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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 Laguna Hills movers
John d.
Great communication, always in contact regarding arrival. Completed their due diligence before the move so they knew what was being moved, where it was being moved to and the how of moving it. Very nice people and I would very much recommend them
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Leona D.
I strongly recommend California 24Seven Moving company. Here’s their info:Phone: 323-632-1702 Email: contact@24sevenmoving.com www.24sevenmoving.com Kyle,Nomio & Ganbaa work well to together. Good team work. Thank you Chuva for putting this team together. They’re professional, promp, polite and they take care of your belongings. Price is so reasonable compare to other moving companies. No hidden fees. Thank you 24Seven moving company for helping me move.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Josh W.
Great response time. Excited to use him in future moves.
Caleb BatesCaleb Bates
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great! They texted me a few times prior to confirm our appointment. They showed up on time with 3 guys, they moved quickly, disconnected all of my appliances, and moved everything with care.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Lisa R.
Needed to move a desk from one location to another (about 10 miles). Michaelson Moving responded quickly and completed the job the same afternoon. The cost was affordable. The company was very responsive and proactive. GREAT Job!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Jacque J.
Rod was on time, ready to work and replied to all my messages. They did a great job with moving my washer and dryer up and downstairs. I will call him next time I need help moving.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Kyle A.
I needed to move a 450lb Peloton Tread mill. They were the only one's up for the task (submitted job on moving site). Showed up on time with a team that could do the job! Price was right too! No complaints and would hire them again!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Gigi S.
The guys helped us move our office on Saturday, they were on time, pleasant, and very helpful and easy to work with. They moved our large desks and cabinets and hauled some old equipment away for us. Our large desks with returns required them to disassemble the desks and put them back together, they had no problems doing that. We were very pleased with their work and we will call them again when we need movers. We thank them both for their good work!
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Emmanuel was perfect for my small moving job. He communicated clearly, was on time, loaded safely, helped unpack, and hauled away the empty boxes. I highly recommend him for any delivery or assembly.
Emmanuel MurilloEmmanuel Murillo
Melissa M.
Jesse helped me move a couple of items. He was wonderful with communication. Provided ETA updates. Extremely responsive. He ensured the items were handled with care and safely transported. Highly recommend their affordable services!
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Katherine H.
Frank was professional, courteous and prompt and priced the job fairly. He and his team did a super job and even moved a large heavy couch out of the room at no extra charge. I would use his company again and highly recommend.
Generation Billiards pool table moversGeneration Billiards pool table movers
Taylor G.
Very responsive and reasonable! Helped move a fridge from my mom’s house to my new apartment down the street. Also took a dresser we didn’t need anymore to mercy warehouse for us. Would recommend and hire again. Love the no minimum hour requirement.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Mel C.
Jonathan and Tbo were on time, were careful and quickly moved our equipment. We appreciated their ability to maneuver a challenging ingress, egress, relocate heavy equipment and we appreciated their kind, professional manner. In addition, I want to support local, family - owned businesses whenever I can. I would contact Michaelson's again for our future projects. Mel Laguna Hills
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Jeff d.
Can't say enough good things about this service. I was in a time crunch to buy a couch from Craigslist. I am a bachelor with a full time job so my ability to move a couch on my own is limited. The owner, Rigo, called me back at 7pm within 30 minutes of submitting my request. He provided an extremely fair price and was communicative throughout the day which made coordinating with the seller very easy. He showed up within a minute of his projected time. It took him less than twenty minutes to bring the couch into my apartment which had challenges due to the layout of my apartment. Rigo is a great guy to work with and would refer him to anyone. In this world I understand why some people are apprehensive of having a service come their home. No need to worry about this when dealing with Rigo and his team. Professional, polite and a good businessman. Highly highly recommended.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
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