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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 Playa Del Rey movers
Thumbtack Customer
Honest reliable moving service. PTM movers made our move easier.
PTM MoversPTM Movers
Patrick P.
Had a difficult couch to move and they moved it!
Mannplann LLCMannplann LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hate moving! I have moved enough in this life and hired a lot of moving companies! I had never had such a pleasant experience with movers like i did this time with Moving Troopers. The movers were nice and polite guys. They wrapped up everything for me. Non of my belongings had a single scratch or was damaged. If you need moving services than this is the company to contact for your move!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Claudia C.
Such great movers and guys. Super easy move!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The best movers ever! They moved my 3 bed house in a breeze! Great moving company, very professional and reasonable pricing. I highly recommend this moving company as they know how to run a moving company! The customer service is great as well!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving company . Received a quote from many moving companies. I decided to go with Moving Troopers based on their Yelp reviews . No Regret . Highly Recommended moving company.
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Thumbtack Customer
Unprofessional and unprepared for my move. These are NOT professionals. I had to cancel my move and reschedule with real professional movers. UNRELIABLE!!!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
David R.
Very efficient move; highly recommend Simple Moving
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Chris S.
PTM mover did a great job moving my things. They wrapped everything up nicely and moved everything efficiently
PTM MoversPTM Movers
Miji L.
Wow, I cannot thank True movers enough for what an amazing move experience I had today. My movers AB and Sam were so experienced, good, and polite; allowing my move as smooth as possible. On time, good quality wrapping, assembling / disassembling, moving, unloading, just everything was great. Thank you again True Movers for making my move possible today, will definitely recommend and will call you guys myself for future moves as well!! - miji
True MoversTrue Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Glad that i came across these movers! The company is very professional! They took care of my move without any stress for me! They supplied me with moving boxes and packed everything! Great moving company!.
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
Eliza C.
Hired Nomad Movers in early June 2020 for a local move. Difficult time to move during the pandemic, but they were very careful and professional. Moving always has its challenges and takes longer than one expects, but our moving team dealt with slow elevators and a long day professionally and calmly. All of our furniture was handled with care, and expertly disassembled/reassembled. I recommend Nomad Movers for a move in LA!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Adam C.
Simple Moving was very responsive, punctual and efficient. On the day of our move they were constantly moving and the head mover looked at what we needed to pack suggested the ala carte packing options, since it would save us money. They were great and it was as good as moving can be.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Adam T.
It was great experience with Orda Moving. I looked moving company for my move from Los Angeles to Sacramento a long time. After a lot of inquiries. We decided to move forward with orda moving company. Their customer service Nick is explained everything and gave me time to think about my long distance move. On the day of move, Orda movers called me on time and arrived on time. We have 3 movers for loading job and all of them very friendly and professional. They are very careful and quick. After loading, Orda moving company delivered our stuff in after 8 hours to the Sacramento. I think, it’s very fast and very professional moving company on long distance. I checked my furniture and boxes with out damage and scratches, everything amazing. I recommend only Orda moving!!!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Julia N.
Moving is always stressful but I had the easiest move of my life with these guys! Thomas and another mover showed up on time and moved everything with care AND also very quickly. He was very kind and we’re so glad we hired them to me our movers.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Anne C.
News Moving Company was organized and professional throughout my entire move. I couldn't believe how careful Justin and Raoul were with my belongings, yet they still moved very quickly. Dalila was helpful in setting up the move and I definitely recommend moving with this company.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Glen W.
The Full moving company and its crew were super-efficient and professional. I have a lot of pressure when it comes to moving, but these movers who helped me with my move were amazing. The people were very nice and moved everything faster than I had expected.
Full moving serviceFull moving service
Marvin M.
The moving company ensured that each irrelevant detail gets moved with no mischief or harm. It was so vital to see the movers taking care of everything.
Full moving serviceFull moving service
Caroline S.
Good experience. Arranging the move was very easy. They arrived on time and worked efficiently and carefully to move me out of an apartment to another location. The cost of the move was very reasonable. I’d hire True Movers again.
True MoversTrue Movers
Deborah S.
I could not be happier with Mightiest Movers! They were punctual, polite, super quick and an excellent value. They handled everything with care and I could take they took our move very personally. If you are looking for movers, hire Mightiest Movers now. Honestly, our easiest move yet!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Jiron E.
Movers came on time and were very professional. If you're looking for affordable movers that will get the job done right, look no further and with the Mightiest Movers.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
You should definitely hire this moving company. the guys are good. I contacted them for the next day move and they arrived right on time. They moved my piano and 750lb gun safe. The 5 mover team worked non-stop without any complain. Trust me and hire this movers!
Moving TroopersMoving Troopers
April D.
The move was easy and efficient. The movers are adaptable and quick. They’re gonna are also very friendly. When you get older, you realize it is worth it to hire movers. Spare your friends, hire movers, and stimulate the economy
Dean's Movers LLCDean's Movers LLC
Zayed K.
Movers were on time and well equipped with gear and supplies to move everything inside my apartment. Professional, friendly, hardworking guys. The move took exactly what it was estimated to take and there were no surprise costs. All around a good moving company. Will likely use again if I decide to move in the future.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Julie A.
Excellent experience moving—most incredible movers on every level of detail, very knowledgeable, careful but valued the time, extremely flexible for all my needs for where to move items. Outstanding movers would highly recommend them!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
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