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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 Santa Cruz movers
Corey C.
We needed a refrigerator moved to our house and to also have our old one moved into our garage. While most of the moving companies wouldn’t move single items, Scott’s team was able to provide an affordable quote and did a fantastic job. The refrigerator arrived with no issue and they worked fast, taking only a little less than an hour. We’d recommend Scott’s team for any project, big or small.
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Shay T.
This is the 2nd move they've done for me and they did a great job. They were very careful moving items and protecting floors, stair railings etc. Friendly guys and Scott was very responsive.
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Patricia V.
The moving crew was amazing. I highly recommend their work.
Morgan D.
Best moving experience I’ve ever had. Will recommend to friends.
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos and friend were very professional and efficient both in time and the moving.
Karen A.
The movers were professional and handled my antiques with care. They did a nice job!
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Simone W.
This was awesome! They came the same day and had our piano moved in minutes. Thank you!!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Rick H.
Tony and his crew did an excellent job with my large move. Highly recommended.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Whitney P.
Very professional, I recommend working with Chris P when in comes to your moving needs.
Chris P’s Moving & Home ServicesChris P’s Moving & Home Services
Kandis P.
I cannot speak highly enough about this team of movers. They show up on time, work extremely hard, are very polite, and take great care of your items. I've used this company for two moves (Santa Cruz to Tahoe then Tahoe to Reno) and they do not disappoint!! Keep up the awesome work and stellar customer service.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They arrived on time, the move went smoothly and they were finished in the time they estimated. Very professional job. I will be hiring them again.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Thumbtack Customer
Stay away at all cost. This company is a complete spam. They will tell you that they use their own movers and trucks, which is a lie !! They will promise you that they send your stuff on the way right after picking up, which is , again, a lie. They use some third party movers and keep your stuff in storage for a month before they actually ship them.
A2B Movers, Inc.A2B Movers, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I am 150% happy with SafeMoving!!! They helped us move from Santa Cruz to Incline Village. Brandon was very quick to respond to all of my questions through Thumbtack. They showed up right on time and worked very hard to pack our ~1650 sq FT house into the 26' truck. It was incredible to watch how careful and thoughtful they were placing every item in the truck...like a puzzle. Then they made the drive to Incline Village and delivered the SAME day. Thank you all so much for making this a smooth move. This is an honest moving company with great value. Highly recommended! You won't find a better price.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Melissa Z.
The guys at Moving Services Transport were absolutely excellent. Scott was very thorough and getting us the plan we needed to give us our estimate. The guys that came over were very efficient hard workers that got the job done well before the time that was estimated. 10/10 I would absolutely recommend them again and recommend them to anybody that needed Moving services.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Janine B.
We needed some big garage cabinets moved and he came through promptly. We really pleased with how quickly he responded and got the job done.
Nathaniel RiveraNathaniel Rivera
Rosemary Z.
HustleandMuscle were wonderful workers! I really appreciated all the care that Francisco and OJ put into moving me. And Rick Cullen was a dear in keeping me posted about everything.
HUSTLEandMUSCLE *veteran owned*HUSTLEandMUSCLE *veteran owned*
Kristen R.
These guys were great! They did the work quickly and efficiently and without anything getting bumped or dropped or damaged. They were flexible when I remembered other items I needed moved. I'll use them again!
HUSTLEandMUSCLE *veteran owned*HUSTLEandMUSCLE *veteran owned*
Charles G.
Scott arrived on time. He removed two bulky couches and a large chair down a narrow staircase flawlessly. He responded to my moving request immediately and offered his services at a very reasonable price. Exceptional service and value.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a last minute move, with 2 stops, which involved a hasty get-away while separating personal belongings. Scott Merrill responded quickly and was prepared for a large or small haul, which couldn't be determined before being on site. There were 5! movers. Plus I had 2 friends. This did cause a bit of chaos and with already being unorganized I was feeling stressed. The team was calm, asked questions, did their best to reassure me and carefully moved and packed items so nothing would break. Unfortunately, my daughter noticed her lovey was missing after packing up her room, so Chrissy (and a gentleman whose name I forget, sorry) went into action re-opening and searching through relevant boxes. Chrissy found the lovey and saved the day! 5 stars! Overall, there was some miscommunication about what went to storage and what to the apartment, but, in the end, items made it safely, and on time.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Thumbtack Customer
Scott and his movers are THE BEST! This is a fact, they treat your stuff as if it was all priceless. Everything wrapped padded. They also took everything apart and put it back together in its appropriate spot i.e. Furniture , bed table. It was a great experience totally stress free. Scott thought of everything and even they things you forget.. Way to go guys your AWSOME 😃
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely impressed with this crew I can't imagine how they could possibly be better. They work hard, they are extremely careful, they don't stop until they are done. I am so relieved we hired them, given how little free cash we had to do this move. If you want honest, hard working, perfect truck stuffing (as in careful placement of your things, while conserving truck space, which is an art unto itself) you will love this company.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
Dana F.
I reached out to Scott last minute to facilitate a pick up and drop off for me while I was on the other side of the country. He made it happen in 2 days for a fair price. He was thorough in giving a quote, and on the day of the move he was punctual and stayed in touch with me on the process. They were bringing 2 couches from SF to 2 hours north. That morning, the owner of the couches offered me another piece of furniture, and Scott accommodated fitting it on the truck last minute. Lastly, the delivery location was on a winding one car road, where only smaller trucks will fit. Scott planned accordingly and everything went smoothly. Within a few hours I was receiving photos of the items in my soon to be house. Many thanks.
Moving Services TransportnMoving Services Transportn
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