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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 Reseda movers
Shoniqua S.
I needed movers the same day, Tom reached out to me within 2 minutes of me posting and Tom & Alex were moving me out 15 minutes later. They’re a two man team but move with the efficiency and speed of a crew of 4 at a far better price than their competitors. I highly recommend moving with Tom & Alex at Prime Moving.
Prime MovingPrime Moving
David A.
AB and Freddy were Professional and fast movers! Moved all of our stuff from LA to Malibu with caution, everything came as it left. I would recommend them to anyone who needs movers!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Liz R.
Best movers I’ve ever used! And I’ve moved a lot! I would definitely recommend and would use them again. A+++
Redline movingRedline moving
Mike G.
Ryans moving was quick to respond. Accommodated on a last minute request and provided professional moving services. Will gladly use them again!
Rubicon Moving & StorageRubicon Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I was disappointed that 101 relocation services only sent one guy to move my piano but I was amazed how easy he made it look. I think I will just buy a dolly and move it back to the living room myself after the holidays.
101 relocation services101 relocation services
Matt D.
Hunter and his crew were great with moving our furniture. They were great with their communication and very transparent. You can tell that the care they put into you is the care they put into your furniture and that was very important to us. We will use them for any future moves!
Roberts Transport and RemovalRoberts Transport and Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience with this company! I received a quote from Anna and she was was very patient and glad to answer all my multiple questions. I confirmed my moving date with them about a week later and we were all set for the move. Anna called me the day before to confirm my reservation. The following day, my crew called me about 20 minutes before their arrival to let me know they were on their way. They arrived on time at 9am and started to move my stuff in a prompt manner. By 12 pm I was moved in to my new apartment which was 1 hours less than their written estimate. Stan and his team were great! Was a real pleasure to work with Vitesse and my move went absolutely hassle free. I will be using them again and I would recommend them to my friends.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Chanelle B.
They were excellent movers and I’d hire them again and recommend them to others. Great experience!
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Ms. G.
The owner wanted to charge me for an extra hour by stating his mover made a mistake in calculating the hours.
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
Ivette G.
He was very nice, very thorough, professional and a great person to hire for the move. I highly recommend his services. He was easy to work with and had all the materials needed
Ted c.
Nice to see young men working hard to make a living. Initially I was just having them move my treadmill but they offered to also put it together. Glad I did it. Love the initiative.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Rachita P.
Very efficient, and worth it! Chuva was so professional and totally worked with my schedule since I didn’t know when my house was going to close! So kind and his movers were extremely careful with my belongings. Highly recommend!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Matt D.
Jorge and his crew did an amazing job moving, installing, and refelting our pool table. They were efficient, and very knowledgeable about pool tables and we are glad we chose them for the services of our pool table. We will continue to go to them for any future pool table needs!
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Elizabeth C.
I couldn’t pick more than three attributes with Inception Moving but work value would be 4 attributes for me. They were amazing, intelligent, experienced, and I will be using them again. Hands down. Best tetras skills. They can be my Jenga Partner anytime! Thanks fellas. Great customer service, quick responsive, punctual, and COVID Conscious, which was a plus.
Inception MovingInception Moving
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