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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 Novato movers
Meghan D.
Larios responded to my request in a timely manner. We spoke on the phone to discuss the items that needed to be moved and the challenges in the house. We set up a time the same day and he was very professional and efficient. He brought moving blankets, furniture straps, and clear wrap to protect the furniture and the walls. He clearly knows how to move furniture. I’m glad I chose a professional for the move. I will reach out to Larios for my future moving needs.
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Kathryn K.
Kevin & Victor did a wonderful job--they navigated a difficult move in a timely fashion, with great care and precision. Would highly recommend their services to anyone interested in a seamless move!
Dean M.
The movers were very courteous and friendly. Both were extremely careful with our furniture. No time was wasted so we were not charged for them to drag their feet. 10/10 moving company.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Sarah G.
Great movers! On time and worked very efficiently. I will definitely use them again. Highly recommended!
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Valerie C.
All went well with the move out of state and they were fast and professional and wrapped our thing very well.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Fast response. Excellent price. Great communication. Arrived on time (and they look like a poster for moving men). Quick, efficient and friendly on the job. Recommend enthusiastically.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt response to my emails and questions. Arrived on time. Very professional. Moved my furniture and helped with attaching feet to cabinet. Definitely will hire again.
JT Removal LLCJT Removal LLC
Kathryn L.
My Move did a long distance move for me from California to Boston. I have about a studio's worth of things, and their quote was the lowest by several hundred dollars. Richard was very helpful and responsive in helping me arrange my move, and they picked up my things from California with no problem. The reason I'm rating them four stars is because once my things were picked up from the California location, it was difficult to get updates on the progress of my move. Every time I wanted an update, I had to request one, even though I was told I would receive updates closer to the delivery date (at the time I requested the first update, the drivers were a day away from Massachusetts). Planning the delivery takes coordination, and I would have appreciated more communication towards the end of the process. Otherwise, my things arrived safely.
My MoveMy Move
Holly S.
I had a small yet labor intensive moving job and Truket was amazing. Most other movers still wanted to charge me for milage and a truck fee even though I wasn't using either. Truket's pricing was very reasonable and very up front. No hidden or unnecessary fees. They were also very thorough in explaining exactly what I would be billed for, so no surprises. The two employees they sent were polite, professional and very efficient. I highly recommend Truket. I was told they also offer other services such as move out cleaning, hauling etc. I will definately use them in the future.
Christian B.
Courteous and professional, Dante and crew managed to get an incredibly heavy sleeper sofa up a high-walled split stairwell and into a guest room with no trouble. They even took their shoes off on our bright white carpet to keep it looking pristine, and were so careful to avoid damaging floors or the furniture being moved. I would hire them again in an instant for in-home furniture or whole house moves.
Maria C.
These guys rock! I had such a difficult move - super tight narrow stairs, big heavy cumbersome pieces - and they handled it like pros! Would absolutely recommend them!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Erin M.
They met me on a Sunday morning to move staging furniture up lots of stairs. They arrived on time and got the job done quickly and safely. Positive attitudes. Excellent value, will use again.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Gregg C.
Jiri and his team moved a couch and a chair from Novato to Windsor for me. They were professional, responsive, punctual and gave a good value. I will defiantly call them again in the future for similar work.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Anna P.
I’m really happy to write this review about JP moving services! They are amazing! Super professional, time-efficient, punctual. Simply put - they are the best! They made the whole moving process so much easier, it was absolutely stress-free. Great service at a reasonable price! I’d like to mention, Jiri is a super nice guy, I really enjoyed the conversation we had on the road. The time passed so quickly I didn’t even notice. Thanks again for your great service! I’m so glad I found you!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Judith B.
Kevin and his helper arrived early and did a fabulous job. They were careful and were successful at not damaging faux painted trim while they moved a rather large antique desk into the space. Easy to work with and excellent all around.
Suzanne A.
Thanks Levi for coming last minute to help us move a very heavy couch and recliner. He wrapped it in plastic and was able to get it through both doors without a scratch. He also recommended chair pads with a knowing eye!
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Kathryn K.
These guys are simply incredible! They did a move for us from a Novato office to one in San Francisco, both with lots of stairs, and were done in two hours, AND all the while with smiles on their faces. I can't recommend them enough, thank you!
Quantum: Home ServicesQuantum: Home Services
Maria D.
Jiri was excellent and I will definitely hire him again for future moves. He provided me a quote and stuck to the price. He was also very easy to communicate with and accommodated my schedule (even working early on a Sunday). His truck was clean and the entire process was professional and easy.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Alice H.
Good communication from start to finish. Let us know when they were in their way and they showed up right on time. We forgot to confirm that we needed boxes but they had some on hand and were able to wrap and pack all items while also labeling them based on the room they packed. Movers were courteous and professional and completed the job efficiently. Special items were handled with care and the unloading was also a smooth and quick process.
JV Moving ServicesJV Moving Services
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