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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 Whittier movers
Thumbtack Customer
Larry's Quality Moving provided excellent and professional service for my moving needs. Also, the moving cost was very reasonable.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Colleen D.
Alex and his crew were great. Hired them to move some items into storage and to move some furniture and appliances to my new place. They are fast and very systematic when moving (stacking things in storage, where to put items, etc.). They carefully place your things and think about the best way to move your items, unlike other movers who will just throw things everywhere. I will definitely hire them on my next move. Thanks guys!
Big Guys Delivery ServicesBig Guys Delivery Services
Josh M.
Moving sucks, but it doesnt need to if you hire these guys! They were on time, very friendly, and worked quickly. We had A LOT to move, and they were able to get it done in the agreed upon timeframe. I hope to never move again, but if I do, I’m 100% calling AB Moving.
AB Moving & Storage COAB Moving & Storage CO
Monica S.
So thankful they helped me with my move. They were helpful, friendly, did the job quickly. Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to move.
Exclusive MovesExclusive Moves
Sandra C.
Quick response to my inquiries. The movers were friendly, punctual and professional. They moved a heavy upright piano with great to protect new floors. I was very pleased.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Geneva F.
Made the move quick and easy. Thank you!
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Ryan S.
Good movers, they were on time be worked quickly
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Hector G.
My entire experience went well. They were the 1st to respond and also were affordable. Moving day they arrived on time and I was satisfied with the quality pf work and efficiency they got my move completed.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
Kathryn M.
NextGen movers were amazing! I’ve used professional movers many times and this was the best experience I’ve ever had by far. They were very nice and let the whole experience be completely stress free to me. They were quick and extremely careful with all my items when moving. I would definitely use them again and recommend to family and friends.
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Our move went very well. All of our furniture arrived at our new home with out so much as a scratch. The bedroom furniture had to go upstairs. It was large heavy oak furniture. There were no issues at all with getting it to an upstairs bedroom.It was an extreamly hot day and the movers worked tirelessly. Would use them again if we ever moved. Very satisfied customer.
Sky MovingSky Moving
Samantha K.
They were great! I will definitely be using them for any moving jobs needed in the future.
The Little MoversThe Little Movers
Mercedes C.
Next Gen was very helpful in my move and they went above and beyond. The 4 individuals were knowledgeable, super positive and polite and they made a stressful experience in my life a lot easier to bear. I would recommend them to anyone looking for help moving!
NextGen MovingNextGen Moving
Patrick L.
We decided to switch movers last minute and it was the best decision ever!! We have a 1 year old toddler and my wife is pregnant so packing and moving was a nightmare for us, but Total Moving handled everything so well. They were very professional and pleasant, very efficient and careful with our stuff. We felt very at ease from start to end. We will definitely recommend them to our family and friends.
Total MovingTotal Moving
Jonne R.
Clever Moving is the best and most professional movers I have ever used. They get an A+++. They were easy to communicate with, professional, punctual, did excellent work. They were so good our realtor and neighbors are hiring them too and we have booked them for additional jobs. Excellent experience!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Sheila C.
Courtesy, hard working individuals. I would hire them again and recommended them to whomever needs a mover.
Christine L.
I hired them to move my pool table, my first hire through thumbtack. The gentleman showed up on time & were very professional. They moved my pool table carefully & made sure to clean everything up afterwards very diligently. Would definitely recommend & hir9 again in the future.
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Tony C.
The 2 individuals did an outstanding job and ensured that all the furniture was well protected for the move. Thanks guys great job
Sarah R.
Quick service and easy booking system with no hidden fees! Thanks for all your help! I definitely recommend LA Moving Solutions.
LA Moving SolutionsLA Moving Solutions
James P.
These guys were excellent . I will use them again when we move. They were fast and courteous. I highly suggest you use these guys .
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Brian L.
Great experience, very professional guys. Jorge and Juan helped me recover and move my uncles Pool table. They know what there doing and it shows. Very satisfied
AV BilliardsAV Billiards
Sabrina S.
Inception moving was incredible! They went truly above and beyond. They not only helped us move furniture, they helped us clear out and haul away a bunch of trash. They were seriously lifesavers during a very difficult time for our family and they genuinely made it that much easier. I’m so thankful I found them!! They were punctual, kind, affordable, and hardworking. Would hire them a million times over! Thanks guys!
Inception MovingInception Moving
Ruben S.
My movers were Jahon, Maqsad and Jhenya. We had a minor hiccup on price at the very start but it was quickly corrected with a call back to the office. The guys moved methodically through two full storage units, taking extra care to pack things safely. We then made our way a few miles over to my home where they worked with me and my wife to place all items at whatever location we needed. They were also good enough to move a few items we had already put into the house into their proper location. I really appreciate that they were hard-working and professional with everything that they did. Jahon also checked with me at the very end to ensure that I was satisfied with everything that was done.
Local Moving Services Inc.Local Moving Services Inc.
Greg s.
Angel and Eliseo where the best movers...very professional...made sure my item was safe up to the destination...._ We'll definitely recommend And Use them again we needed !
Next stop moving and junk removal servicesNext stop moving and junk removal services
Jennifer W.
They helped me move a very heavy hutch into my house and were very decent guys. When we plan to remodel our house we will definitely call them.
C.M.N. Construction Inc.C.M.N. Construction Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys, they were on time and totally worked with my schedule and as well as help me with anything else I needed. Will definitely be using them again when I need to move!
Muscle Movers LAMuscle Movers LA
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