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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 Walnut Creek movers
Vikki T.
The movers cancelled on us the day of the move and did not provide a viable alternative date. We were left scrambling to find another vendor to do the move that same weekend.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Sara W.
The (3) movers were very knowledgeable of their job and moved my piano with great care
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Dylan W.
Tony's moving services helped us move a ton of our belongings even with a lack of an elevator for one of the addresses.
Tony's moving services LLCTony's moving services LLC
Kendal M.
Really easy to work with Tony's Movers on a quick move. Brought 4 guys who worked fast and smart at a great value.
Tony's moversTony's movers
Azat M.
These are the best movers that I’ve seen out of several that I hire in my life but they are slow so I paid almost their maximin $900 for the move for two guys. I sent them photos with my one bedroom. The movers took a break to have lunch and played tetris with the things in the moving truck. Thumbtack itself is a terrible app. They don't allow to see movers' availability. They just reject your project and then you have to create a new project with a different date.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Sara P.
I had to move my mom from her home to assisted living very quickly last week. I contacted Larro's moving service on Easter Sunday, and he got back to me THAT day! We had the move all set up for Tuesday. The workers showed up right on time, were careful with her furniture and were efficient. I was amazed that we were able to pull off a move in 48 hours. I really appreciate Larro's Moving Service for making it happen and for being reliable, responsive and efficient! I will most definitely be contacting them again for any future moves.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Carly z.
So helpful in moving my couch!!
Eshita G.
It was truly stress free moving for us. Kevin and his team moved our entire place with the furniture dissambley and assembly in 4 hours. It was super smooth. They are respectful and punctual. They took care of the walls and carpets while moving in. I think if you found them on thubstack, just go for them!
Bernal Truck Line, LLCBernal Truck Line, LLC
Sunil S.
Great movers. Hired them for the second time.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Carly z.
The team of guys worked very well. I had a LOT of stuff and they had to deal with 1 elevator moving out and no elevator moving in. I think because of this my move took a lot long than excepted ( 10 hours) but they worked hard to get it all done and I am very grateful.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Amanda H.
Great experience and speedy move. Would def recommend!
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Cameron L.
Great movers, showed up ready and on time protected everything and managed to fit everything into undersized uhaul. Also, kept track of furniture hardware during the whole move. Awesome work!
Larios MoversLarios Movers
Hayley R.
My roommate and I did a big move from Walnut Creek to SF and we were stressed about the move since we had a bad experience with a different company before. Smart People Moving was responsive, punctual and overall amazing. They answered all of my questions and were so helpful. The team was well prepared for our move and brought wrap, blankets, tools and so much more. I couldn’t say more great things about this team. Thank you to Brian, Brandon and Yennsy. I would hire these three over and over again for all of my moves. They were amazing!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Jo Anne C.
Leclair moving team was great! Pave was super responsive and flexible. Movers were punctual, professional, quick, careful and friendly. I highly recommend them and look forward to hiring them again in the future!
Leclair Delivery ServiceLeclair Delivery Service
Thumbtack Customer
While the moving experience itself was decent, there were major issues. I've discussed with the movers the next step - this project was to move things to storage and in one week everything needed to go back to the condo. I've discussed with movers and they agreed that they will even accomodate my special request to do later in the day. When it came to the next Wed, they did not respond to my text/voicemail. The manager I spoke with asked my name and said that I was not in their system. When I started the new project for things to be moved back to the condo, they responded and replied to my reminder about their promise - "Really! Sorry about that, but the movers never said anything to me, because they have been very busy!". Well, yet another reminder for me to put everything in writing and not to trust to verbal agreements, things can happen.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Michael D.
This was a decent sized move with a lot of furniture pieces and some boxes. Trucket did a great job wrapping the fragile pieces and moving all of our things to our new place carefully and efficiently. Very satisfied.
Sandra H.
Jiri was professional, courteous, and prompt. I needed 1 very large and heavy piece of furniture to be moved. Several movers I contacted refused the job, but Jiri provided a reasonable estimate and excellent service. Highly recommend.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Sriram T.
They did a great job moving our things to our new home.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Laura F.
They did a great job moving our refrigerator and did it in a timely matter.
We Do Odd Jobs LLCWe Do Odd Jobs LLC
Tim B.
Really great working with the team. They professionally packed and moved all items.
Boutique Moving ServicesBoutique Moving Services
Vicky G.
We moved from California to Utah and were lucky to stumble upon PJ’s moving service. Their team was efficient, professional, and willing to go above and beyond to help us with our move. Multiple companies mentioned that it could take several days to receive our items, but these men made it to Utah in less than a day and quickly/safely got all of our things settled in (not a single item damaged). I will absolutely be recommending them to my friends in the future for moving help! Thank you for the wonderful service you provided.
PJ moving servicesPJ moving services
Thumbtack Customer
Showed up 3.5 hours late with little to no communication. Movers were not strong enough to move boxes they over packed. Made me and a friend do heavy lifting because they had places they needed to go. Truck died while blocking street. Ripped my couch. Asked for additional tip on top of what I gave them despite awful service. Would never recommend to anyone. Made my move way more stressful than it would have been had I not hired any movers at all.
Dragon Sea Moving Inc.Dragon Sea Moving Inc.
Tom M.
I had a confirmed appointment to move on a Sunday, but they lost the reservation. I rescheduled for a weekday and had to take a day off. The actual move went smoothly. If not for the scheduling SNAFU I would have given them an excellent rating.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Brian M.
I couldn’t have moved out of my apartment without the help of Renan. He helped with my bed frame disassembly, wrapping, moving, and storage unit organizing. Everything fit perfectly in his van. Great guy!
Shruti S.
Thanks to Renan moving was Swift and fragile items were very well cared for.
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