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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 Perris movers
Carl M.
Movers did an excellent job, good attitudes and work ethic.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Dick A.
Mario and his team exceeded my expectations. Responsive, flexible, respectful, and less expensive than the others by far!! Totally professional. I couldn’t be happier with the move. If you’re planning a move —you need these guys!!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Leona D.
We had a superb service and experience with Jet Moving and Storage! Highly recommend this company if you need movers. Professional, quick and made the move feel stress free. James was friendly and answered all our questions upon setting up our appointment. Parker and his team took care of our belongings and got the job done quicker than we expected. Thank you!
Jet Moving and StorageJet Moving and Storage
Robbie M.
They did not quote me the actual time frame it would take to move my furniture, costing me double the amount. The movers took a 35 min break and came back smelling like weed. Very disappointed with my experience.
Genius MovingGenius Moving
Cheri R.
Exclusive moves did such a great job today helping me relocate back home! I was so surprised how fast everything was moving and how quick and professional they were. I had messaged last night for a quote and by this afternoon the job was done.I will absolutely never use another moving service except for them. They were very careful with the items, professional, and were taking all the Covid precautions.thank you for everything.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Erika G.
MGB provided excellent service. My items were moved locally and NOTHING was broken. They took really good care of my furniture. They were efficient and placed everything where we needed it placed. I would definitely recommend MGG for your moving needs
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Michael b.
SUPERB MOVERS is the freaking best moving company ever!!! No competition at all I had booked and hired with another company named PACKUP and the dame flake, lagger ditched me and blocked my number the day he was supposed to help me move But anyways superb movers came through very last minute I called them The same day and they showed up an hour later and ready to help me out. Rite from the start they both started off strong and fast but keeping my belongings safe and secure they packed up the whole house and we’re on the road working a couple of hours “wow” And they unpacked installed and assembled my furniture rite where I wanted it and they just kicked ass!!! Hands down if your looking for some top notch movers with AMAZING prices you will be crazy if you pass these guys up!!! Thank you once again SUPERB MOVERS you guys are awesome and that’s coming from me My wife and my kids and Michael says hello
Superb MoversSuperb Movers
Hary S.
Fantastic service from Fred, Sam and Joseph. Polite, professional and super fast. Why go anywhere else? Best movers ever!!
Jet Moving And StorageJet Moving And Storage
Jennifer L.
The overall quality of the move was 5 stars. The men worked quickly and efficiently, taking great care of our belongings. It was 116 degrees outside; so I definitely didn’t want to push them and respected that they needed to slow down/take breaks. They communicated when they needed to take a break and were not just standing around. They were friendly and made me feel comfortable. The only issue I had with the entire process was the pricing discrepancy and the undisclosed fuel charge. I would have still been happy with the overall service, even at the higher prices, but that is not the point. I booked them last week, with a written description of the job and their quote came back at $89/hr. I told them my move was 10 miles and gave them a list of the furniture that needed to be moved to make sure we had a smooth moving day, as I am 9 months pregnant and my husband is out of town for work. When they completed the job- they called their manager so he could give me my total. Surprise! They showed up with 4 movers, instead of the 2 I had booked. (Much more efficient, but again, not the point..) He told me it was $125/hr for 4 movers and an additional $45 for gas because they are commuting from Vista. I understand a gas charge from the starting location to ending location (10 miles), but to be blindly charged for their travel was a bit outrageous. I didn’t argue with the pricing, but I did let their manager know that the change of plan/pricing was unexpected and absolutely should have been communicated from the beginning. It was only an issue because of the lack of communication, not because I felt that their pricing was too high.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Mark N.
We have used many moving companies throughout the years and these guys were the most exceptional. Their prompt and professional communication even before we hired them made the decision easy. Nick, Adam, and one other gentleman showed up to our 50' storage unit between 7:00am-7:30am just as they promised and they loaded all of our belongings with such care, speed, and precision. it was a miracle that they were able to get it all into their 26' truck. then they drove from So. CA to Prescott, AZ and unloaded us all in one day. they worked incredibly hard and smart and they had such common sense, I never had to repeat any instructions. they were true professionals and we highly recommend them. they are the Crème de la Crème!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
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