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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 Monica movers
Thumbtack Customer
I was overwhelmed by the moving options and prices. Sky Moving was by far the most professional, nice and thorough mover I've spoken to - and believe me, I did a LOT of research. Hiring a mover should not be this stressful and overwhelming but Thumbtack and Sky Moving definitely saved me. Thank you!
Sky MovingSky Moving
Naseem P.
LA moving did a great job with my move!! Done quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Judy D.
Amazing! Best movers ever. Not an easy move and they worked around a hist of problems with a great attitude!
J&G Full Service MovingJ&G Full Service Moving
Heather E.
It was super easy to book with News Moving Co. and their price was very reasonable. I appreciate how communicative they were before and after the move. The two movers worked quickly and efficiently. No complaints!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Arvind R.
Great move!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Jared N.
Palacios Movers were great and moved my couch in under an hour. Would definitely use them again.
Palacios Movers +Palacios Movers +
Raul L.
Exclusive Moves saved my move, and at an incredible price, 10/10. Frank responded quickly even late at night after my mover cancelled on me the night of. We were able to set up my move for the next day quickly and at an incredible price, I actually saved money over my original movers. Frank and his team are incredible professionals and I would recommend them to anyone. They set up my bed frame expertly, and were quick on top of everything else. Cannot recommend Exclusive Moves enough!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Brian D.
Very responsive and efficient movers
Clever MovingClever Moving
Karen C.
Everything was excellent from the initial contact response to the completion of the move. Jose was professional, asked the right questions to make sure things worked out, and gave me all the information I needed about the move, along with receipts for payment. The guys were friendly and considerate and kept a good pace to complete the job. All details were taken care of, as were the items being moved. I wish I had known about AB Moving for previous moves. I would definitely use them again!
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Jennifer M.
Best movers I’ve ever had!!!
Bulky Bros Inc.Bulky Bros Inc.
Dana N.
Had a great moving experience with News Moving Company. We had some REALLY tight corners and multiple stair wells and they navigated it with ease and no damage to the property or our stuff! They were so fast, and even managed to get in two trips to fit all our stuff in. If I ever do a move again (although I hope I never do), I'd definitely hire News Moving Company!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Samantha P.
Great moving! Quick and responsive! Will definitely recommend!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Mya G.
They were helping us move and did a really great job! They were so nice and accommodating and made sure that we were completely satisfied with the move before leaving.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Heidi M.
With ease ,and trust ,it was a remarkable careful job done by highly professional movers . i was so stressed from moving ,and these guys went above and beyond to make the experience effortless for our family .
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Michael D.
Awesome experience. Moved a 2 bedroom apartment they show
Redline movingRedline moving
Robert R.
The 2 movers were very friendly, thorough, and careful with my personal belongings. Due to unexpected traffic jams, the movers called and texted me ahead of time to alert that they might be late. They kept me in the loop on their arrival status. The movers were efficient. It did not take long to move my 1 bedroom apartment. And it took even less time to unload my things in the new apartment. I had some bulk items for donation that Salvation Army wouldn’t take. But the movers were kind enough to haul those things away as well. I’m always skeptical of services that charge by the hour. But this unit worked efficiently, as previously noted. I use online services quite a bit, but rarely leave comments. However, I was so thankful to have found News Moving Co., that I wanted to sing their praises (online of course). We all have so many choices of vendors that it is easy to be overwhelmed. I like to give the small/local companies my business when possible, and I was rewarded in the professional yet personal service that this company showed me. If you are needing to move small items or have a really big moving project, News Moving Co. is the way to go. They are fast, friendly and affordable priced. I’m hoping to stay in my new place a few years, but when it’s time to move, New Moving Co. will be the first call I make!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Kelly C.
Shaun was great moving things Fast very Helpful !!
Mount and Move Handyman!Mount and Move Handyman!
Randy B.
Zane and team were responsive, on time, polite and very efficient. Our job was moving some bedroom furniture to a third story apartment about 5 miles away. They have a professional trailer for moving and were careful to tie things up and keep things safe during the move. Would 100% recommend and use again.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Paul A.
VERY last minute move of a large & heavy mirror. UGood Movers came within an hour with a: truck, trolly, blankets & 2 strong, kind, competent men. It took 12 minutes and the mirror was picked up, loaded, moved & installed in our place. They were AMAZING & I will use them again & again! Thank you.
Jeff O.
Showed up on time. Moved the furniture quickly. Thank you!
Jiwoo Y.
So professional and competent. And nice!!! Great manners. I didn’t have to supervise the movers because they were working very efficiently and they knew exactly what they were doing. I felt so comfortable with their work, I was able to focus on cleaning the house and ended up cleaning the whole apartment. Will always use this movers for my future moves.
Redline movingRedline moving
William N.
Nothing but amazing things to say about Simple Moving. From the moment I requested a quote, I received information promptly and was able to book the exact time/date I wanted. Before the move, I had a few questions which I emailed over and received responses within a few hours. My movers showed up at the exact time I had requested and were professional, efficient and friendly. AJ, Bat, and James worked tirelessly to move my apartment as quickly and safely as possible. They are absolute rock stars and I was beyond impressed. Simple Moving has very reasonable rates and I would recommend them to anyone in the Los Angeles area.
Simple MovingSimple Moving
Cynthia R.
Thank you so much SoCal Moving! They were very quick at responding and did a great job moving my refrigerator without any bumps or trouble! It went so smooth and I am very happy with the job they did!
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Elizabeth H.
I really appreciated their flexibility in rescheduling my move due to impending rain.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job moving everything (we had a lot) and were very efficient. The move took more than twice as long as quoted, but that's because we had too much stuff and a small elevator in our old apartment.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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