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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 Garden Grove movers
Thumbtack Customer
They are awesome. The move was quick and everything was moved with care. I would recommend them to anyone who needs movers.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Robert H.
Great movers
True MoversTrue Movers
Caitlyn F.
Our two movers were so fast and organized. They were extremely friendly too! Thank you for helping us move!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Kira W.
Jeremy was absolutely a pleasure to work with. He is very friendly and courteous! Very clear communication from the beginning and was flexible and super helpful! He and the other mover were punctual and executed my move with a quickness! I will continue to use their services for my future move projects!
Gary D.
These two young guys are a class act. They moved two very heavy pieces of equipment up and down stairs, flawlessly. I would trust them to move my most prized items. I wish I had known of them recently when I had to move a small piano quickly. G.Goff, Brea, CA
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Ariana G.
I think they are a great moving company. I was so very impressed with the speed and efficiency in which the movers worked. These two guys were very neat and they were very careful with my belongings. There was nothing at all damaged. The movers were very friendly and courteous. I was very impressed with all the work they did and it only took about 4 hours to get the job done.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Wesley and team are super..my move was made much easier due to these guys. They showed up on time and did not leave until the job was finish...even if it meant staying longer than had predicted due to snags that were out of their controls. Wesley used his personal truck to move a few small things that I had forgotten, and this is after a full day of moving...he did this with a smile.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Donny L.
Our fridge broke, and we needed some movers to pick up a fridge stored in Garden Grove. We also needed the job done on short notice because the food was being stored in coolers. Splendid Moving came through for us! They picked up the fridge, delivered it, and took out the old fridge to the curb. It wasn’t an easy job as both fridges were too large to fit through the door. They had the tools, removed the fridge doors, and got the job done! Professional and nice dudes. They also have a hydraulic lift on their moving truck too. Wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again! Thank you Splendid Moving!
Splendid MovingSplendid Moving
Jacob C.
They’re great! Get the job done professionally and reliably. Definitely look their way for your moving needs.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Jackie D.
Frank and his team are the best. He is professional and responds quickly. I highly recommend Exclusive Moves.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Ruba M.
Jesse helped me move big appliances all the way from Garden Grove to Upland at literally half the price of other movers. He responded so quickly with a quote and was able to come the next day. He was super nice and I’ll definitely be using his services for my next move. He was a little late but kept me updated with texts. Living in Southern California we all know the crazy traffic so that wasn’t something he could control. Thank you Jesse.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Chris W.
Moved a HEAVY piano across town and into my house. Flawless. Extremely polite and professional. I highly recommend their services!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Louis P.
Overall experience was amazing!!! I was nervous at first because this is my first time hiring movers, but everything was handled with such care and efficiency. He had equipment ready for all of my moving needs. Dolly, blankets, plastic. He would always notify me about what he will be doing with fragile items. I would suggest Jeremy and the 17:7 team to anyone of my friends. Don't move with a uHaul all by yourself, because the value you'll be getting for hiring Jeremy is so much better. Thank you Jeremy!
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt, professional, polite and efficient. I would definitely use and refer Larry Elliott moving company again. 5 Stars!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Casaundra H.
These guys were so easy to work with. Straight to the point and very reasonable pricing. Everyone else wanted to overcharge me with three movers and an additional overweight charge while also charging a 3hr minimum. These two guys handled a small but heavy job with time to spare! Seriously, thank you guys so much for making the whole experience uncomplicated and for not over charging me. Moving is stressful and expensive as is.
Thumbtack Customer
Donald and Joe were awesome movers. They took the time to ensure that certain things we requested wrapped were protected. They looked like a Tetris stacking team and did a great job with all our boxes and furniture. I would highly recommend them and use them again if the need arises.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Richard M.
Larry and Dean arrived right on time, and got to work right away. They got the job done really quickly, and went way above and beyond what was expected. They were polite, efficient, and professional. I was lucky to find them, and wouldn't hesitate to hire them again. Their help made moving so much easier, and I will recommend them to friends and family. Thanks again Larry and Dean.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Debra M.
The short and sweet version, "yes" hire these guys! Friendly, fast, efficient, timely, affordable and most importantly, they moved my large, 150-200 lb. fitness machines from a detached harage,150 foot walk, and upstairs with, skill and ease. No stress to my expensive machines, no damage to hardwood floors or walls, etc. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! I will hire them again in the future, you should too :) Debra M
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
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