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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 Northridge movers
Rodrigo M.
this is not a real company. no movers came to my move, no customer service as well
Dolly - Los AngelesDolly - Los Angeles
Morgan S.
I used Ugood movers for my move from the valley to Marina Del Rey and would 10/10 recommend them to anyone looking for movers. In fact, I’ve already referred them to a handful of my friends. They get the job done effortlessly and made my moving experience (which I had been stressing about for weeks) so easy.
Thumbtack Customer
Sky was fantastic! From the initial estimate to scheduling and even us pushing back the start time on the job, they staff at Sky Moving was courteous, friendly, communicative & accomodating. On moving day, the team was punctual and moved quickly. We hired 3 movers and the price was more than fair. They took good care of our belongings and were very professional. They had additional supplies and wrapped all of our wood furniture to protect it. I can't say enough how nice and friendly they were. They went above & beyond what we discussed and what we were expecting to ensure that the move went smoothly. I hope never to have to move again, but if I do... I will definitely hire Sky Moving! Thanks Jose, Rodolfo & Zack!
Sky MovingSky Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Had a very good experience with BK movers. They were very professional and very efficient! Definitely would be hiring them for my next move. Highly recommended!
BK Movers LABK Movers LA
Nicole C.
Very polite and trustworthy. Made moving easy.
Palacios Movers +Palacios Movers +
Ciro N.
Confidently moved something large and fragile with ease! Totally worth it.
Roberts Transport and RemovalRoberts Transport and Removal
Moving after close to 18 years in one location hard to say the least! You accumulate tons of things! As well I had many huge and fragile furniture pieces! MGB took care of me and although it was an all day venture the movers - all 3 kept moving! And they even dealt with my needs to place everything perfectly! That was so important to me! Thanks MGB / Jeri in Northridge
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Nice guy, works alone or with his son. Great for smaller local moves
Bike, Treadmill and Elliptical assembly.Bike, Treadmill and Elliptical assembly.
Larry S.
Best moving experience I've ever had. I'll use them again.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Anna A.
Have used this moving company twice. Very professional and extremely helpful. Highly recommend!
Inception MovingInception Moving
Sarah T.
READ THIS! This is a very honest review. Initially, I thought I was getting a good deal. Nomad movers charge $89/hour if you pay cash. HOWEVER, they do NOT work efficiently. I hired 2 movers, and they would take one or two items at a time when they clearly had the opportunity to load their dolly with much more items. I had to start carrying items down myself. The whole move was 14 miles, and they only traveled once. I moved from a one bedroom apartment located on the second floor into a bedroom of a two bedroom apartment located on the second floor. The starting location had an elevator, but the final location had stairs. I was charged for 5.5 hours, which was way longer than I expected. I had a fridge, a bed, a dresser, a couch, and some boxes; pretty basic stuff! Although their hourly rate is good, they drag on the time in order to rack up hours. The movers wore face masks for majority of the time, but towards the end they pulled the masks down. I understand that it was a hot day, but they did not care about the customers safety that much. Something I really did NOT appreciate was that one of the movers coughed in front of me with his face mask down, which is unacceptable! I withdrew $500, as I was expecting the move to take a maximum of 4 hours; which would be around $356. The total was $489, but I decided to give them $500. Then, one of the movers had the audacity to ask for a bigger tip! That was SO RUDE! On top of that, I wanted the boxes to go to the bedroom, but they left everything in the living-room because they 'had another appointment'. The only good things I have to say about Nomad Movers is that the movers were nice generally speaking and they delivered everything in good shape. They also responded quickly. I am a 25 year old woman and I felt hustled. I mentioned to the movers that I was a college student and that I got laid-off due to the pandemic. I will not hire them again, nor will I recommend them to anyone.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Bella C.
Hardworking, professional and efficient. They came in on time and moved my appliances with care. I will definitely recommend and hire again.
Deanna K.
Very reliable guys! They came in time and did a great job. Would definitely recommend for all your moving needs.
The Díaz Brother Co.The Díaz Brother Co.
Thumbtack Customer
I haven't moved yet but they are very professional and informative. I know I've chosen an excellent company thanks to your help!!
Ben Hur Moving & StorageBen Hur Moving & Storage
Sonia M.
Professional, great communication and polite. They went above and beyond helped in making my small move a seamless process. Would highly recommend!!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Jennifer S.
These guys were prompt, professional, and fair. What more could you want from a moving company? Very pleased! Thanks MGB Relocations.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Kathy c.
Frank and Carlos are the guys that can guarantee a hassle free move. They are efficient and easy to talk to, upfront and simple. Job was done right fast and easy. 👍👍
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Thumbtack Customer
I am the pickiest person when it comes to packing my belongings and moving my stuff. I was so hesitant with any company but decided to give them a chance. My wife and I literally decided to call last minute taking our chances but they accommodated our move. We had the most professional crew. I didn't even need to tell them to be careful or let them know what to do. I was pleasantly surprised with way they worked. A+ and I don't give those out lightly. Vitesse had our back and made our move so easy. Thank you so much! I'm definitely sharing my experience with all my friends and family.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Kaila T.
I really enjoyed working with this company. I was looking for someone to move my sofa out of my apartment, which has very steep stairs and a small walking area. HuntR’s Moving was the only company that was able to take me at last minute, and their prices out did their competitors. Considering that I had many flights of stairs and the sofa was fairly heavy I’m complete satisfied with the services they provided. If need again I will definitely call again ! 10/10 recommended
HuntR’s MovingHuntR’s Moving
Vivian L.
The movers were professional, very responsive, and reliable. They did an awesome job with careful handling of my items and disassembling my furniture. And their price is affordable with NO additional fees! I will definitely hire again.
Thumbtack Customer
Short distance move but was very long and took 11 hours because there were too many stuff but the gays were very cool and friendly and only charge me for 9 hours. Great company highly recommend
Sky MovingSky Moving
Kasey M.
Needed a heavy desk moved. William & Daniel were here within the hour. They were friendly, professional, and completed the job quickly. They gave me a good price for their service. I’ll definitely call them again if needed!
Best valley junk removal and haulingBest valley junk removal and hauling
Thumbtack Customer
What a great all around experience. Franks quote was perfect. He said it would take 4 hours and it did exactly. They were there on time and started work promptly. Communications were excellent at the time of the booking all the way to the end. I would definately call them again for another move.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Reia R.
I always get worried about hiring people by the hour because I feel like they will take their sweet time to make more money. But these guys definitely didn’t. Not only were they upfront with the cost of the move, but they were quick, super professional, pleasant to be around, and just overall made my experience wonderful. Would definitely hire them again in a heart beat. My son would like to add that he really really liked working with them.
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
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