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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Reviews for San Rafael movers
Sobeyda M.
Great moving team! Everything was seamless, from getting them booked to the whole moving process. Very professional, efficient, and friendly; they made our move 100x easier! I will definitely recommend them to my friends/family and will see if they’re available next time we move! Thank you!
E&J Moving and HaulingE&J Moving and Hauling
Rachel C.
Truly an excellent moving company. I am so thankful to have found this group for our move! Rachel
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Kaitlyn M.
The team did a great job moving my apartment. They wrapped and blanketed all furniture, took apart and reassembled pieces that needed it, and everything was delivered safely and placed where requested. There were several heavy boxes and pieces of furniture that had to be moved down flights of stairs and they still managed to move things in a timely manner. Reasonable prices. Polite and friendly. I would recommend this company and use them for future moves.
San Francisco Moving ServicesSan Francisco Moving Services
Jordan F.
Made our move a breeze. Thank you!
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Rebecca J.
Choosing Traust was the BEST decision! I have moved across the country and across the state and this was the EASIEST and BEST move I have ever had. They were punctual and professional. I was able to relax and have a stress-free move from the moment they arrived until everything was unloaded in my new home. HIGHLY recommend them!!!!
Traust Moving Local & Long Distance MovesTraust Moving Local & Long Distance Moves
Manik P.
On time for pick up. Did a fantastic job with good enthusiasm. Young and energetic folks. Trustworthy and hardworking. Excellent experience. Would recommend using smart people moving for your next move!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Meredith B.
These guys were awesome! Highly recommend for your next move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Brandon d.
They had the most reviews and responded quickly so I went them. Hired 3 movers to do a complex move. They were professional, did a good job protecting items, and packed items well inside my truck. One of the best experiences I've had with movers so I would call them again next time. Price Notes: I didn't request a truck but they included it anyway in their price and wouldn't give a discount for no truck. There is also a flat $80 fee which I haven't seen with other movers.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Adam B.
Jiri and his colleague were great to work with and hard working movers. I had two flights of stairs on both sides of the move and they were upbeat, careful, and quick. I will definite reach out to him again and highly recommend.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Sonia D.
Great communication; clarity in costs (nothing hidden!!) very professional in attitude and appearance, clean, worked diligently (it was a hot day!), wrapped all items with care and precision. It was a move across 3 counties and they originated in a 4th county, they were sensitive to commute hours and called to let me know when they were en route. They took some time off due to traffic. Very impressive. They are the ONLY movers I would use in the SF bay area. Don't hesitate if they are a distance from you, they are reasonably priced and are up front with all costs! Moving is stressful and this move was stress free!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Daria L.
Dante and Devon were punctual, polite, and hard workers. They made moving day much easier on us then we could have imagined. They worked fast but made sure to be careful. Will definitely recommend Stuart moving to all! Thanks y’all again!
Nicole D.
Everything was easy! Communication, availability, moving furniture and time it took. Job well done!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Mary M.
Montano Movers was wonderful. They were careful with my furniture and other items, very polite and respectful, efficient, and all-round good guys. They did a much better job than big moving companies have done with moves in the past. I would highly recommend them and I'd happily and confidently hire them again. (They were even good with my two year old dog and that gets points in my book.)
Montano MovingMontano Moving
Michael V.
They did a great job at our small move request. Communication was easy and they were very careful.
National Expert MoversNational Expert Movers
Erica W.
This was such a great moving experience! The crew handled everything and treated each item with thoughtfulness and care. As we arrived at the destination they helped reassemble anything as needed. I was also very impressed that the quoted price (actually about $100 less) is what I paid at the end. It was helpful to be quoted a price and have that be the final payment with no surprises. I am so thankful to have my move completed and for how stress free Larro's Moving Services made it. Thank you!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Jake M.
Great experience. Worked quickly and got done exactly what I needed for my local move.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Max H.
I had an to do on my list that I could never find tome for : moving items from my garage to a storage pod in my driveway. Too much stuff, some heavy, not enough time. Mattias responded the day before (at nearly 11 PM PST!) and we had a working quote In minutes. The next day he stopped by, we spoke about what moves where and he and his colleague quickly got to work. Painless and easy going, I highly recommend “Move!”
Isaac K.
This was a successful move where Levi accomplished what he had promised. I will definitly use his services again.
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Ali F.
Very responsive, showed up on time, very thorough. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a great moving experience!
Shaina H.
Matthew and Thaddeus are fantastic movers. Matthew is one of the most friendly, communicative, and attentive moving professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. From first contact when I reached out to him, he was responsive, knowledgable, flexible, and approachable. Working with Matthew felt like dealing with an authentic and thoughtful human as opposed to many of the hardcore "by-the-book" guys at old-school moving companies who refuse to give an inch. On the day of the move, they were incredibly fast regardless of stairs and steep slopes at both starting and ending destinations. They treated my items with care and were happy to help me move a couple things around even after they’d finished unloading. The truck was packed very well and nothing was damaged or lost. They went above and beyond when after they had left, they took the time to return to bring me one small box of pantry items that had been placed in a special location for safety, and thus forgotten. It must have added up to 30min to their drive time but they didn’t bat an eye. Remarkable service for such a reasonable pay rate. A truly wonderful team with excellent value that I couldn't recommend more. When the time comes to move again or get furniture delivered, I'll be calling Matthew.
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Mike C.
Jiri and his colleague Tony did a good job on our move. They were responsive, prompt, and quick. I would highly recommend them to others.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Alison S.
Matt and team were great, punctual, and very quick and efficient. They did a great job moving my studio and I would definitely hire them again!
Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪Matt’s Motivated Movers 💪
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you JP for a good moving experience. They were really fast, 90 minutes (including 30 minutes of driving) to move my studio within SF. Best part was they were careful with walls and floors. They did not drag furnitures around. Thank you for being extra careful! Only bad point was JP arrived ~6 hours later than expected. Please don't do it next time.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
From start to finish, working with Jiri was easy and pleasant to work with. I’ll definitely hire him for future projects that require moving large pieces of furniture in my home!
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Rachel S.
Great job! 2 movers with a truck got our 1-bedroom + storage done in 5 hours. They were friendly, on time, and careful with our stuff. Definitely recommend.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
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