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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 Rancho Santa Margarita movers
Ramin H.
I’m very happy with the move. They moved everything safely and quickly and they were very nice and professional.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Stephanie S.
They were so helpful with packing and loading our Uhaul to move out of state. The best movers I have used. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Brooke p.
Five stars only because I can’t choose ten! This guy and his crew are top notch! Frank completed a move for my husband and I and unexpectedly we needed him back to move some additional items and not only did he answer my call on a Friday night but came out to our house the next day (after moving all morning) to help us out of a pinch. He is fair and unlike other movers they work hard and do waste time or your money. I would recommend them to anyone who needs movers and would use them again if I ever find myself looking for moving services!! A++
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Mani r.
These guys are Pro in moving, punctual and quality. Little pricey though.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Raul G.
Everything about these movers were amazing. They were timely and courteous and professional. I will be letting all my friends these are the only movers to use. No dings no scratches everything arrived at my new house amazing
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Kim S.
Very happy with the service they provided, will refer to my other friends who also need help moving (small items or just extra help) without the expensive minimum most moving companies charge. Thanks again!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Shreyas D.
Moved us nicely. They did a great job. They were careful with the furniture and appliances
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Linda B.
The moving crew was very hard working and professional. They worked non-stop and kept us informed throughout the whole move. Although a half an hour late, they did pro-rate and did charged me appropriately. I would definitely use them again!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Nice kid, Quick enough. No issues with the moving, good rate, Quick turnaround., nothing damaged
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Latasha L.
This company provided excellent customer service from start to finish! The communication from Jessie and the team was admirable. One of their drivers was unexpectedly out due to the birth of his baby (exciting stuff) and they contacted us beforehand to adjust the time for our move. Ultimately, the team was able to rearrange things and complete the move at our scheduled time. We opted for three guys instead of two to get things done more efficiently. I loved that they provided the truck, the materials, there were no hidden fees or additional charges for things like mileage, and all I needed to do was direct. The crew was very friendly and upbeat! They took special care of moving our items up three flights of stairs (which I felt bad about, but was happy I didn’t have to do it). I definitely would recommend Purely Move to anyone not wanting to deal with the hassle of a move.
Purely MovePurely Move
Nelda S.
I highly recommend Michaelson moving services. They were very responsive to our needs, showed up early, friendly and easy to work with. Did an excellent job. They are now our go to service for moving jobs, small or large. Good to know they provide some other helpful services that we might have need of in the future.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Jezette L.
I hired Mike & Shaw based on their responsiveness to initial inquiry (and follow-up) and value (though slightly higher than others in consideration). What sealed the deal was their knowledge of moving a piano that did not require them to ask me about the weight, how many men would be needed and charging an additional hourly rate just to move the piano. Marie was amazing as the scheduling of the move was last minute and encountered obstacles on both our ends on two different days. Yet, they were committed to making it happen and the third day scheduled was the charm. While I moved from a 3 bedroom townhouse to a 5 bedroom home, I pared down what was moved to 1 bedroom of furniture, kitchen table/chairs, desk, piano, tv stand and end table along with boxes; the latter I requested all be put into the garage. My hope was this would be done within 4 hours as I was on a tight budget but it took an additional 2 hours beyond my expectation. Nontheless, the job was done to completion. Mike spent additional 15-20 minutes off clock trying to secure the footboard of my bed that was loose due age, wear and tear, and no doubt previous 4 moves of assemble and reassemble during the 12 years of ownership. Thanks!
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Brett L.
Very quick to respond to questions. They say no hidden fees and they mean it. Wrapped all of our furniture with moving blankets. Wrapped the mattress in plastic. I think they went above and beyond. Very kind and pleasant to talk with. They handled all the items carefully while really hustling. These guys moved quick! Really just top notch guys. 100% reccomend and will use again.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They guys were great and did a nice job packing up and moving - but they showed up 11/2 hours late making for a long day.
Sky MovingSky Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you guys, don't know what I would've done without your services. Grate job. Will definitely call you next time I move !!!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience .. They were both on time, behaved professionally and bent over backwards to go above and beyond me ! Definitely will be re hiring them for all of my moving needs in the future !
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Kendra P.
Thank you guys for all your help! You responded quickly made yourself available last minute and stuck to your quote. I will call again for my next move.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Tawny P.
My husband and I just moved from OC, CA to Las Vegas NV and used Orda and they were FANTASTIC. They were the lowest quote that we came across and really good too! They were FAST, efficient and everything was really well wrapped and packed. Haven't come across anything broken...they're a really hard working team of guys and I would hire them again in a heartbeat. I recommend them to anyone moving and already our close friends have hired them and so have my parents. Highly recommend these guys! 5 stars!!!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Cathe R.
I was thrilled with these guys! They were on time a very professional. So careful with the furniture and even helped me rearrange some pieces. I will call them every time I need moving assistance and recommend them to everyone I know!!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Marcus and Mike are excellent representation of Safe 'N Fast. They arrived promptly, took excellent care of my furniture. Solved a problem with the fridge and quickly unloaded the truck at my new location. I do not intend to move again but if I do I will certain ally call this Company.
Safe N' Fast MoversSafe N' Fast Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Truck showed up promptly 10 minutes before scheduled time. They got to work right away and packed up the house in about 2 hours - we had already moved 40% of our stuff, so we had fewer, but bulkier items we needed help with. The only problem we encountered was that the truck battery died some ways in to unloading the stuff. The lift at the back could not be operated any more. Had to give a boost to their truck from my van, and they kept the truck engine running rest of the time - some exhaust to deal with.
Sky MovingSky Moving
Miranda T.
Larry and his son did an amazing job! I was so pleased with how simple and hassle free they made my move for me. Our couch was too large to fit through the front door, which we were afraid of, but they made it work through a window. Larry's son went above expectations and even built our in our place, which was not included because they disassembled it first. My husband was so happy to come home to a built bed & not having to worry about piecing it back together after a long day at work. Needless to say, I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you so much!!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
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