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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. 

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. 

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.

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 Palo Alto movers
Susanna Z.
The moving team was professional with my move.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Natasha D.
Excellent moving services with a professional crew and a good value. Very efficient and careful with moving items.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Safraz R.
We had a great experience moving from Palo Alto to SF with Moving Services Transport! The move was timely and we felt that our needs were prioritized throughout the entire process. We are definitely requesting their services the next time we have moving needs!
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Thumbtack Customer
Silicon Valley Luxury Moving was efficient, courteous, and worked quickly. They carefully wrapped and blanketed our furniture and moved it exactly where I wanted it with the utmost professionalism. I would definitely use them again for my next move.
Luxury Moving of OregonLuxury Moving of Oregon
Analuisa L.
Both Oscar and David did an awesome job on moving us, very professional and hard workers. Kuddos to larro’s on great moving services.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
María J.
Kevin brought everything you would hope for in a moving service. He was on time, professional throughout the move, and worked quickly, efficiently, and respectfully of all COVID restrictions. I would 100% hire them again if I ever needed to move in the area.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Olivia G.
Larro’s Moving Services was great! They were up front and clear with the pricing and were punctual and careful during the move. Would highly recommend Larro’s!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Nicholas K.
We hire Luis and his crew for a quick move. They were very responsive, kind, and great movers. I would happily use them again.
Domínguez Logistics LLCDomínguez Logistics LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jose was great - easy to communicate with, on time, pleasant, and got the job done quickly! he is a professional mover and we were very happy with the furniture move.
White Red Moving & StorageWhite Red Moving & Storage
Alexander V.
great help with the move, everything was professional
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Bryan C.
OneClick did a great job with my move - they showed up promptly, worked efficiently, and helped resolve some issues from a previous move. Would recommend!
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Jisha V.
Loved the professionalism right from the beginning. The whole move was very seamless. There were a couple of really heavy pieces, but they moved it without any issues through stairs.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
David M.
It was initially hard to get a date locked down, but once I did the movers were great at communicating when they were going to arrive and adapted to my very tight moving schedule.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great help, came on time, moved everything quickly.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly, worked quickly, and everything seems to have survived the move.
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos was prompt, courteous and on time. He and Jorge moved a heavy sofabed from a freind's house in San Jose to Palo Alto. I would recommend Two Friends as reasonably priced, reliable movers.
Lynn K.
I needed movers in a few days..... Jiri quickly responded, answered all questions and was clear in advance about pricing. The team was efficient, friendly, and professional. Couldn’t have secured a better moving company!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Iraz A.
I had a great moving experience with Boutique Moving Services. 2 days before the confirmed moving date, Marcel contacted me and asked for a list of items and details. On the day of the move a crew of 3 arrived right on time. I was a bit concerned that they came with a large van not a truck but they assured me that based on the list as well as looking at my stuff, everything will fit just fine. And as they assured me, all my stuff fit very comfortably. The crew was very professional, respectful and careful. They were very careful willth following COVID-19 guidelines. This was one of the best moves I ever had. As promised there were no unexpected additional charges. I was charged based on the time the crew arrived at pick up location to the time they left the drop off location, nothing else. I highly recommend Boutique Moving.
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
Ben H.
Team did a great job with the move, I'd highly recommend!
Ddt delivery and moving servicesDdt delivery and moving services
Nick H.
Santos and Tony were a little late because they had another move earlier in the day but worked quickly and made moving my apartment very painless. They were very careful with all the furniture and I would recommend them.
Vicki P.
Stuart Moving gets the job done. I was able to schedule them with less than 48 hours notice. They arranged the right size truck for the job and were professional in getting the move done quickly. I will use their services again!
Thumbtack Customer
Our moving process went smoothly and efficiently from a two bedroom apartment to our new house. Everything arrived in our new home undamaged. It was a great relief not to move everything ourselves. Many thanks to Scott and his team.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Sheryl A.
I have moved MANY times around the country and this is the absolute best moving company I’ve ever worked with. I knew from the first conversation with Scott how much the move would cost, how he operated and what I should expect on the day of my move. The only change he made was to bring an additional person to help on move day. Thank goodness he did. Scott and his crew arrived early, knew exactly what needed to be done and did it. Without any problems. They went the extra mile, were nice as could be and just did their job. They were incredible! They even emptied the wardrobe boxes when they delivered them and hung my clothes in the closet. HIRE them before someone else does!!
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Ron U.
I just had a very small move but he did a great job.
Bay Area handyman/moving serviceBay Area handyman/moving service
Jane M.
I had a studio apartment to move. Marcos and his assistant came about 10 minutes early which was great, they wrapped and loaded everything very carefully, and they nicely moved things into the new place. I am happy to recommend them!
WeDo MovingsWeDo Movings
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