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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

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
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
Bernadette K.
Great movers - on time, friendly, efficient and move completed within time frame discussed.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
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
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
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
Brad b.
Great move!
QB MovesQB Moves
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 MovingLeclair Moving
Gabrielle R.
Steve and his team were great! They arrived slightly early, reviewed what was to be moved, and got to work! Not only were they professional, they were kind and quick! This was my first time moving with movers, and they made everything a breeze. I HIGHLY recommend Steve and his team for any local moving needs!
"Airdrop" Delivery & Moving  (Veteran owner)"Airdrop" Delivery & Moving (Veteran owner)
Alvin F.
Fast movers
Move-InMove-In
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
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
Ashley J.
I had an amazing experience with QB Moves! Great communication & super friendly team. My plans changed last minute due to weather and they worked with me to reschedule. They showed up on time, moved quickly and made my move so easy! Would definitely recommend and plan on using them for my next move.
QB MovesQB Moves
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
Melisssa K.
QB Moves helped me move several large pieces of furniture around my house. They were punctual, professional, and careful.
QB MovesQB Moves
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
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
Maya P.
I️ needed to move out of my apartment right away and was able to schedule the move quickly without a problem. They showed up on time and moved my items as quickly as possible. I’d use their service again and would recommend them.
TWO FRIENDS MOVERSTWO FRIENDS MOVERS
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
Samantha L.
Moving is always stressful, but Smart People Moving was one less thing to worry about. They confirmed the day before, they showed up early, and they were fast and responsible with my furniture and boxes. Moving is never easy, but they made it seem like a breeze.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Catherine L.
Daniel and his crew helped me move from Oakland to San Rafael. I have a lot of things and they moved everything without any damage. I really appreciate their help and professionalism. I highly recommend JD moving and hauling! :-)
JD moving and haulingJD moving and hauling
Jason D.
Damian got back to me right away and was able to help with a last minute move. They made a small but difficult move as easy as possible.
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