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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.

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’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. 

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 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.

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 Ventura movers
Reevina H.
Alfredo and moving buddy were fantastic! They were punctual, confirmed the appt a day beforehand, and even moved additional last minute items. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a hassle free affordable move! They were excellent and made my move/day a lot better!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Curt F.
Great skills at packing and moving. At a reasonable rate
Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving ServiceConrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service
Stephen H.
Excellent service. Helped me move canvases for an art show!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Nathalie A.
Thank you guys so much!!! I needed to move a few large items and the mover worked so quickly and efficiently. He was nice, professional, and finished the job with no issues. I will definitely be using their services again.
“Flexible Steel” Movers/Cleaners!“Flexible Steel” Movers/Cleaners!
Matt P.
I was very pleased with this moving service. Alfred and his crew showed up early and were very fast and efficient. I would definitely use them again and recommend them highly to anyone who is looking for a mover.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Andrew D.
Decent moving team, got our move done within just a few hours. Nothing broken. They were pretty careful. Knocked off one star because they arrived one hour late. And the manager originally told me that 3 movers were coming and then changed it to 2 at the last minute. Minor detail but that impacts the amount of hours spent on a job. Would have liked that communicated ahead of time, but not too big of a deal.
The First Moving CompanyThe First Moving Company
Ronald S.
Tim was excellent moving and installing washer and dryer units. He was very responsive and was extremely professional.
Tim and Salena GonzalesTim and Salena Gonzales
Kelly M.
Moving is SO stressful! I've moved over 5 times in the last 10 years for jobs and have hired movers each time, so I have some experience. Top Notch was the only one (on this current Thumbtack project) who asked to come get an estimate first which I thought was smart for both of us. The estimate came via email about an hour after he left. Paul arrived right on time for both the estimate and the move. He showed up with 2 super strong and super friendly guys who worked really fast! The whole thing was done in under 4 hours, both load and unload and the total was less than the estimate. They even moved our super heavy pull-out couch up and down stairs! All those details - punctuality, estimate, value and professionalism - made the move much less stressful for me. I also liked they all had a great sense of humor. Super impressed and would hire them again in an instant.
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Jon H.
Conrad was great! Super courteous and professional, responded quickly, communicated well, and did an excellent job with the move!
Conrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving ServiceConrad's Hauling, Delivery & Moving Service
Carolyn A.
His 2 Movers Kevin and Shea were very accomodating. They even took my plants (which they were not supposed to and boxed up my lamps. And Paul stood by his firm quote. Paul came to give us a quote and we felt he was very honest and up front with us. The truck was a little small but the movers did a fantastic job and fit everything in just when it looked like everything wouldn't fit!!!!!! The movers even had to took apart our dining room table and our desk cause it wouldn't fit through the doorway...I know why now they are called Top Notch Movers... Thanks Paul Great job!!!
Top Notch Moving & Transportation LLCTop Notch Moving & Transportation LLC
Michele Q.
Jimmy & Co. were so fantastic! From our first contact, Jimmy was professional, accommodating, and reassuring. He kept in contact with me from booking to our moving date. He and his team (his awesome sons) were so careful and spent time to check in to be sure things were as I wished. I don't plan on moving again any time soon, but I will definitely refer anyone I know who is moving to Inception. It was absolutely great. Thanks so much, Jimmy!
Inception MovingInception Moving
Michelle M.
I'd been given a sofa that needed to be moved quickly that day. I didn't think I'd be able to find anyone willing to move it so quickly and on Sunday. But, Alfredo's crew was able to come that day! They brought the sofa within an hour of my call. Quick, professional, and friendly. I'll be using them again.
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Bunny T.
I didn’t end up using them for my last minute move, but I was still engaged and will recommend for the professionalism.
Toy Box Moving and Storage ServicesToy Box Moving and Storage Services
Thumbtack Customer
Ron and his helper were great. He was there on time and we got the move done in a snap. I would hire him again.
Ron's Junk RemovalRon's Junk Removal
