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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 Seal Beach movers
Christine G.
I would absolutely recommend these movers. They were quick to respond and professionals at moving.
True MoversTrue Movers
Dee C.
Pick-Up Moving was the right choice for my small, short-distance move. Nick called ahead to let me know they were on the way and they actually arrived a little early. They worked quickly and efficiently and the move was made smoothly and in record time! I felt the price I was quoted for the move was appropriate and definitely worth it!
Pick-Up MovingPick-Up Moving
Dennis H.
My wife and I were very impressed with Nomad Movers wrapping and carefully loading our belongings into the truck from the second floor and the amount of time spent was quite satisfactory. We were so pleased that we hired Nomad Movers for a second move with no hesitation. We highly recommend giving Elias and his crew a call for all your moving needs.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Rossana B.
Movers handled everything with care and were fast and efficient
Baka moving and servicesBaka moving and services
L M.
We hired Heroic Movers for our move. Arthur and his 2 man crew did a great job! They came on time and worked quickly and efficiently to get everything moved out. They also knew exactly what to do and how to wrap large items. They hustled and worked hard and put things in the places we asked. They were also reasonable with their rates. Moving is obviously stressful so it was also great that they were nice guys with positive attitudes. Hire these guys, we highly recommend them!
Heroic MoversHeroic Movers
Adam S.
Did a great job. Moved everything perfectly. I highly recommend him!
Diane S.
Great moving experience from beginning to end. Rigo, company owner, is knowledgeable, friendly, fair, and reliable. The crew was efficient and careful - and finished the move in less time than we imagined. Don't look elsewhere - just call Local Trucks!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Pat h.
I was beyond pleased with the professionalism, work ethics, kindness, extraordinary care and over the top work put into moving my daughter’s bedroom, which was on the second floor of my home. They disassembled and reassembled some large items, giving us time and values opinions to think about where she wanted items placed in her new apartment. They moved around large, heavy furniture to provide us the opportunity to decide which room furniture looked or fit best in. Donnie has a keen eye for design and helped us figure out the new bedroom and living room furniture placement. He even pulled out his tools to align, balance, and secure a bookcase to the wall. Additionally, they transferred 2 mattresses and 2 bed frames from an 8 foot high loft to the bedroom floor so my daughter could sleep in her vacated bedroom that night. I felt that for the care placed into our furniture, clothes, etc. move and making sure we were 100% satisfied was overall extraordinary! My daughter and my family have used movers approx. 20 times, including moves from across the country. This was by far the best move ever…all due to Donnie and Walter and Just in Time Moving. And their exceptional service began with squeezing our move into their already occupied schedule, in addition to offering a discount! I can’t say enough to express my satisfaction with their service!
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Homan K.
Great experience working with them, quick to respond, took care of moving all the heavy stuff for us and were very careful
Neil P.
They were great! Very professional and friendly and helped with a very challenging move - all with a fantastic attitude. Would HIGHLY recommend them!
Thumbtack Customer
Wes was on time, very professional, took great care in moving a lot of fragile and heavy cases. Will definitely use him again.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Lua B.
Larry and his son did an exceptional job! They were quick to respond, no hidden costs, went out of there way to help in every way possible. They moved really fast and didn’t so much as take a break. I couldn’t be happier with their service and highly recommend them.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Valerie C.
From the very beginning Noah was very communicative & responsive. During the move he was kind, friendly, yet professional. He has a very positive outlook on life and he is definitely a hard-working man. Albert was also the same. I’m extremely glad I chose Noah’s company. HIGHLY recommend.
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had a somewhat simpler move (only needed five pieces of furniture moved), and while it was a smaller job than they typically take on, they were willing to work with me and came up with a very fair price. They showed up on time (actually a bit ahead of time), finished the job efficiently, and communication was excellent from the very first message--an email that came to my inbox within a few minutes of my request--until completion of the work. Overall, I would highly recommend this new but seemingly reliable company. I know it's easy to hire companies who have been rated 100s of times, but these guys work hard and deserve your business if you're willing to give them a chance.
SED&R Socal Euro Development & ReconstructionSED&R Socal Euro Development & Reconstruction
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