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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 Downers Grove movers
Alisia P.
Stark Moving truly deserve more than a 5star if it's possible. The moving team was super snappy, attentive, and friendly. The prices were reasonable, and If you're looking for a moving company, this is the place to go. I highly recommend using this team.
Stark Moving and StorageStark Moving and Storage
Robert B.
Great movers worked fast, Moved everything gently and put it where we wanted. Best price and best work would recommend to anyone!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Ashley B.
Chicagoland Moving & Storage was wonderful to work with. I had a tight timeline to move once our house went under contract. Erez and team came out to quote my move within a few days. I ended up using their storage facility rather than store with another company. They met the price of the storage facility rental and the quote for the move was extremely reasonable. On move day it took a bit longer than I think they were expecting, but the company kept to its price quote. I was extremely impressed and would definitely recommend.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time, professional, and fast and friendly.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Brian L.
I needed a piano moved to the other side of the house before our new hardwood floors were installed. Two Men Labor was able to come out the next morning and perform the move for me. Very nice guys. Took care in moving the piano down a couple steps and across to the other side of the house. Very happy.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Abdul K.
Pirsha did a great job with our move and very affordable compared to other movers. He is willing to accommodate to your needs! Only thing is it took multiple trips for our one bedroom apartment .
Pirsha 2000Pirsha 2000
Colleen R.
The mover was on time moving one item, but what was especially frustrating was that I was quoted $165, which is why I decided to go with them. They were only moving one item, so there was no reason for the quote to be inaccurate, but somehow they wound up charging me $220, plus we had to pay an additional percentage since we paid with credit card. When I booked this, I was never informed that I’d have to pay extra if I paid with a credit card. Ultimately, if you book this company to move one item, expect to pay 30% more than they quote you.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Lance B.
Alsom movers were very consciousness and careful. They called at 9:30 PM the night before the move, discovered they had not updated their records for messages through Thumbtack, quickly got back on track and the start time and location were ironed out.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Pinkus P.
Needed a piano moved and was under a deadline. These guys came through. Very satisfied with the results.
Executive Moving ServicesExecutive Moving Services
Jenny B.
Kelly was great to work with! He moved some huge boxes for me that contained a sectional couch and he assembled it himself quickly and professionally. I will be using his company again in the near future for a move. He was very responsive and on time as well. 5 stars!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Laura A.
I highly recommend JC Elite to tackle any moving needs you might have. They are very professional, friendly and careful with your furniture to ensure there is no damage. If I ever have to move again they are the only company I'll use. Thank you JC Elite.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
TA O.
JC Elite we’re great - highly responsive and flexible in helping me move bulky items.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Sean H.
Apex gave us the best deal, packed & moved us within a week. Fast, efficient, affordable & professional!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Sydney M.
Working with mountain movers was a dream. They responded day of to my post on thumbtack (my original movers cancelled on me so I needed someone fast). These guy were able to move my one bedroom apt 50 miles the same day I posted the job. It was a bit muddy and raining lightly but they were careful with the carpet at the new place and made sure to walk over blankets in the entrance. They wrapped my fragile glass table tops and mirrors in moving blankets and wrapped the whole couch in plastic. They also gave me updates on timing and schedules as they had jobs in the morning. They arrived exactly when they said they would arrive. They were fun and nice but at the same time got the job done fast and efficiently. I highly recommend working with Kelly and his amazing team!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Tom both moved my piano and then tuned it afterwards. He was prompt, knowledgable and very friendly. Very happy with his service!
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Susan S.
I was very happy with the work they did moving some furniture I bought on FB Marketplace. Good communication, on time, pleasant to work with.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Bob C.
They were very quick to respond & very eager to help. Then at the move they were very accommodating & flexible with their time! I will definitely call them again!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Lynn B.
I received very excellent service. I really appreciate JC's professionalism and responsiveness throughout the entire process. They made getting my furniture moved happen with ease.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Cindy S.
Had a great experience with this company. Whenever I had a question prior to the move they got back to me in a timely fashion. The day of the move they kept me updated with their anticipated arrival time. And then when they arrived they just went to work and never stopped until the job was completed. I had 2 places where my stuff was at and needed to be picked up and there was no surcharge for that. They took good care of my belongings and my new house!
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Autumn D.
I had a last minute move that I needed help with and Terry was so great to work with! He was responsive, quick and professional. I would definitely hire him again!
All In One Movers!All In One Movers!
Ed H.
We moved my daughters prize possession, a yamaha C2 Grand. The gentlemen were professional with a sense of purpose. The piano was handled with care and respect. Thank you Quality Piano.
Quality Piano, LLCQuality Piano, LLC
Stephanie L.
I needed some furniture moved locally & these guys were great. They were professional, efficient, & a pleasure to work with. Aaron was very responsive & helpful during the entire reservation process. I will definitely use them again!
Errands PCKG & MVNGErrands PCKG & MVNG
Eugene L.
LIARS ! HORRIBLE PEOPLE !!! FURNITURE AND PERSONAL ITEMS DAMAGED DUE TO THE WAY THEY WERE HANDLED ,PACKED & LOADED.THE CREW REFUSED TO USE THE EXTRA STACKS OF MOVING BLANKETS & SHRINK WRAP I SUPPLIED -SAYING "EVERYTHING IS OK". I FEEL THE CREW WERE HOSTILE TOWARDS FRIENDLY OBSERVATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS CONCERNING LOADING. " WE CANT FIT IT ALL IN " WAS A POPULAR PHRASE, SO RATHER CAUSE AN ARGUMENT AND MORE HOSTILITY I HAD TO ELIMINAT ITEMS TO BE MOVED. ( THE TOP SPACE IN THE STORAGE CONTAINER HAD 2 TO 3 FEET UNFILLED. MANY
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Nana A.
I only had two hours to move the guys were able to come in and do the job quickly and efficiently none of my stuff was messed up they did quality work. Really appreciate you guys thanks again🙏🏾
Always Blessed MoversAlways Blessed Movers
Bree A.
1. You’re workers took multiple smoke breaks. 2. I advised that I have cats and was assured that no one had allergies. Paul has allergies and I had to hear about it throughout the move. 3. You recommended 4 people and 3 hours. I would say about 1.5 hour was spent talking to each other, about going out, about family health problems, and most shocking, about other customers who were not nice. 4. Boxes were thrown. I had several broken items but the only one I’m being asked to be reimbursed for is the $70 bathstone. 5. 2 movers left the last hour but I was still charged for the 4 man rate. Requesting to have this refunded for a 2 man hour rate. 6. When I cited these concerns, I was met with negativity and was told I was unprofessional. You claim I said I had a great experience but I don’t see that written anywhere or I would have left a stellar review. 7. I bought the movers breakfast (donuts and juice) and they still went off to buy coffee on my time. 8. I was asked to help move furniture and other items. What am I hiring you all for? 9. The owner threatened to post our personal messages in the public review forum, stating they have nothing to hide. Implying that my disagreement with them is causing 2020 issues. This is laughable at best. 10. I asked the movers not to use the elevator in my building because it’s not allowed. Yes I live on the 4th floor but I made this very clear to whoever was booking. If the workers couldn’t carry the furniture 4 stories then don’t take the job. Others movers did it with no problem. All I’m asking is for a refund of $127.50 and you offered me $25. Stating that you didn’t charge me extra fees because the time went over is irrelevant. The time wouldn’t have gone over if your workers stayed focused. I’ve moved twice in the last 4 years and each time it took 2-3 hours max. The workers didn’t sit around and gossip about their dating lives and how they went out partying for their cousins birthday the night before.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
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