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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 Geneva movers
Michael M.
I hired KENKAYS to disassemble, move & re-assemble a pool table. KENKAYS was VERY accomodating to my schedule. Very responsive to my questions & scheduling changes. They were very pleasant movers to work with, in fact my friend & I will hire them again if movers are needed, as would the pool table seller
Nancy W.
I needed to have a lot of heavy furniture moved to different areas within my home. John and crew were very easy to work with and very careful in the way they moved the items. Will definitely work with them again when the need arises!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Cathy E.
Responded promptly to my inquiry despite it being a holiday. Polite and professional and moved my heavy furniture with care and no problems.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Ann D.
When they arrived (on time), I mentioned I had antique furniture in the garage and asked if it would make sense to take the large items first since I was only moving a mile away, then come back and get the smaller stuff. I was told they would put the antique furniture on the truck last but then when it came time, they said they were out of room on the truck. I had to pay a second mover to come move the antique furniture that was part of the original quote that I pre-paid for. I really want to support this company. They worked hard and I couldn't have moved this all myself. I just don't know why they didn't put the antique furniture on the truck first, as I suggested, or at least offered to come back and get it.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Daniel T.
Our move-in date changed at the last minute and Bacues Billiards agreed to store our table for a week with a minimal charge. They were very responsive to our situation and removed one area of stress from the whole process. Thanks!
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Cherie M.
Very friendly, accommodating and efficient movers. I would highly recommend. This was a very heavy piece that had to go down a flight of stairs and they made it look easy. It was also a vintage piece that we didn’t want damaged and it was just as pristine upon arrival. Excellent team.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Katie S.
Kelly and his crew were absolutely fantastic! Very professional and polite. We were amazed at how quick they worked packing up our rented 27 foot trailer. They were strategic in packing, utilizing all of the space and fitting everything in for our cross-country move...they definitely know what they are doing! Highly recommend them!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Michael H.
Jason from Bacues Billiards and his group did an amazing job dismantling, moving and reassembling my pool table into my new home. Jason even made some improvements to a number of fasteners that were previously improperly installed and now my table is level and extremely sturdy. I cannot recommend Jason and Bacues Billiards enough. Thanks and great job.
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Rebecca D.
These guys were just absolutely hands down amazing! Any questions I had they responded quickly and put me at ease. They had truck issues the day of our move but assured me that it wouldn’t interfere with how quickly and how many trips it would be. They were right! How fast and hard they worked still blows my mind. I will definitely be keeping them in my back pocket. My husband and I couldn’t be more thankful for their work and how smooth they made our transition to our new home. They had our family of 5 into our new home from start to finish in 3.5 hours. Their pricing is amazing and ALL the guys were very professional, strong, helpful, thorough, and quick. It’s like they’ve done it before or something. So thank you Joel and your team! You won’t be forgotten about in our family. I tell everyone how much my mind is blown by what they did for us and how not stressful the move was.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
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