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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.

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. 

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. 

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 do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

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.

Reviews for Champaign movers
David R.
From the initial contact until the move was completed, Wes was professional and attentive. When circumstances of our move changed, he was able to adapt and manage the changes easily. Their loading and unloading were better than movers we have used in the past (e.g. Mayflower and United). Would definitely use again.
Lee's Family MovingLee's Family Moving
Karman Y.
Appreciated the help moving a refrigerator across town ...and they took the unwanted fridge and a stove away at no extra cost.
ZipcutsZipcuts
Lui S.
Jason is polite and has done a great job of moving my furniture. I will recommend him to my friends.
Tetris ProfessionalsTetris Professionals
Tony P.
Jason was very quick with a request for moving a heavy mattress that was delivered. He quickly got the mattress up to my third floor apartment and set it up for me. I contacted Tetris Professionals when the mattress was delivered and they were out within a few hours to help. Very kind and professional. Definitely keeping Tetris Professionals in mind for my next move.
Tetris ProfessionalsTetris Professionals
Nancy L.
Wonderful to work with. Communication was great. Wrapped items well and made suggestions to make the move easier. Would definitely hire Tetris again and will probably need to soon!
Tetris ProfessionalsTetris Professionals
Hasan M.
I had trouble moving a heavy couch/sleeper into my apartment so it was laying outside my building and I needed help ASAP. Got in touch with Man of Steel through Thumbtack, He came with his brother and saved the day! They took care of it very professionally and made it look easy! Also they were very mindful to prevent even small damages/scratches to the couch or my door/walls. Would definitely hire him again for small moves like this!
THE MAN OF STEELTHE MAN OF STEEL
Navid F.
They did a great job with my long-distance move. They were very careful with all of my things (no damage to anything), and they wrapped everything thoroughly. The entire process was extremely smooth, and they were also the most affordable option. I highly recommend them.
Anthony's Advanced Labor Services LLCAnthony's Advanced Labor Services LLC
Cierra J.
It was a pleasure working with Joseph!!! Had a great experience! Needed a heavy bedroom dresser moved down narrow stairs inquired got a quick response and Joseph came out same day ! Nice guy ! Very professional and did the job with great care ! Would highly recommend!!!
THE MAN OF STEELTHE MAN OF STEEL
Michael D.
Jason and Will did an excellent job. I was moving a 3 bedroom home across town. Jason was communicative and flexible in booking the appointment, and his pricing was very transparent with no hidden fees. They wrapped my furniture really nicely, including some oddly shaped pieces I have. Timing estimate was pretty close to actual and everything made it to the next home in great shape. Super nice guys too, would definitely hire again.
Tetris ProfessionalsTetris Professionals
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