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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.

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. 

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 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 much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Lake Forest movers
Parva K.
The movers came right on time and did my move in less than 3 hours with no hidden fees! Thank you clever movers
Clever MovingClever Moving
Yongju Z.
professional movers
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Chad R.
Made moving quick and easy… no minimum requirement either unlike the other moving companies on Thumbtack. I only had a few large items to move into a third floor apartment and they got it done with no complaints
Local TrucksLocal Trucks
excellent moving experience
Velazquez Movers LLCVelazquez Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This move went incredibly smoothly. Michaelson Moving arrived, emptied out my old apartment, and had it in the new apartment in under 2 hours. I would easily recommend them to anyone looking to make a local move.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Erin O.
Michaelson moving was amazing. Got in touch with them to move an extremely heavy piece of furniture for my mom. They responded quickly, worked efficiently and offered an amazing price for the work done. Highly recommend them for any moving needs.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Stephen l.
Very good service, the moving was very smooth. I would like to hire them again for my next moving in the region.
We HaulWe Haul
Rebecca G.
Donnie and Victor did a really great job. They were quick, efficient, knowledgeable, did well packing my moving truck and were careful with my belongings. They were very late, but sometimes things are out of your control. If I were moving nearby, I would hire them for my future moves. I highly recommend hiring for your move.
Just In Time Moving Company 4 LessJust In Time Moving Company 4 Less
Mitchel B.
Noah and his crew are professional, quick, reliable, and affordable. They were willing to help me move last minute on Easter. If you need professional movers, Helpful Moving is a company you can count and rely on to keep your property safe in an expedient manner.
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Laura R.
Fast & Easy move ! Thank you !
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Chloe C.
Wow... where to even begin! Michaelson Moving was absolutely amazing and extremely responsive. They managed to get a 300lbs Murphy bed up to our second floor apartment with ease. I absolutely recommend Michaelson Moving for any and all of your moving needs. Thanks again guys!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Janice M.
Absolutely a LIFE SAVER at the last minute when scheduled movers cancelled!!! Noah and his crew are wonderful, polite and professional. Quick response, arrived on time and the value was fantastic 😀 Definitely will hire Helpful Moving should we ever need to move again, and will recommend to friends and family. You MUST hire these guys, there are FABULOUS!!!!
Helpful MovingHelpful Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Shift It was amazing. We so appreciated their timeliness and ability to work with us with little notice. The price was right, out stuff was moved without breakage. Felt like they moved it like it was theirs. Thanks for being their. Our temporary move was so much easier with you help. We will use you again in 10 months!
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Eugene K.
Michael and his team were very responsive. They were polite and professional. They quickly and efficiently moved our treadmill downstairs. Would highly recommend Michael and his team for any move.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
They moved my piano without a hitch! Well done.
Larry's Quality MovingLarry's Quality Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Michaelson Moving Company is the best of the best. Unfortunately the transaction for the item I wanted moved fell through but Mr. Michaelson was patient with me and understand. Please thank him for me. Sincerely Donna LaPorte
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Hannah M.
Michael was incredibly responsive and quick to meet our needs. Michaelson Moving company were considerate of our items while moving and the placements of said items in the new place. They continuously confirmed with us that things were where they needed to be and would adjust accordingly. Without a doubt, we would use them again for our next move. Amazing group of people to work with!
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Jennifer N.
My original piano movers flaked on me the morning of...they didn't even have me on the schedule after a week long back and forth over email setting the date up (thank god i had a "paper trail") - checked back on Thumbtack and contacted Aleks's Piano Movers and they got me on the schedule for the same day and were cheaper than the other moving company that flaked!
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
Ashlie m.
The workers just moved me into my new apartment and were super nice and efficient!
Clever MovingClever Moving
Jaime S.
The guys worked quickly and efficiently. Nothing was damaged in the move and they were respectful and wore masks.
Mightiest MoversMightiest Movers
Mike was very accomodating with my schedule. I would definitely recommend him for your next move.
Michaelson Moving CompanyMichaelson Moving Company
Kyle J.
I had a very disappointing and the most unpleasant experience out of my entire moving history. (I’ve moved almost every year or every other year due to living in an apartment). I read the reviews and I was convinced that the movers will work hard, fast and efficient as you would expect from a professional movers but it was completely the opposite. I was very very stressful because I had to worry about the hourly rate the entire time knowing that they are working really really slow and inefficiently. My wife and I did most of the work and the lifting then the movers did. It would take an hour to move one couch and queen size box spring and mattress without wrapping but just simply moving which most people can do in 20minutes literally and honestly. One young small guy had an attitude towards me as I requested to speed things up a little bit because he would spend too much time stacking and re-stacking inside the U-haul. I understand why you would stack but this was very inefficient and inexperienced way judging by the amount of time he spent doing it. I am saying you can stack and secure things but in an reasonable timely manner otherwise what sets apart me from professional movers. I had everything boxed up ready to go. I did not request to wrap anything but to help me move all my stuffs from 2 bedroom apartment to another. This should’ve been 5hours job without me helping at all but it took 5 hours with me and my wife lifting and moving a lot of boxes “down to the truck” and I even had to have them just drop the 10+boxes on the street so I can move them by myself later towards the end. However I appreciate how Wesley tried to understand my frustration over the phone and tried to work things out with me for satisfaction. I do appreciate his concern and support as an owner and I am very satisfied with his service but I am honestly not satisfied with the workers he has sent yesterday. I think movers should not avoid lifting. Yes, please do use the dolly any chance you can to ease the process but dolly is not for everything. Lift the boxes down the stairs and then use the dolly to stroll through walkway into the truck. You don’t have to move every boxes on the dolly especially on the stairs and also for the lightweight ones. If anyone consider moving with this company I would call Wesley first and request for fast, experienced and hard working guys. On the reviews there was guys name with great reviews, I should’ve requested them. So 5 stars goes for the Wesley but -2 stars for the workers.
Shift It Moving LLCShift It Moving LLC
Nikia J.
5 STAR SERVICE My experience with Your Guys Moving was excellent! I put in a request to move a heavy treadmill late afternoon Friday. They responded immediately and came first thing Saturday morning. They were super professional, punctual, and got the job done in minutes. Highly recommend and will hire again if needed!
Top Guys Moving ServiceTop Guys Moving Service
Kara E.
Moving cross-country with one of us already in California while the other is in Pennsylvania has been challenging, to say the least. But scheduling our movers was so easy! They worked with us for the date/time we needed and did an excellent job. SO happy we went with this company! Cannot wait to settle into our new home together.
Safe N' Fast MoversSafe N' Fast Movers
Catherine H.
Piano was picked up at other location and brought to our home without any concerns! Highly recommend Aleks's piano movers.
Aleks's piano moversAleks's piano movers
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