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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 Redwood City movers
Christian M.
I’m impressed with this moving experience. Movers were punctual, flexible, and careful. Would be delighted to have them as movers again.
JD moving and haulingJD moving and hauling
Danielle W.
I would use San Francisco Moving again for any move. They were very efficient and quick with moving my home. My items were carefully handled. A great moving company at a great cost!
San Francisco Moving ServicesSan Francisco Moving Services
Summer F.
MAS movers did a great job in moving my baby grand piano. The baby grand piano is very heavy, not easy to move. These movers from MAS know what they are doing. The coordinator is responsive. The movers are punctuate, arrived 10 mins earlier. They dissembled the piano, wrapped it with protections, and used professional tools to move it out. My new house has stairs and sharp turn, so it's not easy to move. They did an awesome job in putting the piano back together. And their price is very reasonable! I would highly recommend them for moving piano.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Mas-Ud H.
The movers were in time, and finished the move in ~5 hours. Will hire them again in the future.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Nerissa L.
Scott and his team were extremely helpful through the entire process. Scott asked great questions to get details for the move and outlined his understanding of how long the move would take, and how hard it would be. On moving day, his team was extremely accomodating to various requests I had to prioritize which boxes were moved etc and his estimate for the move was spot on. If I didnt hate moving so much, I'd be excited to hire his team for a move again immediately. Thanks for the hard work guys!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
Great communication prior to the move, team arrived on time & got our move done quickly & efficiently! Thanks!
Ben H.
Movers were on time and did a great job. I would be happy to refer MAS Movers to my friends.
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Gina D.
We had three very capable, friendly, and courteous movers. I would highly recommend Two Friends Movers!!!
Alyssa H.
Two Friends Movers was the BEST. They were able to fit my move in without a ton of advance notice - which saved me with this particular move. I was going from the Peninsula to San Francisco - and they navigated everything perfectly. They worked fast and efficiently, and were just so nice. I had recently had a very poor cross country moving experience, in which a lot of my furniture was damaged. So I was nervous about the possibility of that happening again. My Two Friends Movers took care with all our belongings and wrapped everything. They made a stressful moving day a breeze. I can’t recommend Two Friends Movers enough!!
Prashant S.
Worked with Tony on a move and he is very efficient and punctual. Highly recommend him and will use him for my next move as well.
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This was an excellent moving experience. Everything was fast, efficient, and professional. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone moving in the bay area.
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Ameya S.
Excellent moving experience. Juan and his partner were prompt and highly attentive throughout the move. Made the whole process seamless
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Lorraine H.
The movers were great! They were on time and it only took us 5 hours to move a 1 bedroom apt. Thank you!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Nick T.
The whole process was seamless. The movers were extremely efficient and careful with my belongings (I had no broken items during the move) and my final price was exactly what was quoted. If I move again, I will definitely be using them.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Brandon B.
Took 3 movers 6 hours to move 3 bedroom house. Nice guys and respectful of family and belongings. Would hire again.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Beverly S.
Was interested in doing the project, quoted a good price and was available the day we needed to move the piano then the move went smoothly, so I'm happy.
Churchill's PianosChurchill's Pianos
Thumbtack Customer
Needed to move within a few days and they found availability to help me move. Fast, professional, and are careful with your furniture. I recommend them!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Brianna B.
I had a great experience with Moving Services Transport! Communication was clear the entire time and the crew was so professional, yet friendly and fun! Moving is so stressful, but MST made it as seamless as possible for us! I would highly recommend hiring them for your moving needs! I can’t wait to call them again when we move back to the Bay Area!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Daniel T.
These guys are the real deal - highly recommend if you want to take away the nightmare of moving. They are super quick and careful with your things, and have everything you need to make your move hassle free - not much more you can ask for if you’re in need of help moving.
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Shiwam M.
Eduardo and Carlos did an excellent job - they came on time, packaged every thing properly before moving and unpackaged it at destination. Would highly recommend Tony’s movers.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Jenny S.
I hired Two Friends Movers because of my friend's recommendation. The 4 movers who came are very friendly and did a great job for moving. I was over charged for the invoice. It took some time to resolve it, but the owner Santos called me today, and helped me resolve it.
Jane G.
My moving experience is EXCELLENT! I was worried about moving at the beginning. But when they arrived 15 minutes early and have started working right away, it's all gone. They move things pretty fast and cares about your stuff. They wrap them up and keep communicating with you to see your special order. Overall, it's a great experience to working with Two Friends Movers. Keep it up!
Thumbtack Customer
Santos and crew are excellent! They were prompt, extremely efficient and hard working, and super reliable. We have moved many times internationally and domestically, and this was the best experience we ever had with movers! Would highly recommend to anyone and everyone and if we ever move again will definitely be calling them.
Praveen J.
Really punctual and did a great job with the moving
MAS Movers Co.MAS Movers Co.
Erica Y.
Sam did a great job helping me move remotely. He was patient, efficient and reliable. I’d def work with them again next time I move.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
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