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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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Des Moines movers
Khadijah C.
Service started off great with email Communication between Elite and I. They requested a moving list, which I provided and even sent a pre move checklist email the day before the move. We were excited and ready to make the move. On moving day, they arrived a few minutes early, according to my hubby, which was great. However they arrived with a really small truck. The truck was like the smallest uhaul you can get for 19.95. Call me crazy but I anticipated a moving company to have a larger truck, especially with the moving list I provided. The movers were polite. They even stated that the truck wasn't large enough. We have moved many times in our lives and with much more stuff. Everything was pretty much ready to go. This was a 4 hours move tops. In the end we paid close to 500.00. That's not the worst of it. We had to go and rent a uhaul and spent the rest of the evening and into the next day moving the remainder of our things. We hired movers so that we would not have to move anything. This was by far the worst move I have experienced. Advice to anyone looking to move, make sure you know the truck size! I will never use this company or recommend them to anyone!
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Tony C.
Great move. Friendly professionals and moved all my weird shaped objects. Great price too!
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Connie C.
The movers were very experienced and considerate. They amazed me with some of the techniques they used to move some of the heavier items.
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Matt D.
Movers did a great job and were very helpful despite the chaos of packing going on around them. They efficiently moved boxes and heavy furniture up the stairs, and were able to accommodate me when the move took longer than expected.
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Tony C.
Great move at a great price!
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great people and everything was moved on time and on budget
The Van ManThe Van Man
Vincent H.
Great movers would highly recommend them.
Iowa Moving 1Iowa Moving 1
Joe C.
Eric was the only mover who didn't charge for travel time, and he negotiated rates so it could be affordable. We got a lot accomplished in my one-hour move.
Iowa Moving 1Iowa Moving 1
Cheri T.
I was very happy with my experience using Elite Movers. They were prompt, efficient, hard working, and did an excellent job. I would recommend their service to anyone looking for a moving company and their prices are very reasonable.
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Taunia H.
Didn't click in my brain they come from Nebraska to Iowa so the mileage and move was very costly. Would not recommended for Des Moines area. Then they forget my step ladder in their truck. I needed it where I moved. Very inconvenient
Fred’s TransportationFred’s Transportation
Kathy J.
We hired Iowa Moving 1 to move some furniture between the inside of the house and our garage. The movers were professional, courteous and worked quickly. Some of the items were very bulky and they were very careful so as not to scratch any of the walls. The company's follow up and follow through before and after the job was very thorough. I highly recommend them and we plan to use them again.
Iowa Moving 1Iowa Moving 1
Kristin G.
Rasim responded quickly to our initial request and was able to set a date immediately to move the piano. It seems we own the heaviest piano ever made! Despite this Rasim and Rusty were able to successfully move it to its new spot. I would gladly recommend their services.
Impact Delivery & AssemblyImpact Delivery & Assembly
Tomoko Y.
I just moved from midwest, and I needed movers to unload my Uhaul. Staff members were courteous, friendly and very careful with my possessions. Very reasonably priced, especially for sending 3 guys on the job. It’s not a huge company, and it’s a hidden gem! I recommend them!
Iowa Moving 1Iowa Moving 1
Janel N.
On time...even earlier than expected, furniture wrapped when needed. Friendly and dependable. I would recommend this for moving furniture.
Impact Delivery & AssemblyImpact Delivery & Assembly
Ashley W.
Excellent customer service. I needed a couch moved on short notice. They were on time and had everything done in an hour. I'll hire them again!
Impact Delivery & AssemblyImpact Delivery & Assembly
Thumbtack Customer
I will, without a doubt, recommend Roger to anyone needing a mover. He is very professional, fast and treats your belongings as though they were his own.
The Van ManThe Van Man
Thumbtack Customer
Roger did a fantastic job moving my household items. He showed up exactly on time and finished in a timely manner. I will be recommending him to friends
The Van ManThe Van Man
Thumbtack Customer
Roger was very nice , responsive and prompt. One problem was that our basement door was scraped in several spots which required painting. Otherwise the move went well.
The Van ManThe Van Man
Teresa G.
Had two men come in and within an house get all of our boxes moved onto our pod. They were cautious and wonderful will use them again!
Iowa Moving 1Iowa Moving 1
Stephen P.
We needed one item moved but we were under a very limited window of time. It was perfect and my expectations were exceeded! I would recommend Impact Delivery & Assembly.
Impact Delivery & AssemblyImpact Delivery & Assembly
Thumbtack Customer
I was so happy with the job they did moving me. They were flexible as things came up through the day and were very pleasant to work with. I would highly suggest them!
Elite Moving ServicesElite Moving Services
Thenus F.
Quality Moving did an excellent job, they were a go to work with, even ask for feed back, which I appreciate and gladly gave! I will work with them again and highly recommend them!
Quality moving incQuality moving inc
Thumbtack Customer
Moved my possessions less than 50 miles, in almost 90 degree heat. These 2 never missed a beat. Very professional, fast, economical. Lines of communication were great for any changes or variations I had to have. 5 stars all around!
The Van ManThe Van Man
Pamela s.
What a great moving job! Brad was very efficient, organized, polite, and careful. He helped empty my mother’s 4th floor retirement home apartment ; was prompt, went through COVID screening; and wore a mask the whole time with not one complaint. I wholeheartedly recommend Brad for your projects. He has a great work ethic and takes responsibility for what he does.
Brad R. lawn CareBrad R. lawn Care
Diana W.
Bring an enclosed trailer, or bring Tiedowns, coverings be prepared. When quotes are given be accurate. I was quoted $60 hr min of $250 which I paid in advance. Once there I was told I will owe $400 more. Bring competent help be competent himself. Come when you are hired to come. When hired my move was at 8am he showed up a 1pm. Not show up and tell client you have two hours and need to be done. If you take something apart put it back together. Both items he took apart there are missing parts now.
Brad R. lawn CareBrad R. lawn Care
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