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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 Woods movers
Sara L.
I highly recommend Michaelson Moving. They were punctual, polite and professional. Their pricing was competitive. They did an awesome job of moving some pieces of furniture from my house to my daughter's house. I am very happy that I chose Michaelson Moving. Be sure to give them a try and you will be very glad you did!!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Rohini P.
Excellent experience! Thank you for your help with our move!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Fast, friendly,skilled,carefull,complete. Highly recommend. Will use next time I need a mover. 5 stars
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Terry F.
The moving company arrived promptly and analyzed the tasks and figured out how to do it. They completed the job quickly and even spent time assembling a different table for us.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Pam W.
If I could leave 10 stars I would! These guys were awesome! I needed help the same day that I put in my request and they answered within minutes and met me at the job site within two hours. I had a real mess on my hands with previous movers that I hired and Michaelson Moving came to the rescue! They moved my entire unorganized, jam packed storage unit to a new location where it was all stacked and stored beautifully. They worked with great speed and were very responsive to all of my needs. I have another project within the next month and I will certainly call them. If you want the best call Michaelson!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Susan M.
The movers were very efficient and accommodating. They took good care of my furniture, and I am very satisfied. I'd feel comfortable hiring them again, or recommending them to others.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Pamela A.
Great experience working with Michaelson Moving. Willing to accommodate my needs and very professional all around. Right on time, worked quickly and efficiently. An easy, no-hassle experience. I highly recommend them!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Bill H.
It was terrible. The workers were slow, I had to ask them to speed it up. Then I told them to speed it up. Nothing worked, not sure they understood english, they keep taking in Russian. They started at 9:00am drove off with our furniture to go have dinner, never got done until around 8:30pm and carrged us over $1000.00. We are still moving boxes, they put kitchen boxes into one of the bathrooms. I wouldn't recommend them to move a dog house.
Best Moving DayBest Moving Day
Peter S.
Wesley was very good at calling and did a very good job on the physical aspects of the move. The only reason he is not at 5 was we had set a time, and then it was delayed a couple of hours, it was well communicated, but ate up my time. Would use him again.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Linda S.
Excellent Service and customer attention from Michaelson, called to let me know they were on there way, very very caring of my household goods, they moved a very heavy object within my home and did an outstanding job. will use them again when need. linda sabori
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
We had very good experience with Todd. He came on very short notice to move some heavy furniture around so our Mom could come home from rehab and be safe. I would definitely call on him again next time we need help.
Junk in the TruckJunk in the Truck
Jan D.
I called Genious Moving at the last minute, i.e. the day before I needed help. Thomas responded within the hour. We agreed on a time. He arrived with a very capable coworker, Andrew, & together they tackled the project of unloading my 20 ft. container of household boxes, back into my house. Very friendly, professional and are not afraid to work hard with smiles !! I definitely recommend them & would hire them back ! Many thanks ...
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