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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 Stockton movers
Tom R.
We needed a heavy item moved as soon as possible and Brownsville Movers arrived within an hour. We were very satisfied.
Brownsville Movers LLCBrownsville Movers LLC
Shauntae T.
This company goes above and beyond to meet all your moving expectations. I'm very happy that I selected M& M to fulfill my moving needs!!
M&M MoversM&M Movers
Kammi S.
We used mad movers for our move and couldn’t be happier with the experience. They were professional and personable, and made sure to take good care of everything they touched. Will was a master with his ability to properly stack all of our belongings to avoid any shifts or broken furniture. Chad and Will both took time to ensure everything I wanted moved was taken and then took the extra step to move additional items not listed to help me out. Overall I would give a 10/10 and would recommend to anyone that is looking for a quality moving service.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Caitlyn C.
All three guys helped us move our 3 bedroom house in 3 hours. They worked fast and proficient. Will definitely hire them again for a future move.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Jacqueline A.
I have dealt with a number of moving companies in my time and this by far was the most accommodating, friendly and hard working of them all. I will be using them the next time I move ❤️
Solid Moving SystemsSolid Moving Systems
These guys are awesome, they were on time, ready to get to work and get the job done, they handle my furniture with care, they work fast, with my move we started at 8 am and they were finish moving me out of my storage unit 9:30 am. they were finish with the whole move before 11 am, Hopefully I don t have to move anytime soon, but if I did these are the guys I'm calling, THESE GUYS ARE GREAT, THANKS GUYS Sheila Murphy
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Lorraine M.
The two movers Rafael and Rick did an awesome job. They were quick movers who knew what they were doing. I would definitely recommend this company. Thank you for a job well done.
California MoversCalifornia Movers
Deborah M.
Appreciate all the help from Mad Movers. Fast, quality service. They had me moved into my new office and chairs, desk, and workstation assembled (as well as cleaned up!) in just a few hours. Highly recommend!
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Sonny a.
Acknowledging their damage during the move. The fridge they did, but when I called about the floor It got deflected. The movers were personable and helpful but don’t brush off damage. The fridge door was but the flooring wasn’t and that is a brand new floor
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Coleen L.
I requested a moving project from Budget Hauling this week David Weider and son arrived at the time that we set for their arrival. They are great. They assessed the project and proceeded to move the items exactly as wished. Very efficient and professional. I will recommend them and I am sure use their services again.
Budget Hauling, Inc.Budget Hauling, Inc.
Farzana R.
Larry and his team did a excellent job on moving everything out of our garage. Larry arrived on time and the way they moved everything around , paying attention to detail was what amazed us. He is reasonable with pricing too. With the heatwaves in full effect they still managed to impress us with Efficiency and professionalism at its best!
GOING HAUL IN. LLC (junk removal and hauling)GOING HAUL IN. LLC (junk removal and hauling)
Siddharth K.
Alex and his crew were extremely friendly, thorough, and did a great job on our long distance move from northern california to san diego. He was very easy to reach, fast to respond, and things went exactly as planned (and on time). 10/10 would recommend Alex and his team for any moving needs.
Royalty MoversRoyalty Movers
Deborah G.
Marhata and his helper were above and beyond helpful. So glad we enlisted them for moving our furniture. They were a pleasure to work with.
Marhata moving servicesMarhata moving services
Deborah G.
ADH Relocations moved furniture and appliances in preparation for flooring renovation project. They were friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and quick. We will be hiring them again.
ADH RelocationsADH Relocations
Nancy W.
Will and his crew did a fantastic job unloading my 2 large PODS packed absolutely full and moved from Texas. The PODS could not be placed in the narrow drive leading to the condo without obstructing neighboring driveways, so they were parked on the street about a block away. This was extremely inconvenient and much more strenuous and time consuming than anyone anticipated. The young men worked nonstop for 3 hours in the 100 degree heat! They were respectful of my things, conscientious of where and how the placed boxes and furniture, and very polite. I plan to move locally again in one year and will definitely contact Will to be my mover.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Tina H.
I was so happy of the work that I had done they did a wonderful job they was on time, they moved two rooms and took to another location and took down beds and tvs
Vachuna MovingVachuna Moving
Yolanda h.
BSF Company Did my Move and they did a great job. They showed up on time with the truck and ready to work and was friendly and professional. I couldn’t had hired a better company. Thank you for everything
BSF MovingBSF Moving
Elizabeth M.
Awesome company and response. They moved 3 pieces of gym equipment , Cybex, about 400 lbs a piece. They took the stress and the load off of me in were fast and kind. Definitely a keeper to keep in your contacts.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Monica s.
They helped me move two large items bought from different stores. They were on time and worked quickly without compromising quality of work. They took great care in handling my items from start to finish. Thanks again guys. You were great.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Elizabeth S.
I spoke with Will on the phone, sent him photos of the furniture that needed to be moved, got pricing, and scheduled an appointment for a few days later at Sunday morning at 10am. Sunday morning, Will called at 8am asking to reschedule because he had a family emergency. I said that was fine, and we rescheduled for the next day (Monday) at 2pm. I texted the next day around noon to make sure we were still on, and got no answer. I tried calling a bit later, and then again at 2:10 when no one came. Will finally texted back at 2:15 stating he was sorry he hadn’t let me know sooner, but that he and his crew had gotten in a car accident on the way back from another job that day. I replied I was sorry to hear that, asked if they were okay, and also asked if that meant our appointment was canceled (just to make sure since I didn’t know how bad the accident was). He never replied. My brother had taken off that day for the move. We really needed to get the move done with. I totally get that things happen or come up, but I’m more upset with the lack of communication. The fact that he ghosted at the very end was poor customer service after such a huge inconvenience to me. If he was hurt that day from the accident, he could have texted me days later to explain, but he never did. I had to find another last minute mover which cost me more in the long run.
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Jim D.
I was in a bind this morning when a refrigerator in my rental unit suddenly stopped working for my tenants and I had no way to get a new fridge over to them. California Movers responded quickly through Thumbtack, came to my house, picked up my spare fridge, and delivered it to my rental unit that afternoon. And for an extra $50 they even saved me the hassle of dealing with the broken down fridge by hauling it away for me. They had the harness system to make moving the refrigerator easier, carefully removed the handles so the fridge would fit through the door openings, and unplugged the water line for me. Then they reassembled and reattached everything at the rental property. They were great - I would highly recommend them when you’re in a pinch!
California MoversCalifornia Movers
Spencer H.
Chad and William were great in every way. Chad responded quickly to my initial thumbtack inquiry. We readily scheduled a move day that worked for us both. On the day of, they were running a little (like 15 min) late but their communication was pro-active. When they got here they had all the tools (dollies, furniture rags, straps, etc) ready to go. They took great care to place the items exactly where I had asked. All around a very smooth transaction!!
Mad Movers & LaborMad Movers & Labor
Judy D.
Victor and his partner cannot be given enough stars! He was easy to deal with on the phone. Gave me a great quote and called to confirm that morning. They were quick - yet very careful with my things and very honest. They found an envelope with some money in it behind some boxes and immediately brought it to me. They packed their van very professionally so nothing was damaged. They did not take a break ... worked straight through for 1 1/2 hours. Same speed & care at my storage locker. I will definitely use them if I need any more moving and cannot recommend them enough !!!
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