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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 Bloomingdale movers
Donna I.
The movers were professional, on time, courteous and efficient.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Janice F.
On time, with a three man, they were quike and efficient with th e move.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Paula N.
Moving mountains was very easy to deal with. They quickly responded to my inquiry. We’re able to schedule me the same day after another mover stood me up. Price was steep but they did do it the same day which I needed to have. The movers were friendly and pleasant. They did put a small scratch on my wood floor. Overall I was grateful that they made it happen the same day.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Amanda C.
We needed help moving a very heavy treadmill to our basement, and they were able to fit our job in quickly. The move went flawlessly, and they were very helpful and professional. I would recommend and hire again for future projects.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Dawn Z.
We had Archer’s mover our daughter’s piano. They had to move it down a long flight of stairs at an apartment to get it to her new home. They took amazing care in wrapping it and transporting it so that the fragile legs would not be damaged. Would highly recommend them!
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
J. H.
Greg responded to my initial inquiry within an hour. He was very forthcoming about his availability, his rates and his services. He was able to schedule my job (moving a heavy piece of furniture two stories) for the next day. He and his partner were prompt, professional and took great care with my property. I would not hesitate to use his company again, and strongly recommend them for anyone looking for a major move or just to move a major pain like me.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob is a very awesome guy. He helped move out of a storage unit into my new home. He was on time, honest, and very hard working. He was able to help me load and unload a 26 ft U-Haul truck pretty well. I would hire them again. He did a great job with my move.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Joaquim Da Silva F.
Two man labor did a great job moving my piano safely! They were on time and did exactly what I needed them to do.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Carissa C.
This team did an excellent job moving my big couches and bed. They handled my things and my property with such care and I really appreciated that. I would hire them again.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Stacey d.
Online scheduling tool made it so easy to choose a time that worked with my schedule. Great communication. Difficult job (moving tall / long item through narrow doorways and wall turns)!
Tanvi N.
Excellent experience with Tys! They responded very quickly, scheduled an appointment the same day and arrived on time to move a very heavy treadmill to our basement. We are very happy with the level of work quality and recommend them!
Tys InnTys Inn
Vivek D.
Great group of guys to work it. Showed up on time, ready to work and helped move my 4 bedroom home from storage to its new location. Took great care of my things. Would rehire again.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Kimberly W.
2 Men Labor were great! They showed up on time (actually a few minutes early which was great!). I showed them what needed to be done; they got right to work. They were courteous and professional I highly recommend them to anyone needing movers. Thanks guys!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
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