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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 Carol Stream movers
Anaam M.
Jermane and his team were able to accommodate my small move immediately. They called me and were able to come move my furniture within the hour! Great value!
Mike B.
Derek and Jason did a great job on a pool table move for me that involved a few tricky corners and a new piece of felt. They took great care to protect both the home and the item. Everything you could ask for from a moving company, they'll be the first people I contact for any moving project in the future and I highly recommend them.
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Jon J.
Definitely hire these guys if you’re looking for good moving services.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Dan M.
Had a great experience with Mountain Movers today in moving a heavy treadmill into my basement. Team was professional, on time and careful not to damage anything during the process. Would highly recommend and would definitely use again if the need arises. Thanks guys!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Debbie M.
We were so pleased with Joel's professional service that we will recommend him to friends and family and neighbors. And...We booked The Specialists for another move on April 23, 2018. We will Definitely refer Joel to anyone who needs moving services. Couldn’t be happier with his crew and their work! Thank you!
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Mary A.
Ty and Reggie were awesome to work with! Quick and careful while moving my things. Im using them again Monday to move some other stuff to my new place. Very fair pricing and just an amazing experience. Highly recommend for small or large job Ty will get it done.
Tys InnTys Inn
David B.
Just a small job moving a couch but I could not imagine it being done better or with more concern for my satisfaction.
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Cassandra K.
These guys were so friendly and nice! They moved my piano even though it was raining and everything went well! Great experience.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Narin E.
Joel and his team did an excellent job for our move. They were quick and efficient and took great care of our things. We would recommend them to everyone.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Kim C.
Not only did they first meet me at Costco to pick up a new couch, they then headed to pick up our items and moved them to our new location! Highly recommended and will definitely use again! Hard working, hustled, and completely done in less than 3 hours. They moved 3 dressers, completely full, up a flight of stairs! Thanks Keep It Up!! I understand why your rating is so high!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Frank M.
I found Pick Up Movers on Thumbtack. I experienced no difficulty in obtaining a quote and scheduling the date I preferred. Both loading and unloading went as planned. I would certainly use them again and would recommend them to all my family members.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Marcel B.
They are very good and professional. They respond fast. It’s important to get the work done. They are fast in moving and also care for furniture and other stuff. All’s are good but timing is important. Price is good and try to think more options. I recommend them to others and wish them best of luck...
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
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