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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 Napa movers
Blair K.
Stuart Moving was awesome! They arrived early to the job site and were ready to move some very heavy items. One cabinet was tricky to fit into a narrow hall wall + doorframe and they figured it out with ease. Stuart Moving was reliable and professional. I’d definitely hire Stuart Moving again in the future!
Jill f.
I hired these guys twice, wants to move me and another time to move my couches. Highly recommend!
Carquinez Moving Express LLCCarquinez Moving Express LLC
Claire H.
It really was a hassle free move. The team were professional and efficient. I had neighbors in the building who thought having people pack and move your items was a brilliant idea. Thanks for the moving service Avila.
Avila's Hassle Free Solutions, IncAvila's Hassle Free Solutions, Inc
Carole L.
Smart People Moving jumped right on getting me a quote, which was a good sign and exactly the way they operate. Great communication the day before and on moving day, they showed up on time and got right to work. Don’t leave it out if you don’t want it moved! Super impressed.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Chantal K.
I can’t say enough about what a great experience our move was! Matt and his team were conscientious, polite, efficient, and careful. Very Highly Recommend Matt’s Motivated Movers!
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Laura A.
Excellent job unpacking my POD moving container. Thank you!
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Elizabeth R.
I was so impressed with K&V for my move. I booked them last minute and they were very responsive. They were fast but also very careful with my things. They were very professional. I will certainly be using them if I have another move!
Evelyn H.
Fresh Start Movers was exceptional. Kyle was very flexible in my last minute scheduling and accommodated all of my needs. The moving guys were very careful with all my belongings. From the minute they showed up they had a plan and got right to work. How they maneuvered some of my heavy pieces without damaging anything is beyond me. Great job. Would definitely recommend to others and use this company again for my next move. Thank you! -Evelyn
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Stephanie G.
From start to finish, Ricardo and the guys from Larro's Moving Services were awesome! Arrived on time, called to let us know when they were close, super fast and efficient, very polite and professional, wrapped everything very well, and were very careful with everything. They were even faster and cheaper than I anticipated. I would absolutely recommend these great guys for any moving job and we will definitely be using them again for our next move. Thanks guys!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jiri moved furniture from my living room and dining room very quickly and in a friendly and polite way.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Melissa D.
Thank you Matt! Him and his partner got an entire house moved in 3 hours. Great job!
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Deborah C.
Dante and his helper arrived on time and were professional and courteous throughout the move. I will be using them again.
Natalie W.
Very professional and hard working. Such a pleasure to have these pleasant 2 men move my family into my new home! Thank you!!
Mr Palm MovingMr Palm Moving
Ronnie G.
Frankie and his crew started off rocky by arriving later than expected (he did message me to update me). With that late arrival the move went longer than expected but his guys are workers! They had to move a lot of stuff (to include several heavy items) and they did it with a good attitude and got the job done! I would hire them again!
Full Cycle Eco HaulingFull Cycle Eco Hauling
Alexha F.
Anthony and his dad Steve were incredibly efficient, precise, and accommodating. We were so impressed with their attention to detail, including the fact that they individually wrapped all of our furniture in both their moving blankets and plastic wrap for a completely safe transit from our old apartment to the new house. Moving into our very first home could not have been more painless with their excellent service!
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Misty J.
Great communication, professional and a fair upfront price. Would definitely recommend. I needed some heavy items moved around the house and they did a great job.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Stacy S.
Kevin was fantastic. Did a great job for a reasonable price and everyone was so happy to have the help. Would use them again in the future. Look no further for the best movers!
Joe P.
Levi and a helper showed up on time and we’re polite and professional. The got right to worm and got the job done efficiently and professionally. I’d definitely recommend their service if you’re moving.
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Jason R.
Matt and his team were excellent to work with throughout the entire process. From initial contact, Matt was very responsive and easy to communicate with. Our job was a bit unconventional, and our location is outside of most movers' service zones, but Matt and his crew were very accommodating and a real pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend working with Matt, and plan to call him again whenever I need professional movers. Thanks Matt!
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Meghan S.
THANK YOU. so grateful for your help in moving my dad. I knew I couldn’t do it by myself, and you both were there on time and ready to go with the flow. Will call these guys again for sure
Garrett P.
These were the best movers I’ve used. They were a few minutes late but it was ok. I live in the North Bay and they came from the South Bay. They worked quickly and professionally and were amazingly friendly. Would 100% use them again.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Adam h.
Another mover no-showed. Jose was first to respond to my plea for help - in 15 minutes. He re-organized his day to get to my place and get a first load out. When we ran out of time he agreed to return next day. Price was as quoted. They work hard.
L&J moving and haulingL&J moving and hauling
Adam h.
Lied about everything. Told me they would have 3 movers and a 24 ft truck show up on day scheduled between 8 and 9. At 9:45 a 15 ft truck showed up with 2 movers. Then they tried to raise the rate from $130 (as quoted) to $180. By using smaller truck guaranteed they wouldn't finish the job in 3 hours. The number given to call the scheduler shifts around to the driver, so when I tried to get ahold of the scheduler I could not. They are a VERY SHADY outfit. The kind that will load your goods, then charge more to get them out of the truck. The driver was so inexperienced he couldn't hardly turn the truck around. They were incompetent in all regards.
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Anna P.
I was really lucky to find Matt. I was in a situation where I needed help on short notice, and I was on overwhelm with everything that needed to happen in a short amount of time. Matt went above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed to feel good about my move. Moreover, he stayed with me until the job was completed. Matt and his crew are professional, thoughtful and at your service, so without a doubt, I reccommend him and will use his services again.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
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