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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.

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’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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Ontario movers
Shiva g.
Great experience moving with Orda. Nick listened to the requirements and suggested the correct size for the move. He's responsive made my long distance move easier ( California to Arizona). Mara and Kole were there during loading. Professional and quick. Offered me a flat rate for my move.
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Every aspect of the move was perfect. The price quoted was the final price with no hidden costs. Mario and his son Brian were very personal and accommodating. This is rare in the moving business. I was well informed and kept appraised of the status during the move.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Jason P.
This was my first experience hiring a moving company and will not be my last. Your crew was professional, dedicated, honest, and worked extremely hard. Thank you for everything. We will call you for our next move
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Rochelle R.
I moved from a 3rd floor apartment with no elevator to a house. I was a little worried at first, thinking all of our stuff wouldn’t fit the truck but the 2 movers reassured me that it would fit and sure enough it did. They were very efficient and careful with all of our belongings. They didn’t waste any time and moved quickly, yet carefully. Would definitely recommend!
Prime MovingPrime Moving
Jerome P.
Extremely poor packing, put hole in a wall moving furniture, damaged furniture.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Crystal Y.
Booked and made a deposit for them to cancel on me the day before are move. Unprofessional
StableStackServices LLCStableStackServices LLC
Urbashi P.
I am happy with Donald’s moving service and I do recommend him 👍
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Ruth H.
Showed up on time and were very polite and moved the furniture quicky and professionally.
Lugg | On-Demand Moving (Los Angeles)Lugg | On-Demand Moving (Los Angeles)
LaTonya B.
I had a good experience with these movers.. I would use them again!!! Thanks guys!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Reubee P.
Thank you soo much for the move. You were extremely flexible with our schedule as we had to postpone our initial day and then ended up rescheduling for the same day at the last minute. Your movers were extremely friendly, well organized and efficient. Can’t thank you enough!
Last Minute MoversLast Minute Movers
Sam J.
Soul and his team did an excellent job with my move! They ensured my furniture was wrapped and packed properly on the truck. Everything was received at my new place in tact. No damage to the walls or doors. These guys were extremely attentive, answered all my questions and took care to place boxes in the appropriate rooms. I highly recommend you use these guys for your next move. I've already given their name and number to my former neighbor and my sister who's moving in a few months.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Sergio and co. was on time and very helpful. Will call on them again the next time we need to move heavy furniture.
Michael V.
5 star service! Wesley and his team made moving from a 3rd floor apartment look easy! They handled all of our belongings with care and delivered everything damage free. Staff is very friendly and professional. Very fast and efficient. I highly recommend using their services and will definitely be using them in the future. Thanks again Shift It Moving!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Lauren J.
Jeremy and his team are amazing! He was able to move my peloton 3 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS in a timely, safe, and professional manner! 10/10 recommend, will be using his services in the future.
Tim C.
This is a little late but moving is tiring, I wanted to jump on here and write a quick review. This company did a great job moving my house. I had a 2 story 3 bd , with 3 car garage. My wife and I had a good amount of the packing done prior to them showing up( this is key to helping everything move quick and efficient. The truck and crew showed up we did a quick walk through of the house. I put on some music and in an acceptable time frame the truck was loaded to the max. The crew had a great attitude and treated all my stuff like it was their own, even the two fridges and large gun safe. I would definitely hire again or offer any of the crew a job.
Eldjguy M.
Last Minute MoversLast Minute Movers
Andrew J.
Donald and his team were excellent in moving our furniture into our new home. He responded very quickly and was available at short notice. They were very quick and efficient. Would definitely recommend them.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Joe W.
Great experience. Took the time to wrap my items properly. Nothing damaged! Moved from 3rd floor to 1st floor - CA to NV. Fast unload and setup of bed. Truly appreciated the help. Would recommend.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Allegra P.
Don and his team were great. They were professional, worked hard, fast and were available on on very short notice . (sorry it will be a long post, but I have to share how great these guys are). I have a Sleep Number bed and was told by Sleep Number they needed to dissemble and assemble the bed and it should not be movers. However, they wouldn’t give me an appointment that lined up with my move. They insisted they couldn’t disassemble and assemble the bed on the same day. So, I asked Don if he could disassemble the bed and I would hire Sleep Number to assemble the bed. He said “no problem” I told him I could send him a YouTube link on how to dissemble the bed. When Sleep Number called to confirm the appointment 2 days before my move they gave a 8 AM to 11 AM arrival time. I tried to get the time changed to after 12 PM but Sleep Number refused. I sent Don a text advising I would need them to assemble the bed as well. He called me and asked what happened I told him and he said, “no problem”. When his team had arrived and it was time to disassemble the bed, it was obvious he had studied the YouTube link. He was able to not only disassemble the bed with no problems but assemble the bed as well. Also, due my sister recovering from a medical condition, she ‘d been living in my living room for 9 mos. So when I bought my new home I wanted her to move in a couple of weeks before I did. She decided to hire Student Movers but literally two days before her move when she called to confirm and I heard her being talked over and getting the run around. So I called Don told him what was happening. I told him I knew it was last minute but I asked if there was a way he could help. He said “no problem we’re here to help” and they were there and moved my sister. I’m telling you they are good at what they do and great people too!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Donald and Jaron were amazing! They got everything out of apartment on the 3rd floor within hours! I was amazed at how quickly they were able to move everything out of the old apartment and into our new place. Will definitely be using them again!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Terry B.
I needed them to move a very heavy upright piano, the did an amazing job. The cost was so much lower than I thought. They all were very nice. I will definitely be using them again. Thank you very very much
Next stop moving and junk removal servicesNext stop moving and junk removal services
Kelsie M.
I had a video call with Brian and I showed him every single thing that I own and he gave me a quote of $7825. When the movers came and packed all of my things in the truck, they told me the total was $13219. Don’t walk, RUM from this company. They are scammers!
White Glove Relocation GroupWhite Glove Relocation Group
Thumbtack Customer
moving a pool table is expensive and delicate, you need real professionals to do it for you. Don't need to look any further, AV Billiards will take care of everything for you, fast, careful, clean, precise and cheaper than any other company. They also give maintenance to your table.
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Monica C.
These guys are AWESOME. They were very professional and the price was perfect. They arrived on time and treated my valuables with the best care. They followed my directions and would ask if unsure. I don't plan to move soon, but if I did I would rehire these guys in a heart beat. You will not be disappointed with them.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Kay S.
Very impressed with in and out moving co! They were very quick to respond and got the job done within 24 hours of me reaching out. Everything was done over text and I really appreciate that since I have a busy work schedule and can’t always answer the phone. Definitely recommend!!
In And Out Moving Co.In And Out Moving Co.
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