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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 Hayward movers
Norman-Lee D.
Pavel was really quick to respond to the inquiry about my move and made it super easy. The movers were effective and efficient. Not to mention that the quote he gave was pretty competitive for my move. Oh, I was moving into a new house I bought and the movers didn’t leave any scuff marks! I’d definitely go with Leclair Moving again.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Julie S.
Friend’s came to the rescue to help us move very last minute - less than 24 hours notice - and were super responsive from the initial quote request up until the move. Our whole experience with them was very smooth, and they were accommodating, affordable, and efficient. Juan + Jorge were our movers and they were fast and moved the HEAVIEST PIANO IN THE WORLD between the two of them... still in awe. Let them help you with your move!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Tonja H.
I would like to thank Ale's Movers for their efficiency and professionalism with my move. I really appreciate and value great customer service.
Moving, landscaping and more inc.Moving, landscaping and more inc.
Sharina V.
Friend’s Moving was great! They were on time and worked efficiently during the whole move. They managed to get our furniture and heavy boxes up narrow flights of stairs. After the move, we had some troubles with payment but we still figured a way to work it out. 100% recommend them! Thank you so much for being so patient and for easing our moving process.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Simar K.
Tony did a great job with our move. He arrived on time and packed all the stuff with his team very professionally. He took extra care in making sure delicate stuff is packed safely. Also he did an amazing job in moving heavy stuff such as refrigerator and refrigerator washer/dryer. I would strongly recommend Tony movers to anyone looking for packing and moving items.
Tony's moversTony's movers
They did a great job moving my vanity. They were professional and their technique is mind blowing. The vanity was moved without any damage to the property. Very clean job.
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Nandita B.
Very happy with Smart people moving. We needed movers for the 4th of July and considering it is a national holiday a lot of places were closed for business. Smart moving people were quick to respond when I submitted the request and I was relieved that they were available on the 4th. Adil, Dmitriy, and Nurlan showed up at 9am sharp (as we had agreed upon). Once they had assessed what all needed to be done they quickly got to work and moved about with efficiency and care. They had come prepared with all the packing essentials and did a great job securing all the big pieces of furniture. The bed was disassembled and then subsequently reassembled at the new place. All of our items made it safely to our new home. The entire move took ~6 hours. I highly recommend Smart people moving - they are extremely professional, and capable movers.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Very difficult job. White Red was the only mover that would even take it on - I tried at least 8 movers and each said that they couldn't do it or would charge over $400 to move a 465 pound machine up 2 flights of stairs. White Red was reasonably priced and they did it.
White Red Moving & StorageWhite Red Moving & Storage
Sam g.
JD hauling and movers did the best job for moving our 1 bedroom apartment within 15 miles. They are fast and they know exactly what they are doing. Definately recommend them.
JD moving and haulingJD moving and hauling
Annieliz B.
Great service! I needed help moving my things from my storage to my new apartment. My husband broke his foot and my son was getting over a cold and I needed help on a budget. I found low cost moving online, sent an message and got a response within 24 hours. Derrick is very professional and hard working! LOW COST MOVING thank you for making my moving stress free and affordable!!
Marilyn J.
I moved 100 miles away, and everything went smoothly.
Christina P.
Angel and his team were very professional and kind. Perfect for our local move. We had a lot of stuff to move and they took amazing care with our belongings and worked quickly too! I highly recommend.
ADH RelocationsADH Relocations
Jazmin D.
Keith was very kind and did a wonderful job with moving our piano!
Churchill's PianosChurchill's Pianos
Marilyn J.
They moved me 100 miles. Everything went well. I recommend this service.
Mirna M.
Renan was really nice over the phone. When his team helped my husband move our belongings they broke my table glass to my dinner table, my bookshelf leg, my baby’s bed. The movers were nice not careful. When I told Renan at the end his team left. Never hear from Renan again. I wouldn’t recommend him to move your belongings.
Shahrzad S.
I contacted UpackHaulers for the same day moving, and they replied back in a minute with a reasonable quote.
Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.Fliebend Transport & Relocation LLC.
Ryan H.
We decided to split our moving in two stages and the first part was only four days away. MAS Movers was incredibly helpful. Not only did they reply to my thumbtack request right away and provide all the information I needed in order to make a decision, including that their drivers were familiar with the neighborhood we were moving too, but the two guys that showed up were friendly, thoughtful, moved quickly and took great care with all of our items. They even took apart and put back together the exercise equipment that was in one of the rooms. Would highly recommend and I will use them again.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Minhaj K.
I trust these guys completely. Great work, very professional, good delivery crew. I moved from Bay Area, california to New York City, NY. Yes, this was a 2900 mile move. Everything went well, and they had good timing, arrived in about a week. This is especially great after my *previous* movers were a scam and it was a lot of headache getting my stuff. These guys really came through, and the price was worth the service and rescue.
Traust Moving Local & Long Distance MovesTraust Moving Local & Long Distance Moves
Alan L.
Ricardo showed up on time and was very prepared. Made my move so much easier.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Joseph B.
Made my move quick and smooth. Packed and wrapped everything nicely. No damages. Highly recommended!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Zindy A.
They have good heart, and are very detailed in estimating the moving process. Will definitely hire them in the future!
Bernal Truck Line, LLCBernal Truck Line, LLC
Carly H.
They took care of my moving needs with two days notice & did a fantastic job!! Would hire again.
Philip P.
The movers came on time and were fast and effecient. I would definitely hire them again if I needed to.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Alan L.
The only thing preventing me from giving 5 stars has nothing to do with the young men who moved me. They were courteous, hard working and friendly and took great care with my belongings. I was disappointed that Larro's sent them with only a 16 foot truck rather than the 24 foot that was expected. As a result everything could not make it onto the truck. My wife and I spent over an hour the next day, in the rain moving the rest. Had we been provided the 24 foot truck as promised this would have been a 5 star move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
service was timely but there were clear items as far as bridge tolls and truck fees that were brought to light very close to the move date.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
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