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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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 Arlington Heights movers
Joyce S.
Movers very polite. Cared about moving furniture safely.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Liz P.
Travis and his partner, Lionel were wonderful in helping with our move. Extremely professional, courteous and knowledgeable when it comes to moving large pieces of furniture. I will definitely be using this company again for future moves.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Thumbtack Customer
Last time we moved it took us 3 hours with 2 men. This time we booked Apex and they provided with 3 men, now these 3 took 7 hours to shift. They messed up our leather couch, Leather love seat, and even bed. These guys were just doing time pass during moving and trying to extend the move. But this move was terrible. Me and my husband, we literally pushed those guys for packing and moved some stuff ourself. All this was for moving with in 10 miles distance.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Maris B.
The movers were prompt, diligent and very hard working. I'd recommend them to anyone who needs moving, junking or other projects that require tedious type of work.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Avinash R.
Jesus and his team were great. They padded and strech wrapped the furniture and moved all our belongings carefully. If you are worried about movers wasting time and not being careful enough, look no further, the Specialists are the best.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Michelle K.
Pure strength! Very kind and strong and did everything you want a mover to do - MOVE your heavy items. Jerome was very responsive, we hired them for 2 different days, they were reliable and hard working. THANK YOU!
Angela S.
Next Door Movers did a terrific job moving me from my former 2200 sq foot home to a 1200 sq foot condo. Professional, on time, worked diligently. My furniture was wrapped securely in blankets & shrink wrap. Highly recommend!
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Andrea R.
I have worked with quite a few movers throughout my life, and I have to say, Granat Labor is BY FAR the best. Derek and his crew work hard AND they work fast to get the job done and keep the cost down. My move could not have gone better thanks to Derek (the owner). Derek came to my home to give me a realistic estimate regarding how many hours my move would take. Derek keeps it simple - he gives you 1 hourly rate that includes everything (unlike most other moving companies that make it so complicated and expensive by inflating the price by having separate fees for the truck, the guys, the fuel, etc.) AND Derek will also give you a realistic time estimate so their are no surprises on moving day. The day of my move Derek and his crew were on time, worked fast, and were careful with our boxes and furniture. I even had a piece of furniture that after they brought it into our house, we decided we wanted to get rid of, and Derek moved it back out, no problem. Also, we had furniture we wanted to get rid of and hauled away from both our old house and our new house. Derek charged us a very reasonable fee to get rid of it for us. He made a special trip back the next day to haul it away from both houses. Talk about an easy stress free move. I would not consider any other moving company other than Granat Labor. What an outstanding experience during a time in most peoples' lives that is very stressful. Derek takes the stress and complexity out of moving. I highly recommend this company!
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Jessica R.
I can’t say enough good things about Moving Mountains. They were very responsive from the outset, arrived exactly when they said they would, did a fantastic job. We definitely plan to hire again in the future. Thank you again for making a stressful move seamless!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Mike C.
Kelly and his partner did an excellent job, I would definitely use your moving company again.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Jade F.
Could not be more happy with Dominquez moving service! First time ever using ThumbTack for anything and was really apprehensive. I'm so glad I took the chance. Unable to move myself because of upcoming surgery, Dominquez was fast,careful and professional. Probably cared more about my furniture than I do! Hire this man!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Catherine M.
Can't say enough about these guys and how they made our move in fast/smooth. They went the extra mile and were so patient with every little ask. Would give more stars if I could and I will be calling them to help move new furniture we buy as well. Thank you again and so sorry for the delay in posting this!!!
The Helpers ConstructionThe Helpers Construction
Jennifer O.
They were very quick to answer my inquiry and came out the same day to move the items. Did a great job at a reasonable price.
Lavell Moving & HaulingLavell Moving & Hauling
Nathan k.
They did a great job! I had to move a refrigerator from one house to another. Very nice guys and did good work.
Tys InnTys Inn
Adrienne Y.
I just reached out to confirm our move for tomorrow. They told me unfortunately they need to cancel because the truck is broken and guys are out of state. I understand how these things can happen, however it would be nice to know before the day I am moving. Especially it would have been nice to find out from them and not just by chance.
KK moving & storageKK moving & storage
Paige P.
Awesome Company from the first phone call to meeting the owner to the execution of the team on our moving day. They helped eliminate our stress and were so great to work with.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Desi w.
Ben was perfect. He was on time, personable, and responsible. He moved something heavy into my house for me. I would use him again and I highly recommend him.
Ben SizeloveBen Sizelove
Linda A.
Jeremy and his crew were so professional and handled my chaos with great expertise. I will be contacting them in the future to move me from my storage unit. Highly recommended.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
August W.
Marvin and Sheila are absolutely wonderful. I had a 400 lbs commercial elliptical that needed to be moved from the garage, into the house, and down to the basement. They took the time to come over, assess the situation, and decide it was a task they can handle. Came back a couple days later, disassembled, hauled downstairs, and reassembled perfectly. Kind, courteous, top quality work, and great price. Marvin is a great handyman and they do a lot more than cleaning and moving. Highly recommended for any project.
Sheila's Cleaning ServicesSheila's Cleaning Services
Michael J.
RTO did an amazing job moving a huge heavy antique piano in a matter of minutes. Great job! They responded quickly and came same day. Friendly and professional. Would hire them again!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Stacey W.
The guys who moved our house were outstanding! They hustled and did almost the impossible in terms of getting an elliptical machine up a narrow staircase!!! They did this all on a Sunday without an extra charge.
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Reba W.
We start off rough and the communication was not on point but they got 4 stars because of their work ethic and just being human . I will recommend this company to anyone. Thanks for the quick move and disassemble and reassemble ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Bruce R.
These guys were well prepared and quickly moved the mattress up the stairs and took the old one out. They communicated with us regularly to let us know when they would arrive. I will use them again.
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Jordan B.
Team of two movers helped me to clear the first floor of my house so that we could have our floors refinished. They were quick about their work and gentle with our furniture. Very helpful, and priced well. Truly, could not (or would not) have been able to do it without them. Up in the Air has figured it out - I didn't need a team of three movers running the clock for half a day, just two strong guys to help me shuffle some furniture around my house for an hour or two.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Alex K.
After I said to them, that I already found the movers their reply was “LOL”which I think highly unprofessional and rude. I don’t want to hire people with this kind first impression. If they are laughing at you before you hire them just imagine what will be after
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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