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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Modesto movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived within the time-frame provided and moved at a fast pace. The two movers were cordial and gentleman when asking where things should be placed upon arrival. Excellent service.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Terrie I.
Excellent!! On time and moved 2 bedroom apartment from uhaul into upstairs apartment in 1 hour 10minutes. Movers were awesome!! Would recommend CA Movers to anyone in the Modesto Area. T.Infanger Modesto
California MoversCalifornia Movers
Sally C.
The movers arrived one hour late, but they called ahead to let me know so that was good. They were hard workers and polite. They got everything moved to my new place and set up where I wanted it. A piece of glass in my curio cabinet was broken during the move, but the owner personally came out to my house with a new piece of glass and installed it for me (within 4 days of the move). For the price, I feel the service I got was a very good deal.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Dary and Gary were the two movers we had. Both were friendly, professional, and efficient. The move from an apartment to a house went very smooth especially considering it was pouring rain the last half hour of the move. I highly recommend this company. They made this stressful event one less thing I had to worry about.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The crew was on time, very professional, very curtious, very knowledgeable, very efficient, very personable and extremely careful with all of our belongs. My wife & I highly recommend Safe Moving for your next moving job. Greg in Modesto, CA
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely the BEST money I ever spent to have items moved. These guys were punctual, professional, personable, extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and super efficient and quick. I WILL use them again and I totally recommend them to anyone who needs help moving.
All Madden Moving LLCAll Madden Moving LLC
Zenith G.
i had a big furniture that it was impossible to bring it into the room & they did find a way how to do it. The movers did a good job.I highly recommend them. fee is a little bit expensive.
California MoversCalifornia Movers
Kevin S.
These guys were amazing. They were on time. Wrapped everything, nothing broke. They were total pros! And they kept my wife and I laughing all day with theyre great sence of humors! Use safe Movers!
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They were terrific! Had a difficult king sized platform bed that needed to be disassembled and then reassembled. We were moving my daughter and her main concern was being able to have her bed. It was a royal pain. The guys had a long day and managed to be so helpful and professional. Exceptional service.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Linda K.
This started bad. They showed up 2 hours late. The service comes with two movers but I told the owner I had lots of heavy things so I thought 3 would be better. I also asked about a truck and if I needed to provide. The owner said he would provide, but the charge was $144 instead of $79 per hour. Once the movers came they started telling me it would be extra for certain heavy things. I needed to move what could I do. They turned things over you are not supposed to tip such as my half chest freezer, then denied doing so after we called them on it. Let’s just say the whole thing was not good. Lastly, the invoice they gave me didn’t even add up. They have you pay with your credit card and then give you your invoice. I was exhausted and just ready for them to be gone. They took way longer than expected. My husband came to me and said did you add this invoice before you paid. I said no. He said it isn’t right they have magic math. He was right the total didn’t come near what was listed and they charged me $179 per hour instead of $144.
California MoversCalifornia Movers
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