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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do movers cost?

When accounting for moving costs, you can generally expect to pay around $30 to $50 per mover, per hour. However, these costs could change and you should compare movers in your city to estimate the true cost of your move.

Moving companies usually provide a team of at least two individuals depending on the size of the job and the objects to be moved. This hourly rate also changes with driving distance. And, moving specialty objects such as pianos can also drive up the cost. Some moving companies may provide a free estimate even offer a flat rate if the job.

For more information on moving costs, read Thumbtack’s cost guide on movers.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 Central movers
Varun G.
Overall great moving experience with Tony's movers.
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Falko B.
Moving Services helped us move and they got it done professionally.
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Subhadeep P.
My move was from Mountain View to Menlo Park. The movers arrived right on time with their truck. They brought moving blankets and wraps for the furniture. They were very professional and quick. They finished the move within the estimated time (about 3 hours).
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Thomas M.
The movers were punctual and moved all my items very quickly. Thank you!
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John R.
360 Movers are great! They can move anything, they're professional, and friendly! My highest recommendation!
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Marina E.
I had the absolute best moving experience with Everlasting Moving. I could not recommend it highly enough.
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Dhananjay S.
My experience was great with friend moving company. They completed move of 1 bed apartment in 3.5 hrs. They are really hard working. I would definitely recommend them for moving in bay area.
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Venkata k.
The movers were late by 45mins than the agreed time probably because of another moving job they had before me. They started off the loading the truck right away and completed the move in 2hrs 45mins. Which is way faster than I anticipated. I would totally recommend these guys if you are planning a move. I don’t know names of the two movers. But I really appreciate their work.
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Annette R.
The movers were amazing and worked hard to help us move. The only issue I had was that only one person had shoe covers to use when moving in my furniture, and was not used correctly.
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Heidi C.
I had a very good experience with Friend’s Moving Service. The moving crew wrapped all of our stuff carefully and moved everything efficiently. It took only 2.5 hours to move one bedroom. One thing, however, was that they changed the time on me twice within less than 24 hours of the original moving time, which I scheduled weeks in advance. Except for that, everything was perfect.
Friend’s Moving ServiceFriend’s Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
I hired the moving and packing services of Scott. Scott was very prompt replying to all my messages (usually within 5 minutes) and we were able to setup a time and date for the move quickly. I requested a specific time for the move to be done because of my unique circumstances, and Scott accommodated the request. 2 movers turned up right on time. They were super friendly and accommodated all my requests. They brought all the packing material and boxes. They spent every minute packing/moving and the move was done very quickly. I highly recommend Scott and his moving/packing services. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends and also use him again for any move.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Akshay M.
Very nice movers. Tony and Marcos were funny and moved all the things safely and fast! Would definitely recommend them. We moved a 2B apartment and took 4.5 hrs. They bring everything necessary.
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Thumbtack Customer
Good moving team!
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Victor K.
I hired Moving Service Transport for a move from the South Bay to SF and I couldn't be more satisfied with their services. I was super pleased to see that the move was done carefully and swiftly. I really recommend their services.
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Mamta j.
Friends moving service recently helped me move from my 2 bd apartment to house. The process went smooth and the crew took care of stuff nicely. I would definitely use them again if any moving needs.
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Oleksandr M.
I am very happy with Adil and Caglar from Smart People Moving. Adil and Caglar know how to move efficiently and ask questions when needed. I particularly appreciate that they verify with me whether something is fragile and take particular care of such items. I had a lot of stuff to move and they worked hard during entire move. I needed to move items to 2 different location and nothing was confused. Would definitely hire them again.
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Amber W.
I had a last minute move from down near San Jose, up into SF. Truket made it happen! When an issue came up that might effect my move, they worked with me and still managed to get it done. The movers themselves were polite, fast, and took great care of my stuff, including moving an unwieldy elliptical machine.
SungMin C.
Scott was quick to answer any questions I had and we hashed out the details of the move over phone, was quick and professional. The day of the move, they showed up right in the time frame that they'd quoted us for and the move went super fast and smoothly.
Moving Services TransportMoving Services Transport
Arlyn P.
They helped us move our 2 bdrm apt to our 3 bdrm townhome. They worked great as a team getting our heavy furniture down from the second floor. We also had a lot to pack up when they got to the apt and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to move everything, but they helped us pack and made sure most of the items we needed were moved. Honestly, with the size of our move, I thought we’d just move the big furniture and spend the next couple of weeks moving the small stuff ourselves. But every hour we went through was worth it.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Christine S.
ML Movers were professional, on-time, and efficient movers. Working with Miguel was actually delightful. From the moment I started my project on thumbtack, Miguel was incredibly responsive. His quote was very straightforward and easy to understand. He runs his business professionally, sending the contract, insurance and other legal documents via DocuSign before the move. He was also able to accommodate my request for a move on a very short notice (less then 7 days from first speaking to Miguel to the move date). He and his team of two movers arrived 5min early and since I had packed a good amount of items they were able to finish packing and package up my furniture, move and reassemble my furniture in 2.5 hours (my move was only 2 miles away). His team was even able to move my really heavy couch up 2 flights of stairs. He wrapped up with a final checklist review and was on his way. He also gave me a discount for paying cash. Overall would highly recommend Miguel and ML Movers!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Scott and his team were super-professional and also very pleasant. They worked really hard throughout the whole move, got it done in record time with everything intact. Best moving experience we've had. We'll surely be recruiting them for any future moves. Very hard to find folks with integrity and hard work these days especially in the moving business. These folks are top notch.
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Gerardo D.
We hired Tony to move our 2 bedroom house. We had a great experience, best price and fastest move ever. Strongly recommended!
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Journee I.
Best movers I have ever had! They were punctual, responsive, and took great care of my items as they moved them out of a 3rd floor unit and into another 3rd floor walkup. They were completely equipped with everything a mover needs (moving blankets, shrink wrap, mattress covers), their truck was a good size, and they were really fast. I would use them again, no question!
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Kyle H.
We worked with Smart People Moving a few weeks ago. The movers were efficient and effective at loading/unloading. Furniture wrapping was excellent. Inconsistent mask use.
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Lara H.
I’m so excited to recommend Moving Services Transport because they helped me absolutely effortlessly with my move. They were punctual, efficient, quick, strong, friendly, hard-working and honest. I wouldn’t hesitate in suggesting them as a moving option in the Bay Area. Thanks so much!
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