Thumbtack Customer
Ron did a fantastic job helping my roommate and I move large furniture (E.g. beds and couches). I was nervous about how we would get large items up our stairs, but Ron and his helper managed to do it all. I would hire Ron again and appreciate his positive attitude while moving furniture.
Ron's Junk RemovalRon's Junk Removal
Caryn S.
We hired Alfredo and his team once before to move a refrigerator from Lowes to our home. He did such an amazing job and was so meticulous, that we hired him this week to move all of our furniture and belongings into a Pod. Again, incredible service! Alfredo is so responsive, shows up on time, and he and his team were extremely careful with our items. He even adjusted the wrapping on our couch and other pieces to make sure they were better protected. Moving can be stressful and having someone you can rely on in these moments makes such a difference. Thank you so much, Alfredo!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Thumbtack Customer
A great experience with a considerate and capable moving team who were on time, pleasant and careful with reasonable rates. We would use them again.
Pro Delivery & Towing - Main ProfilePro Delivery & Towing - Main Profile
Ron L.
Jose is a great guy. They were friendly, wore face masks and gloves, and finished my move ahead of time. Definitely use them again!
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Jose c.
I had 48 hours to get my move out of a storage unit to a new apartment done. I would be leaving for work and had no additional time. I was quoted higher then the app states and paid for down time. I take responsibility for changing the time because the complex wasn't ready for me. But I called the day before to see if it was a problem I was told it wasn't. I wish they had just told me it was. The 2 guys they sent over with a uhaul moved very slowly. I had other people with me and they would state how slow they were moving and I was embarrassed. What do you do at that point? I'm being charged by the hour but I had no time to make changes. I began doing work myself they were moving so slowly. The whole purpose I paid a premium 130 an hour is so I didn't have to move the items. They would spent so much time moving things around without putting them in the truck. I can not express how slow they were moving lol. It easily cost me 200 just for that alone. I strongly suggest that if you go with them and they pull the same stunt speak up. I left the next morning on a flight I didn't have the room to rehire. They didn't plan for the large items and left the bed and a few other items behind. They went and took the first load. They went and got an elderly man for a help to finish faster. When they finally were done one of the young men told me his boss wanted to finished another day. Are you kidding me?! I was very specific I had only that day for the move. The guy then called his boss sat on my stairs for 20 min talking to him about whether or not they would continue. Which I paid for! I using the 10 more minutes after he hung up and I got a call. He told me he didn't want his men overworked ( they weren't overworked on my move!). I pointed out that had they taken the large items I could have just finished the move on my own but they left items I can't fit in my car and I feel they knowingly
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Terry M.
Very responsive to text or calls. Showed up when scheduled. Took good care of what I needed moved, very professional. Good value
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Jeff W.
George and his team did a fantastic job moving and setting up my table! Plays perfectly, can't thank you guys enough and will definitely call on them in the future
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
I had quite a few heavy pieces of furniture to move around my house and in the garage. They arrived right on time, quick and professional. Would definately use them again!
MAN AND A VAN  Moving HelpMAN AND A VAN Moving Help
Patricia C.
Alek and his team were extremely professional. He was prompt and the pick up and delivery was on time. I totally would recommend Alek to anyone who wants their Piano moved.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Vonise F.
Paul and his crew are awesome. They are friendly, very flexible and patient with things that come up in the process of moving, work hard beyond all expextations, will get the job done with care, and will check in on you afterward. Another important factor: they are honest. They are everything you want and need when you are stressed with the prospect of moving. They will keep you calm and take good care of you and your belongings. I'm so glad I called them! Thanks, Guys!
Aussie Moving IncAussie Moving Inc
Maureen D.
Perfect in every way!!!! I have had moved at least 20 times never been anywhere near this easy! This team is a like well oiled machine they could not have done a better job to make my move perfectly smooth! They work very quickly, efficiently, carefully, and thoroughly. They were an absolute pleasure to work with – the perfect combination of utmost professionalism, flexibility, clear communication, and just really nice people!!! My absolute highest recommendation!
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
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