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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 Elgin movers
Dean b.
They made the move simple
JW deliveryJW delivery
Judi W.
Too costly for this move
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Lacey H.
I needed an affordable moving company and fast! I liked how Trenea was quick to respond and always answered my calls and questions. Though my move had some difficulties as I was moving out of state the crew went above and beyond to insure that my move was completed. Trenea was completely professional the entire time.
Nathaniel B.
FANTASTIC MOVING SERVICE. They don't flake and are flexible. You should definitely work with them to help you with your moving projects.
Bear MovingBear Moving
Scott Z.
Moving Mountains had very professional, courteous, and punctual staff who moved a vintage, early 1900’s upright piano with finesse and caution! This was no easy task, as the piano is built to last. I am grateful for their services and help moving this sentimental piece of furniture. Thank you!!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
John M.
Rick and his crew carefully moved my piano so the room can be painted and will return to move it back when the painting is done. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.
American Music World inc.American Music World inc.
Corey O.
Moved pool table from basement to another basement. No easy task. Few minor hiccups in process, no fault of moving crew. All said and done, crew did a great job.
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Sandy B.
They came on time, did a wonderful job. Move an old couch outside to be taken by the trash company and we had another love seat and chair that needed to get moved downstairs. Very pleased.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Meghan J.
Keep It Up movers did a great job packing our UHaul Uboxes for moving! They were on time, worked fast, and did a great job making everything we had fit. Would recommend!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Chadd K.
When my closing/move hit a speed bump, he didn’t hesitate to help reschedule the piano move numerous times. More than friendly, very punctual, and incredibly knowledgeable. Cannot recommend enough.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Jerry O.
Moving Mountains moved a gigantic dance arcade cabinet from my tiny apartment in Chicago to my new house in Elgin. They lifted and transported more than 600lbs of equipment like they were boxes of pillows. They're professional, courteous, helpful and extremely fast - everything you could want in a mover. Thanks again, guys, this could not have gone any smoother.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
LaToya G.
These guys are awesome!!! Jeremy and his team showed up on time and were extremely professional. My items were moved in the 2 hour time frame that was estimated.... and with time to spare!!! I would highly recommend their service for your move!!!
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Edgard C.
They were a little late, but other than that, they were great. They helped me move in a baby grand into my home. It was not by any means the easiest of moves as they had to improvise to get it up a few flights of stairs since my original plan didn’t work. We moved to plan B, they adapted with no complaints and did it. It was extremely impressive. The 3 guys were very cool and professional. Definitely recommend.
Heavy Hitter Laborer service LLCHeavy Hitter Laborer service LLC
Kathy L.
The Lyons movers were EARLY, kind, professional and caring. I couldn't imagine better service during our move. And Joel was prompt and responsive on scheduling and getting me a quick quote, without nickel-and-diming me for every little item. FABULOUS!!!!
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Courtney F.
Great service from Greg and his team. It was a very small job moving one piece of furniture from my mom’s house to mine. Greg was very responsive and professional. I will definitely contact Byndom again for any small or large moving job.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Aslam M.
These people did exellent work moving our furniture and they very careful and responsive. Thanks guys
The Athletic MoversThe Athletic Movers
Greg S.
I will use them again when I need to make a move at my home. I liked their service.
NOMADS HELPERS : Professional assemblyNOMADS HELPERS : Professional assembly
Jessica B.
Mike and his crew moved a huge headboard upstairs for me as well as a glass display case to our basement. Our house has a tight staircase at the top and bottom floors so I knew it would be a challenge, but they got it done! If you want punctual and responsive movers with a professional and honest demeanor, this is the company for you.
Junk $aver LLC : Junk Removal , Estate ClearingJunk $aver LLC : Junk Removal , Estate Clearing
Cam L.
John and his team were available last minute and knocked out an important move very quickly and professionally. He took my bed apart and put it back together once we got to my new place and everyone was very friendly! It made the experience less of a hassle and we were done in a few hours. Will reach out again with more moves!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Cindy G.
Kelly and his worker were very professional and friendly. The job was moving a 200 lb bed frame from the garage to 2nd fl bedroom. They easily moved the unit from the garage, up the stairs lifting it on the landing and around to more stairs without any damage. The set up the adjustable bed and were finished under an hour. Great job! Highly recommend them.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Selandia T.
Perfect for my small move from my dorm to a nearby storage container. And as a plus, Rob was really helpful and easy to get along with! Would recommend. :)
Rob's JobsRob's Jobs
Thumbtack Customer
Extremely professional and did a great job moving and installing pool table. Replaced pool table felt to look brand new and leveled the table to perfection. A+++
D. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table MovingD. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table Moving
Krystal B.
They were almost 2 hours late and took 6 hours to move. approximately 2 bedrooms and boxes, then thy left quite a few of the items because they were breakable.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Carolyn D.
Ken Kay responded very quickly to my request to move a couch. They were professional and kept in close contact with us. I am very glad I found them and would recommend them.
Thumbtack Customer
Dispatcher Melissa was a joy to work with, she quoted my move efficiently and called to check on things the night before. Dennis and Daniel were speedy and polite. All and all an easy choice on a stressful day
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
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