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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.

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. 

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.

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 Morgan Hill movers
Melissa D.
Moved our two bedroom home from storage into a three level townhome. The two movers were such good troopers and were delicate and great moving our items. It took us about four hours. If we would move again, we would definitely hire three people because our stairs are hard when moving heavy objects. Will recommend them to friends and family.
Victor G.
We needed help to move my parents from the home of 40 years into a storage facility in town. Scott at moving services was the first to proactively respond to our Thumbtack request and get a sense of the job at hand and what it would take to make the move- he even came over to personally see the items being moved to provide a better quote and estimate on time/space necessary for the items. On the move date, his crew of 3 showed up on time and were able to move ALL the contents of the house and like wizards or Tetris masters make a near 5 bedroom home fit in a 10'x25' storage locker...AMAZING. Thank you Moving Services Transportation for your help moving my parents out of their home. Your team was easy to work with and saved us from having to get another storage locker! ^ Cheers!
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Larry S.
Overall I thought the service was average at best. Movers arrived 15 mins after the estimated time range, but 35 mins later than what I was told the day of. Supposedly they didn’t take into account traffic. The movers worked diligently, but it seemed like it was one of their first move jobs ever. To be fair- to move a heavy washer and dryer down a set of stairs is not easy, but that’s why I looked for a professional service. There were some close calls in terms of potential damage, but at the end of the day it was avoided. Communication was tough with these movers. I could barely understand the questions they asked during the move and the justification of the final pricing. I wouldn’t hire these movers again, but they were responsive and got the job done.
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Jeff P.
Scott and his crew treated our move like they were moving their own items. I was very impressed and would use them again when I have a need for moving help. Our job was a small one and they were the perfect choice for me.
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Dennis D.
My inquires were always answered VERY promptly. The quote given for the move was by far the BEST PRICE of all the moving companies I got a quote from. They arrived on time at the pick-up site and receiving end, early in the morning. Moving done in a professional, careful, and efficient manner!
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Tram L.
We could not have completed our move without Scott, Richard, and their crew, as it was an apocalyptic 105+ degrees this past weekend! These guys truly handled the move like pros and even found creative ways to maneuver some of our large furniture around some unexpectedly awkward angles without damaging anything. I feel like most other movers would have complained, but these guys were actually super fun to be around and maintained a great attitude throughout the entire move. We had 4 movers spend almost 8 hours dealing with us :) 10/10 would hire again!
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Thumbtack Customer
We hired Moving Services Transport to move our items from a storage unit to our home. Tom and Rodriguez arrived early. They were careful with our items, were hard working, and did a good job for us!
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Michele L.
Great move from home to storage facility. Professional timely and a great price!
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Faith P.
The moving team not only showed up on time, but actually got there early. They wrapped and taped furniture and boxes quickly, and loaded the items very efficiently, and to protect the items. The team unloaded and unwrapped items gently and quickly, and placed the items exactly where I needed them. They even moved the furniture as I better aligned the spaces. The price was a good value and I highly recommend this team for your moving needs!
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Florian H.
Renan was a HUGE Help. Moving is at best a very very bad thing to do on a tight schedule. It’s safe to say our move wouldn’t be happening on time without Renan’s help. I only wish he was available on the other end to help unpack... thanks for all the help!
Karithe N.
Great guys and hard workers! They moved my furniture out of a tri level townhouse and loaded my POD.
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Monica A.
They did a great job on my recent move. I would hire again and recommend to any of my friends and family
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Thumbtack Customer
They were on time helped break the bed down. Moved it without a scratch on the walls or bed. Then they set it up for me. Great job, highly recommend.
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Alison K.
Book this company NOW! Their team was timely, took such care with all of our items and beyond professional. They took all of the stress out of an out of state move! Phenomenal company.
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Amy P.
I hired MAS Movers for a last minute moving project I needed done urgently. The Manager Lily responded promptly to my after hours request and she followed up quickly with a phone call. She was very professional in accommodating my schedule on short notice on a holiday weekend. In addition, she quoted a very reasonable rate. Her team showed up on time, took great care in wrapping the furniture and delivered it to the destination promptly without a scratch. If you’re looking for movers that are professional, very responsive, punctual, perform great quality of work and excellent execution, look no further. This company will meet your objectives to your full satisfaction. Thanks Lily and team for a job well done!!!!
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Ken P.
Very responsive & personable. I asked them to return today to move the belongings which were not ready last week due to my schedule. Very hot day for all but they came thru. Many thanks.!!
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Julie R.
Scott was quick to respond to my request. Gave me a quote that was fair for the work to be done. Sam showed up on time and was professional. Took great care in covering my stars and furniture to be moved. I’m extremely pleased
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Thumbtack Customer
The team clearly knew what they were dong! They came within the window promised and had all the tools necessary to do a great and quick job. The crew was personable and took great care with my piano. I will use them again for my next move!
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Ren D.
Scott and his team are fantastic! They were on time, very careful in handling our furniture and went the extra mile to accommodate last minute requests. I highly recommend Scott and will call him first the next time I need help moving anything and everything.
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Debbie G.
I had such a great experience with Scott, the owner, that I would actually consider moving because I know it would be done as promised and quickly. The trio who came to pack up and put in the truck I rented were amazing, early to the storage and so fast that I did not need 3 hours minimum. But that is their minimum and so if you will pay for. It worked as we needed to get on the road to do a 6 hour plus drive. I accomplished what I needed to get done and because there were so good their packing, I had more than enough room in the truck i rented I was able to fit in a mattress and a new toilet from HD….really refreshing to work with someone who communicates clearly and often. I almost had to cancel 1 day prior due to fire in No Cal and Scott was very patient to wait to the last minute for me to determine if the move was on or not. HIGHLY recommend!
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