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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

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.

Reviews for Monterey Park movers
Rose G.
They were wonderful with moving everything professionally and with ease, not stopping to take a break. They moved my super big sectional, bed and dining table. Thank you!
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Leo C.
Frank and his team arrived exactly on time, did everything I asked for, and they were quick. They tackled a job(moving a safe upstairs) that others were charging for half the price. When I move again, which is hopefully the last time I move, they will be the first I will contact without a doubt.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Maria z.
Awesome experience! They were efficient, hardworking, on-time, polite, and communicative. Definitely made the process of moving an entire apartment look easy. It took us the same amount of time to move one closet lol. Highly recommend!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Wendy N.
This review is a little overdue but I def need to write one, because I had a really good experience with Don and his team! They are truly mighty movers. They moved my furniture from my old apartment which was located on a steep hill and three (yup, three!) flights of stairs! His team was personable, moved quickly and took care of all belongings as promised: no broken furniture/items and moved everything in place at the new apartment. I highly recommend Don and his guys, Brandon and Adam. Thank you guys for the great work!!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Janice W.
Reliable movers. They are friendly and punctual. Know what they are doing. Will use them again when needed.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Jay M.
Aleks is great. He moved my baby grand piano to my new house. Very efficient and very professional.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Xuan n.
Brace yourself, this will be long..... My move date was April 29, I am leaving this on May 10 because they finally came to fix the kitchen floor they scratched up by dragging my fridge through the kitchen. It took this long and lots of reaching out and contacting Thumbtack before they finally fix it. Now these guys are very nice people and friendly and will respond quickly to you. However when it comes to promising to get things done, that is not it. They will not move what you point to or ask them to, but rather what is around, that means grabbing things from my neighbors (they were moving the same day), and things I said I am leaving behind. They also will not wrap anything when asked to be moved. They said they will wrap later once it's in the truck. What is the point then after dragging it out of my apt, down the long stairs, all the way to the street? Did it get damaged/scratched...yes. Even though they said wrapped, when the truck opened, my 3 bikes were stack against each other, no blanket at all...none. When I pointed to the damage, the mover just smiled and said, it was wrapped. My young kids lie better than that. They moved my stuff to the wrong garage. Mike asked me to show him my apt and the garage....last apt downstairs, the last garage with my unit letter on it...I walked him to my apt. Ok....they dropped my stuff in the middle garage belonging to one of my neighbors....I had to run out and apologized and moved those thing to my own garage....I paid extra for the time to fix this. I asked Marie days before for a box to put my hanged clothing in....she said no problem. I asked the movers twice....still no box. I ended up putting everything in a trash bag and brought them over myself. Would I recommend them? Yes and no. I also compared them to the neighbor's movers as they came 40 mins earlier. (they had 2 movers , 1/2 the price, wrapped everything and move like lighting. I paid for 3 movers.......) Yes if you: - have extra cash to spare - Like things slow - Ok with replacing damaged stuff - Work extra hard to get them to fix their mistake - Like to help out a local company - Likes nice people - Have No wood/laminated floors - Have no heavy items, fragile items that need caring and wrapping -If you just have a few of your own boxes No if you: - are on a budget - If you have heavy/fragile items - Have wood floors - like things done right and fast - only have carpet, you are safe - don't want headaches later. I hired these guys based on their good reviews...I messed up and only read the 5 star reviews. So each to their own. Everyone has different things to move. So this moving company might be perfect for you. I myself finding them very friendly with promises of the stars and moon when booking....but that is just something out of reach in the sky. In the end. I paid $900 to move about 1/4 of my 2BR 1BA apt. the rest was done my friends and family for the next 3 days. Overall, eveyrthing is done and resolved. I gave an extra star because they came to fix the floor the very last day of our agreement.
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Sarah W.
I felt lucky that I found Alek to move my piano to my cousins. His service was professional, on time, reasonable price, efficient and responsive, thank you Alek!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
AJ i.
Salute to OLEG and MAX! They are the best! We Had a lot of stuff to move than they expected but they still managed to do it fast and no complains. They are very nice and professional. Thank you so much! We appreciate your hard work. More power to this company and specially to Oleg and Max!
Father and Sons Moving IncFather and Sons Moving Inc
Gregory H.
Jimmy responded within minutes of my project inquiry. He was very accommodating, given I had only given him 2 days notice. Jimmy communicated prices clearly and gave me a fair quote. Jimmy and his boys moved efficiently and did not drag their feet to milk for time. They meticulously wrapped and disassembled fragile and large furniture. They assembled and arranged furniture per instruction and made the new place feel like home. Jimmy advised me that he also does junk removal. I will book again to get rid of the remaining items I decided not to keep. Jimmy and his Stress Free Moving Company live up to their name and come highly recommended.
Stress Free Moving CompanyStress Free Moving Company
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