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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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’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.

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 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.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

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 Pedro movers
Hwayeong j.
We used Shift It Moving for a local move and could not have been happier. The rates were competitive and the crew worked non-stop to accomplish the move. These guys were always active and work fast! Best of all they were super careful with everything and nothing was damaged during the move. Will definitely use them again in future moved and would recommend to everyone.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Jerry K.
NextGen moving is legit! Professionals and then some! Great at packing, moving with care, and just an overall good feeling. Thanks for making my move easy and stress free. I highly recommend NextGen!
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Larry and his son were fantastic. Professional, experienced, energetic complete my move with out a scratch to the house or the furniture. If you need a mover I highly recommend Larrys quality moving.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Clinton J.
Thanks for the move Ruben.
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Shannon M.
I had a great experience with True Movers. The movers showed up on time and we’re very friendly. Would definitely recommend.
True MoversTrue Movers
Amanda S.
MGB were amazing movers!! We had to do a long distance move in a short time frame and Mario was able to accommodate all our requests. They did a great job and I would definitely reccomend them for your next move!! A+
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Melissa M.
Bulky Bros moving was so accommodating and friendly! The care that they took to move my stuff was exceptional!!! I highly recommend Bulky Bros for any of your moving needs! They are courteous, reasonably priced and excellent at what they do!! Thank you so much again for all of your help!!!
Bulky Bros Inc.Bulky Bros Inc.
Jerry M.
They guys from Shift It Moving were great, honest, and efficient. The moved went quite smoothly. They went out of their way to make it a pleasant experience for me. Would recommend them.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
April E.
This is an awesome Company I highly recommend!! They are great handle furniture with care and assemble furniture excellent!! If you need honest movers that will treat your things like their own call just in time Movers !!! You will not regret it !!!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Jayme B.
This was my first experience with professional movers, and 24/7 was awesome. They asked the right questions and came prepared. They sent two men to pack and move my one bedroom apartment (and I have a lot of stuff and furniture) and they had me completely moved in and settled in one day. I was impressed that they were so effecient, careful, and very respectful of time. Nice work, guys!!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Kevin R.
Great group of guys Did everything I needed. Best movers in california.
Katie P.
The did a great job moving my original piano that I learned on.. into my new home!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Julie M.
If I could give ZERO stars, I would!!! I booked Exclusive Movers a month ago for my move that was SUPPOSE TO BE yesterday! They couldn’t arrive at 2:00 because they “got a late start.” Text me again to say it’ll be more like 4 or 5 pm, then another text saying they’re running late, the last text was to say their truck broke down and it would be 8-9 PM?!?! UNBELIEVABLE!!! I frantically called everywhere and thankfully found Redondo Beach Movers who were prompt, professional, efficient, conscientious and SAVED THE DAY after Exclusive Movers left me in a horrible bind!!!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Mark H.
Deandre did a great and quick job in disconnecting and moving our heavy washing machine. He was very responsive to our initial inquiry and was able to schedule an appointment quickly after. We will have Deandre return once our plumbing project is finished to move our washer back.
Sandy H.
George and Oscar were terrific. They were on time and handled my move in a professional manner. I highly recommend MGB relocations.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Sybille T.
I highly recommend this company, they helped me move items within my home while I was have a very difficult time.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
They arrived on time and the move was done withing 5 hours. They offered to replace what was damaged accidentally. Would definitely use them in the future.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Attila S.
The movers were nice people. But they were ill equipped. They didn't have the right harness and shoes. They fell several times and dropped my stove at the same time.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Juana G.
I cannot say enough about the great experience I had with this moving company. Sean and Dimash were excellent, I would hire them again in a heartbeat. My job was not easy, it was a TON of work, but they finished without any issues. I’m so glad I picked F&S Moving Inc. I give them my highest possible rating and my gratitude for a job well done!!!
Father and Sons Moving IncFather and Sons Moving Inc
Liz E.
Amazing- just an absolutely incredible job. We’ll need to move more things in the future and J&L just became our go to in San Pedro! They were so fast to respond to our initial inquiry, showed up right on time, very communicative the entire time, just hands down a 10/10 moving experience. Can’t thank Chuva and his team enough (Logan & Kyle) - you guys really were incredible. Thank you.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Moving is almost always stressful, but I chose Top Notch after speaking with Paul. From the moment the guys showed up everything was taken care of professionally. These guys are experienced, hard working, and polite. They are not the cheapest but they are 100% legit. I had no problems with the move, nothing was damaged or broken. But I feel like if I had a problem these guys would have dealt with it correctly. It is a real company that treats its employees like actual human beings. You can find cheaper but you won't find better.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Sa R.
overall glad to have hired movers, but the reason for the three stars is because they were 20 minutes late, there was miscommunication about rates, they took a 30 min break and I only hired them for 3 hours not 4.
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Karly W.
These were very experienced movers who made sure to pack everything well so nothing was damaged. They also worked at a great pace and didn’t try to get more money out of us by working slower. Overall, a great experience.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Barbara S.
I needed a very heavy, large crate moved. Ruben studied the challenge in advance, he and his assistant did the work beautifully, without anyone getting injured. He was totally professional and responsible. I would recommend him to anyone.
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Alicia C.
Mario and his team were excellent! We were working with a really tight timeline and they made it happen! Came in, packed us all up and moved us to our new place 2 hours away. Very friendly and the price just simply cannot be beat!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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