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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 Pasadena movers
E. Adrian A.
I hired two movers with Graceful Movers and was impressed with their communication and professionalism. Everything was moved with care and wrapped accordingly. I would absolutely recommend them, and if I hire movers again I wouldn't hesitate to use Graceful Movers a second time.
Graceful Moves Moving Co. LLCGraceful Moves Moving Co. LLC
Cordelia O.
This was my first experience using a moving company. The person that I communicated with, Anna was very helpful leading up to the day. The movers Carlos and Oscar arrived on time and were very professional. They completed the move efficiently and handled my items with care. I would definitely recommend 1st Choice Moving & Storage to a friend!!
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Robin M.
Very professional movers.
Midas Touch MoversMidas Touch Movers
Mariana A.
The movers showed up 2 hours late from original move in time scheduled. Didn’t respect the estimate given, they also added extra charges not discussed during estimate. They scratched a mahogany wooden table. The movers sat outside refusing to unload my things until the office squared away.
Moving MateMoving Mate
Zach c.
The gentlemen sent to help me move were nothing short of professional. They were quick, efficient, and careful with my furniture and I will happily use them again for future moves.
AllSawa Movers And Packers  🥳AllSawa Movers And Packers 🥳
Emily B.
I will definitely use A-Star for my future move. They were very responsive, quick and took care of my items. I could not ask for an easier move. Thank you!
A-Star MoversA-Star Movers
Joy g.
The 2 men sent to do my move were very nice and hard working, however the truck they were sent with was not big enough for my 2 bed 2 bath move, resulting in needing to make 2 trips, adding the cost of an additional hour and half to my move. What could have been a 2.5 hour move was a 4 hour move. Also they wanted to charge more then what I was quoted for the 4 hours but I had a screen shot of the price break down and refused to pay the additional. The actual workers were great, the company, not so much.
Matt P.
Called them last minute because our original movers backed out the morning of the move. They were at our house helping us move in less than 2 hours and continued to help move well past 10:00p.m. I would HIGHLY recommend using this company! They took great care of our furniture, was respectful to us, and overall we’re in a positive mood no matter what last minute changes we had to do.
Melissa M.
I’ll definitely use these guys for my next move. I had initially hired another company for my move and they were unable to move a heavy sectional. I called this company and they had two guys come out. My big, awkward sectional was out within 20 minutes. They were lifesavers!
Meka H.
Very professional & understand… using for my every move
Thumbtack Customer
I shopped around for movers that I could afford and that also did not have a lot of negative reviews. I was only moving a short distance, from one apartment to another, so I was not expecting it to take long even though movers in the past have taken way too long, broken things and even stolen from me.. so I was nervous and skeptical about hiring movers at all. I was given a time window of 3-5 and two movers arrived just a little after 3. They were quick, wrapped up any furniture that could possibly be scratched or damaged and extremely professional. By 4:45 I was completely moved. Nothing was broken, damaged or missing either! Extremely satisfied and would definitely use them again.
Galactic Movers LLCGalactic Movers LLC
Sara C.
Flexible, professional, and dependable. I would recommend NR movers.
Ginny S.
Best movers I have ever used. Highly recommend.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Christina B.
The movers were professional and very thorough in packing!!! They were able to pack my storage so that I can have room to place a clothing rack!!! Will definitely use them when I move again!!!
AllSawa Movers And Packers  🥳AllSawa Movers And Packers 🥳
Kyle R.
Great movers! Cost effective and got the job time in a timely manner!
Janice G.
They arrived on time and worked hard to get me moved in the time frame I needed.
Antonio's moversAntonio's movers
Clayton c.
Very all around professional moving service. Will work with them again if I have to.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
The move crew was late but I was contacted and advised that there would be a delay. The guys were very nice and took care with my furniture, boxes and other items. Overall a good experience and I would hire them again if I need a moving crew.
Barahona MoversBarahona Movers
Jay C.
Fantastic moving experience all around! Immediately Shawn gave me a call and helped me book and understand what to expect from their service. She was very easy to work with and her prices were very reasonable. Dylan and Ian were our movers and were terrific. They were polite, careful with our things, and managed to free an oversized refrigerator wedged tight into a wall cavity out without damaging anything. Moving is stressful and difficult, but these guys really made it as easy as possible. We can’t thank you all enough. You will be hearing from us again the next time we need movers.
Midas Touch MoversMidas Touch Movers
Nancy T.
I needed an antique sideboard moved from my garage to my dining room. They came next day on time and two guys did the job in 10 minutes. They were careful and handled it with ease. Appreciated the help!! Will call them again when moving.
Anna G.
This was the first time I had ever used a moving service, and I'm so happy with 1st Choice Moving and Storage. The guys showed up on time, treated my belongings with care, and worked efficiently and quickly. I would definitely recommend hiring this company.
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Marisa P.
They were on time. They were careful with my things, they were friendly and they finished in a timely manner. Those were my top concerns in deciding to hire movers. So I would hire them if needed in the future and definitely recommend them to people looking for movers.
Leo’s Moving ServicesLeo’s Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
I moved this past weekend (11/12/16). These guys arrived a little early, they were friendly and hardworking. They did my complete move in 2hours and 25 minutes. AMAZING! They took special care in insuring the my items were safe and secure. They wrapped things do they would not break. They were also very careful not to dent any walls in the new or old place. I will definitely use them again for any future moves.
Texans MoversTexans Movers
Liz W.
Very quick! Two guys moved all of the furniture from my apartment on the third floor into my two story house in 2 1/2 hours! For $280! Worth every penny. The movers were very nice and did not damage any of the furniture or the house
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
Arnold and his crew were great! They were fast and efficient, I was very pleased with the whole move!
1st Choice Moving & Storage1st Choice Moving & Storage
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