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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 El Segundo movers
Joe L.
J & L movers were absolutely fantastic, skilled and super efficient. I will hire them without fail my next move.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Michelle O.
This is an excellent young, hard working group of young men who thoroughly wrapped all of our large items. They were polite and friendly but kept moving the entire three hours of moving. They had quoted us that the move would take about that amount of time based on what we told them we had, moved about eight extra large items and they were right on the dot! We highly recommend this company.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Therese P.
Mightiest Movers was great!! They were extremely responsive from my first inquiry to the days leading up to my move. I wasn't able to take a photo (they were that fast and efficient) but they handled all my things with care. I would highly recommend. Thank you Mightiest Movers team!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Melanie L.
I have used many different movers in my life and none have reached the high work quality, professionalism, responsiveness and reliability as the Mightiest Touch Movers. I had a deadline to keep and they more than kept it. Not one item was broken or damaged and they cared about my possessions and about me. I will always use them for any moves I make and recommend them highly to family and friends!!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Julie H.
Deandre and his colleague did an excellent job and were wonderful to work with! Deandre was easy to get in touch with - very friendly and professional. He made the move seamless, and took thorough care of all the various furniture pieces during the loading and unloading process. When I asked him to help me move some additional pieces, he did not hesitate to help. I highly recommend N MY LANE as a high quality moving company!
Aaron B.
Sergio was amazing! showed up on time, ready to go and made our moving experience easy. Highly recommend!
Thumbtack Customer
Larry and his son were on time, professional, friendly and fast. We couldn't have asked for a better or smoother move!! Thanks so much!!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Luke W.
NextGen moving was absolutely amazing. The professionalism started before we even booked them - they were the only moving company that offered to do a quick FaceTime chat to see our house / give a more precise estimate of how many movers and how many hours they recommend. We did exactly what they recommended and I don’t know how they moved so much furniture and stuff into our new 3 story house in 1 day - it was unbelievable. The guys were so kind, on time, and worked incredibly quickly - I couldn’t believe how fast and efficiently they worked and seemed to never tire. They moved some insanely heavy stuff for us up so many stairs and took such care to never so much as touch a wall in the process. They practically ran back and forth to the van between loads. They were complete professionals every moment and we slept in our own bed in the new house with all furniture placed and assembled where we wanted it. We couldn’t have done in a week what they did in a day. Hire these guys and you will be so impressed!
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Pat Decaro came out and gave us an estimate and follow up call. He was significantly more affordable than the others, over $2000 less than a couple of bids we received and there was no cost per pound nonsense. . I was pressed for time and he got us moved the next day. He took the initiative to contact the mini storage we were going to be storing the furniture in Arizona to assure entry. Our furniture arrived with no damage and was very neatly arranged in our storage locker. I will be recommending him to friends moving from Arizona to Culver City very shortly. Thank you Pat for a very professional move. Craig. .
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Meg O.
Rod was great to work with. Accommodated a requested schedule change with no issue. Took great care in moving and transporting my furniture. Will absolutely use him again in the future.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Kristin M.
The two movers that showed up were extremely friendly and seemed knowledgeable. However, they were over an hour late and I don't think that is very professional. I was lucky I did not have other appts that day.
KC MoversKC Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The crew arrived on time and did an excellent job. They were more than willing to work with me and my budget. They were very concerned with making sure my things arrived safely at my residence. They did such an excellent job and were so courteous that I'm having them come back to clean my dining room chairs. If you're looking for a moving company, go with these guys. You'll definitely be overly satisfied.
SED&R Socal Euro Demolition & ReconstructionSED&R Socal Euro Demolition & Reconstruction
Jeffrey I.
Yuri and his crew did a great job. We had some challenging conditions, they ended up carrying our refrigerator up our stairs because it was too wide. Yuri scraped his hand pretty badly in the process but acted as though it was just part of the job. The fridge has a couple of small dents in one of the doors from where it was being held but, we just view those as a reminder of how far they were willing to go to get us moved. Great price and a great crew. I ended up giving the three of them tips afterward because they definitely earned them.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
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