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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 Menlo Park movers
Andre Q.
Smooth move with this guys. Easiest move of my life
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Shaik O.
Smart People Moving did an amazing job moving my furniture. They did not waste any time, took great care of all my items and worked so hard! The team worked great together and really know how to move items in and out of small spaces. They went beyond our expectations for movers. Thank you !
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Max C.
The movers showed up on time and were very efficient helping me move all my objects into a storage unit. Highly recommend!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They did an amazing job!!! They were able to come within a few hours and made the move very quickly but with great care. They even moved an extra couch for us! And the price is unbeatable :)
Elizabeth C.
These guys are outstanding movers. I highly recommend them.
Hamed A.
Excellent experience. Quick and easy move thanks to them.
Daniel L.
Movers were good and nice. However, the owner was rude and aggressive.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Kara B.
Helped us move a sentimental piano from my mom's to a POD. Moved with ease and very quickly. Gave us information on piano. Great experience and would use service again if needed. Thank you!!
Churchill's PianosChurchill's Pianos
Ashish A.
Aleks and his crew were extremely professional, courteous, and hardworking in helping manage my move to 2 different drop off points. The move time was nearly double our initial estimate, yet they kept a great demeanor and were happy to comply with my requests in handling items. I would fully recommend them to anyone seeking moving services!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Laura R.
Absolutely fabulous! Polite, professional...will definitely use Moving Services again.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Haruko K.
Scott and his team did a great job moving my stuff with care. Every item was carefully wrapped and transported. My white couch and white carpet were kept prestine throughout the move. I will use them again!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Travis D.
They did a great job on our move from Menlo Park to San Francisco
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Sam K.
Great crew, resourceful, and professional. Their little smart ideas made a stressful move fun
Michelle S.
Renan was fantastic! He contacted me in the morning to ensure that he would be arriving as planned. He arrived right on time, moved quickly, and was conscious of my walls and floor when moving items. He wrapped my mattress and a large mirror to prevent any dirt or damage. He brought each item all the way up to the lofted room I was moving into. All in all - a fantastic experience. I will definitely use his services again. Highly recommend!
Gilbert M.
Scott was very responsive and transparent about his pricing. The morning of the move they were very punctual and very professional. Crew worked well together and got the job done quickly. I hope I never have to move again but if I do I will definitely use their services.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
We had a bunch of stuff to move a couple of blocks and they did a great job. They were careful and speedy.
Swetha N.
I had to move stuff from my one bedroom apartment to another apartment less than 10 miles away. Two Chinese guys arrived 10 minutes early and started packing and moving. The entire move was completed in 2.5 hours. They were really good and really fast. Loved that about them. The only downfall was them not understanding what I was saying and vice Versa due to language barrier, but thanks to technology, I was able to use a translator to translate what I was trying to say. Tipped them more than what was recommended, for how good and efficient their work was. Absolutely recommend them. Will be using their service when I have to move again.
happy house movershappy house movers
Edith Z.
Daniel and his crew did a great job for our local move. They were punctual and efficient. Highly recommended!
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
M. C.
OMG. Juan and his team are lifesavers. They packed up and completely moved our 2 bed/2 bath apartment in one (very long) day. And, most importantly, not one item was broken or scratched... amazing packing job. We will definitely use them again in the future if we need a moving job.
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Lavanya J.
High quality work from Renan's crew of two. I needed to move a room's worth furniture (a bookshelf, a desk mainly, a standing mirror) from Menlo Park to Sunnyvale. I was impressed by how careful and deliberate they were about moving stuff out of my room and transporting everything in their truck. This was very different from my last experience, where the movers rushed into getting stuff out of a room and onto the truck. They carried plastic wrap to protect furniture scratches. They were also reasonably quick and took under two hours from door to door. Renan was quick to respond my Thumbtack request and flexible with his time, squeezing in a move within a day's notice. Payment was super convenient on Venmo, thought they prefer cash.
Raul C.
Great service! I wish I knew about this guys for my full moving. They helped me get a couple of really heavy furniture to my new place and they are total pros. Pricing was below the average compare to the market and service speed amazing, couple of questions and pictures the day before and that was all, next day I was fully moved into my new place. I previously tried others services outside of Thumbtack and almost had to give them my social # 😜 to get them to give me a quote. I really recommend them for your future moving!!!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
Jiri and his team showed up on time and moved my large jacuzzi without incident. I would use Jiri again.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Mas-Ud H.
The movers were great, fast, and really professional/careful in handling our stuff. I found their service very reasonably priced too.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Henry W.
Ausbely and Luis were courteous, fast, and careful with my stuff. I can't ask for anything more. If you're moving near SF, this is a no-brainer.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Susan g.
Miguel and Alex were absolutely fantastic! Two Friends Movers responded within 24 hours, scheduled my move for two days later. They arrived punctually, allowed me to use their wardrobes for clothing, wrapped everything meticulously so nothing was scuffed, also disassembled and reassembled my complex upholstered storage bed. They were strong, upbeat, and gracious. I would highly recommend.
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