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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 Gilroy movers
Andree R.
JH movers did a great job with moving a bed frame and mattress set. I highly recommend them for anyone who is in need of a delivery service. Thank you JH Movers!
JH MoversJH Movers
Stephanie L.
The movers were prompt, and helped us move things up and down our stairs. It was a small job, and they were flexible enough to adjust the price a bit for us.
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Ana V.
What buchn of Liars, Hired them for flat rate of 650 , and when they came whated to renegotiate 150 more 🤔, when they saw what the had to move, Don't trust these people they are movers scamers be aware...
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
Scott and his beautiful assistant, did a wonderful job moving our upright piano and Grandfather clock. They were very professional, friendly, and prompt. I will be having them back in a couple of weeks to move the items back. I HIGHLY recommend them!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Packing and moving - they were on time, courteous, careful and great people to work with. A very good experience.
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Ranna R.
I had house plants that I needed moved and these plants were very special to me, they wrapped each plant to make sure they were taken care of like my babies and move them very professionally not a leaf fell. I would use this service again.
Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.
Nicole B.
Unfortunately they had to cancel moving services due to unforeseen circumstances, but they were very upfront and communicated along the way. I would still use them another time, they were quick to refund my deposit as well and followed up to make sure I received it and that my move still went well.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Thumbtack Customer
Scott and his team arrived on time and with all the equipment they needed to unload my very full 26' U-Haul truck and a 16' POD. They did a GREAT job getting everything moved into the correct room of the house very quickly and efficiently. They also helped with much of the setup. I highly recommend Scott and his team for whenever you need any type of moving services.
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Robert R.
I must say without a doubt Isaac and his employee are absolutely very professional in every respect. They arrived on time and were extra cautious when they were moving my Armoire from the 2nd Floor of my home and down 17 stairs and then they brought it out to their truck and trailer. I must say they were super careful and cautious while moving my furniture and they moved the ARMOIRE without making a single scratch on the walls or anywhere. I must say they have great personalities and are very professional in their work. I would strongly recommend this company for all of your needs. I’m sure you’ll be as happy as I was. I give Isaac and his employees and his company FIVE STARS for EXCELLENCE and PROFESSIONALISM. Sincerely Robert from Gilroy
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Edward R.
We had an excellent experience with Casts Moving Service. They arrived promptly, and carefully but efficiently took care of everything as promised. We’ll be reaching out again the next time we need their services.
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Jon S.
Bottom line they were excellent.They showed up on time.They were very professional. They were the only moving company that called us back the very same day I posted. I gave them an inventory of everything we had to get moved and they gave an estimated price. They packed the stuff very nicely,nothing was damaged.They did it in a timely manner. They arrived with our stuff on time and started to unpack and put everything where it needed to be,and even reassembled the furniture. Overall very impressed and recommended to everyone. Thank you
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Jordan G.
First time hiring a mover and I was not disappointed! It was money well spent, workers were efficient and very nice. Very reasonably priced and had all my questions answered. Thank you so much!!! I highly recommend these guys.
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Carlos C.
Tony and crew came in like the wind!…wrapped and loaded furniture in no time…took my computer and treadmill apart…loaded it up and moved me in 4 hours! They set everything up where I asked them too…cleaned up after themselves..highly recommend!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Marina M.
Isaac has helped us a lot with hauling and unpacking the large gazebo. He picked it up from the freight terminal and followed all manufacturer directions for loading etc. He then carefully unpacked it and helped us with moving all the parts of the gazebo, some of which were quite heavy. The price is reasonable and the service was great, highly recommend it!
Junk Gone Hauling & Junk Removal Services LLCJunk Gone Hauling & Junk Removal Services LLC
Kim M.
Didnt have a large enough truck so had to make 2 trips which made the price go up significantly. Bottom corner of TV crack in casing we noticed after move when we were mounting it but not huge deal to us so never said anything. Would have been nice if they alerted us but going to assume they didn't know. Workers were respectful and efficient with truck they had. Forgot I paid a deposit to save the date and noticed that it was not taken off my total after I paid so ended up paying more than should have. Paid deposit requested and owner insisted everything be on Thumbtack so said he would put receipt on Thumbtack. Never happened so initially thought I got duped but all worked out.
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