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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 La Verne movers
Neida Y.
We hired Shift It Moving movers for our move from La Verne CA to Bullhead City AZ. Wesley and Kevin were an absolute pleasure to work with. Wesley provided a very fair quote for the move, and stuck to the quoted price. These guys are pleasant, hard working, and prompt. Wesley always replied immediately when we had any questions, delivered everything the following day as promised, and did not damage a single item. I HIGHLY recommend these guys for your move... In fact, if you hire someone else you are doing yourself a disservice. Thank you Shift It Moving!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Leann M.
Their work quality was also excellent. They kept in touch with me by text through the whole move. If you need to have a piano moved use this company!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Frederica B.
I had a great experience with busy moving they were on time they wrapped all of my mothers things. Made her move relatively easy
BZ MovingBZ Moving
Christine H.
These movers were fast and super helpful! Also available within short notice before Thanksgiving. Completed our move in the time they had quoted us.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Diana K.
Movers were communicative and on time. They were very careful to follow our instructions and wrapped and moved items with care. They were very polite and professional. I would definitely recommend them.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Loreta W.
LA Moving solutions was great! Punctual and very commutative.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Alana G.
Great communication and extremely helpful. Very efficient and careful with the move.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Adrienne C.
This company was fantastic! We hired 3 movers and they did a great job. We moved three bedrooms from two locations to one new place with a 24’ truck. They handled our items with care, drove safely, and worked very efficiently. I would hire them again!
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Claudia B.
Highly recommend LA Moving Solutions! During our out of state move, I was looking for movers to get all our furniture and boxes out of our guesthouse and into the POD in our driveway. Brian responded to me with the best quote I got on here and we set up a time. They got here on time and maneuvered every heavy piece of furniture with care. They did everything fast and were able to fit everything in our POD when it was looking like it wouldn’t. Excellent packing skills and great guys on a Sunday morning.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Both Ruben and the gentleman that helped with my move, went over and above my expectations. They helped move me on December 31, never did they rush, never were they disrespectful, in fact they both had a great sense of humor and were very professional. Thank you both for a great experience. I will be using them again.
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Thumbtack Customer
Contracted Mario for a move of condo contents to 100 miles away. We added some additional furniture at the last minute and he gave us a fair price on the addition. His team of 2 men called us in advance that they were detained, but would be there as soon as possible. We had expected 3 men but Eric and Anthony were the equilivent! They were by far the best movers we have ever had! They were so respectful, capable and willing to do anything and everything we asked and are a wonderful "face" for MGB! They made our move a pleasure, as they assembled a tower bedroom set and set up everything as we wanted. There were no additional costs and we would recommend them!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Jane-Ann S.
I hired The Extra Hand to move three large furniture pieces upstairs in my home. Great experience. Everything went smoothly. They were responsive, friendly, and reasonably priced.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Brittanie C.
Donnie and Bo were so great! Super fast while also careful and respectful! Highly recommend them for any moving needs and would absolutely use them again!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Cant say enough!!! They showed up on time which is very rare with alot of other movers. I was very very pleased with the quickness and quality of work they provided. Cant wait to do more buisness with them.
Craig s.
Roman and his men arrived early, knew to solve any problems and made sure there were no hitches in the move. They finished quicker than expected and I am very happy with their work. All three are very friendly and conscience of health precautions. Thanks guys.
EZ Moving in LAEZ Moving in LA
Tracey U.
So happy with his service, he moved a piano from my sister's house to my house. He was done in less than 2 hours. He responded to the request right away with a very good price. Very professional. Even repaired the piano legs!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Erin W.
Couldn’t be happier! Ivan and Alex showed up exactly when they said they would. Super sweet, flexible, and professional. We asked for two pick up and two drop off spots and they were very flexible to whatever we needed. Very gentle with my items, but still quick. Honestly paid less than I thought it would be- not a single hidden/shady fee. Will definitely use them again! Thank you Ivan and Alex and the rest of Flash Moving!
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