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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 Van Nuys movers
Grace S.
I had a truly stress free moving experience with Stress Free Moving! Jimmy was very friendly and responsive, and he definitely made me feel in good hands with my moving request. The movers Jaime and Ivan were polite, friendly, and extremely hardworking. They arrived early, treated my items with care, and were finished moving my one bedroom apartment in record time. Would highly recommend Jimmy & his movers to anyone looking for a hassle-free, pleasant moving experience in the LA area!
Stress Free Moving CompanyStress Free Moving Company
Danielle W.
Could not have been a better move!!! I couldn’t believe how fast, polite, and efficient they were. So happy to be in my new place and for a totally stress free move. I’ll never move without Movers Pro again! Thank you!
Movers ProMovers Pro
Thumbtack Customer
Great move.
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Tony T.
It was the best movers in the world Before movers come, they call me before one Everything was packed pretty quick and loading in the truck
Rise Moving CompanyRise Moving Company
Joanne U.
Very responsive and I appreciate the movers for communicative and very nice to work with. They were proactive and made moving simple. Thank you!
Redline movingRedline moving
Johanna H.
Easy move, great guys
Redline movingRedline moving
Roland H.
This is my first time hiring movers and they truly made the experience amazing! They are very friendly, fast and focused while delicately handling all of my belongings. I HIGHLY recommend NextGen Moving for anyone looking for movers. I will certainly be using them again in the future!
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Tyra H.
They were such a great help for our last min move !
Amira S.
Easily the best moving experience I’ve ever had.
Thumbtack Customer
Sky Moving did a great job on my move from Sherman Oaks to Canyon Country. They were 30 minutes late to start (but they called me promptly to let me know), but they certainly compensate for the time lost. They completed the move (including driving time) in a little over 3 hours, less than estimated. They took good care of my belongings, and I will certainly recommend them (and use them again next time I have to move).
Sky MovingSky Moving
Corky A.
I was very happy with my movers Kuka and Artur! I had 2 stops before my final destination which was on the second floor. They went over and above my expectations. They were very polite. If I need movers again, I will definitely use NoMad movers. Now all I have to do is unpack. 😁
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Sharon F.
Very professional and prompt . I would use Muscle Movers again.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Thumbtack Customer
Punctual and very professional. They made this move as easy as possible. Will recommend them!
Experienced Movers Moving ServiceExperienced Movers Moving Service
Mallory C.
They were the BEST! First time hiring movers and it was worth it! They helped load my 10x10 storage unit into a truck for my cross-country move. They know what they are doing! Everything was packed tight and nothing broke! They are true professionals!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Christopher was able to accommodate my schedule and got the move done same day.
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
Brandon M.
I was in need of some moving assistance and decided to hire someone the night before my move. Thankfully Sergio was available and got it done quickly. He’s also a handyman so I’m hoping to use him for some other tasks around the house.
Thumbtack Customer
Easy and convenient. Cost was fair given the volume of stuff I had. Movers were friendly and fast altho it seemed like they started slow. Would definitely use again. High marks for professionalism--this company clearly has moving down to a science.
Ben Hur Moving & StorageBen Hur Moving & Storage
Samantha C.
Jeremy and team are AMAZING!! I moved from Sherman Oaks to Hollywood and Jeremy agreed to add a middle stop in Burbank to pick up some large shelves I’d also needed help moving, all in the same day. Incredibly friendly and efficient moving experience — everything was super smooth. For no extra charge they anchored my bookshelves for earthquake safety. At the end of the move, our rental car began experiencing some trouble and they not only helped us try to jump it, but stuck around until we had someone on the way to help us. I’m going to be using 17:7 for absolutely everything!!!
Teyawna J.
The crew were amazing! We weren’t fully prepared to move as things went rather quickly. But the entire crew helped us finish getting the last bit of things in order. They worked fast and were efficient. The value was great. We had three movers for a two bedroom apartment to a new townhome. Although we moved to a place with stairs the crew never complained about the extra work. I would definitely recommend their services. *The only con is that there were a few wall items left at the old place that should have been included in the move. We unfortunately had to go back and get these ourselves.
Kobe MovingKobe Moving
Peter S.
DoStar Moving was absolutely excellent and very reasonably priced. They were in and out very quickly. All of my items (dresser, big TV, refrigerator, etc.) were moved without any damage. They had a massive truck too, so even though I didn’t need much space, they could accommodate bigger moves. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat, and should the occasion arise, I’d definitely hire them again.
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Jem L.
Ruben and his team were the best, most efficient, and friendliest movers I've ever had!
Gurrola’s SoCal Movers ServicesGurrola’s SoCal Movers Services
Sed E.
They did a long distance move for me and were very flexible with it! Happy to have that part over with!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Sara H.
This is an excellent service! The movers were professional and extremely good at their jobs! Seeing how well the worked and competent they were with moving my fridge showed me how lucky I am that I called them! I highly recommend and will be making us of their service again.
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
Jessica S.
Robert was great! He was on time, professional and efficient. He was able to help us remove our fridge from the water line and move it with no issues. I highly recommend him and would use him again if I ever need help moving something else in the future.
Lisa B.
The two movers from Genius were EXCELLENT!!! They were very careful and skilled!! Nice guys too!!!
Genius MovingGenius Moving
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