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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 Newport Beach movers
Kirsten D.
Team Logan was the best moving team and 24 Seven was the best moving company I have ever had, and I have moved a ton!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Oliver C.
They arrived right on time. They worked very hard and did not complain. We asked that they move several items not quoted and they asked if everything was in the right place several times. They brought their whole crew of Six and the move was completed in 4 hours. I would recommend this moving company before the move because they move quickly!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
John C.
The team arrived as scheduled and completed my move quickly. I recommend Michaelson Moving for professional and mindful help with your moving needs. I will definitely hire this company again. Thanks for a great job!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Kate T.
The day of the move went extremely well. The movers showed up on time and were very professional. They knew what they were doing and treated our possessions with respect. The movers were friendly and enjoyable, it was a pleasure to have them move us. The move took far less time than estimated (we really followed them advice and it helped so much) and what we actually paid was almost half of the estimate.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Robert V.
Needed to move some boxes last minute in our office, from getting a quote to getting actual movers it was only 1 hour and 50 minutes, super impressive! The movers that came were really nice and helpful. Great service!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Sharon K.
Was so happy to get my Armoire moved in a timely manner and on time great guys and very happy to recommend the little movers !!
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Andy J.
This was my first experience with professional movers as I ran out of friends to hit up for moving help (moved 5 times already). I was anxious about using a moving company but the owner was a breeze! I worried about price but they were so fast and efficient (and took good care of my lovely furniture) that I ended up paying less than I budgeted. What a nice surprise! I would definitely recommend to others for a smooth move.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Brittany U.
Clever moving did a great job moving us. They took great care of our belongings, which was greatly appreciated. They showed up right on time and were very efficient. One of the best moving experiences we have had. Thank you!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Debbe W.
The Little Movers did a first-rate job moving my large armoire from Newport Beach to my storage unit this week. From the very beginning they were responsive, courteous, prompt and wonderfully accommodating. The armoire was packed and moved with great care and arrived without a scratch. I couldn't be happier and wouldn't hesitate a moment to call on them again to help me with another move.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Parker D.
A great group of friendly and fast movers.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Suhair K.
I got help on really short notice and they did an amazing job! They were professional and courteous the entire move. Definitely recommend for any moving needs!
Rick's simple movingRick's simple moving
Christine B.
They moved a treadmill for us, very quick and easy!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Alex W.
Made the move really easy! Thank you
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Colin B.
I hired Qshark Moving for my mom during her local move. She was very happy with the move. The crew was on time, courteous, efficient, and careful with her belongings. I purchased the service through the Yelp website for a very good flat rate for a crew of 2 and the truck for 4 hours, perfect for a small local move. They were very responsive to phone calls and emails. I would certainly use them again.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Ethan E.
Michaelson Moving Company was the best! They came last minute to help me move to a new office space. They were on time, professional, and easy to work with. Thank you so much!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Christy W.
I had several pieces of large furniture that I needed moved in and out of my apartment. I was able to schedule the moving team very quickly and the work they performed was complete and efficient. I appreciated their attention to making sure that everything was completed to my satisfaction and that they cleaned up after the move of items. I would not hesitate to reach out to them if I ever had items that I needed moved. Very professional and high quality work!!!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Kayla H.
Mightiest Movers team was great! they helped move my mom into our home from Newport Beach to Laguna Hills in less than 2.5 hours. They were extremely fast and efficient- highly recommend!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Jessica R.
The movers did a great job! They were professional, worked efficiently and were done earlier than expected. All my stuff was wrapped and moved carefully, no damage. Would definitely hire them again.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Carl C.
This was my first good experience with a moving company. Booking the move was a breeze - the mover was polite and simply got all the information he required and gave me their rates. On moving day, the guys arrived on time and were also very polite and pleasant the entire day. They worked hard and without any breaks for the next 5 hrs. We had to stop at a storage unit to pick up more furniture and boxes before moving on to our new house. Although we took different routes and were paying by the hour, the guys showed up right behind us and didn't seem to break for lunch or pit-stops while we were separated.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Haley B.
I highly recommend GET IT DONE MOVERS! Not only were they extremely affordable, but they were super professional and FAST. I had a great experience with them and they made my move less stressful for me.
Haley l.
They were amazing. I didn’t want to hire a moving company to just move a few things and pay the high minimum fee. They don’t charge a high minimum, just one hour. They are very responsive, nice, clean and organized. Very easy to communicate my needs. I will use them again when I have small furniture moving tasks.
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Lindsay P.
We had a wonderful experience with our movers! They were so helpful moving all of our boxes and heavy items. They were very thoughtful and conscientious with all of our items and took great care to handle our furniture. They worked so hard, and had a great attitude!!! I would recommend their moving services to everyone! God bless you Local Trucks
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Jessica M.
Using Qshark Moving Company was an outstanding choice. I searched moving company in Orange County hoping to find a highly recommended provider for my upcoming move. I will highly recommend Qsharks to all. I also found that the office staff was, knowledgeable, efficient, pleasant, good sense of humor, and understand limitations for us movers to have access to do stuff like sign and get back contracts. The last one being beyond rare. Movers were on time, highly productive, super pleasant and fun to work with, as well as, professional, and courteous. Frankly I can't say enough good things, and I consider myself to be highly critical. I expect others to work as hard as I would.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Jesica O.
I cannot say enough how amazing my experience was. Moving can be a very stressful situation, and with all that can go wrong, dealing with Qsharks and thier team was the bring spot in our day. They were fast, professional and were able to manage some difficult situations due to sizes of furniture and room openings. I have used movers in the past who mishandled and damaged our furniture, so I was a bit concerned in hiring a team, but I was thrilled by the service that was provided. I should mention, the price was also very fair. I will be moving again in a few months and hope to use Ryder Moving again. If you are moving, I would not recommend working with anyone else.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Jimmy W.
Larry and Dean did a fantastic job! Will always call Larry for future moves!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
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