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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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for San Marcos movers
Lindsay K.
I highly recommend Move Central. The price couldn't be beat, the movers were so friendly and did an amazing job. They definitely made our move less stressful. I highly recommend Move Central.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Melisa E.
So happy with this move! Cube movers were extremely professional, responsive and quick. Thank you!!!!
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Bonnie O.
Our move was a challenge, a lot of stairs. Velazquez movers handled it without a problem. They wrapped the big stuff and at the new house unwrapped and placed everything as we requested. We definitely recommend Velazquez movers!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Carol S.
We hired Velazquez Movers to move our household goods from San Marcos to Vista. Chris and Carlo arrived right on time with the 20' moving truck. They treated all of our goods like they were their own. They padded & shrink wrapped all of our wooden furniture to prevent damage. They were quick loading and unloading our goods. They were very professional through the whole move. Thank you to Chris, Carlo and the rest of the fine folks at Velazquez movers.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Marie J.
The guys were super fast and friendly, and made the whole move easy to deal with! I would hire this company again for any moving needs. Thanks, guys!!!
Jonathan’s Moving and DeliveryJonathan’s Moving and Delivery
Jennifer c.
I've moved several times and Reliable Delivery by far provided the best experience. Not only was Collin, Ivan, and Tony on time, they were absolutely professional and respectful not just to us but to our items. If anyone has ever used a moving company in the past, the biggest fear is for the movers to throw your items around. Not them. They were meticulous yet efficient. I would highly recommend and would most definitely use them again in the future if we ever need to move again. Thanks for making our move go so smoothly!
Reliable Delivery LLCReliable Delivery LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing moving company, workers were so nice,on time, moved all my stuff faster than I expected. I would definitely use them in the future
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Erica B.
There were two movers that came to my home to move a very heavy object upstairs in my home. They did it without damaging anything and very quickly. I will definitely be using this company again.
Royal MoversRoyal Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a piano mover and from past experience knew these are rare and also that moving a piano can be difficult without proper tools and personnel. While I had never used Thumbtack I gave it a try and found it easy and responsive. Almost immediately I received a response from Thumbtack saying such piano movers are rare in my area. However almost immediately afterward I heard from Angel of Flash movers who provided a very detailed and complete proposal. We communicated after that and he was prompt in responding and very professional and friendly in his communications, which instilled confidence in making our plans for the move. On the day of the move he was prompt and efficient and did a perfect job of making the delivery. I would use him again and highly recommend him to others.
Flash Movers San DiegoFlash Movers San Diego
Thumbtack Customer
Our move was going to be a complicated one, and while moving is never desirable, I knew this undertaking could not be done alone. Globe was the second quote received, with a lower quote than most. I was rather skeptical and wanted to know if there were any additional cost. No additional cost :) Globe representative, Michael and I spoke via email, and telephone to arrange a day to receive an on-site quote. He came out to my home to make an evaluation, and recommend the number of movers for the size of the house. He recommended 4, I felt only 3 were needed. He did not pressure my decision to have 3 instead of 4. He contacted me the day before the move to confirm the appointment. His crew of three movers came, did a walk through and discussed a plan. They were very efficient in moving us. They were conscientious, very courteous, and made life easier for us. I also liked that Michael and I spoke throughout the day on progress that was being made and he wanted to make sure that we were satisfied thus far. This was very important to me to have contact with the person who I originally met. Thanks to Globe Moving Group, our move was a success. I highly recommend them to anyone needing a professional moving company. They are truly hard workers and well worth the money.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We hired a team of 4 guys for a difficult move involving stairs. We couldn't have been happier with Globe Moving Group's services. They carefully wrapped our glass table tops, glass curio shelves & wall art. Our furniture was well protected & reassembled if necessary. The guys were very professional & hard working & all belongings arrived to our new home undamaged. The team made a difficult, stressful move a very organized & uneventful experience. We would definitely recommend their services to anyone needing a professional moving group.
Globe Moving Group, Inc.Globe Moving Group, Inc.
Kara b.
These guys are fantastic! I hired them to assist in a move due to divorce and they were extremely hard working and also sensitive to the situation. Being a realtor, I’ve worked with many movers over the years and they are top notch! Highly recommended.
