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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 Venice movers
Thumbtack Customer
Pat was the best mover I've ever had! Brought my stuff from Los Angeles to San Francisco and the move was a total breeze! From the start Pat gave a great price (significantly lower than other movers) and was easy to communicate with. During the actual move he instantly relieved my stress and moved my stuff quickly and efficiently. Can't recommend him enough. Excellent mover!
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Thumbtack Customer
Our movers were great. They communicated with me before the move to make sure they brought everything they would need for our move. They were running 15 minutes late on the day of the move, but gave us a heads up. The two movers were efficient, worked hard and got the job done well. They were also pleasant and in good spirits the whole time which made moving day a little more tolerable. Thank you!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Sky Moving was just about everything you could wish for in a moving company. Reliable, friendly, professional. They made our move so much easier, I would happily recommend them and will absolutely use them again next time I'm moving. Thanks guys!
Sky MovingSky Moving
Juliana R.
Don and his team were right on time and moved everything carefully and with amazing efficiency. Cool guys! Would definitely move with them again.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Ingrid P.
This was my first time using Thumbtack for anything and I decided to use it for my move across LA. I have a feeling I will use Exclusive Moves every single time I move going forward. Their rate was FAR more competitive than others. Pre-move, there wasn’t a ton of communication so I was nervous that it wasn’t real. But then they texted the morning of and showed up EXACTLY on time. Absolutely amazing - that’s never happened to me w movers. They proceeded to move my entire apt to a new house. They did everything with incredible professionalism and truly soooo so so efficiently. By the end, when the bill came it was lower than what we could have imagined because there were NONE of the stupid extra charges (double drive time, etc) and they were so efficient (and by the way, good, nice guys). THEY ARE THR BEST MOVERS EVER. Told all of my friends immediately. DONT WASTE ANOTHER SECOND WITH ANY OTHER MOVERS YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME AND YOUR MONEY!!!!!
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Josh P.
I’ve moved 15 times in the last 18 years (don’t ask), so I feel like I’m uniquely qualified to review movers. This was honestly the best move I’ve ever done. These guys showed up on time and finished the entire move WAY ahead of schedule. They didn’t take a lunch break or anything. And we had a LOT of stuff. We were blown away. And the price was half what I expected it to be. I can’t recommend these guys enough.
Redline movingRedline moving
Betsy G.
I used LA Moving Solutions earlier today to move my daughter out of her apartment in LA to Orange County. Brian and team worked so quickly and professionally, they had the truck loaded and were on their way in no time, and kept me informed of their status throughout the move. I appreciated how nice and eager they were to make a good impression, and was very happy with how they took great care of all her items during the move. I also thought they were very reasonably priced compared to other moving companies, and will certainly use them again if I have the need. Thanks again for a great experience today!
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Deborah K.
We had an amazing experience working with Helpful Movers. They worked much longer than we all expected. There was a lot more to move than we thought. But they were friendly and stuck with the gig till the end. Highly recommend
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Cassidy C.
We are SO glad we chose Redline moving!! We were able to book without a problem, the pricing was better than any of the other quotes we received, and the two movers who helped us were friendly, hardworking, and extremely cautious with our items. We had quite a few heavy items and they moved them up and down stairs without a problem as well. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend using this company!!!! They definitely removed the typical stress of moving and instead I was able to focus on setting up our new home.
Redline movingRedline moving
Alex U.
Truly cannot speak highly enough about our experience with DoStar Moving. They responded in about a minute, and arrived on time (rare for movers!). George and Jose were absolutely incredible and helped us pack and move our entire house, and went out of their way to take a number of our additional items to another location when we filled up the first! Would recommend them to any and everyone I know.
DoStar Moving LLCDoStar Moving LLC
Cody T.
Couldn’t have asked for a better moving service in a pinch. 10/10 recommend. John is the man!
Cathy T.
Movers were very friendly and did a great job. They took care of our belongings very well!
Nomad MoversNomad Movers
Olga V.
I had a wonderful experience with Inception Moving, they were professional, accommodating, and very polite. Great service!
Inception MovingInception Moving
Susan K.
Robert & his team are responsive, quick and careful. Everything you want from movers. I'll be calling on Utilē again in the future!
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Kate D.
The guys were very responsive and prompt and were so helpful! I will definitely be using these guys in the future for any moving needs.
Baka moving and servicesBaka moving and services
Nadia A.
The guys from News Moving Company were incredible. They were on time, worked efficiently and were extremely professional. Highly recommend!
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Noelle B.
Our 3 movers were great. Very friendly, quick and careful with our belongings. Would hire again and recommend to others.
Redline movingRedline moving
Theodore F.
Joe was great, was able to show up the next day on a weekend and help me get a very heavy item moved to my apartment.
Junk in the trunkJunk in the trunk
Roland O.
5 stars obviously they were awesome so friendly!! Berry accommodating!! Jimmy and his team did a great job moving me out of my apartment in Venice to East Los Angeles. Showed up on time and got the work done fast! Also with care and attention to detail. I would recommend stress free moving to family and friends for sure!
Stress Free Moving & StorageStress Free Moving & Storage
Corinne B.
Perfectly on time, it was stress free and we really can’t thank him enough! He is very careful of the surroundings and did a great move for us!
Christina J.
Great experience! On time and very helpful. I have some really bad moving experiences prior I was so relieved to Alek and his team
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Mark S.
Absolute professionals. Very responsive and made time for a move the following day. They showed up early, worked respectfully and diligently and would recommend this team to anyone.
Inception MovingInception Moving
Sofie K.
Walter and his guys were beyond impressive. They were extremely productive and optimistic throughout the entire move. Their packing methods were super streamlined and they were very careful with all our fragile items. The guys had the best attitude, even when it came to our 50+ stairs. No doubt I'd recommend Nextgen to anyone in the LA area... best moving experience I've ever had!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Marie R.
Watch your back. He'll seem like your new best friend one minute and then cut bait the next. My move was due to a traumatic fire/water damage situation where I was under duress, including the move back in to the same place after I lost many of my belongings. Basically, I have no furniture. Dave did several moves for me. My last, personal move back into my home had 77 boxes total. Movers have you sign a waiver that you "inspected" all the items as soon as the last box hits the floor. It's absurd, really. No one can attest to this as the boxes are unopened, items are stacked, one's still trying to get their bearings, etc., and it takes weeks to unpack. Weeks. After a few weeks passed, I noticed that one of my new file drawers wasn't opening/closing properly. I noticed they stacked my file cabinets on top of each other in the storage unit and I voiced my concern. Dave agreed. Unfortunately, I did not open ALL of the drawers upon a later inspection and of course, as Murphy's Law would have it, the one drawer with the issue is the one I did not check. Dave then sent me a standard text that I had signed the waiver. Then while cleaning, I noticed there was a dent in the top of the other file cabinet due to them being stacked. A phone call would've been a professional response especially since I hired you multiple times and we spoke at length. It's rude and unprofessional. I can provide more information on another move where he ignored my calls to move one item while his guys sat and waited 1/2 block away, but I'll spare you the details.
PTM MoversPTM Movers
The guys were amazing. Extremely quick response and got amazing same day services. Highly recommend and will be using them in the future for all my handy man/moving needs!!
The Extra Hand Professional ServicesThe Extra Hand Professional Services
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