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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. 

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. 

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.

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 Santa Barbara movers
Marvin M.
I Need To Be Moved (also know as Mike & Shaw Packing & Moving) moved me from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas. They were prompt, professional, helpful and very reasonably priced. I would gladly use them again if I need to move and I highly recommend them.
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Michelle B.
Moving was quick and easy, but our sofa was broken in the moving process and the legs are missing! We suspect they were taken by one of the movers as all legs were on when they went into the truck and the truck was not tampered with in transit nor was anything else broken or missing.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Ross G.
The moving process was very quick and went smoothly
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Janine C.
Excellent, thoughtful team! Everything was moved carefully with attention to detail.
George the MoverGeorge the Mover
Johanna D.
Hiring these guys made my moving experience so much easier than it would have been if I did it myself. They were quick and very nice to work with. I will definitely hire these again the next time I’m moving!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Amy H.
West Coast Movers were great. JC and His crew were always in touch with me before the big day. Letting me know when they would arrive. Very professional when they came to move my stuff and so quickly. These guys knew what they were doing and didn't waste my time. Good and trusting guys to hire for a move and terrific rates! Thanks JC. I would hire you again, hopefully not very soon but i will refer you to any friends or anyone looking for a trustworthy moving company.Thanks again. Amy
Len h.
Ivan did a great job, moved all the heavy stuff I needed. Definitely recommend.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Melody H.
Conrad runs a tight ship. The moving crew both days worked efficiently. They were friendly, but professional.
Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving ServiceConrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service
Ryan H.
Reached out to Man and a Van the night before my move, and they responded within a half hour saying they would be able to help out. The start time of the move changed a few times because of travel, but they were super accommodating. Showed up right on time and got right to business! Highly recommend.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Sierra S.
Great job! Helped me move my whole apartment in 2 hours. Very friendly and sweet and professional.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Katherine S.
Efficient and professional. The best move I have ever had! Thank you! Performed to estimate. Extremely professional.
Aussie Moving IncAussie Moving Inc
Augustin K.
JC is really nice guy. The customer service was great. The first mover I contacted showed up with a pick up truck and said he couldn't do the job. Therefore I was left a terrible pickle. So I went back to Thumbtack and called JC. Luckily he was coming back from LA and agreed to meet me in Goleta. The move was very efficient. I wish everything got into the truck but all the big and heavy furniture items were moved. JC and his guys took great care of our stuff. They also unloaded each item in the room that we requested. Overall we were very happy with our experience with West Coast Movers. That is why I give them five stars and would recommend them to my friends.
Tyler J.
Matt's moving was great. We worked with Ivan and were blown away by how much he was able to fit into a moving truck. He and his crew worked fast and were phenomenal. Every time I thought we'd run into some kind of obstacle they'd find a way around it. Very professional. I would hire them again.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Marina T.
Received outreach from Man and a Van very quickly after posting that I needed help moving out of my apartment. The team was punctual and were able to get two couches out of a our front door and carry it through a tiny hallway in just 10 minutes. Super worth it and highly recommend if you need help moving!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Julie N.
Do not use this company. They showed up 90 minutes late, walked in my house and asked to use my supplies to pack my TV and paintings, did not provide me the required documentation (per law) but asked me to sign that I was provided the documentation, and started moving items before I signed any paperwork. Absolute nightmare experience. Now I can’t move on my only day off work and it’s going to cost me a tremendous amount of money. I asked for extra insurance and was told by the owner that the company was closed and he would see if he could look up some tables. Owner offered to move me alone 4-5 hours later, which would be in the middle of LA traffic. Find someone else. UPDATE: I am updating my review from one star to three stars. The owner of the company and his business partner contacted me and were extremely apologetic and tried to make it right. They came and did my move themselves. Yes, it was 6 hours later than I had scheduled and it was a pretty unpleasant experience in the morning, but I have to give the owners credit for trying to make it right. And, they completed my move and everything was in great condition. While I can’t recommend the original moving men, I can say if you book the owners, they were pretty great.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Joy O.
Ivan and the team worked very hard to get my local move done as quickly as possibly, even working late to fit in two trips
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Harish N.
Moved from Santa Barbara to San Jose. Excellent experience. Very quick. Picked up and delivered on the same day. Definitely will recommend. Great price!!
Orda MovingOrda Moving
Cary T.
Ivan & Co. were great. I had just a small but complicated job (moving heavy furniture upstairs) for them. They got it done quickly at reasonable price. I may use them again!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Laura s.
Awesome service! Contacted them in the early morning, and they were "on the job" by 5:00 the same day. Importantly, very conscientious about wrapping furniture to make certain all was not damaged during the move. Thank you - Alfredo!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Gary O.
Arrived on time to move Mobile Home furniture into a U-Haul truck. Prompt - Careful - Efficient - Followed my directions - what else can I say - except I " Would" hire them again. Excellent service!!
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Kirsten D.
I would recommend Man and a Van service. I got a response within minutes to my request and had good communication throughout process. The movers were hardworking, handled items with care, and got the job done. A good experience.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Courtney O.
15 minutes after the scheduled time he asks to move it to a later date because he was late on another job the day before. It would have been helpful if he told me before the job that he wouldn’t show up and waste my time. Very unprofessional and rude.
Matt’s movingMatt’s moving
Susan B.
Conrad & Doug did an OUTSTANDING job for me! I would highly recommend Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service! From the initial contact, to the delivery of my items at my storage unit, Conrad was professional and efficient. My experience was wonderful, and I won't hesitate to use Conrad again!!!
Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving ServiceConrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service
Scott F.
Mario and team came in on very short notice and helped us move our way overloaded 2b/2b/2 garage unit - without a single item damaged. The care they showed to packing and storing our belongings was unreal, and it couldn't have gone more smoothly - thank you so much!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Mary M.
West Coast Movers were an excellent find! They arrived on time, in professional attire, with GREAT attitudes. They really hustled to get all of my items on the U-Haul truck that I rented (which I was afraid was too small!), and they managed to neatly and carefully place all of the items in the truck. They even wrapped some of the more fragile pieces, something that I didn't expect them to do! They were an absolute Godsend to help me on my way! I would recommend them to anyone!
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