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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

What should I pack first when moving?

First on your packing checklist are non-essential items you don’t need to access for the next couple of weeks or so. This can include things like holiday decorations, extra towels and collectibles.

Then, move on to artwork, entertainment items and special kitchenware you hardly ever use. 

As moving day draws near, pack children’s games, jewelry, artwork and all linens except for an essential set for each household member.

Next up is kitchen equipment, items in your medicine cabinet, bathroom supplies, laundry supplies and electronics.

One to two days before your move, pack furniture, rugs and tools.

On moving day (or a few days before), pack your clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other necessities like snacks and food.

How much do you tip long-distance movers?

Movers are generally tipped 10% to 20% or around $50 to $200 per mover. However, it may make less sense to tip a percentage of the total cost of the move because there might be more travel, gas and other fees compared to local moves.

But if you’ve got cash to spend and are very satisfied with the job, you can always tip more. Of course, tipping is not mandatory — especially if you’re not satisfied with the move.

Reviews for Sacramento long distance movers
Alaina D.
Safe Moving is very reasonably priced for the services provided. They charged a flat rate to move us from California to Idaho and were quite accommodating when we needed to add a trip to a new storage unit at the last minute. They provided moving blankets and even a couple large boxes for our TV and some larger loose items that couldn't otherwise be packed. I was running behind on packing and they were very flexible and helpful when loading the truck and moved very efficiently. All of the employees were pleasant and professional. There were some down sides though. When I booked the appointment several weeks before, the owner had said he would call a few days in advance to arrange the times and to let me know the final delivery date, since it would depend on the weather forecast. I ended up having to call him to find out the times and their timeline seemed to be much tighter than was previously indicated/than I had expected which put some extra pressure on us to work around their schedule. This was difficult since I had already bought plane tickets and my husband had to re-arrange his driving schedule to be there by their scheduled arrival time. I think they had another long distance move the next day or something and so they were trying to compress our move as much as possible, but it felt like they were rushing us and like we had to work around their timeline instead of the other way around. Then their truck ended up breaking down on the drive up, so they were several hours late arriving anyway. To their credit, they were communicative during the process so we knew where they were and what their status was throughout. It did create additional complications though because their new arrival time was going to interfere with my husband picking me up at the airport, but they ended up being willing to wait for us to get back. The unloading process was much less efficient than the loading was. This is somewhat understandable because they only had two people instead of the four or five who helped load, and there are stairs at our new apartment but not at our old one, and the poor guys had a rough night dealing with the truck breaking down. But even so, it seemed to take a very long time, and our labeled boxes ended up in all the wrong rooms. We tried giving directions for where to put things but ended up just saying "f*** it just get the truck unloaded" because giving direction didn't really seem to help anyway. For instance, we said to put any unlabelled boxes in the dining room but (a) it didn't seem like they were looking at labels and (b) they seemed to default to putting everything in the office instead, which was actually the worst place to put miscellaneous things because it had the most stuff that DID belong in there. At a certain point it's not even worth correcting and you just need to get it done, but it meant that we had to spend extra time rearranging boxes and furniture ourselves after they left. So yeah...I have mixed feelings. I definitely think our move had extenuating circumstances and that they probably are much better than our experience indicated, but it was still a little frustrating. Ultimately, we we're better off than if we had used any other company because we didn't have to wait a week to get our stuff and the price was great. We appreciated their accommodating our last minute request for an additional stop and the way they handled the breakdown. But we did not appreciate the feeling of being rushed when we were already overwhelmed with other move stuff, and we wish that the unloading was more organized. I'd say 3.5 stars, but I would be willing to give them another try.
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