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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 Hermosa Beach movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moving service was excellent! Communication before, during and after the move was very appreciated. Thank you so much!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Chaz P.
I recently used Noah and Freddie to help me move. The movers were great at getting everything boxed and loaded/unloaded. They worked very fast and made sure that I was 100% satisfied the whole time. They also made moving stress free and actually enjoyable. I will definitely use these guys again when it is time to move again!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Allie H.
I had a really great experience with SoCal Moving. They were on time, very efficient and handled my belongings with care. It was a pleasure to work with them and will definitely use their services for future moves.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Michael W.
Great move. Hard working. Job was completed quickly
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Judith k.
MK movers responded quickly to my request for help. They came the next day, on time, very neat and clean. They did the job (moving a refrigerator) efficiently with care. I highly recommend them.
Rachel M.
Awesome experience with Prime Moving! They were so fast and efficient. Showed up right on time. All of our items were moved swiftly and without damage. So impressed! Highly recommend!!
Prime MovingPrime Moving
Noelle S.
They responded to my request quickly! Found a wonderful driver/mover and it was done perfectly
Amani ManagementAmani Management
Tiffany M.
Very nice guys and they were very thorough. Great value for your move!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Carl R.
Jeremy is great. Along with his team I was able to move out quickly 👍
Allie B.
Tony and his team at Bulky Bros were amazing and they made my move so seamless! They moved everything quicker than the time they quoted me, and they were incredibly careful, professional, helpful, and friendly. Tony mounted my TVs and his team also helped assemble my furniture and made sure everything was set up for me. I would highly recommend them for a move and/or handyman services!
Bulky Bros Inc.Bulky Bros Inc.
Bryan R.
These guys were great! They moved an entire wood/metal shop full of heavy tools, and did so quickly and thoughtfully. Definitely worth every penny spent, and would hire them again if I ever need to move my shop again.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Lauren W.
Had a great experience with Dean’s movers! They are super friendly, responsive, and do a great job. They moved our 2-bedroom belongings to our new apt less than a mile away, and dis-assembled and re-assembled furniture as well. Thanks for an awesome job!
Dean's MoversDean's Movers
Curt D.
DoStar was great. The arrived on time, worked hard and efficiently, protected my valuable furniture, and did the job at a fair rate. My realtor had suggested another company that wanted about $2,500 for my move. DoStar did the move for $1,035. I would not hesitate to use them again.
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Jason L.
Great guys. Fast and efficient. Moved in half the time I would have thought. Very professional and courteous..
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Michael W.
We had a difficult move to get out of our house. These guys did a great job of negotiating some obstacles to remove our fridge and couch that we weren't sure would make it through a narrow exit. They worked really hard and efficiently moved all our belongings. They completed the job in about five hours even though it could have taken a lot longer. The crew was very nice and polite. They took great care in protecting our fragile items. They were a little more expensive than some of the other local moving companies I contacted, but they were worth it. I would highly recommend them and would happily use them for our next move.
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
Ari S.
We didn’t have the easiest of moving environments (lots of stairs!!) but they handled it so professionally and well. Would definitely recommend them!
EZ Moving in LAEZ Moving in LA
Steven B.
We hired Clever moving to hoist a brand new couch to the balcony at 22 feet. They showed up 15 min before the agreed time and were done in a under an hour. The wrapped the couch, lifted it in the air and brought into the living room. Not a scratch on the couch, the wall or the balcony. They even helped me to assemble it, moved them pillows from another room and cleaned up everything. This is the only moving company that uses the hoist lift. If you have a nice furniture and don’t feel like repainting the house/balcony after that - this is your team. Anyways, great team, smart manager - will hire them again any time!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Sandra K.
Chris and his associate had a refreshingly positive can-do attitude. They took special care with all my items, especially an awkwardly large, heavy framed antique print that has high sentimental value. They are the best movers I've used over my last ten moves in 6 years. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again and recommend them highly.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Ning L.
Walter and Nick did an amazing job moving our two-bedroom. They were polite, professional, careful and hard working. Hit the ground running upon arrival. During the time they were here, not a minute was wasted. They politely declined my lunch offer and didn’t eat anything until all work is done. I can see their passion in doing this job. Would recommend for anyone who need moving services.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Rachel W.
The whole experience was awesome! From the scheduling to the actual move they were fast and great communicators. Super nice guys as well. Would love to hire them again anytime we need!
Ellen G.
We used Simple Moving for the first time and they were great. Arrived right on time, very nice and no hassle. All I had to do was stay out of the way. Pricing was very transparent right up front and they were careful with our items. Highly recommend!
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Madison K.
Both employees from First Moving Company were amazing! They were very fast and efficient all while making sure our items were very well taken care of. We were very happy with how the day went and we would definitely hire them again.
The First Moving CompanyThe First Moving Company
Zachary K.
Christopher and his team were very respectful to myself and each other. It was an incredible experience full of positivity, hard work, and laughter. I'd highly recommend anyone to use these services. I rarely leave reviews, but the Muscle Movers team made it impossible not too. I also treated them to a nice tip, because of their awesomeness!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Ann S.
Aleks is like a real-life super hero. I was stuck on a flight when my new couch was delivered. The delivery guys left it on my patio while I was flying, so I needed a seriously strong team to get it upstairs and into my home that night before it got stolen or rained on. Aleks and his moving partner saved the day! They showed up within a few hours, brought blankets to protect my stair rail, and carefully hauled it up—no sweat! I imagine a lot of other movers would have walked away because it was a tricky space to maneuver and it was around 9 pm—when most people would rather be done for the day! These guys are seriously strong, no-nonsense, and focused! They also assembled a pesky table for me, cleaned up, and were friendly, polite, and professional in the process. They didn’t rush or get annoyed or frustrated. They simply got it done despite the time and were very nice from start to finish! Thanks, Alecks and Roman! You’re amazing!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
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