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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 San Diego movers
Stacy D.
Moved my place last minute with this movers. Great moving company. No damages at the end of the move and my movers were nice and very professional. Totally recommend them!
Vector Moving and StorageVector Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly movers; everything moved on time.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Kelly D.
Great to work with, movers ended up causing a couple of scratches while moving some furniture in the wood and repaired ASAP after moving. They did a great job moving and great customer service post move in dealing with the scratch. Highly recommend.
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Alex P.
Best moving experience I’ve ever had! The movers were nice and very efficient. There was no intentional lagging to bring up the price of the move. Will for sure use on my next move!
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Thumbtack Customer
Definitely will recommend Rhino Moving, LLC and will use them for future moves. The movers were amazing, attentive to my concerns, and delivered as promised. I couldn't have asked for a smoother move!
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Richard M.
Elite Moving is seriously the best moving company that I've ever hired. And trust me, I have have moved lot!
Elite Moving & transportation inc.Elite Moving & transportation inc.
Kristen H.
Flash Movers carefully wrapped my furniture, hustled with moving my belongings and were awesome to work with! I will definitely use Flash Movers if/when I move again (as will my family) and I will recommend them to anyone who will be moving. Great job guys!
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Thumbtack Customer
A++ movers and moving company. Used their moving services yesterday. I was moving from San Diego to La Jolla. Booking was easy, Chris, David and Kona answered all my questions over the phone, I called multiple times as it was my first time moving. All movers spoke perfect English, so communication was great. Initially I was going to use Move Central's moving and storage services and I found it amazing that they offer the first month of storage free, fortunately for me I was able to find a home to move into in a timely manner and didn't need to use their storage vaults. Overall a great experience I would definitely recommend hiring these movers if you need to move in San Diego County.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Rhino Movers exceeded all our moving expectations. On time, friendly, and efficient moving professionals. Mike and Ben were great and I'd recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much Rhino movers.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Julie G.
They were punctual, friendly, and did excellent work. When scheduling my move, I was accurately informed of their fees & rates. I'd definitely use Cube Moving and Storage for future moves and would hope that I was lucky enough to get a team of movers as good as the ones they assigned for this move.
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Decent movers. Seemed a little long for a 1bed, 1bath move...7hrs...
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Kristen Q.
They came by right then and moved what I needed moved. Professional and responsive.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were on time, professional, neat and quickly moved to and from apartment.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Evan P.
Movers worked hard and got my house moved in a timely fashion.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Being that i move on a semi regular basis I'm very familiar with the moving process and I must say Move Central exceeded my expectations. The two movers (chris & patrick )arrived on time and in uniform. They immediately began wrapping and protecting furniture. The foreman kept in constant communication with myself and the other mover. No hidden charges or fees for protective material or floor coverings. I will most definitely be using move central for my next move.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Meghan M.
Thank you Truck Easy Moving for making my move such a breeze!
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Michael L.
Sam with NonStop movers was great. I had a fairly heavy exercise bike that I needed moved downstairs to my garage and they were able to come move it the same day. I would recommend using NonStop movers for anyone who needs heavy items moved fast and at an affordable price.
NonStop moversNonStop movers
Craig R.
The team of three got straight to work moving boxes and breaking down the beds while loaning me as many wardrobe boxes as needed. Cube wrapped and covered with moving blankets loose items before moving into the van. At then destination of the local move, the team moved the boxes & furniture the right room/floor. I would use Cube Moving and Storage again and would recommend.
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Sharon M.
These two movers were great! Fast, efficient and friendly. I was impressed with the price of the move. I would definitely use Husky moving & storage again.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Bean B.
Move Central's crew moved me this week and did an amazing job. Very careful, friendly and hard-working. They finished the move quicker than the previous company I called which saved me money and time on moving day. I’ll be calling these guys again when I move my office.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Rosa G.
Great guys (Darius and Kyree) handled our move. They were professional and moved everything efficiently and in one trip. They helped move everything into a storage unit.
Yota MovingYota Moving
Michael P.
Truck Easy is literally what they're name is - they made it easy for us to move. The movers had to move us from an upstairs apartment to a downstairs apartment in the middle of a heatwave. They were efficient and got us moved in within 2 hours.
Truck Easy MovingTruck Easy Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I recently moved 100 miles north of San Diego and hired locally based, family owned Rhino Moving. They were extremely professional-- offering a very competitive bid with a quick response time. Their approach to the move was unique and creative. The team was polite and hardworking. I'd recommend Rhino Moving for your next move.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went smoothly and on time! I recommend 1st Choice Movers to anyone and everyone! The movers were extremely courteous and nice and handled all of our furniture and boxes with skill and quickly packed and unpacked everything. Moving is not easy but with the help we received it made the whole experience very satisfying. Next time we move we will be using 1st Choice Movers without a doubt!! Thanks 1st Choice Movers!!!!!!!
1st Choice Movers1st Choice Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I had just a small 1 bedroom move and i received multiple quotes from different companies. Some of companies such as Top Shelf Delivery, Vintage Movers, Pack it Movers and some others were not even licensed to provide service in California. Dominant Moving offered service on very reasonable rates and i decided to hire this company. Service was a 5 star as i expected, everything was moved for 4 hours, no extra fees., no damages. Friendly movers Josh and Jordan were moving me.
Dominant Moving Company, LLCDominant Moving Company, LLC
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