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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 Santa Ana movers
Andrea R.
Mightiest Movers helped me so much! My original movers cancelled on me the day before my move. I contacted Mightiest Movers and they responded immediately and were able to move me the very next day! They were incredibly communicative which I appreciated! Answered all of my questions and I had no concerns or doubts! They were so great to work with and helped me move everything, including moving things up and down stairs!!! They are great. Highly recommend.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Thumbtack Customer
This move went really well. We have a huge couch that is a pain to move but they made it work! They were so helpful and made the move as easy as possible.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Nicole K.
I needed to move a couple of sofas and The Little Movers were excellent! They assessed the situation, made sure to adequately wrap and protect my sofas, measure before moving in tight spaces etc. would definitely call them again
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Alexander K.
Local Trucks helped me with a quick local move to a studio. They were very friendly and got the move done within two hours.
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Thomas G.
Amazing movers. No time wasted. Quick and efficient. Could not ask for anything more. Best moving experience I have ever had!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Kristin K.
Logan and Nomi worked incredibly fast and made our move so much easier than we expected. We had a two bedroom move with stairs and they packaged everything within about two hours and helped us move into our new home in an hour and a half. Would definitely recommend to anyone who needs help moving or transporting furniture!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Jeff G.
It went terrific! Our movers were fantastic. Extremely well! Helpful, friendly and professional. They were efficient, capable, pleasant and easy to work with. Owner checked in with us on a regular basis prior to our move to confirm details. We will definitely use them again when we move into our new home. Will hire Qshark Moving Company in Los Angeles in the future and recommend them to friends & family.
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Ione M.
I contacted frank about moving a large item and he responded within 10 minutes. The next day, my really large item was moved efficiently and the whole move look 30 mins from pick up to drop off. Fast, friendly, and efficient! Thanks!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Julio D.
I:m very happy with Tyler doing moving. He is fast, organized and cares about everything. You'll make the right choice with Tyler helping you to move out.
PackUp Movers LLCPackUp Movers LLC
Sue H.
The Mightiest Movers are a top notch moving service! These gentlemen are experienced, organized, and personable. Donald was quick to respond to all questions, and our furniture was carefully handled. Very highly recommend!!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Shane M.
Guys were great got it done quick and without any damage. These guys I’ll definitely recommend to anyone who’s moving. They’ve earned my business for the next move.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Completely unreliable. Flaked without any notice and left me scrambling to find a mover on the day of my move. He first said truck broke down and then said phone died.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Daniel o.
Well done job for small local move into an assisted living unit on short notice which required movers to show proof of COVID vaccination. We are very happy we hired them.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Joshua T.
Noah was great. Prompt, careful, and quick move. Much appreciated!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Christian B.
Excellent hard working group. Moved a house full of furniture. Thank you
Proper MovingProper Moving
Sofia F.
We are so happy we chose Qshark, they were affordable and the move was seamless. All the furniture was packed and wrapped accordingly, we just finished arranging furniture and all our pieces were intact. The movers were nice and efficient, we searched through multiple companies and several mentioned movers who were milking the clock so we were happy to see Qshark being fast but also very thorough! They even moved my super heavy industrial sewing machine and full size washers with no issues, Made our life easier 😌👏🏼
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Aubrey M.
Aleks was awesome! He moved our piano with care and his prices are very reasonable.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Luis C.
They were helpful and got me out of bind with another mover. Honest with their work and time sheet
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Celina P.
Brian and Carlos were great! Brian responded to every message I sent super quickly and efficiently. When moving day came both were amazing. Got everything done in a timely manner and could trust them with moving our things. Would definitely recommend.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Caroline H.
THESE ARE YOUR MOVING GUYS! I was beyond impressed with Rigo and his team. I moved from OC to LA this week, and Rigo made it a seamless and stress free process. They were on time, diligent in packing, efficient on time, super friendly and easy to work with, careful (nothing broken or scratched), and their rates were very fair! I would highly recommend them to anyone in OC looking for movers to help make the stressful process of relocating a whole lot easier. Thanks again guys!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Zoi H.
My movers Kuka and Victor arrived and moved me with promptness. I was worried I would be overcharged but they were very speedy. I only had one bedroom worth of stuff and it took a total of 3 hours to move. 2 to pack up and 1 to unload. That included dismantling and reassembling furniture. Nothing broken or scratched and they were very polite as well. I am pleased with Nomad’s services. I really was nervous at first but they did right by me! Thanks again
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Julie Z.
I can only say that they were the best team I’ve ever worked with . Very respectful, polite and careful with my belongings. I’m a military brat and have done a lot of moving in my life and they were the best by far !!! I highly recommend this company to help you move !!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Bob G.
Everything went great, this time around my move was pretty challenging but this guys delivered! Thank you
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
Shaun C.
Great communication. These guys were on time and worked quickly and efficiently. They are great movers I highly recommend.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Abby D.
We were in a time crunch and these movers came through last minute. They showed up and made our move happen within 3 hours. The gentlemen were friendly and assisted us with all we ask. We would highly recommend them and would use them again !! Thank you !!
Qshark Moving CompanyQshark Moving Company
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