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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 Sunnyvale movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moving becomes easy with silicon valley luxury moving! They called up 30min before, came on-time, handle and move professionally!
Luxury Moving of Oregon LLCLuxury Moving of Oregon LLC
Olga K.
The move went smoothly. Moved from a 1 Bdr apt. Three movers worked fast and efficiently. Communication was easy, responses received within minutes. Happy with all aspects of Tony’s Movers work.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Anand P.
Good experience with Tony movers. They are on perfect time moving all the stuffs
Tony's moversTony's movers
Meghna M.
I scheduled the move less than a week before the move out. Two friends movers were very responsive and helpful throughout the process. The movers came on time, were very professional and did a great job moving all my stuff with proper care. I highly recommend them.
Yi J.
The only downside was the move was delayed by two hours due to a delay at the prior move.
happy house movershappy house movers
Vishal i.
These people are pro at moving. I had smooth moving and I would really recommend these people
ProAlliance ServicesProAlliance Services
Sowmya S.
They were pretty quick with the move. We had to move a bed, table, chair and about 10 bags/boxes to a place 5 miles away. They finished the move in an hour. Great experience.
Moving, landscaping and more inc.Moving, landscaping and more inc.
Kennith J.
Awesome movers!
OneClick Moving Services LLCOneClick Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They were punctual for the appointment, efficient in moving my boxes and furniture out and very careful with moving it to my new place. No walls scratched, nothing seriously damaged. The move was no fuss. They are highly recommended.
Prasanth G.
Awesome movers!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Angela E.
The organisation of the move was efficiently done via email. The movers were very punctual turning up just before the time they were due. The move went smoothly with no issues and we were happy with the job.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Kalyanaraman K.
Very smooth move.
Capo’s Moving and StorageCapo’s Moving and Storage
Lavanya J.
Moved everything carefully
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Sol K.
Leclair Moving gave an extremely competitive flat rate fee and was very efficient and effective in moving all my bedroom furniture.
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Linda F.
I worked with Gio to coordinate my residential move - Gio was super responsive and helpful throughout the process! Before speaking with Truket, I was feeling super overwhelmed since it was my first time having to find professional movers and I had heard horror stories from friends with their own past moves. Also, my move required two drop-off locations with a tight move-out window. Overall, my experience with Truket was great! Gio answered all my questions patiently and I appreciated how transparent and professional the company's process was to book. ex. They provide an invoice with the agreed rate so no hidden fees or unexpected change-ups the day of. Also, I was confident the movers would show up since booking required a small deposit so there was accountability that my move was scheduled and the movers would show. I will be recommending Truket to any of my friends moving in the future!
Sophia G.
Friend’s Moving service made our long distance move painless. We moved from Sunnyvale, CA to the Portland, OR area. Because we had been very prepared for this move, Tony and his team were able to get the moving truck packed up in about 1 hour. We all drove up and met up at the destination the next day. Our belongings were safe the entire time and Tony was responsive the whole process. Moving is really stressful and I was so happy that Tony’s team took this stress off our shoulders. Thank you Tony!!!
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
John D.
Smart Moving provided great service and were very responsive throughout the process. I would definitely use their moving service again.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Ankit B.
These movers are great. They were on time and took good care of all our furniture. The 2 movers were also very quick in their work.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Mari B.
Scott was very responsive throughout the entire moving process. He was very prompt when I asked questions and he made sure to have everything ready before the move. He was also flexible since I was not sure when exactly I would be able to move in. Scott made sure I was aware of the timeline for my move. His quoted time ended up being close to the actual time spent for the move which was nice. During the day of the move, the movers were on time, friendly, and efficient. They also supplied me with some boxes in case I needed some extra. During unloading, they asked me where each of the boxes and furniture would go so I would not have to move them afterwards. Overall, I had a great experience with Scott and his team and would work with them again.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
These guys are awesome. They moved my reclining sofa's today and their service is really good. Their price is also really good. I will definitely recommend this movers.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick was fantastic! He arrived with his team on time, took great care at moving all of our items and completed the move in quick time.
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Tiffany L.
Very good moving and packing service!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Anne S.
I couldn't be happier with Tony's Moving Service. Easy to schedule, showed up on time, moved the apartment very quickly. Very easy to work with. Thanks!
Tony's moversTony's movers
Arvind B.
They were on time and finished moving on time.
Victor MoranVictor Moran
Yegna P.
No surprises! I used this business for moving heavy items as I was on a budget. They arrived on time, took care to ensure my apartment or the furniture was not damaged by the move. They worked at an appropriate pace and did not try to run the clock or upsell me about moving more items, which I appreciated. And they wore masks while inside my home. Overall very happy that I picked them for my move!
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
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