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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

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 Pasadena movers
Snow W.
NoMad Mover helped us move recently, and their service is top notch. The movers are very efficient. We moved quicker than I expected.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Michaela A.
Exclusive Moves was amazing! They were responsive and timely leading up to the move and professional and efficient during the move. I definitely recommend using them.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Daniel S.
Movers were friendly and efficient, they arrived on time and moved our entire apartment with no damage.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Really helpful and polite movers, I will definitely keep them in mind for any future moves!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Maria B.
Best moving experience Ever! Edward and his crew were punctual and very professional. They made my moving experience AWESOME! If you are looking for honest, hard-working movers, this is the service for you. The move itself was smooth. Solid wrapping of the furniture with professional disassembling and reassembly. Their quote was the most reasonable. Thank you Happy Home Moving! Highly recommend this crew to anyone!
George B.
I hired Muscle Movers to move an upright piano. They had a competitive and reasonable price for a quick but difficult job. I noticed immediately how professional and courteous Christopher was over the phone and decided to hire them. The day of the move, they arrived 15 minutes early and completed the job quickly yet carefully. I would hire Muscle Movers again and will also recommend them to anyone that needs a great moving company.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Roland H.
Moved extremely slow, disassembled furniture unnecessarily and brought a truck that was too small. They did safely move our furniture.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
I hired experienced movers and I'm so glad I did. We were moving and had a lot of heavy furniture and Frank and his crew took excellent care of everything that was moved. They were efficient and fast. I would definitely recommend him if you need to move and want a reliable company. Thanks again Frank!!!!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Muscle Movers got the job done quickly and with a positive attitude. Would definitely hire them again for my next move.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Kelly D.
SoCal Moving did a great job moving my refrigerator!!! These are very careful, polite, and hard working guys!! I highly recommend!!!!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
David H.
Did a good and fast job of moving and taking care of our belongings. Moved a 3bd room home to another in less.than 4 hours.
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Albert J.
Gurrola handled my in-house move with great care and professionalism. I would hire them again and recommend to anyone needing movers.
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Nathan R.
This moving crew was fantastic! They worked so fast and were still so careful. Timely, responsive, and well-priced. Definitely recommend SoCal Moving.
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Laura W.
Had a great experience with Redline Movers. Get the team of three, it will make everything go faster. Nick, Dimitri, and Davy had everything moved in half the time I expected. It was an easy and flawless move, they were careful and conscientious. So glad I found this service!
Redline movingRedline moving
Michael W.
News Moving Co was timely and professional!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a piano moved from one end of the block to the other, about 6 houses. They moved it down the street on the sidewalk versus a truck since it was such an easy move. Took about a half an hour and it was done! No scratches, no issues! Would recommend them. Nice job.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Matthew B.
Awesome experience!! David and Ivan were extremely professional and worked quickly to make my move a pinch. Would definitely go through Clever Moving again.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Fern B.
I didn’t hire at this time. Not enough to move.
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Fiona J.
It was definitely a happy move with HAPPY MOVE. Sam is very considerate and responsible, always responded promptly. The whole team is very professional. At my moving date, they arrived punctually in the morning and did a very good job packing all my furniture. Everything was handled properly and carefully. Since it was an interstate moving, timing is very important for us. The team arrived exactly at the estimated time. All is perfect! You can definitely trust these guys!!
Happy Move LLCHappy Move LLC
Thumbtack Customer
If I could give 0 stars I would. First, the movers showed up 1.5 hours late. I had to call Tony to ask what was going on, he did not reach out to me like a professional should. Then, after sending several texts and e-mails confirming the price and the items I needed to have moved, on moving day the price increased by $100 b/c he had to rent a truck for a move (without discussing with me since I'd be paying for it). What moving company doesn't already have trucks to get the job done? Then, the mover's nicked the wall out of the apartment I was moving out of, forgot to put the legs back on my couch which they took off and then asked me why I didn't remind them to do their job then said they'd correct it but never showed up to do, AND my furniture got dirty in the move, which I will admit I was forewarned. I HIGHLY advise NOT doing business with this company. Totally unprofessional.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were right on time and were great with getting everything in and out of the truck in a timely manner! I called on a Friday because I had to move the next day and they were able to accommodate.
Full Time MoversFull Time Movers
Sarah F.
NEWS movers are professional and dedicated, giving you the most bang for your buck. They don't charge per item or by situational factors, allowing you more flexibility in your move. Thanks guys!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Very efficient team, our move went so smoothly!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Thomas P.
We had a great moving experience this past weekend with Jeremy! He showed up right on time, was very professional and friendly, and moved our 1br apartment incredibly efficiently - all for a great price!
Rosio F.
Zane and his partner did an amazing job moving and building the bed in a timely manner. They were able to move a huge cali king bed into my small 1 bedroom apartment. They were extremely careful making sure nothing touched the ground as it was being moved from the truck to the apt also making sure not to hit any walls. Will definitely use again.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
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