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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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Fountain Valley movers
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding move. Larry and Dean were very professional, friendly, and handled my move in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend them for your next move.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Elyse M.
Great experience. Got my large couches moved up the stairs and my small couch moved out in less than an hour. Super happy with the job!
Christopher CrawfordChristopher Crawford
Laurie G.
EZ Movers were extremely easy to work with and very flexible. They were prompt, quick, and careful with the equipment and careful not to hit walls. A++! Will definitely hire them again next time I need equipment moved.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Vicky H.
Rigo is very professional and does a great job. I’ll definitely use him again for my moves!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Barbara F.
Do not hesitate on calling Michaelson moving company. They responded immediately. Gave price over the phone and set appointment. They were 10 minutes early which was great . Very polite. Took very good care of heavy oak hutch they were moving from garage to dining room. No scratched walls or dinged floors . Should I never need anything moved I certainly use them . Plus I will recommend them to friends and family . Great job Thanks again Barbara
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Craig P.
I had an excellent experience working with Hector and Velazquez movers. They were punctual and worked fast and efficiently. The 3-man crew had a great system down and the job was completed in less than expected time. I've used many moving companies before and will certainly use Velazquez going forward.
Velazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys to work with - not only did they move unwanted furniture, they took it too! Would definitely hire them again.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Karen E.
Showed up on time and were amazing. They moved just what I needed with ease, and would definitely use them again.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Eric G.
Wesley and his crew were a lifesaver. They worked super fast and very hard. Very professional and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for a great moving company. Thanks again!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Marilyn A.
There is so much I can say about DeAndre’s work ethic & how he basically “Came to the rescue” after an unfortunate situation w a horrible furniture store w horrible customer service & sales Management, but I will try to keep it brief. I contacted DeAndre to pick up a bed frame that was an hr out in commute from his place off business w the deadline to pick up frame was in the same hr. Not only did he go out of his way to make the commute within the hr of request, he also made it in time to the furniture store before closing. Upon arriving the warehouse workers from Jeromes Furniture delivered my frame to DeAndre, however not in full! There were 50+ screws missing & when Management & CS was contacted they admitted to selling me a “blooper” display in the showroom that only could be sold “As Is” & w/o the full assembly package! They after informed me if I was dissatisfied w the frame & unable to magically put together a bed w/o screws to return it the next day for a full refund.(Mind you I work full time & have no way of getting what was just delivered to me back to the store). I was furious! Once DeAndre realized that I was SOL & would not only be w/o a bed but now out of $ spent on a frame that was sold under FALSE advertisement & content, he merely came to my rescue! Not only did he deliver the bed to my upstairs unit, he also insisted on completing the job that Jeromes Furniture was unable to do, & squeezed me into his busy schedule for an appt. the following day to assemble my bed for me as well as purchase ALL missing parts on his own expense! Yes I am currently still in tears, no longer tears of sadness but of JOY due to myself & baby having God bless us w a bed we can sleep in, but more importantly, a hardworking, selfless & warm hearted valued worker like DeAndre to make the impossible, possible! If you want the job done to your greatest satisfaction & to deal w a reliable, trustworthy & diligent hardworking Man who not only takes pride in his work but in his customers needs, DeAndre is the Man for the job! I am forever grateful & Will be going w this company for all of my upcoming house projects! Definitely using him as a reference to all of my family & clients for work! Can’t go wrong w this guy. Thank you once again N My Lane Moving Co. for your amazing customer support & work ethic that shows not only thru your work, but your spirits as well! Enjoy your holidays, see you soon.
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