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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 Martinez movers
Sandie P.
Very pleased with my move. We were closing my sister's estate and had boxes, totes and furniture to be moved out. I needed 2 stops to drop off items before the final destination. I was amazed at how quickly everything was loaded. I have had small moves before with other companies and these men were very fast while still taking great care to do no damage. They even offered to move some furniture, something that would have difficult for my husband and myself. They actually completed the move an hour before the time I had anticipated it would take. Tony's movers are definitely at the top of my list for movers.
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Melia F.
Juan and Orlando were amazing!!! They made out move from Martinez to the city flawless. I highly recommend this crew if you’re moving. All of our belongings arrived safely and they were super efficient. I’d hire them again in a heartbreak. Thanks L & J moving!
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Linda C.
Moving is stressful and once I made the decision to move, I started to research and get quotes from different moving companies. I was overwhelmed by the quotes, pushy sales people and tactics. Then I stumbled on K & V Express. They were upfront, honest and once we connected I never looked back. Two phenomenal people, I would recommend them to anyone who is moving! Thank you!
Shannotta n.
The workers were a bit lately. The driver pulled his fair share of the way but the second mover was preoccupied with being on his phone most of the day. they didn't take a lunch break. So by 4 p.m. they were exhausted overexerted and moving very sluggish. It caused us to be moving a two bedroom apartment for 12 hours. And between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. the passenger or second mover consistently checked his cell phone. I was exhausted micromanaging them at the end of the day.
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Kristie B.
Ann K.
I needed to move furniture around within the house, and move some items into the garage and shed. OJ and Francisco were so accommodating and helpful. They even swapped out a carpet under a table so it is evenly spaced. They also communicated throughout on arrival time as did Rick. Definitely will use their service again when needed.
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Kat S.
Matias and his crew did an outstanding job! I couldn't have asked for an easier move. They waited for me as I got my new set of keys, disassembled and reassembled my furniture. My place was basically set up by the time they left! If you're looking for a flawless moving experience, hire these guys. You will not regret it. I will 100% be using Matias again in the future.
Kevin w.
Leo and his partner were great! They moved two very heavy and large bathroom vanities without a problem- Very knowledgeable and careful Would HIGHLY recommend them!
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Cynthia E.
I’d like to thank Anthony and his team for helping us move! Anthony was responsive and communicative which I appreciated from start to finish. His team took care of our belongings and packed a 26 ft moving truck to the top and fit all of our stuff w care, professionalism and experience! We couldn’t have done it without them. 3 man team was definitely needed. They did arrive later than planned (40mins) and the job did take longer than I expected (9 hours) so account for that and maybe negotiate per job rather than per hour but it’s hard to anticipate when moving w such a job so I’d rely on Anthony’s expertise, but his team is worth a first call on any moving job!!! His team went above and beyond to drive back, fill up and drop off our truck back 1.5 hours away. Overall, I would recommend Anthony and his team to anyone!!
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Alex G.
Smart People Moving showed up promptly at the agreed upon time and were able to help protect and pack our big furniture. The guys were very friendly as well.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Michael R.
E&J did a great job with my move. Very professional, friendly and efficient! They were aware of the fragile items and noting was broken. I would hire them again!
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Shiva J.
These guys were fast and professional and also very personable! I booked a different mover who cancelled two day prior and I was able to book Truket that same day!
Michael W.
I would highly recommend this company if you’re looking for a really good price and want the job done fast. I needed a mover last minute for my brother and this company accommodated us with no hesitation and only about 3 days notice. The 2 young men whom I believe were Sam and Thomas, called yesterday morning and said they could start early (appt was for 10 and they came at 9:45) and they were very professional and respectful and had the job done in 2 hours and with an excellent price. I was very impressed and will be recommending them to anyone I know who needs a move done or any other odd job. Thanks guys you’re awesome keep up the good work!
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Jerome B.
Excellent! I had to schedule a move last minute and they were able to accommodate me with everything I requested for within 72 hours! There was furniture that they took time to shrink wrap and cover those items with padded blankets even though we told them it was ok. Excellent customer service, work ethic, and professionalism. Would highly recommend this company! 10/10!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
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