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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 Vista movers
Thumbtack Customer
Move Central came to the rescue and made my move possible last month. Chris and Johnnie were exceptional when it came to preparing my items to move. They packaged and wrapped all the furniture thoroughly to protect them and insure they wouldn't be damaged during the move. My parents and I were floored by how quickly and professional everything was done. The whole move from start to finish was 3.5 hours, which was awesome!!! I highly recommend Move Central, and will definitely use them again!!!
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
Peter S.
Good value for moving.
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Debra D.
Matrix Moving is a great moving company. We used them to move three bedroom full of furniture inside our home from the second floor to the first floor. They disassembled the beds, wrapped the mattresses, moved the lamps and end tables and all packed up boxes. They were very professional, didn't scratch or put a dent in any walls and did a great job of placing the items all in a designated area. I will always use them for any moving service.
Matrix MovingMatrix Moving
Ken A.
Hired the guys to move a piece of furniture from Vista to Rancho Penasquitos. They did a great job moving the items without any damage
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Marina R.
I had a very positive experience with MOVINGMAN. The movers were quick and efficient. So glad I hired them for my latest move.
Donna G.
Helped me move some heavy furniture. Best moving experience ever. Extremely helpful, professional and conscientous. I could not be happier with the job.
OC HelpersOC Helpers
Lucy S.
Movers where punctual and worked quick!
Cube Moving and Storage IncCube Moving and Storage Inc
Rhonda P.
Robert and Jasper were prompt and courteous throughout the entire move process. They were efficient which made our move less stressful than I anticipated. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for local movers. They deserve 5 stars each!
1st Choice Movers1st Choice Movers
Augustine L.
We Haul worked very hard to get us moved, they showed nothing but great work ethic the entire time! I recommend them for anyone trying to get moved!
We Haul movers and haulingWe Haul movers and hauling
Thumbtack Customer
Wesley and Steve were awesome to work with! They were polite and genuinely cared about the furniture they were moving to make sure no damage was done. I would recommend Shift It Moving in a heartbeat!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Asif H.
Robert and his colleague with Utile Movers were great. They responded promptly and came to move the heavy item same evening within the expected time. It took them about 15 minutes to move our item and their pricing was very reasonable. We are very happy and satisfied with their service. Great job. 🤘💪👏
Utilē MoversUtilē Movers
Jamie M.
I've moved several times in my life and I think Flexdolly were the best movers that I have ever had. Nas was very communicative from start to finish. They were fast, efficient, careful, and detail oriented. This was a very smooth and easy move from start to finish. I would definitely hire them again!
Flexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San DiegoFlexdolly - Moving & Delivery Company in San Diego
Thumbtack Customer
we were very satisfied with our move. Mario was great and his crew were professional and thorough. We wold highly recommend MGB. We plan use him for our next move
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Nicholas T.
Movers showed up ready to work, we’re friendly and helpful, and got the job done in way less time than we expected. Our items were handled with care and smiles! Highly recommend Velazquez Movers!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Matthew R.
Alex and MOVINGMAN team were awesome! They responded immediately and showed up exactly on time, and were professional through out the move. I am extremely happy with their services and highly recommend to anyone in need of great movers!
Thumbtack Customer
They accommodated changes and did a great job moving our family piano.
Elite Moving San Diego Inc.Elite Moving San Diego Inc.
Michelle F.
Hector and his team were punctual and didn't waste any time jumping into moving my furniture into the truck. They were very professional and courteous and got the job done in a timely manner. I highly recommend Velasquez Movers!!
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Heather M.
Rod and crew did a great job moving a difficult piece of equipment. Great communication throughout from the first call to being on time. Really appreciated working with them and would hire them again for a move. Thank you!
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Brittney M.
We had a great experience with Cloud 9 Movers. They showed up on time, we had great communication throughout the whole process. The 2 gentlemen that moved us were very friendly and down to earth, and most importantly in my book they were professional. My boyfriend used to manage a moving company and he said the service was great, exactly what he would expect for his own guys. I'm writing this review about 10 mins after they left even though I have alot to work on in the new house I really wanted to give recognition to dedicated workers who deserve a good shout out. I would 100% recommend and use Cloud 9 Movers for any future moves. Thanks guys
Cloud 9 Movers LLCCloud 9 Movers LLC
Cindy M.
Had a great experience with Junior and Aaron from Husky Movers. They called 30 minutes before arrival and arrived exactly on time as scheduled. They moved stuff from my apartment into an existing PODS container. They had to take everything out of the POD (the prior movers did not do a good job packing the container and everything was loose). They repacked the container and were able to fit everything from my apartment in too. Very pleased.
Husky moving & storageHusky moving & storage
Chelsea P.
These gentlemen did a great job quickly moving me out of a 2nd story home in Vista to my 4th floor apartment in Hillcrest. They moved a queen size Sleep Number bed up all those stairs and had great attitudes. Will highly recommend.
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Tina S.
These guys are the best. Makes quick work out of my three Stop move. Will work with again.
Bonnie T.
Received the quote quickly. Reasonable rates. Prompt responses to all my emails. Movers were even able to come earlier than scheduled (they called me first to make sure it was ok, of course). Moved my piano safely and quickly. Done! Thanks fellas!
Elite Moving San Diego Inc.Elite Moving San Diego Inc.
Starlyn E.
Great movers! They even broke down some of my stuff for me! Excellent work 👍
On The Move Relocation SpecialistsOn The Move Relocation Specialists
Thumbtack Customer
Service was great, especially for such a rushed last minute booking. Jamone, Chase, and Rafael got right to work to complete my move within a decent amount of time. The overall price landed well within the range I was hoping for. I will definitely call Move Central again in the future.
Move Central Moving & StorageMove Central Moving & Storage
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