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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 Irvine movers
Chandra K.
The movers were on time and very effective in moving the furniture . It definitely was our best experience with the movers and would definitely recommend to anyone else . Great job, Thank you for helping us with the move.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Jason M.
This moving company is an expert in customer service. Every aspect of the move starting from the customer service to the actual move, there was no problem at all. If you are looking for a moving company for an excellent move, this is the right company to go for. I recommend them highly and will use them again. We had an excellent experience as this moving company moved our stuff. I must say that we had luck this time and that is why we located such an excellent moving company. I am happy with the way you guys rendered your service and ensured a perfect move. I have already begun to recommend you to other people who need movers and will continue recommending you guys. My move was a fast one, beyond my anticipation.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Ed C.
I would definitely recommend Nomad Mover to anyone who is looking for a professional and responsible mover. The movers from Nomad Mover are polite, punctual and most importantly they keep the promise. I hired them to move my 2 bedroom condo. They finished the job on time within 3 hours as promised. During the move, the door was slightly scratched due to the small entrance but Nomad Mover offered to replace the entire door to make up the damage! They went above and beyond for customer satisfaction and you can’t find any mover with this type of professionalism!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Brandon M.
Excellent move ! Mightiest Movers was very professional and punctual. Don’t hesitate to use them, everything was moved into my apartment safely and even while it was raining.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Dima S.
The actual moving costs were slightly less than the estimates and the amount of time to do each was right on. The movers themselves were very careful during the moving process to make sure everything was packed and padded appropriately. When moving furniture up and down the stairs they were very careful not to bump into the walls. I was so impressed with the first moving team (lead by Miguel) that I asked for the same moving team for the second move which was much larger and more difficult. I hadn't moved in the last 20 year, I wasn't sure what to expect and did a lot of research. I was very happy with my choice in Qshark moving company!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Natasha O.
Michaelson movers did a great job on our move, they were extremely professional and quick!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Svetlana G.
I’m very happy and highly recommend Clever Moving! Their 3 movers worked very hard for 9 hours. I wish I’ve been more educated to hire 4-5 movers to make it faster… as it’s also impacting us, people moving!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Jim A.
Best moving company ever. The movers called me 30 minutes before they showed up and got right to work. They were delightful to work with and had great attitudes. I usually feel like movers don't move fast enough to charge by the hour, but these guys were constantly moving at a jogging pace. They were very efficient, finishing the job. Their pricing was very fair for the service provided. I will definitely use Ryder Moving again.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Donald was really helpful, I contacted him through Thumbtack and he stopped by my old apartment to get the look of the whole 2-Bed 2-Bath apartment move and gave me quote before finalizing the move. On day of the move he was there with all the important things needed to move. Wrapped all important furniture and packed the truck efficiently and was ready for the move. During unloading though it was little difficult as he has to share the elevator with another moving company at that time, however he still never overcharged me for the delay caused because of that. He and his team was great with the move. I would highly recommend him for your moving.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Judit R.
Clever Movers were super friendly and very professional. We had a difficult move with loads of stairs and narrow hallways and they handled it all so well! We are very satisfied with Clever Movers!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Cleta m.
They moved a very heavy juke box for me—-they took a lot of time to make sure it was moved correctly,
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Debbie S.
Michaelson Moving Company moved a very heavy sofa bed downstairs to our garage. They arrived right on time and completed this move in a careful, professional manner. Would definitely use them again.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Ed G.
Easy move, took the stress out of having to do iron our own. Very friendly movers
Airborne Moving CompanyAirborne Moving Company
Matt D.
Really appreciated the professionalism of Velazquez Movers. Workers showed up 10 minutes early, went over what items to move (and not move), and were very efficient in their process. Would definitely use again.
Velazquez Movers LLC
Mike P.
Moving with Just In Time Moving was a great experience. Donnie was quick to respond and professional in scheduling our move. They showed up on time and finished on time. During the move, they worked very hard, were thoughtful and careful and volunteered to perform extra tasks we might not have time to do. Plus, their pricing was very reasonable. I will definitely move with them again in the future and refer others to Just In Time.
Just In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Emily I.
They were so helpful and knew exactly how to move my complicated, huge items. They also moved very delicate artwork, which I was very impressed with - even I was afraid to move it and I made it!
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Sunny R.
These guys were great helping my sister and mom move. They were kind, courteous, and Noah always made sure to communicate the day before and the day of the move. Moving is never fun. These guys made it easy for us!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Brent M.
The Little Movers are a great team. They handled everything in our apartment with ease and the packing job was perfect. I highly recommend The Little Movers for your upcoming move or heavy lifting. Our dog loved them too!!
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Brandy D.
Mightiest Movers got my move done quickly and efficiently with all my belongings in tact. Would hire again!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Stephen S.
Great experience and super efficient/quick moving. Would highly recommend for anyone that needs a move and will be using them again in the future!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Dipali P.
They were very helpful with our whole moving process and helping us empty our storage unit and move into our third floor apartment. They were very quick and hard working and made moving easy and stress free for us!
Teyanna j.
Best last minute move! Needed a mover this morning and Santi made sure to fit me in. He and Marcus were very professional. They were able to move all of my things quickly and carefully. Will definitely be using them again!
Josue V.
I contracted LA Moving Solutions for a move from Irvine to Long Beach and had a great experience. Punctual and very efficient- got the job done very quickly! Highly recommend and will definitely recommend to friends and contact for any future moves.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
George B.
My movers, Gio andJessy, were fantastic. They moved a studio apt of furniture, and they were early, efficient, friendly and smart. Highly recommended.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Will H.
Excellent movers, highly recommend
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
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