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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 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.

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 Loma Linda movers
Lynda C.
Excellent service for moving an organ and electric piano. I highly recommend this moving company!
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Julie-Maree P.
Would highly recommend Alek’s piano movers. He was quick to respond to my communications, took care moving our piano, and all for a fair price. Seems a good, honest, hard-working guy.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Victoria T.
Watch out for the hidden fees and poor customer service! I moved from a single bedroom in a house to small house 5 minutes away. Before the move, I let them know what large items and furniture I had, including an elliptical. I was reassured that there was no extra charge for the elliptical as it did not fall under one of their bulky items list. The confirmation email specifically said “EXTRA HEAVY/BULKY ITEMS(300 LBS OR MORE). MOVERS HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE AN EXTRA CHARGE BASED ON: (1)A WEIGHT OF AN OBJECT(IF ITS MORE THAN 300 LBS.MADE FROM GRANITE/MARBLE/GLASS)”. Based on the specs, my elliptical weighs 214lbs and it has wheels to roll it. It was not transported up or down any stairs. When I asked about the weight cut off, I was told it was an “equipment fee” even though no such thing was ever mentioned before, even after I said I had an elliptical. They charged me an extra $80 that was in no way discussed prior to the move. In the process of moving, they also cracked my landlord’s wall and now I have to cover the expenses of that as well. When I asked about the supposed insurance that the company had, I was told they only cover damage to the things they move and not to the home itself! They said it wasn’t their fault that the wall cracked even though there was NO crack there prior to the move. They also say I should have reported it earlier. However I was trying to reach them for over a week without success despite multiple calls. I do have to say my movers were very friendly but it does not make up for the disappointment and extra money this move has cost me. Definitely will go with someone else next time.
Genius MovingGenius Moving
Sharlane M.
I would call them again anytime. They did a great job on short notice moving a few heavy things including this mattress.
Mexicano Junk RemovalMexicano Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time. The whole team was efficient and provided excellent service. They wrapped all our furnitures for protection which was a big plus. We've moved several times and I would definitely recommend them based on quality of service and price.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Tekira B.
I am typically not one to write horrible reviews, but I felt an obligation to give others fair warning. I booked this company for a move taking place about 6 days prior to my move day. I should have known this company would not be a fit with the slow response I received. Needless to say that against my better judgment, I booked this company. On the day of, they were a no show. I left several messages on the owners voicemail, text messages as well as this site, but no answer. I am still astonished by the lack of professionalism and just common decency. I was left completely hanging and had to book with another company at the very last minute. I needed to be out of my place that day so imagine how I felt packed and ready to go only to not have anyone show up but not even a phone call notifying me. This was a nightmare, but thank God the other company (Pac-Men Movers) saved the day. Use strong caution when booking with this company. While I was waiting for the company to call me back still believing they would show up, I scanned the reviews and saw a that few others had stated experiencing the same thing (no show). I wish I had taken notice. Please beware...Do Not book with them. P.S. I still never received any explanation from them. Shocking!
Muscle Movers LLCMuscle Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Without any hesitation, I would highly recommend Mario and his team to anyone seeking professional movers. When they arrived to pick up our furniture and boxes in Loma Linda, I showed Mario how I had separated the boxes into breakable and non-breakable items. Mario said I could have saved myself some trouble because they always treat everything as though it is breakable. They were extremely hard-working, careful when loading our belongings on the truck and to our surprise, they were able to fit all of our furniture and boxes into their 26 foot truck. The next morning they showed up bright and early to deliver our furniture to Las Vegas and even helped me add felt pads on the bottom of all of our heavy wood furniture. Seriously, what other company would do that? MGB Relocations took extra special care to ensure our furnishings and new home were not damaged. This company is absolutely amazing and we can't say enough great things about them. When I originally contacted Mario, he promised us they would do an excellent job and he definitely made good on his word. Do yourself a favor... hire MGB Relocations for your move and let them show you what superior customer service is. Absolutely the best movers around!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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