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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 Poway movers
Diane A.
Excellent service! Can't describe how easy and painless this move was. Highly recommend Globe Moving Group
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Julie G.
We used Sunshine Movers today to move a huge and heavy boxed bathtub from Home Depot to our garage. The communication and service provided by Sunshine Movers was excellent. We highly recommend this company.
Sunshine moving services, LLCSunshine moving services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Guys were great. Showed up at 9pm after a full day of another moving job and moved a very heavy armoire downstairs for us :)
Max WeldingMax Welding
Christina A.
The team sent out for our move on May 27, was excellent!
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Thida W.
The guys moved our large items efficiently and quickly. Great service.
123 Moving, Delivering, Hauling,Labor,Warehouse123 Moving, Delivering, Hauling,Labor,Warehouse
Jenny L.
Had Husky move several large pieces of office furniture from one location to another. The 2 men who came were nice and professional, took great care to wrap pieces in blankets and careful moving them to not damage anything. Had to go through several hallways and in and out of offices moving slowly to not hit the walls or doorways. Very happy. Would definitely use again.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Pamela F.
I was pleased with the professionalism of San Diego Movers. I’ll use them again.
San Diego MoversSan Diego Movers
Duc N.
Nahun and his team were prompt and showed up ready to work. They were careful moving all boxes and furniture. No items were loss. Even the rain didn’t slow them down. Definitely will use them again and recommend to anyone that needs help moving.
San Diego MoversSan Diego Movers
Darryl H.
They were courteous and professional throughout the whole process. Extremely fast service. Highly recommend them for your moving needs.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Melissa P.
Nas and his team were extremely helpful and accommodating in our move! Highly recommend them for a professional pleasant experience.
Flexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San DiegoFlexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San Diego
Jane-Marie F.
These guys were amazing!! They were on time and worked hard the entire time. I’ve used several movers and this is the first company that I will definitely use again!
Like movers LLCLike movers LLC
Dave D.
We hired Joseph and team to move a 4 bedroom house to our new home. They showed up on time and wasted no time getting to work. They were all very polite and was careful in moving our things as if it was their own. We haven’t noticed a single thing damaged. These guys work fast! So make sure you stay out of their way. They accommodated every request we had and asked questions during the move to make sure things were done to our satisfaction. Their price is very reasonable and it comes with limited liability insurance if something is damaged. I learned this is their family business and it was evident they take pride in what they do. I would highly recommend their services.
We Haul movers and haulingWe Haul movers and hauling
Sabrina L.
We hired these guys and they sent me a confirmation. The day of the move, they never showed up, never called, you wouldn’t answer my calls or texts, or messages through Thumbtack! So I extremely disappointed!
We Haul movers and haulingWe Haul movers and hauling
Kara c.
Joseph and his crew were very professional and super friendly. I’ve never hired a moving company before and my experience was 10/10. They were quick and made sure I had everything I needed!
We Haul movers and haulingWe Haul movers and hauling
Thumbtack Customer
Flash Movers were very professional and efficient. They worked very hard to take care of my things. Angel and Marcus were very nice and fun to work with. They we're also affordable. I highly recommend them!
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Samantha T.
Joel and his team were very responsive in fitting my last-minute small moving need into their schedule. He was very friendly and updated me as he was on his way, which I really appreciated. I will definitely use their services again!
Royal MoversRoyal Movers
Paul E.
I reached out to 8 different piano movers and Velasquez was the only one to promptly respond to my inquiries. They were priced slightly higher than their competitors but worth it. They had a 4 man crew and took very good care of our 6 foot baby grand. Called me at pickup and delivery to confirm. They were also timely and courteous.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Dana M.
I am so relieved I hired Like Movers LLC!!! My giant IKEA bed was giving me the biggest headache and this company swooped in and in a few hours, I had my bed at my new place! My unload location is upstairs with a pretty steep and tight entrance. These guys are great and my bed was ready to nap in as soon as they left. #homeiswheremybedis
Like movers LLCLike movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Michael and his crew are amazing! At the last minute we couldn't move our stuff into the new house and Michael was very understanding. We ended up storing the truck with our belongings for three days. He worked with us through the whole process. His staff was amazing. Very hard workers, super polite and efficient. I will recommend Globe to everyone I know.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Daniels' movers are hard working professionals that make sure that your items are well taken care of. They showed up in a 26' van with both power lift and ramp capabilities. They had to move all of our belongings out of our garage and they took the time to pack some of the smaller items that we had forgotten about. We had put out a call for "next day" service after a fire had destroyed most of the garage line that our garage was part of. Luckily we were on the end and both we, and the lad at the other end, were unscathed except for heavy smoke damage. Daniel sent his team out and they got everything packed into the van within an hour and a half. Due to time constraints Daniel offered to store our goods over night and deliver them the next day. You just can't beat that kind of customer relationship. If the need should arise again I will use Reliable Delivery LLC for certain. These men are super fast and very careful.
Reliable Delivery LLC
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