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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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.

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 South Pasadena movers
Sonny L.
Great experience moving with Nomad Movers. They were punctual and asked me what was needed the entire time. Could not have moved without them!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Paul B.
Very happy w the move!
Movers ProMovers Pro
Michael H.
I recommend Red Line Moving,!
Redline MovingRedline Moving
Annie L.
Excellent! The owner handled my difficult move with so much professionalism and empathy. I truly appreciated every effort he made to make the move go smoothly. Also there are no hidden fees and he is very upfront with every aspect of the move. I would highly recommend him!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Thea G.
I am happy I hired LA Moving solutions to move our couch. They arrived promptly at our arrange start time. I definitely will hire them again.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Candy H.
He was quite careful with my piano, and did the move satisfactorily.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Shaun W.
We worked with Nomad Movers moving things from our Uhaul into our new home. Nomad was not only efficient, but worked to quickly get everything into our home and and settled. I definitely will work with the team in the future.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Leslie S.
This was my first time using Thumbtack and I am so happy. We had a 400+ lb. piece of exercise equipment that needed to be moved downstairs. Asar took the entire elliptical apart in order to move it downstairs! Then he and his friend moved everything safely down the stairs. I will definitely use him again. He is very professional, kind, and courteous. Thank you.
ASAR Moving and DeliveryASAR Moving and Delivery
Elaine H.
Ruben was so incredible to work with. He was very communicative, extremely friendly and fast! I will be recommending him to anyone and everyone who needs a hand moving. It’s such a relief to know someone I can count on for moving in the future as well!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Teresa N.
These guys are stellar. They deliver fast meticulous service from the first enquiry to the final item. They are friendly, professional careful movers that you’ll never worry about scratches or damages. Everything is wrapped in blankets and shrink wrap and packed with precision. Honestly this service went far beyond my expectations . I would use SoCal Moving again and highly recommend them if you’re looking for a stress-free easy move .
SoCal MovingSoCal Moving
Tiana L.
They showed up on time. The movers, Anthony & (I forgot his name. :) are very friendly. They have great work ethic. I have lots of stuff. The elevator at the old apartment is small and slow. It made loading difficult. The movers were very helpful. They did a great job!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Juli G.
I had three movers and they were all excellent. Worked quickly and efficiently. They worked well as a team and never complained.
Clever MovingClever Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Good with regard to wrapping of furniture and moving everything gently but EXTREMELY slow which more than doubled the amount that I was quoted.
Sky MovingSky Moving
Donna A.
Last minute life savers! Ruben and Victor came on short notice, arrived when they said they would and did an excellent job. They took care in moving a very old and very large armoire, taking all the interior pieces out, wrapping it (even though they were just moving it across the room!), and putting all the parts back in. Really nice guys, will definitely use them again. Thank you guys!!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Thumbtack Customer
They kept me informed about their schedule. Came right on time as promised. Very pleasant personalities and helpful. Never got Upset or annoyed. Came back for follow up after our move.
I Need To Be Moved™I Need To Be Moved™
Stefani f.
Ruben was incredible!!! So polite, professional and very responsive! I would call him for anything we need moved! He is good on his own or has a team and a truck. Thank you so much Ruben!!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Brittany O.
The men 2 men were super quick! They moved my entire 1 bedroom out of storage into my new apartment in Just under 3 hours! Great cash hourly price! None of my items were broken! Assembled bed quickly. Thank you!
Redline movingRedline moving
Ann X.
Excellent work done by Aidos and Fedier! Very reasonable rate and they wrapped my stuff very carefully with blanket and plastic wraps unless told otherwise. They have an ETA app to trace their vehicle since the time they departed. Overall very good experience. will definitely use them again if I need to move again.
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Rosemarie S.
Deandre was very professional and responsive. He was also very flexible when I had to change the time of our initial appointment. I am very grateful he was able to do my small move for a reasonable fee - many other companies make you book for a minimum of three hours! Thanks again Deandre!
Margie T.
Alek and his crew were efficient and almost took the entire house in one load. They carefully and strategically moved my grand piano up two hallways, one being very narrow they had to call a few more men but got the job done. I appreciated that he didn’t charge me another hour when we noticed a few items were not packed. I would hire again! 🤗
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Chuck C.
Zane did a fantastic job moving a heavy sleeper-sofa for us. He even picked it up from the store without us having to be there, and managed to somehow magically get the sofa through our small doorway, completely undamaged. In addition to the high quality of his work, he was punctual and communicated via text to let us know exactly what to expect. I'd definitely use him and his crew again.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Bronson P.
SUPERB. Professional, courteous, careful, punctual, they are the best. Hire with confidence. I had them move a truck full of 200-year-old moldings from an old farmhouse into my storage area. Most people would have treated it like junk. Because that’s what it looks like if you don’t know. They handled each piece as if it were a diamond or a piece of cut glass. And I didn’t even have to tell them that. It was instinctual. For this I am extremely grateful. The absolute best And they will always be my first call in the future
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Donna A.
First time Thumbtack experience and 17:7 LOGISTICS made it great. Jeremy is versatile and capable — I kept thinking of things I needed done and he was able to do it for me (moving furniture, hanging a piece of art, lowering curtain rods). I appreciated that he gave me a price and that was that, no trying to beat other prices or changing his quote after the fact. Just straight up does what he says. He was on time, cleaned up after himself and just an all around pleasure to work with. Definitely recommend and would use him again.
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