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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.

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’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. 

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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Redlands movers
Karen J.
Efficient. Smart. Professional. Thoughtful. Great movers! They saved us when our movers cancelled last-minute. Highly recommend!
Moober Moving SolutionsMoober Moving Solutions
Ritika S.
Johnson Cleaning was great at their job, they not only moved all the furniture but also helped in moving stuff to the trash. They were very responsive and had great value for money.
Johnson’s Cleaning & HaulingJohnson’s Cleaning & Hauling
Anne L.
Amazing service! Made moving easy and stress free!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Alisa E.
The process from outreach to moving day to closing out the night was exceptional. I am beyond impressed with this moving company. The care of my items was paramount and they took great care to wrap everything up. Highly recommend!!
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Veronica H.
Great communication from Donnie all throughout move. They had great attention to detail and really cared about my property and cared that I was happy with progress and completion. I would definitely recommend Donnie and Just in Time Moving!! Thank you team!!!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Steven R.
Richard and Tony did great, they were careful and professional with their work. I would recommend them for future moves!
Garry Hughes Careful Movers LLCGarry Hughes Careful Movers LLC
Jay S.
Helped us move a trampoline from our neighbors house and arrived same day and knocked it out within twenty minutes.
Socal handymenSocal handymen
Barbara K.
Pat did an excellent job moving my piano. He knew what he was doing. He was very professional and arrived on time.
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Alecia K.
Thanks to Rod for his quick response and for making our move totally easy! Friendly, professional and respectful of our situation. Definitely would call on him again.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Shirley S.
What a great experience! I was nervous about having my piano moved, it means so much to me. Josh made the whole experience pleasant from his first response online, first phone call to the actual move. He was on time, quick, careful and reassuring with his answers to all my questions & concerns. Estimate was spot on, no surprises. My piano is happy in its new, forever home. And I am happy too!
J.T. Piano ServicesJ.T. Piano Services
Christina C.
Very happy we chose Alek’s piano movers! They were in touch and arrived when they said they would. It didn’t take long and they took very good care of my baby grand piano. Highly recommend.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Fernando C.
Responsiveness and punctuality. Angel and his crew with Affordable Wimps did an awesome job with moving my heavy furniture. From the time he called me we had talked about my moving needs. He said he would accommodate me with what I needed. He always kept in touch with me. They showed up and went above and beyond. They did more than what was originally talked about. Angel thank you for not being a shady outfit and for being a pro. P.S. these guys are not wimps... thanks again.
Affordable Wimp’sAffordable Wimp’s
Thumbtack Customer
Since I had been ill for a few days I was unable to finish my packing, but the guys were so awesome and they helped getting everything packed and moved. They were extremely professional and courteous. As a business owner I can really appreciate anyone going above and beyond what was expected. They were punctual and the pricing was as promised. I would highly recommend them.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Carole K.
Mario and his team were outstanding. We needed a long distance move from Southern California to Northern California and they made every step so easy! From the timeliness of responses to the transparency of their costs and services, I have nothing but stellar compliments to say about Mario and his crew. We used the packing service they provided and they packed everything up so neatly and were so careful not to damage our belongings. They confirmed with us each time something needed to be done (we were very specific in what needed to be done and how we wanted things to be packed) and they did not disappoint. All of our belongings arrived safely to our new home and they helped unpack everything. Such polite gentlemen! At the end we felt like friends. Thank you to Mario and the crew! Would 11/10 recommend to anyone looking for a moving/packing service!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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