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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.

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. 

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 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 much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for San Jose movers
Lauren O.
The owner was communicative but they were late on the day of the move. The movers were nice and moved everything carefully.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Maria G.
Everlasting Moving LLC is the moving company to hire. The moving team was professional, punctual, responsive, hardworking, and efficient. I lived on the 2nd floor, and everything was moved without any damage. They were extremely fast and careful with my items. Thank you, Everlasting Moving LLC, for making the move as minimally stressful as possible. I highly recommend this moving company and will hire them for any future moving tasks.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Xin L.
Movers arrived on time and completed the moving efficiently.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Leah T.
Happy House Movers was very flexible with my changing moving dates. They were very fast (only two movers), even with me moving from 2nd story to a 2nd story.
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Thumbtack Customer
We were so so pleased with this moving company. Can't speak highly enough about their professionalism and care with moving everything. They are crazy efficient and organized. We've moved many times and have never had such a great moving experience. They started moving immediately and only charge you for the time they need to move. EXCELLENT all the way around.
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Arun V.
I hired move Move Me Do to help me move to a 3 story townhouse. The movers were very punctual and did a fantastic job, and I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Swapnil T.
This move was really fast and the movers were swift in loading and unloading.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Telissa M.
Move was so fast and simple. Every mover was polite and accommodating. I never thought a move could go so well. Thank you!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Shaquille T.
The movers were very efficient and even wrapped items for increased safety. Would definitely use Everlasting Moving again for my moving needs.
Everlasting Moving LLCEverlasting Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My move went very smooth. No hidden charges, movers very friendly.
Willow Glen ServicesWillow Glen Services
Mukhil A.
Roshani S.
I got my moving done by Albert and it was very smooth, good quality service, inexpensive compared to other movers. Nice people! I would recommend their services for moving!
Ramirez servicesRamirez services
Ravi R.
I needed a heavy treadmill moved to my house. The movers were very professional, courteous, and punctual. The cost was very reasonable. I highly recommend Moving Services Transport.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Benito P.
Jorge and his helper were fantastic. They made sure that each item they moved was stored properly and protected. They took the stress out of moving and would highly recommend them if you are looking to move. I’ll be using their service again on the next move. It was worth every penny.
Giana D.
Highly recommend Tony’s movers! So professional and did the best job moving a large hutch.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Carol K.
The two movers, Adil and Gaglar did a great job! They were punctual and moved in a timely fashion.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Alfred T.
We had 2 movers move furniture from a one bedroom condo on the second floor to single family home. The movers were efficient and did a good job. They worked with us and communicated well in terms of what we needed moved. Price was as expected, no surprises
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Samarendra M.
They did a good job for my move. I like their work and it was a hassle free move for me.
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Thumbtack Customer
Two Friends Movers moved me quickly and professionally at a reasonable fee. I recommend them.
Daylon B.
Tony’s movers did an amazing job! I would recommend them to anyone looking to move!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Grant G.
The last time I did a move of any kind was 12 years ago. Before that I moved three times in just a few years. During those moves we moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment with much of our stuff going into storage for several months while we waited for our new house contruction to finish. Then from the apartment and storage to our new house. Then again to another home. Scott's company, Moving Services Transport did all the moves. They did a great job on every move at a very fair price. Recently, I need to move one item. I had lost the phone number and forgotten the name, Moving Storage Transport. I found the company and Scott through Thumbtack. I really glad I did because he did the move perfectly again and for a great price. You can't go wrong with Moving Services Transport!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Kevin w.
Honest movers
Movers R Here MovingMovers R Here Moving
Juan I.
Tony’s Movers were great! Tony (not the owner) and Juan were great! They showed up 5 minutes early. They helped me move a few extra items. They were beyond helpful! I couldn’t believe how quick they were too. Tony’s Movers were the cheapest movers on thumbtack. I contacted many movers and they were $200-400 cheaper than their competitors. Thanks again!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Jyleesa H.
Contracted Tonys movers for a move. Correspondence was sparse but I wasn't worried too much, especially since they quote me a reasonable price for the move (not hourly). FYI I thought it would be about a 4 hour job and requested 3 movers. We confirmed a time on the morning of 12th. Maybe half a day later they asked to change the time to afternoon, I wasn't able to because I work. That wasn't a problem tbh but in the am the movers who showed up were not Tonys movers or employees. Tonys moving subcontracted out my move, without telling me. And also only sent 2 persons. It was frustrating and concerning for a lot of reasons but I had little choice I wanted to move that am. That said CASTRO MOVING were nice, fast, efficient and had enough plastic to wrap all my belongings (at an additional cost). I was happily wrong about how much help we'd need on moving day and how long it would take but grateful for the guys from Castro Moving helping me get into my unit.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Aravind R.
Scott and his moving team were professional and puntual to requests. The move was as expected and no hassle. No hidden costs or charges.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
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