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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 Elk Grove Village movers
Stacey W.
The crew did an excellent job moving my laundry appliances. They were friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Lavell Moving and Hauling for any moving job.
Lavell Moving & HaulingLavell Moving & Hauling
Ravi S.
Friendly and quick movers.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Liz L.
I was extremely pleased with my move today and impressed as to how well it went. Movers arrived on time, protected furniture, moved it with caution and took the time to arrange it all to my liking. Not only were they accommodating, but very pleasant to work with. Will definitely call on them again if needed and refer them to anyone I know looking for movers. :)
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Kimberly B.
What a great experience with Dominguez moving! They moved a heavy desk without banging into any walls or doing any damage to my property and followed COVID protocols. I am saving this contact for any future moves that I might require.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Eileen T.
David and his co-worker exceeded my expectations. He confirmed a few times prior to the move, he showed up at the expected time, Moved my things with caution being careful as all items were handled appropriately. They were efficient and friendly. I would recommend them hands down. Moving is a stressful process, and having nice, professional movers really was a blessing. His pricing was also fair! Great value with fantastic customer service.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Jamie P.
Movers were nice and quick! Able to move whole apartment in 2.5 hours. We were impressed since there was stairs and some heavy furniture. The receptionist was honest and sweet about expectations. Highly recommend and would use them again!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Sue S.
Needed a single huge piece of furniture moved from the suburbs Chicago. I could not have been more happy with everything from the initial chat with Raine to get a quote and set up the move to the three professionals that moved that hug piece of furniture up 2 flights of stairs. They took such good care of our furniture, and could not have been nicer to work with. Great value, best money I've spent in a while. Would highly recommend the Archer team!
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
MY experience with Vitesse Moving was great! Brad and Anna were both quick to answer emails and calls and were very helpful. The price is also amazing!!! My movers did an excellent job and did not stop until all of my furniture had been brought up to my (fourth-floor, no stairs) condo. Thanks again! Will use again!
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Brian L.
The movers were on time, professional, accommodating, flexible, and just a downright pleasure to be around! They addressed any and all of my concerns immediately, and to satisfaction.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Ronak v.
Dan was responsive and followed up to get the job secured. Movers did show up on time and moved everything efficiently. Some charges for stairs and 2hour payment before the work starts seemed odd bcz I had already paid the deposit. Also was asked to pay the remaining balance almost 45min before the work was completed. Final charges should be reviewed at the time of work completion and not before. Quality of moving was good and they did not over use any shrink wraps to over charge. We had a 17ft truck for 2 small bedroom, living and dining room furniture and that was plenty big.
Vroom Vroom MoversVroom Vroom Movers
Gary R.
I can't image finding a better mover than "KEEP IT UP". Fast, Professional, Responsive, Actually I give them 7 Stars!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Nancy A.
Very good experience! Was worried about estimates vs final bill but was assured of total cost. Polite from office to movers! Would recommend them to everyone
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Andrea E.
The two gentlemen were super nice, respectful, professional, and fast. They charged exactly as quoted. I don’t see myself ever using another moving company!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Eddie and Shawn took great care of our belongings, were so helpful and nice. I would definitely recommend Dynamovers! Thank you for making our move a breeze!!! Milena
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Rob W.
The sales people were flexible and friendly. The movers showed up fifteen minutes early, and were done unloading and putting together the piano in less than half an hour. They were incredibly knowledgeable and professional. Couldn't be happier with the service!
Quality Piano, LLCQuality Piano, LLC
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