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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 Petaluma movers
Eric W.
Fresh Start Movers will make your moving day a breeze. My move was a local move and was completed in one day. It started with talking to the owner (Kyle) who scheduled the move. I had to make a date change and also asked questions about the pricing and details of the move, he was very helpful and courteous in all conversations that I had with him. During the move, James and his team were the best. They showed up on time and ready to go. They completed the move within the time frame indicated and moved everything with care and professional efficiency. Totally polite and every mover had a great attitude and appeared to enjoy their work. One of the movers sang to himself while working and his apparent cheerfulness is contagious. Overall, this is a great company and I will definitely recommend to all my friends who move.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Fresh Start Movers is the absolute BEST! They are professional ,hardworking , meticulous and most importantly they truly care about you, your family and making your move a positive experience. They made our move from beginning to end, seamless. They were transparent with their cost and worked quickly and efficiently to keep the cost down . They took great care of each and every item that they moved . They even washed their hands before moving our white sofa. Throughout the move, they were kind, polite, respectful and super sweet to our family. It was hands down the best moving experience I've ever had. I cannot say enough about Kyle and James , just know that if you are planning on moving ... Fresh Start Movers is the best gift you can give yourself and your family . LOVE THEM!!!
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Movers moved essentially two households from one home to another , 5 miles apart. They were professional, courteous, and they wrapped all our furniture. I would HIGHLY recommend this company for any moving job. Thank you, Safe Moving. You guys rock! -- Cotati, CA homeowner
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a very small moving job, and Jiri was really accommodating. I would recommend JP Moving services any time.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Fresh Start Movers were amazing! They were very nice, professional and efficient. They took extra care with all my items, wrapping furniture to keep it from getting scratched. I was impressed with their professionalism and how easy they made my move. They definitely took the stress out of my move. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of movers. I had a great experience with them!
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Helen A.
Those three guys MOVED and didn't stop!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Gema M.
Thank you for moving all my stuff 😀
Legacy Movers and AssemblyLegacy Movers and Assembly
Thumbtack Customer
Fresh Start was great for my move. No hassle pricing, and friendly, professional service. Kyle and James were on time, very helpful, and had me done with my move in the no time.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick and his crew did a great job. They were very quick and effiecent in moving us in to a 2nd floor apartment.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Thumbtack Customer
Elgar was amazing at directing the move and motivating his helper. Professional and courtesy...! I would hire again and ask for Elgar!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
I talked to Kyle prior to hiring them. He is very personable, and I liked that they charge by the hour from their office and back. They also offered a 10% senior discount which I appreciated. They had a big truck, and all the supplies one would need. They wrapped up the furniture that needed wrapping for a long time in storage, and also to protect it during the move. They moved all my furniture down two flights of stairs and into a storage unit. So...they showed up on time, worked hard, didn't charge me for their breaks. I was very happy with this moving company!
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Diane T.
Andrew and his partner were wonderful, arrived on time and took great care in moving our furniture and placing it exactly as we wanted. Highly recommend.
Andrew’s Moving Efficient Pro’sAndrew’s Moving Efficient Pro’s
Tom H.
Jiri and Justin did a fantastic job! I've used Jiri twice now. It's so much less stressful to use movers who are efficient, timely, and highly intelligent. So personable too!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Nicole P.
They were great! Super friendly attitudes, very communicative and responsive and were willing to problem solve for a unique moving situation. They took great care of my stuff! Would definitely work with them again - thanks guys!
Vance SolutionzVance Solutionz
Tom H.
Jiri far exceeded my expectations. I hired Jiri and his associate (Jesus) to move a lot of belongings I temporarily stored in my sister's garage. They worked quickly and efficiently, demonstrating considerable expertise in loading and unloading the truck and packing everything into my two storage units. I had doubts on whether everything would fit, but they really knew what they were doing. They were also really careful not to break or scratch anything. Best movers I've ever hired and will definitely use them again. Also really nice guys.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
They were very nice, communication was great. All of my stuff was taken care of nicely. It just took them way too long to move a 2 bedroom apt. Other than that, I think they were very good.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Susan B.
I had a small moving project that needed to be coordinated like a Swiss watch movement: a very nice antique bookcase (that I just had refinished) and was transporting myself via a uhaul truck on a Friday morning to a destination some 70 miles away, had to be carefully unloaded and moved. More, I also had to get the displaced furniture moved to the garage (a small entertainment unit and small wooden book case) AND get capable people to do it with basically one day’s notice! The pressure was on! I literally posted my request on Thursday at 3:49 am (couldn’t sleep!). Elite Power Washing came to my rescue! They were the first to respond with a very reasonable quote, agreed to an 8:30 am appointment on Friday, and reassured me that they were up for the task. Mike and Juan arrived promptly, took direction on my suggestions on how to transport the piece (after I had watched how my furniture refinisher and his cohort had moved it), and placed it gently in the right spot. Mike and Juan are calm, courteous, considerate, and caring. They are professional, punctual, and take pride in what they do. I will definitely add them to my roster of professionals that I can count on, and will contact them for future jobs. I will assess my gutters and power washing needs as well... Happy and Relieved! Susan B.
Elite Power WashingElite Power Washing
Diane C.
My experience was excellent. Ryan saved the day by being available with little notice when another company failed. He was prompt and communicative and really hustled to get the job done in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ryan and R&R Moving!
R&R Moving ServicesR&R Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Straightforward move; Kyle and James showed up on time, friendly and professional and hustled to get the job done. Kyle even literally ran up the stairs a few times to help me carry a load. James basically ran the whole time! These guys were really great and very personable. Really couldn't be happier with their service, though I grossly underestimated the time it would take to complete - my own fault.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were excellent overall, methodical and on time, were always polite and worked quickly. They took special care for glass shelves that needed to be wrapped in blankets. No scratches, no breakage of anything. They were more expensive than the guys I went with originally who never showed up for one reason or another, causing me to postpone the move for a day. But the diff in cost was worth it, proving its not all about price. Kyle and James are very good at what they do.
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
Thumbtack Customer
All I can say is they preformed as advertised , arriving on time , completing the move I hired them to do in a professional no nonsense manner and charging me exactly the amount agreed upon. In the past 10-20 years , when was the last time you actually experienced complete satisfaction from a company large or small in either the service you hired them to do , or the purchasing and installation of a product that met your expectations ? Sadly , in my experiences very few have resulted in complete satisfaction . I have gotten to the point of dreading the need to find a company to actually deliver the service or item I find myself in need of caused by my disappointments or the time involved in correcting over billed charges , returning products due to mistakes or defects and other situations that could have been avoided by the company remembering why they exist ? We should support and encourage small companies like " Fresh Start Movers " by using their services or recommending to others in need of some heavy lifting whenever possible . Finally I would only remind the young men who are building a great company never to forget the cornerstone of their success , always deliver what you promise !
Fresh Start MoversFresh Start Movers
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