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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 Escondido movers
Ricardo E.
Velazquez Movers did an amazing job moving my baby grand into storage. Will be using them again when I get it moved back home.
Velazquez Movers LLC
Aneika S.
Hiring Global Moving Group has made my long distance move bearable and smooth. My movers were pleasant to work with and they did a great job packing my items securely. From the time I set my appointment with Mikhail to the end of my move, I have been satisfied. Thank you Global Moving Group!
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Jenelle G.
Excellent communication, Rod made the move so easy and uncomplicated. I highly recommend On The Move!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Thumbtack Customer
I had an amazing experience with flash movers, they were so helpful during my move, professional and fast!, i would totally use his services for my next moving.
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Sandra J.
So far the quote for moving services looks good. I will see when they actually do the move.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Arissa S.
This was the second time I hired Globe Moving Co. to move me. What they did in hours would have taken me a week. From beginning to end they made both moves stress free!
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Amber T.
Vet Moves moved a vintage piece from Riverside to Escondido. The piece arrived in perfect condition and they were very diligent.
Vet MovesVet Moves
Thumbtack Customer
They haven't moved anything yet.
Credo Moving IncCredo Moving Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Overall happy with Dominant Moving Company. The crew arrived on time and explained the final bill so there was no surprise at the end of the 11 hour move. Thanks!
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
Erik L.
The move went well. Will hire again. Thanks!
Velazquez Movers LLC
Christopher S.
Moved our house and did it so promptly!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Kelly S.
They were extremely efficient and careful with our belongings. They were friendly within their team as well as with us. They even had time to help move additional items that they had not initially known about. They moved items from a storage unit to a Pod and we will use them again for our final move.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Pamela S.
Alex’s did a great job moving our piano!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Thumbtack Customer
Dan and Timothy were very professional and efficient. I was able to set up a move in California from Tennessee. They were on time and took great care with the items to be moved. I would recommend them to everyone
Reliable Delivery LLCReliable Delivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Angel and Marvin did a fantastic job moving my mom. I had brought a few things that I decided not to keep and they had no problem taking them back down stairs and putting them in my truck to haul off. If anyone is researching a mover this is the place! On time and worked without a break to finish in a timely manner. Thank you Flash Movers!!
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Lidia R.
I highly recommend Velazquez Movers LLC This company has been my best experience by far!!! Every question I had up until my move date were answered quickly. This company was very accommodating to my moving needs and even made multiple trips to get my stuff where it needed to be. They are affordable, respectful and efficient. Thank you so much!!!!
Velazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Marion and Gary did a great job of moving furniture around in our house.
Reliable Delivery LLCReliable Delivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
(I hired Rhino to move my 1-bedroom house in Escondido to storage in San Marcos; short distance, but not an easy move because of all the furniture that needed to be protected, and a rather long carry to the truck. The next move is from storage to Portland, OR.) Your guys were great! I intend to hire them to make the big move out of storage all the way up to Portland once I get me new job and apartment. Mike, Gabe, and Kendall worked really hard and were great to be with and very easy to get along with. They were really great. They showed up on schedule, worked non-stop, did the best job of protecting my stuff for the trip and for storage that I've ever seen anyone do. I'm glad I chose Rhino Moving and recommend them highly!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Trudy S.
Angel and Quess are great movers. Very efficient, professional, and nice guys too. Would highly recommend!
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Thumbtack Customer
Very positive experience. We hired Truck Easy to unload a moving storage pod. Luiz & partner were very professions, reliable & careful moving our belongings. They were also very reasonably priced. We have another pod to be unloaded & will definitely hire Luiz again.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I can't rate them as I cancelled after they called back to verify my address/details. I got a friend to get my stuff moved. But thanks anyway. So, maybe next time I need a big move, I'll get Thumbtack to help. Thanks.
Credo Moving IncCredo Moving Inc
Gavin B.
Showed up on time. Junior and Hector were Easy to work with and did the move in little time. Great value.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Thumbtack Customer
Hard working, efficient and reliable. The crew got me moved on short notice, less than 24hrs, and stress free.
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Linda F.
Great experience! The movers worked quickly and carefully - nothing got broken! - and they accommodated my several off-the-wall requests. :-)
Velazquez Movers LLC
Cameron T.
Guys we’re on time and moved my free standing tub to my second floor master quickly and efficiently. Will use again!!!
Velazquez Movers LLC
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