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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 Crystal Lake movers
Thumbtack Customer
They were on time and very helpful. Got moved out and moved in quickly.
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
Lucia P.
Fast and reliable. Moved my heavy king size mattress up the stairs in no time. Didn't require a three hour minimum moving rate like most movers. I only had two things to move.
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
Karen V.
Responded so quickly and very professional! The micro move was completed swiftly and with attention to detail. Will definitely be calling them with any other moving / delivery needs!
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Barbara B.
Wonderful professional movers, very happy with their service!
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Lisa G.
These guys are the best! The movers I originally hired did not show up they are called JW movers. I decided to see if these guys were available it was the last minute and a holiday weekend. They immediately responded and made time to move me. They are very reasonable in price, and work fast. They are very organized and really know what they are doing. I’m am so grateful to them I highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking for excellent movers. Thank you.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Christa C.
Don’t even consider any other movers! I was skeptical being this was my first time moving but they made it SO easy. They were right on time, super quick, saved me money, AND everything is in perfect condition. So happy.
Mark’s Moving & MoreMark’s Moving & More
Mike D.
Jason did an excellent job moving our table. I would highly recommend
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Mary P.
While they were a little late, they communicated the delay. Every other aspect of the move was done professionally.
Piano Moving World, LLCPiano Moving World, LLC
Melanie P.
Greg is super responsive. They moved our heavy treadmill up a flight of stairs with ease! Highly recommend!
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Lisa G.
I had then scheduled to show up last weekend Sat morning, I tried for days before to confirm there arrival I text and called them they never answered me back! On the day of the move they didn’t show up! I was furious they are supposed to be professional they are far from that. Do not hire them they are very unreliable and do not return texts or phone calls. Luckily I found another moving company who I hired called Strong Boys moving company they are the best They were able to come on a holiday weekend plus come at the last minute. There reasonable in price and they’re very fast if you want reliable and professional movers these are your guys.
JW deliveryJW delivery
Craig G.
They where on time, professional, actually cared about my furniture and made sure to protect it during the move.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Samantha M.
Paul, Lamar, and Adrian were great! Very polite and hardworking. I will definitely be using Techno Moving again in the future!
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
David K.
We contacted several times, some our fault. These guys were not really strong enough to move this sofa easily. Language barrier
Victoria V.
I needed very large pcs of furniture moved up and down 2 flights of stairs. They scheduled quickly, showed up on time and handled job great!
Sharon O.
I hadn’t great experience with this company. The movers were extremely professional and helpful. They were very careful, helpful, and they did a great job. I highly recommend!
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Laura C.
The guys were on time, professional, strong, and great to work with. I only had a few pieces to move so it didn't take long. Was a little expensive but was worth their work.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Catherine P.
Everything went perfectly under Jason's expert direction. Very easy to work with and went out of his way to move our pool table on our schedule! Fantastic experience!
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Mary O.
The Kennebrew team was great. They worked hard and accomplished the job of organizing my garage for a sale. I would recommend Kennebrew Moving for any physical work you have. I will call them again.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
They were willing to adjust their schedule because of the weather. They showed up on time and worked together as a team. Plus, we had some pretty heavy furniture that they were able to move beautifully without any issues. Definitely will hire them again!
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
Thumbtack Customer
Melvin and his crew arrived promptly, moved more items than I originally asked without complaint, respected my home and my belongings and even got a job from my neighbors who were also impressed! I would definitely hire him again. Thanks for the fantastic job Melvin!
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
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