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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 Leandro movers
Stephanie W.
I had a wonderful experience with SF-Moving Service! They communicated in a timely manner, were incredibly careful and responsible with moving all my items, and had a great attitude the entire time! All the movers were very experienced and efficient as well. Without them, I probably would have taken 10x longer to move everything. I'm really grateful to have had their help. Would recommend to anyone moving!!
San Francisco Moving ServicesSan Francisco Moving Services
Peggy M.
We had a LOT to move! These men got it all out of the old apartment. Then moved it all in to the new apartment . Everything was wrapped and handled with care. We were very lucky to find these movers. They are reasonably priced and work every minute. Thanks!
Jeni W.
Tony and his team were great to partner with. They did the work efficiently and professionally. The move was so easy and I cannot recommend them highly enough for any moving job you have. Use Tony’s moving services and you won’t regret it!
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Alisa J.
The movers did an excellent move of our 2 bedroom townhouse to our new home. They were fast, hardworking and efficient. They put all of the boxes and furniture where I requested it..
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Provided a truck that was too small and I barely have any furniture! Moved SUPER SLOW, thus practically forced to pay for either 1) a three man crew versus two, 2) two trips or 3) for all of your items to NOT be moved. I paid almost double the amount of what was initially quoted to me and still had to move things on my own. Would not use this moving company again and I would not recommend.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Desiree M.
I had an excellent experience with Leclair Moving. The 3 gentlemen who assisted me were very professional and went over and above. They helped me by doing a little extra and I am extremely grateful that I found this company, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Leclair Moving for your next move big or small.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Anne C.
Efficient, responsive, great communication about moving process.
Bay Area MovingBay Area Moving
Dan S.
Moved a spinet piano for me. Quick, efficient, and with care.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Michael I.
They were great. On time, and moved everything very quickly.
Betty l.
I’ve used them to move twice. They’re professional, timely and great at what they do. I called them at the last minute when a moving company did not show up and they were able to squeeze me in for an appointment to move the next day within two hours of reaching out to them. I would recommend them any time.
Jinju L.
Move is done with professionalism and speed Reasonable price Highly Recommend
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Nikki L.
We were very impressed with Two Friends Movers. Miguel, Oscar, and Miguel were very efficient in loading up our boxes and belongings into the moving truck. (The move could have gone even faster-- we needed one room packed and the bed disassembled.) All of the larger items (couch, dressers, etc.) were wrapped carefully and they let us know of any scratches that they found before moving the items. They organized the items when unloading them into the unit as well. Just be aware that you will be charged for the supplies used (aside from a roll of wrap) if they are packing up kitchen items or wrapping items. They made our move so much quicker and easier-- we would hire them again!
Jenna n.
Tony and his workers did a great job with our move. The three guys helped packed some of our last minute items and moved everything from our 1 bedroom apartment in 3 hours. They arrived early and worked hard to get everything done including moving a heavy bed and breaking down and reassembling our couch. Note that we were charged tax, which I wasn’t expecting, but wasn’t an issue.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Charlotte P.
I had a few items to move to a new location and to a donation location. The movers arrived on time. They were friendly and engaging. They were also efficient and professional in their duties. I took one star away because I would have liked, before the move, more transparency about any costs beyond what was listed, that I might incur. I did end up paying more than I expected.
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Michael E.
Moving with Larro's was excellent. The guys (Amilcar and Jose) arrived on time and were very friendly and efficient. They make a good team. So glad we decided to hire Larro's for our move. We will definitely recommend them and use them again if we need to.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Michelle M.
Don’t hesitate to book this service. Great value, they were prompt, took great care of our property, and handled our move with many stairs and tight corners efficiently. They worked magic, and if we find ourselves moving again, I will definitely book them again.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Ivory B.
They just stopped replying in the middle of our conversation about trying to schedule my moving service.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Pam E.
Look no further and hire them! It was my family's first time to hire movers and we're so glad we chose Tony's Movers! They were so good! Very efficient and very careful with our belongings. Transaction was a breeze from the start to the end. Would definitely hire them again.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Mae M.
These guys were excellent! They were very responsive on Thumbtack and always responded quickly and clearly. Their contract outlined everything. They arrived 15 minutes before their estimated window and worked for hours. Some movers we’ve had in the past usually seem distant and agitated, especially if you change your mind on where to move something. Not these guys! They were focused, but still happy and always willing to move anything again until the item was just where it needed to be. We would use them again in a heartbeat! Thanks Jose and crew!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Dan S.
Tony helped us with a quick move of a few appliances and a piano. He was fast and respectful. Would definitely hire again.
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Anthony P.
Thank you so much for moving our home and business furnitures to new location. It was a big project that required skills and hard work. Thank you!
Louis P.
My movers were scheduled to arrive, at the latest at 1:30pm. It was until I checked up on them, that they told me they were going to be late and arrive at 3pm. It wasn’t until 3:14 that they told me they were arrive at 4pm. They arrived at 4:15pm. I would appreciate if happy house movers would just tell me the exact time, so I could of done other errands instead of waiting for 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, no apology for the delay. My job was easy and they were quick. They moved all of my stuff within 30 mins. No apology or ownership of delayed time. The work was efficient but the delay and the lies, I give them 2 stars.
happy house movershappy house movers
Jane W.
I'm not big at writing reviews but I felt it necessary with this company. First I gave them the wrong house number in my address and when we were leaving to go to storage, the gentlemen reviewed the address with me and thank goodness he did because I gave him the entirely wrong address to go to. When found that I gave them the wrong house number they could have opted not to do the job but they did it any way. I should mention that they didn't speak English, but that didn't seem to cause any issues. If I had a question all I had to do was text or call their boss Tony, and that only had to be done once. They were very quick working and if I needed packing they did that as well. They did use the boxes I had already purchased which was just fine by me. I am very pleased with the work they did and the amount of time it took to do it. They are very polite, quick moving, organized, helpful and respectful. I will most definitely be calling them to move into my home and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a moving company. So if you need packing, moving, respectful and quick working people, then this is the company you want to hire, Happy House Movers. Thank you so much guys, you really saved me and did it with a smile👍💯👌
happy house movershappy house movers
Miles G.
So, we woke up at 7:30am on the day of the move. 2 Friends were supposed to be there at 8am. They arrived 10 minutes early, did a quick walkthrough and got straight to work. It was a lot of stuff and our place had a steep driveway with a big tree. They parked on the street and carried everything up the hill to the truck until it was completely full. By 11:30am, everything was DONE and we were all moved into the new place. I couldn’t believe it. 2 Friends movers were nice, professional, fast and I don’t think they bumped a single wall in either house. They did such a good job that I paid them for an extra 1/2 hour. It was a great experience and my wife and I are very grateful. Thank you so much!!!
Leela C.
Super responsive via both the app and text messaging. Were kindly flexible with timing as I couldn’t do the move at the time promised. Despite change of times, they still worked with me and unloaded my truck into my new storage unit extremely rapidly! Would definitely recommend. So kind and so efficient!!
Access MovingAccess Moving
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