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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.

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 Des Plaines movers
Sue M.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Vincenzo C.
Ready Movers did a fantastic job assisting my wife and I in moving out of our two bed two bath apartment. They worked tirelessly, not taking a break until the move was competed. I recommend highly.
Ready MoversReady Movers
Abhinandan s.
David and his partner went above and beyond for my move. They just made the move a very hassle free experience for me. Strongly recommend!!
David's Deliv & Relo ServicesDavid's Deliv & Relo Services
Ira S.
Great experience except for the delay in starting the move.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Joy B.
He was very careful. The furniture was moved into my house in the same condition he moved it out of the other one. I would definitely hire him again when I need work done.
Pirsha 2000Pirsha 2000
Maria D.
Moving is always an unpleasant situation for me . Packing and unpacking is a real pain . Today my moving experience was nothing but great . 2 guys showed up today to handle my move . They took a great care of all my furniture . Travis and Ryan really made look easy . They Worked really hard and I’m nothing but More than satisfied. Hope I don’t have to move anytime soon :-) but for sure I will recommend this company and I will use this service in the future if need it. Thank you guys !!!!
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, hard working, and respectful movers. Great experience and I would use again!
RMS Moves & StorageRMS Moves & Storage
Terry E.
These two were INCREDIBLE!!! They were willing to work on short notice. Very affordable and punctual. They had me done and moved in about 3 hours. Phenomenal work and I plan to use them again. I highly recommend them for your next move!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Jamil A.
Look no further RTO Express is first class. I got stiffed last minute by another moving vendor that bailed on me literally an hour before scheduled arrival. Reached out to RTO late afternoon and they were able to take care of me. They have all the tools ready to move any and everything.
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Thomas V.
The purpose of this review is to inform you that you should without a doubt trust Chicagoland Moving and Storage for your move. Want the details? Read on fellow buyer: Like a prudent buyer, I researched all the moving companies I could find- Yelp, Angie's List, Home Depot, Thumbtack, you name the impartial review site, and I read it. Chicagoland's price was a little high of the middle of the majority of companies that I saw. I called and was greeted immediately by the owner, Mr. Erez Ron, who did what they all do. He asked for the inventory to be moved, and made a similar prediction in terms of manpower and time estimate as the other companies I spoke to. But then he asked, "How can I secure your business?" Basically the entire time I dealt with this company, every member was realistic and went out of their way to work as hard as they could to ensure this move went over without a hitch. He made a me an excellent deal, and we waited for the scheduled move day. Erez's team, led by Eric and accompanied by Reuben, Tio, and Vincente, arrived punctually as specified, and we reviewed the work- and immediately the expertise of the team stated that this would take longer than they'd quoted. This was expected, and ought to be factored into every move. The team got right to it though. Enter the elements: we got record rain in Cook County that day, and you know what? The team didn't bat an eyelash, and given a break here and there when it was raining buckets, they charged in and out of the rain to load and unload the truck. It DID take longer that we'd expected, but considering how hard it was, I've never seen any moving company work harder, faster, or more efficiently. They were polite, exact, and made sure that what needed to be done was done in the best manner to avoid damage and issues with neighbors etc. I couldn't have been happier with the result! I'd heard horror stories of some companies rescheduling or quitting because the job was too big, or traffic was abominable, or because the weather was too harsh. Friends of mine had incidents with other companies that dawdled on the job, or broke things, damaged the floors/walls of the house, or some objects just disappeared. I've also heard the shock from family members who had entire rooms of furniture moved that never had to simply because communication was poor with the movers. You will NOT have any of these issues with Chicagoland Movers. My research couldn't have been more accurate about it. My overall experience with the genuine, hardworking, and diligent nature of the people I met with Chicagoland Moving and Storage ensured that the move went as smoothly as it rationally ever could have transpired.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Nicholas y.
Cancels night before he is suppose to help me move. Now scrambling to find someone with 2 days left in month. Complete unreliable.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removalDOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removal
Thumbtack Customer
Adam and his team are FANTASTIC! They worked hard on a Friday night in below freezing temps unloading my 1-bedroom apartment that was packed into a freight truck from a long-distance move originating in Atlanta. The guys from Apex very thoughtfully loaded up a truck (which they provided!) and drove from Des Plaines to Wicker Park where they quickly unpacked and brought everything into to my second floor unit. I've moved a lot in my life and while this was one of my most complex moves, Adam and his team went out of their way to make sure this leg of it was as easy as possible. 5 start rating all around, would definitely recommend!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Rochelle H.
Motion transports moved a piano. They were very quick to respond to each message on thumbtack, very easy to work with. They were careful and professional on both ends. I highly recommend.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Megha D.
They were ready to be flexible depending on our needs. We only had 1 hour job of moving. And, they were nice enough to charge only for one hour. Every other movers we called in the area were charging minimum 3 hours even for 1 hour job. They were also available to do the work right away in an hour. They worked perfect for us, since our need was urgent. I would recommend them.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Alyssa O.
They arrived on time! Amazingly fast, careful, and professional. They managed to moved my big heavy furniture to the second floor with out damaging any walls or pieces of furniture. Especially happy since they were the lowest price I could find in the area. Highly recommend!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removalDOMINGUEZ moving delivery n snow removal
Elinor K.
Fabian and Moses were wonderful. They arrived right on time, worked super hard and efficiently, and were just generally kind and lovely people. I needed my stuff moved from a shipping pod in Des Plaines to a storage unit in Avondale. The movers who had loaded my stuff in Philadelphia hadn't done a great job and some of the furniture was scratched upon arrival. Fabian and Moses rewrapped my furniture so it wouldn't get damaged any further. They also asked me what my plans were and then arranged everything in my storage unit so it would be easily accessible. All of this was completed in a little over two hours, which was just a hair over the original estimate. I highly recommend these folks!
pay less moving inc.pay less moving inc.
Patrick B.
Absolutely perfect start to end. I needed to have a 400 lb bandsaw moved from a basement and transported to another location. Jeremy and his team made short work of the project taking care of the bandsaw and the surroundings. While his quote was not the cheapest of the handful, it was absolutely his A+ communication and flexibility that earned my business making it money well worth spent. I will not hesitate to call on him and his crew again if I have another project
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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