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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 West Covina movers
Gonzalo P.
Bunch of hardworking movers only thing is that they are Russians and the language barrier was sometimes an issue but we worked it out and I would recommend them to anybody that wants an affordable moving service
True MoversTrue Movers
Rushelle Z.
Friendly worker, moved my place on short notice.
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Shannon D.
I absolutely loved Rigo and his team! They did an excellent job with our move and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a moving company! They were friendly, professional, and awesome to work with. They were extremely punctual and efficient during the entire process. They offered so much help and many solutions always with a smile on their face and we enjoyed a few laughs too haha. We truly appreciated having them assist with our entire moving process. These guys are your movers! You won’t regret hiring them! They will be our #1 choice next time we have the need to move!
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Thumbtack Customer
We contacted Larry when my husband had to have foot surgery the week we were moving. Larry gave us a full no nonsense quote. We moved a one bedroom apartment about 20 miles. Larry and his son showed up early and began hustling. They are not afraid to break a sweat!! They moved everything as quickly and efficiently as possible while still being careful with our belongings. Larry and his son were professional and caring with our belongings. They did not "milk the clock" like other movers do. I will be contacting Larry the next time I move and I suggest you do the same!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Roxana H.
Local Trucks' workers were fast, friendly, and accommodating of our needs on a 100 mile move from LA to SD. Rigo was very quick to respond to any questions I had and everything was addressed promptly. The price is also very fair I feel. I honestly couldn't recommend any movers more, they eased the stress of moving for sure. Go with Local Trucks :D
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
Anthony C.
These guys were amazing! They showed up on time, and got right to work! I had bunk beds and a full bed plus a good amount of boxes and these fellas did it in no time! They were all super friendly and busted there butts to get the move done. Will definitely refer these fellas to any one who I know is moving! Thanks for making my move a great experience!
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Stephanie B.
Oh my word, absolutely super smooth move. Raul and Jesse are the best! They were quick and efficient and kept everything organized for me. I highly, highly recommend News Moving Co and request Raul and Jesse. You will not be disappointed.
News Moving CompanyNews Moving Company
Leticia A.
Two guys came from Splendid, they were prompt and got the job down quickly. They were very professional and even went above & beyond and helped connect the water line to the refrigerator. All of the boxes were placed in the correct rooms 👍 Thank you for being patient with us and helpful to get the furniture not only moved but to the right areas, this is going to make unpacking and setting up much easier. I would highly recommend Splendid Moving for your next move. Very kind and hardworking individuals ❤️
Splendid MovingSplendid Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Since this was the first time I had used any services from Thumbtack, I was a bit concerned for a couple of reason. First, I has never hired a mover and wasn't sure what to expect and secondly, I had not met Donald and Max until the day of services. I trusted they would be there and they were. These guys are pros! Nice job! Their hustle, no nonsense approach to making this a successful move was impressive. The downside of the move was that it had to be done with two trips but they were able to make all of my house belongings fit in a 9'x20' storage unit which I didn't think could be done. Impressive! Recommend these guys without hesitation. I will definitely be calling on them again when I move into my new house in a couple of months. Thanks Daniel and Max! You made a stressful situation a lot better.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Tom B.
Our experience with Logan and Kyle at 24Seven movers was perfect. They were extremely helpful and hardworking. I will recommend them to all my friends and family!
24 Seven Moving24 Seven Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Larry and Dean were awesome! They were on time, professional and very nice. I will definitely hire them again for any moving needs and I definitely recommend their services. Thank you!
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I hired 3 gentleman to help me unload my moving truck only. They were respectful plus careful with my furniture. Only hired for 2 hours and they never stalled.
SED&R Socal Euro Development & ReconstructionSED&R Socal Euro Development & Reconstruction
Thumbtack Customer
Well done. I helped but three guys did a good job, hard work, and we fed them, then loaded 1 truck to the brim, on one 1 Trip! A lot of moving parts ! well done.
MGB RelocationsMGB Relocations
Lynn l.
Im an early bird and I asked if he could come at 630am. And he arrived at 630am. LOVE this part. Also, Adrian and Dominique (idk the spelling sorry)moved all my things and we got everything done including the 35 -40 min drive in under 5 hours. The truck is super cool with the electric ramp. The tools necessary and the dolly. Straps. Blankets. Wrapped the TV. Yes I would contact again and I recommend. 😃 Hiring someone is the way to go because moving can be soooo stressful. These guys were super cool and calm and that is appreciated! Be safe guys! Use ur legs to lift😉
West Side MovingWest Side Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Charles as a mover. He hustled from start to finish - from the time he loaded the first box til he unloaded the last box. Minus one star because his truck was not big enough to fit everything in our one bedroom apartment. Wife and I had to take another trip to transports our clothes and other small items.
C.M.N. Construction Inc.C.M.N. Construction Inc.
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