Jonathan’s Moving and DeliveryJonathan’s Moving and Delivery
Dami R.
Hector sent quote and followed up right away with a phone call. He was available to help me move piano same day. He took great care with the piano and wrapped it and moved it just right. Definitely recommend!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Velazquez movers took care of business. They moved my 1920 upright piano from Oceanside to Huntington Beach without a problem. The piano weighed in at over 450 lbs., there wasn't a scratch or ding on it when they completed the job. They did it professionally and at a really good price.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Craig K.
They did a great job of moving my pool table, the service was fast, clean. Very nice to work with.
Katryn M.
Everything was perfect! I'm so glad we went with Husky for our move. Junior & Vladimir were a great help.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Alex S.
Rod was very professional from the start and was very upfront with his costs and time estimates. He and his work partner were very punctual and time efficient. They powered through moving all our heavy objects without any issues or damage done. I would highly recommend hiring Rod for your moving needs as he is honest, professional, and efficient.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Thumbtack Customer
We had a big move - it took almost 13 hours to complete. Mario and Antonio X2 worked really hard the entire time, though I know we were all completely exhausted near the end. All three of them were extremely friendly and courteous, respectful of our home and our belongings. We did have a few dings along the way, but I know it wasn't for lack of trying, and as I said, it was a big and long move, and I understand things are going to happen. Mario always explained when there were issues, and pointed out problem areas - many of which were just because our things were a bit worn out from too many moves. I would definitely recommend Mario and his crew. I won't ever go back to trying to move myself when there are affordable guys like these to take a major load off. Thanks guys!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Thumbtack Customer
Max Moving is quality service. They were available within a couple of days requests. Prompt and responsive via text and thumbtack. Arrived on time and are very professional in wrapping and moving stuff. We rented u haul and they drove the truck for us and loaded and unloaded our furniture. Good attitude and amazing service is what you will get with Max!! Highly recommended. We will definitely hire them again.
Max MovingMax Moving
Lea F.
Best moving experience, they wrapped all my suede furniture perfectly and were very respectful and delicate with my items I highly recommend them!!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Thumbtack Customer
I give a three because all my items arrived safely and in great condition. They arrived earlier than they said which wasn't that cool but ok and ONE of the movers was very kind and professional (I believe his name was "Kendall"). Unfortunately, the other mover was rude, disrespectful, childish, and needless to say, unprofessional. I will never use Rhino again in fear that I will get the same person.
Rhino Moving, LLCRhino Moving, LLC
Sarah R.
Earlier this month we moved into a two bedroom apartment and were initially debating about hiring movers or doing it ourselves. If you are on the fence or looking for a moving company, go with Qshark! Seriously, it was the best decision and I'm so thankful. James and Skyler were amazing, efficient, and got everything handled for us so carefully yet quickly! We had more boxes than I'm proud to share but they handled it like champs even with so many stairs. It was the smoothest day ever and so glad we had the professional Qshark team take care of us. All weekend we kept saying, thank goodness for James and Skyler! Just save yourself the research and book with Qshark. Thanks again guys!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Priya V.
Move central helped us to pack. We had Edward and Raymond. They are awesome, professional, fast and efficient. However, the company had a few fine print additional costs (~20%) that was not discussed and was disappointing.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Danielle E.
I’ve had an experience in the past with a different moving company, where the movers were late, lazy, aggressive (like straight up yelled at us), and even asked if they could stop by and grab some lunch on their way over to our new apartment (while on the clock = charging us more). So moving this year, I was really hesitant about potentially experiencing something similar. I was searching on thumbtack and ended up hiring Rod to help us out. To say that Rod and his guys are awesome would be an understatement. They were quick, efficient, incredibly friendly, and overall just great people to do business with! If you’re trying to decide which guys to hire, this is 100% the one I recommend, and I don’t say that lightly. There’s a reason Rod has so many 5-star ratings!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Stephanie. H.
Jonathan and his team were fantastic. I could not have asked for a better mover. They were on time, very professional and great and fair price. No hidden fees!! Thank you so much for all your help and hard work.
Jonathan’s Moving and DeliveryJonathan’s Moving and Delivery
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