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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.

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’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. 

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 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 Buffalo Grove movers
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team was great and efficiently packed and moved our furniture within the estimated time and budget.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Benji R.
Derek was responsive and professional. He answered my request immediately and made our move easy. I highly recommend Let Me Get That Moving! Thanks Derek!
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They were timely and polite and moved everything as requested.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Vin p.
The team helped me with a large saltwater tank move. It is extremely heavy and the team took their time to carefully move the tank to the desired location. No cutting corners and no rush. A really good team and Angela was a delight to work with during scheduling and she even helped to update the schedule over a weekend. Will be using this team from now on for all my moves.
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
Jordan O.
Pierre and Kelly were great. They moved a 300lb bulky vanity for me to the upstairs, and I couldn’t believe how quick and efficient they were. I would highly recommend this company for any moving needs.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Ti Y.
I really appreciate the quick response and turn around for Door 2 Door Moving Service. I have contacted them on Saturday 11 am for piano moving. They are available at 2:30 pm. I do recommend to choose them.
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Racz S.
The smoothest move I've ever had. Period. I had the most amazing hassle free move experience with dominquez. He and his team (Dave) are such amazing, punctual, hardworking, team . We had shift our entire home with appliances install and uninstall with them. They are pro at what they do and work according to our needs without any trouble. They helped me move my appliances set and also install in the new place . They work every way out for customers satisfaction. Definitely recommend. I would give them 5/5 . HIGHLY recommend Dominquez for a hassle free move.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Praneeth G.
No experience at all in moving things into a container. We ended up doing all the work.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers arrived within the scheduled hour. They were extremely hard workers and moved me into a 4th floor walk-up with no elevator. They tackled those three flights of stairs with smiles on their faces and a great attitude. Nothing was damaged and they were done very quickly! Thank you!!
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Dan S.
I would highly recommend Door 2 Door. They responded very fast to my request and had the move scheduled with just 2 days notice. Ivan and Danny we're the guys helping out with the move. They we're incredibly efficient did an excellent job. Excellent job across the board.
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Adam N.
Keep It Up was quick, professional and a great value for the price. I would recommended them for a quick easy move.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Emmanuel W.
Randy and his team was very professional and efficient. They moved our 300lb 84" Microsoft Surface Hub upstairs. It would not fit in the freight elevator so they carefully lifted it sideways and at an angle to get it inside. They were gentle and handled the display with care. They understand electronics and unusual lifts/moves. Highly recommend!
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Jeff M.
We needed a couple treadmills moved and they quoted us a very reasonable price. Every other place we talked to quoted us a minimum of 2 hours at hourly rates plus travel fees for what was 20 minutes of work. They arrived on time, did a great job moving heavy equipment, and were done within 30 minutes. Great experience!
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Pamela B.
Excellent moving experience and I don't know how many people can say that! The team was great online and via phone, and the movers themselves careful and considerate. We had a snowstorm the day of delivery and they delayed it a bit (at my request) and then used carpets/paper to line my floors so nothing was damaged and all my furniture clean and set up. I highly recommend the whole team,
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Jyoti S.
Alexander and his team were absolutely great to work with. They moved our apartment with exactly how we instructed and were super fast and valuable with the cost as well.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Kirthiga D.
We had stuffs from 1 bedroom house to be moved to our new location and Byndom LLC did a great job in moving these to our place. My estimate was to finish everything within an hour based on the stuffs we had. These guys actually finished everything in an hour. Though they charge on hourly basis, they made sure to charge the right amount based on the work. Honest about their work! Thank you for your help!!!!
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Joana S.
The team was efficent, fast and professional in handling our move. They offered a fair reimbursement for the item that got broken during the move. Overall was good, just in the end, there was some discrepancies between what the owner said with what the crew leader said. The owner called me in the next day to resolve and clarify the matter. Next time maybe they need to make sure everyone in the same page (including the crew, customer and owner). Suggestion : if you tell a customer, if the jobl
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Wennie B.
We are so glad we chose Lafaun to help us move 3 large/heavy pieces of furniture. We originally scheduled our pick up for a Monday but requested last minute on Saturday to move it up to Sunday if possible. He was extremely responsive and accommodating. He/his team worked quickly but carefully and were in and out. They hauled away what we didn’t want anymore and were reasonably priced. I would use Lafaun again and recommend him to others!
Lafauns debris removal and demolitionLafauns debris removal and demolition
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were amazing. They worked within my budget, they were fast and professional. All for movers were hard-working, and they knew exactly what they we're doing. They wrapped everything in blankets and tape and everything arrived
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Marissa R.
Every part of working with this company was great and I would use them again for moving in the future, without a doubt. Thank you for your customer service, work quality, punctuality----all was great!!!! Highly Recommend.
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
Steve L.
The gentlemen had recommendations on how to move heavy items, and followed through. We added tasks during the engagement, and they welcomed and took these on without question. Everything is in good shape, so the job was done well, without issue. Good team.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Keith a.
They were quick and even accommodated an extra trip of moving items left over at our old home. If we could give them 10 stars, we would give it to them. Would hire them again. Very flexible.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Keith a.
They worked really quick to move heavy furniture (a giant mirror dresser and a king size bed frame and box, including disassembling) out of our 2nd floor bedroom down a U-turn stairwell to the garage. Two strong and skillful men. Super job!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Neil D.
Anthony's was absolutely exceptional to work with, from the moment I contacted Anthony to the end of our move. First, Anthony responded to my work request within minutes and wanted to speak on the phone to understand my situation. Right away, this personalized touch made me feel comfortable, as did our conversation. From that call, I realized Anthony was a true professional, as he helped me understand our move step-by-step. Second, Anthony's professionalism on moving day deserves six starts. His crew removed furniture from my in-laws' house to take to our new house, with me being 1,000 miles away. He treated my wife's parents exceptionally well and made them feel comfortable with masks and friendly personalities. Anthony even called me several times to verify where things went in the new house since I wasn't there. His professionalism felt way above and beyond. Finally, the work quality was perfect. No dings or scratches in the homes or with the furniture. No carelessness. Just attention to detail and exceptional work. HIGHLY recommend and will use again!
Anthony's Advanced Labor Services LLCAnthony's Advanced Labor Services LLC
Shashikanth S.
These guys are terrific, i definitely recommend them. Never ever had a service like theirs, i wish i could have called them for all my previous moves. They lifted a lot of heavy stuff, Tempurpedic king size base, media room couch, heavy all in one rocker/glider, heavy boxes of books and kitchenware. They arrived on time, finished in time, well interactive and ethical, I would give them more than 5 stars.
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
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