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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Imperial Beach movers
Joni H.
We couldn't be more pleased with the superior experience we had with Globe Moving Group. From our initial contact & fast response we received to arrange our move to the totally efficient movers that moved us without a hitch. Nothing broken & no damage to either residence. Thank you Globe Moving Group!
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
My movers were so professional and friendly. My move took about six hours and for as much stuff they to pack and move that is really good. It also only cost me about $600 (including a $40 tip I gave to each one of my two movers because they were just that awesome). I would definitely use this company and recommend them to anyone planning a move.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Nicole R.
Very happy with Cube Moving! They helps me will small local move and took all the stress out of the process. Thanks!
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Cynthia M.
The best movers I have ever used
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Theresa S.
O.M.G.!!!! These guys are incredible!!!!! I cannot thank you all enough for making my move completely seamless!!! From getting it set up through Addison to our movers, Blake and Vladimir!!!! I will never, EVER use another company should I have more moving needs in the future!!! Thank you all so very much!!!!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Luis and team did a fantastic job. Very responsive and took extra care with our things during the move. One of the best movers I have ever used. Would use again without hesitation.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Jo B.
Hire these guys for your moving needs! They were quick, responsive and professional!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
All I can say is wow. Talk about efficient, fast, professional service. I'm not sure why I haven't used movers in the past, but this was the fastest, easiest, most stress free move ever (probably because I didn't kill myself doing it with a rental truck). Kendall and Mike were right on time, asked what needed moving, and any special care instructions I had. They loaded up the truck and arrived at my new place extremely quickly, then commenced with unloading it just as fast. Highly recommended to anyone who needs movers, you will not be disappointed.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Luann G.
I am so grateful to have found Move Central. Thank you Thumbtack!!
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Devin B.
I called at 7pm in desperateneed of help becausethe mover i had booked never showed up. Eventhoughthey were done for the day they still came and helped a solo mother move into my new home with my 3 year old son. They were very nice and respectful. I highly recommend them !!!
We Haul movers and haulingWe Haul movers and hauling
Toi L.
Everything and everyone was great Stan reached out to me through this site to let me know of their services and rates which were affordable his team is amazing professional and efficient would definitely recommend to anyone moving especially on short notice they were able to come out and help!
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
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