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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 Stockton movers
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
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
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.
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
I appreciate the guys, they were fast and efficient. I just wish the newer guy had a little more experience. I would definitely recommend this company. And if i ever have to move again i will use them. However, the newer guy needs to be more careful and aware of his surroundings.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
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
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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