service. Rick was very responsive with his communication, and arranged the movers at the right time. The movers were better efficient and completed the job within the stipulated time. Great value for money, will definitely get their help again.
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Olivia G.
Larro’s Moving Services was great! They were up front and clear with the pricing and were punctual and careful during the move. Would highly recommend Larro’s!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Shoayb Z.
They did a great job during the moving
360 degree movers360 degree movers
Thumbtack Customer
Jose was great - easy to communicate with, on time, pleasant, and got the job done quickly! he is a professional mover and we were very happy with the furniture move.
White Red Moving & StorageWhite Red Moving & Storage
Nicholas K.
We hire Luis and his crew for a quick move. They were very responsive, kind, and great movers. I would happily use them again.
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Alexander V.
great help with the move, everything was professional
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Bryan C.
OneClick did a great job with my move - they showed up promptly, worked efficiently, and helped resolve some issues from a previous move. Would recommend!
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Jisha V.
Loved the professionalism right from the beginning. The whole move was very seamless. There were a couple of really heavy pieces, but they moved it without any issues through stairs.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Ashley M.
The movers were amazing. We got two movers for two hours and it was a privilege to work with them. They were so nice and friendly as well as extremely professional and efficient. They had their own materials to wrap and tape my items and a very large truck to transport things. They took great care of everything they moved. On top of that, they were by far the best price in the area. I cannot speak more highly of Wards movers and would recommend them to anyone.
Wards moversWards movers
David M.
It was initially hard to get a date locked down, but once I did the movers were great at communicating when they were going to arrive and adapted to my very tight moving schedule.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great help, came on time, moved everything quickly.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly, worked quickly, and everything seems to have survived the move.
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos was prompt, courteous and on time. He and Jorge moved a heavy sofabed from a freind's house in San Jose to Palo Alto. I would recommend Two Friends as reasonably priced, reliable movers.
Lynn K.
I needed movers in a few days..... Jiri quickly responded, answered all questions and was clear in advance about pricing. The team was efficient, friendly, and professional. Couldn’t have secured a better moving company!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Tanmeet G.
Awesome job! Fast and punctual. Office move was a breeze with them.
🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•🇺🇸 HUSTLEandMUSCLE•Veteran Owned•
Ben H.
Team did a great job with the move, I'd highly recommend!
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
Iraz A.
I had a great moving experience with Boutique Moving Services. 2 days before the confirmed moving date, Marcel contacted me and asked for a list of items and details. On the day of the move a crew of 3 arrived right on time. I was a bit concerned that they came with a large van not a truck but they assured me that based on the list as well as looking at my stuff, everything will fit just fine. And as they assured me, all my stuff fit very comfortably. The crew was very professional, respectful and careful. They were very careful willth following COVID-19 guidelines. This was one of the best moves I ever had. As promised there were no unexpected additional charges. I was charged based on the time the crew arrived at pick up location to the time they left the drop off location, nothing else. I highly recommend Boutique Moving.
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
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