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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.

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’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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Glen Ellyn movers
Jon S.
Next door movers were very flexible with their schedules. We had moved the date a few times, and they kept working with us to make sure there was availability. On moving day they were very professional and moved everything with care. Once everything was moved in, they put together furniture and made sure we were taken care of before leaving.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Don M.
Quality move. Very happy I contracted with Two Men Labor. They were on time, and used a lot of care to move the piano.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Jennifer S.
The guys were extremely polite and professional in moving a pool table to our basement. They obviously had moved quite a few and were very knowledgeable
Errands PCKG & MVNGErrands PCKG & MVNG
Caroline A.
Movers were prompt, communicative, efficient and polite.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Paul R.
Jacob is extremely personable, professional, and anxious to please. He was spot-on for our appointment time, and accomplished his moving tasks carefully and quickly. His rates were the most reasonable of any of the movers that I screened. He has my highest recommendation , and I will use him again for any future moving needs.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Katie A.
Amazing experience! Greg responded to my moving request immediately, came the next day, and completely exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be using this company the next time we need anything moved!
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Thumbtack Customer
The guys came, worked quickly and moved our big couch superbly. 85 is a bit much for a sofa being moved in my opinion, but I know it's just how it is these days and we appreciate the great job they did.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Thumbtack Customer
Needed a few items moved within a few days. Roy responded right away with a very reasonable quote and was able to schedule within my timeframe. Move went very smoothly - efficient and fast with great communication throughout. Thank you!
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Chris B.
I would HIGHLY recommend this company for moving pianos. They were very kind, helpful, and a great value. Tell your friends.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Michelle C.
Did a great job! They were responsive, showed up on time, were careful packing and moving items. I would highly recommend them.
Five Stars Junk Removal LLCFive Stars Junk Removal LLC
Josalyn C.
John was very responsive with my inquiries and was able to promptly move our heavy furniture. Would absolutely use his services again if needed!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Steve W.
The two movers were polite and courteous. They handled our furniture with care, yet efficiency. They found creative ways to deal with irregularities. I would hire this crew again, and probably will.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Cathryn G.
Roy and his co-worker were great. They moved stuff from my garage to a shed in the back and they did a better job than if I had done it myself --- friendly, careful, and a good price
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Jen n.
I had a tricky move with a very large fish tank. Martin was very helpful and supportive from the start to finish. He asked for lots of details ahead of time so they could plan the whole process. They were so careful and considerate with the tank, the seller's home and of mine that I was completely at ease with the move. And, holy cow, are those guys strong! Handled at tank stand in excess of 300lbs between just two guys and treated it like fine china! I definitely recommend these guys and will use them again.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Heather F.
I needed last-minute assistance moving a baby grand piano into my home. Jacob was prompt in reaching out to discuss the project, flexible with scheduling, and very helpful in getting the piano into the house. I’d definitely recommend him to others.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Daniel N.
Roy’s service was exceptional. He responded to our request late in the evening and fit us in the next day. The scope of our piano move changed and he automatically adjusted the price lower. Honest and hard working team. Would recommend and will use again.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
Mark K.
Thank you! Guys showed up and performed an extremely difficult lift job for us. Even with challenges, they didn’t give up and got it done! Needed a 300lb arcade machine moved downstairs, and they showed up after a last minute request! Will call again when in need!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Hanna p.
Absolutely the best move I have ever done even though it was the coldes day ever. Tito and his crew showed up on time and did excellent job packing, protecting, disassembling and assembling again my furniture. Very professional, hard workers. Highly recommended and worth every penny. Thank you Guys!
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Jason G.
If you need help moving appliances or big furniture, you could not do better than working with Roy and Arthur with Motion Transports. They were responsive and were able to fit me into their schedule the very next day. They showed up exactly when promised, and made quick work of the task. Very skilled, friendly and professional. Thank you for the help, and definitely would recommend Motion Transports.
Motion TransportsMotion Transports
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