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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 Fremont movers
Vrishal K.
We had a great moving experience. We had two excellent movers spend over 8 hours moving from one home to another and remaining to storage. I should’ve asked for 3 movers since the move took longer that expected due to a lot of furniture wrapping and moving over 3 floors.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Pavan K.
They made our move, a fun process. They arrived on time and were super efficient throughout the move. It was great communicating with them prior to the move as well. Overall, i highly recommend them for moves. They moved a 2 bed 2.5 bath room with 3 floors in under 4 hours!
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Tim F.
Richard the sales rep for My Move was terrific, very up front, built trust with me immediately and provided me with great guidance regarding my move. The Moving team were amazing, professional, fast, through both move out and move in. Honestly I received quotes from other companies in the bay area that ranged $4K and Richards quote was spot on. HIGHLY RECOMMEND My MOVE
My MoveMy Move
Uttara s.
Anthony is a very professional person. He actually came to my house to check on the pieces i needed moved before moving it. His price was fair and he did not hold us hostage after the move which a lot of movers do. All my stuff was moved professionally and nothing was damaged or broken. I would unhesitatingly recommend them to anyone. If you want a mover with no hassles these guys are the ones you want to hire.
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Julie H.
Leclair movers worked hard and were able to load our heavy furniture into our moving truck quickly. Unfortunately, they were an hour and a half later than our agreed upon time. Our move was delayed and the moving help we had at the other end of our move had to be delayed as well. We had to move as quickly as possible, so we moved half the stuff ourselves before they even arrived. They require a two hour minimum, but they were so late that they only worked one hour. Additionally, we were so much later on our move that we got stuck in awful traffic. They did a great job when they arrived, but their lateness seriously made the moving day so much more stressful than it had to be.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Kevy C.
The movers were early, incredibly quick, and finished moving our furniture and boxes for a 1-bedroom in an hour.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Sunil B.
Excellent movers. They showed up on time and carefully moved our items. I’ll use them again.
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Amy W.
Happy House Movers took so much of the stress out of our move. They were incredible in so many ways! I’ll definitely use them again! Thanks for making our move such a positive experience!
happy house movershappy house movers
Harsh B.
Absolutely great experience with Happy Movers! They accepted same day move were on time and despite time crunch moved all items carefully and needed no instructions. Would highly recommend and use them again !
happy house movershappy house movers
Pratima R.
They helped us with a local move. The movers arrived on time and were super quick and efficient. I had given them a list with pictures of all the things that needed moving and they provided me with a perfect quote. There was no hassle or surprise fees added at the last moment. I would highly recommend them for your next move.
Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.
Venkata S.
Great team and very efficient with move, packed loose items very carefully, padded furniture very well. Responsive and patient thru out the move. Overall made the impossible happen by moving our 4 bedroom.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Gregory J.
Great experience, Matt communicated throughout the process of the move. Professional experience, will hire again when I move next.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Ihor K.
Great moving experience!
Terrie B.
Two Friends Movers did excellent work on my move and also a subsequent move for my son. The moving crew worked both efficiently and carefully and were clearly experienced. They arrived on schedule and completed the job more quickly than I anticipated. They communicated well during both moves to ensure they were packing everything that we wanted moved, and at the destination site they also ensured that our belongings were placed where we wanted. Furniture was carefully wrapped so that it was transported safely. They reassembled a sofa in record time. I highly recommend.
Sandesh P.
Hired them for moving and they were very helpful. They were quick with loading and unloading. No wasting time. They move quick and swift. Ely and Vlad helped us out and took care of all the moving. Including furniture disassembly and reassembly.
2skinny movers LLC2skinny movers LLC
Shashi r.
I GOT YOU, that should be the name of this moving company, they literally got you for all your moving problems. Quality work with reasonable price what describe this company best. They showed right on time and finished the work before I was expecting it to be finished. I moved multiple times in bay area but this is by far best experience with any movers.
Lenietta Britton &.
This was by far the best moving experience that I have had start to finish. From the first contact to the end of move day, the whole team was responsive, and attentive to my needs. I moved a 3bd house 13 miles away and my new house is on an incline. Start to finish was 5.5 hours. I had my whole Saturday left. Hopefully this is the last move ill ever make but I will certainly refer Larro’s moving to everyone I know!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Najwa M.
I had a move that included several stops. The team showed up on time. Were very professional and efficient. They asked questions when clarification was needed in order to minimize effort. Highly recommend Smart People Moving for your next move.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Deepthi T.
Moving went smooth and was scratch free. Movers were on time and friendly. Work was completed earlier than expected. Kudos to Mario and Michael.
Vrishal K.
We’ve now moved twice with Hailan movers and our experience has been nothing but exceptional! They arrive ahead of time, carefully move items and are quick. They also picked up all the packaging wrap before they left. I’d highly recommend them!
Bryeana D.
I hired Tony’s Movers for my move last weekend and I’m so happy I did! They did an AMAZING job!! They got the job done quick and even wrapped my antique furniture in plastic wrap so it was protected during the move! I’m extremely satisfied with the service they provided and I definitely recommend them to anyone who needs quality moving services!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Ganesh N.
These are very great and professional and done my move in 2 and half hours. I would be happy to see you again during my next move
JD moving and haulingJD moving and hauling
Danni W.
Scott and his movers moved our apartment in record time. Everything got here in the number of pieces they started out with. 👍 They are punctual, efficient, and very professional. There were no surprises. The fee was as estimated and negotiated before we started the move. I highly recommend these folks!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Shameena S.
Leclair moving confirmed with me that they are available at the time and date of the move and said they will let me know on the date of the move if they can come by 3/4 o’clock depending on when they finish the previous job. Never got a call! Never got a message! No one showed up at the house!
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Meena A.
We are had an excellent experience with Friends moving services. We got 3 movers for about 5 hours to move our 2 bedroom + storage stuff that we have accumulated for many years. The charges were reasonable. Movers were very efficient and saved us both time and money. They were following all covid times precautions and needed little to no direction in doing their job.They arrived right on time and worked continuously for straight five hours. I really appreciate their hardwork and thoughtfulness in making our move smooth.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
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