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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 Oakland movers
Carman N.
Quick, efficient move. Made moving day a lot easier!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Nzisa K.
My move took a bit of a gander, I was to move and due to work commitments had to move my move haha to a week later. Smart moving was responsiveness and super generous and flexible to accomodate my new date. Adil and Ricardo moved me today. They got to me right on time and were ready to go. They knew exactly what was needed and I honestly even forgot I was moving at times. They move fast so you better have your stuff packed. From door to door bed disassembled to reassembled was a breeze. It was the most turn key move I have had yet, and I have moved some. Thanks guys!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Brandon J.
Matt’s movers were very helpful with our move. They were quick and flexible and a personable group. I hate moving but I look forward to working with them again whenever me and my partner move again.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Jessica V.
The Larro’s moving team made our move super easy. They were quick and professional, would recommend! We will be calling them again for our next move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Robert L.
The best movers we have ever met. We moved several times in our life time but we met the best one just in our last time with these people from “Last Minutes Moving Inc” . They are professional movers, very responsible for any details in a safe moving service. They’re Very friendly, very kindly and effectively in the whole moving process. They are also very strong people with mussels in safely moving any stuff they are carrying. And most important thing is they ask the most reasonable movingly cost from customers, lower than most other movers. We strongly recommend all customers who need moving service request their service first before consulting any other movers. Again, we really appreciate their service for us and wish we have chance to request their help in the future.
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Marcos H.
Jubel Moving and Storage are a phenomenal Moving company! The team was quick, clean, efficient, and friendly. I highly recommend them for your local moves in the Bay Area.
Jubel moving & StorageJubel moving & Storage
Anthony P.
Movers came on time and every item was moved safely and nothing was broken. Good job.
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Bernadette K.
Great movers - on time, friendly, efficient and move completed within time frame discussed.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Jessica L.
I contacted Friend’s Moving Service on Monday for a move on Wednesday. They showed up on time, moved everything quickly and with care, and were super friendly. I highly recommend them!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Shashank G.
Eduardo and Edger were fast and efficient. My move from Oakland to Santa Clara was 4.5 hours for a studio apartment. Glad I chose AFFA moving for my move.
AFFA Moving, LLCAFFA Moving, LLC
Kevin b.
The service was excellent and the movers were able to help in my move from oakland to fremont and was completely in a timely manner. I would recommend them to anyone who wishes to move.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
This was by far the easiest move I've ever made--thanks to JP moving. Moved a two bedroom in under 2 hours, and all with an awesome attitude. It was truly a pleasure. I HIGHLY recommend them!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Ashley K.
I've moved so many times and by far had the best service using Leclair Moving. They were on time, very professional and did a great job. I will continue to use their services for future moves.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Justin t.
Movers were on time, they moved everything quickly and efficiently, not one thing was damaged or misplaced, great team to work with.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Thumbtack Customer
prob the best movers i've ever used. will use them again next yr when i move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Amanda K.
We had great move-in experience! They were very quick and helpful and would recommend them to anyone in their move!
Working Men Moving LLCWorking Men Moving LLC
Rachel Y.
Tony's movers arrived promptly and moved everything carefully and quickly. They moved our belongings from Oakland to Tahoe and even assembled the beds on the other side. They were super friendly and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Miles M.
Great job with the move
Hahn L.
Great move. Very transparent about pricing. The move itself was extremely efficient, and everything was very clean and quick. The estimate as discussed was very accurate. I would use the service again and recommend it to anyone looking for movers.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Liliana A.
Inwas thrilled when Juan called me tonsee if I was available earlier to start my move as things progressed quickly on my end. Boutique Moving was quick, efficient, professional and finished earlier than expected. Great guys for small moves even with heavy pieces, they moved my spa to its permanent home with efficiency and great attitudes. Will absolutely hire them again should I need to move my apartment!
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
Robert F.
I hired Smart People Movers to help move my things from a one bedroom apartment to storage. The move was practically flawless. The communication was clear and concise; instructions followed and the team handled my things with absolute care. I would hire this crew again with no hesitation. Thank you for making my move stress free!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The team at Larro's Moving service were able to help me with a last minute move and were very fast, efficient and had all the professional equipment to move your items safely. I would definitely work with them again!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Allison S.
So happy I hired this company! Very responsive on the app with answering all of my questions and setting up my move. The day of the move, they arrived early and were able to start. They moved very quick & carefully! Took extra care of all items and wrapped fragile items extremely well. They arrived at my drop off location and unloaded everything perfectly. My whole move was about 2 hours! Extremely quick from moving from Oakland to the farther out in the east bay and very affordable. Also took precautions with COVID-19, felt very safe. They made my move easy and seamless and will be connecting with them for any future moves! Would recommend!
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
Katie D.
Smart People Moving is amazing!! They made our move so easy, were so friendly and professional, and very punctual. We would hire them again, thank you so much for making our moving day a breeze!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Rachel F.
I had a great experience hiring JP Moving to help us move our larger furniture items within our building, from the first to third floor. They showed up right on time and quickly and efficiently moved things upstairs while still leaving the new apartment surprisingly tidy. It was by far the easiest part of our move!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
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