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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 Pinole movers
Stacy D.
Larios Movers did an excellent job on my move! I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs to move. They showed up on time called when they were on their way showed up with all the tools needed and worked quickly and efficiently to complete the job. Levi took the time to ask me what my needs were before he moved anything and asked for updates to make sure everything was the way I wanted it. He was friendly and personable and made the move effortless and comfortable for me. I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of his work. And the price was the best I found!! High quality in all aspects!!
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Celeste D.
What a great experience! Very communicative, provided a quote and scheduled the move immediately. Came with all the necessary equipment plus a very large moving truck. Treated all of my things with care and patience. Quality work at a great price. I will definitely hire again when needed.
Maryam s.
They did great work but they overcharged me. They initially quoted me $350 for my one bedroom move (16mi away), but in the middle of the job they changed the price to $520 bc I had more boxes then anticipated. They finished the move in under 3 hours using a cargo van, essentially charging me $173/hour. It would have been a lot cheaper to hire one of the other movers who offered $100-$120 per hour. Don't be fooled by their flat fee offer, they end up overcharging!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Colin P.
These guys were perfect. I hired them to help my parents move. They showed up right on time, worked hard, were professional and polite, and their rates were very reasonable. I could not ask for better!
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Veda T.
Im writing this review 3 months after service because I'm just discovering the poor job that they did. I never knock anybody hussle to make extra money but the job should be professional. Unfortunately I had to be out of town for work and couldn't be there with my mother to oversee how the work turned out. I'm coming back with a new moving company. We opened up the storage and found it in complete disarray. My furniture and pictures have been damaged because of the horrible shrink wrap job they did. None of my rugs were taped to keep them from unraveling. Now I have to pay for extra time because the new movers have to correct their mistakes. My tv for my bedroom was also not shrink wrapped. I paid for what I thought was going to be 2 men and a truck that could move a 2BR apartment. Instead a guy and his teenage son with a 10-12' truck having to make multiple trips. I should have done better research before booking instead of looking at the star rating
Maria S.
Roberto and his team are awesome. Super kind, efficient, communicative and easy to work with. They took excellent care of our items and worked quickly. They were understanding as we made decisions on the fly as to where things should go. Roberto is amazing to work with in getting everything scheduled and set up. Everyone is honestly a delight to work with. I have hired him a few times already and he never disappoints. I would recommend The Moving Solution in an instant!!! Highly recommend!
The Moving SolutionThe Moving Solution
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