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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.

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. 

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 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 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.

Reviews for Chicago movers
Sarah A.
Movers were great. Wrapped everything meticulously and nothing broke in the move. They even disassembled and reassembled our furniture. Movers were on time and worked quickly to get us moved.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Clara S.
Great movers for great price. Moved everything efficiently
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
Lilliane S.
My boyfriend and I moved yesterday into our new place and King David Moving was great. The company called to confirm our move the day before, and the lead mover, Martin, called when he was 15 minutes away the day of the move. We had a move window of 8-9, and they were there right on time. We had three movers for moving a 2bed. We were finished right around 1 or so - under the estimated time and budget. Martin and crew were super fast and very nice. Best move experience in Chicago.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
My move consisted of a cross-town move, one bedroom to one bedroom apartment. The move-out and move in time took much longer than expected and the treatment of my belongings could've been better. Overall they were able to complete the move.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Jasmine F.
Painless moving of couches. Roberto Movers work fast and efficiently. Would definitely use again in my next move.
Roberto Moving CompanyRoberto Moving Company
Clive P.
There was no issue with the move. I would recommend Alsam movers.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Angie P.
The movers were professional and did a great job at moving. They handled my belongings with extreme caution as they moved from place to place. I highly recommend this company for anyone seeking help moving.
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you Rogers Moving Services for making my move super easy! I loved that this was a paperless move. I appreciate the use of technology which made things move that much quicker. The guys were on time--early in fact, professional, easy going, and moved quickly. I will definitely be referring this company to others who need moving services. Huge Thank you to my movers, Johnny, Tyrell, and Thomas!!
RMS Moves & StorageRMS Moves & Storage
Thumbtack Customer
I worked with 2 different teams. The overall quality was equal to the price. The first team I had helped me to move out, and they were accommodating to the moving issues. The second team was less efficient. Overall, this is a company of people who will move things, these are not movers in a professional mover sense. Have it all staged and easy to move in and out and this is worth the price.
Mobile Services Moving LaborMobile Services Moving Labor
Jessica W.
Move went very smoothly and they communicated well the day of the move.
TLF ServicesTLF Services
Leonard L.
Next Door Movers were very professional and efficient. Their estimate on how long the move would take was barely a few minutes off. Would highly recommend Next Door Movers for your next move.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Darnell L.
Roberto moving company is a great company if you seeing to move. Great price and very professional. I will recommend this moving company to my family and friends.
Roberto Moving CompanyRoberto Moving Company
Joshua W.
They were great movers! They made sure that everything they moved was done so safely and efficiently. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to move.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Vu P.
The two movers arrived on time and took good care in moving my belongings.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Charles W.
The movers were very professional and efficient, and stayed in great communication prior to the move.
Mary S.
Movers were great and strong and very nice!! Thank you for a smooth move!!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removalDOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removal
Heidi L.
The movers were very kind and did a very careful job of moving the piano.
Zoye ServicesZoye Services
Thumbtack Customer
I did a long distance move via a shipping co. & needed someone on short notice to move me from a truck about 20 min drive away to my apartment. Rogers Moving Services was able to schedule me to move the next day. The whole move took one hour, including drive time. (It is a one bedroom apartment.) Considering the move onto the truck took 2.5 hours (albeit in hot Phoenix), I am VERY impressed with Rogers Moving Services.
RMS Moves & StorageRMS Moves & Storage
Lillian H.
I needed same day moving service and TLF was prompt in responding and scheduling their movers. The movers arrived on time and ready to work! Within a hour and a half all of my heavy and oddly shaped items had been moved up the stairs and placed in their respective rooms. I will definitely call them for all future moving needs.
TLF ServicesTLF Services
Thumbtack Customer
They moved extremely slow and barely had anything to move. Their drill broke after 1 minute do they used a manual screw driver to screw legs back on couch took thirty minutes of moving time. I moved a majority of the stuff myself.
RMS Moves & StorageRMS Moves & Storage
Elias P.
Best moving company I ever had in years!!! This is by far the best moving company and I would like to recommend it to everyone in the market searching to hire the best movers! Thanks Door 2 Door Moving for assisting me today at the last minute!
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
It was a rough start due to rain however the manager, Alex quickly sent another set of movers to my house to conduct the move. The new set of movers were wonderful!
RMS Moves & StorageRMS Moves & Storage
Patricia R.
Awesome job! The movers were on time, moved everything efficiently. Payment was very easy.
Mobile Services Moving LaborMobile Services Moving Labor
These movers were awesome! They arrived on time and worked in a team that allowed my move to go seamlessly. When we arrived to the final destination, the movers sorted the boxes and even double checked with me before they left that everything was sorted out properly. None of my things were broken (VERY important). This was one of my best moves, and I would highly recommend Chicagoland Moving and Storage to anyone looking for a professional and responsible mover.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Keshia C.
Integrity was the best decision in regards to my ld move. The movers were professional, on time and the price fit my budget. Would definitely recommend them for any ld move.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
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