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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 Grayslake movers
Cathy L.
Anthony provided the most efficient, professional and courteous service for my move. He was immediately responsive to my inquiry and kept me up to date on arrival time and progress of the job. He was very helpful and patient during any changes we made. They pulled things out of the attic and included a trip to drop off things at another location. We have used three other moving companies for various moves and Anthony surpassed them all with no comparison. We will definitely use Anthony's service for every future move and highly recommend him to everyone. Anyone in need of a dependable, hard working, efficient moving company will be very satisfied with Anthony's Advanced movers. Thank you Anthony for all your help in making this move go smoothly! Cathy Lewis
Anthony's Advanced Labor Services LLCAnthony's Advanced Labor Services LLC
Corey A.
Great moving company, professional and very easy to work with.
STI Moving & Storage, Inc.STI Moving & Storage, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Eddie was great. He emailed the day before the move to confirm. He called when he was 10 minutes out and was on time. Very helpful while moving things and even helped me tape up a package. Highly recommended.
Dynamovers LLCDynamovers LLC
Pam K.
Best move ever. Professional, punctual, gave me a quote and that was exactly what the price was, shrink wrapped my furniture and took exception care of all my things. Very friendly and made my moving experience pleasant with no stress. The only other thing I can say is Ty is permanently in my phone as my mover. Will recommend Tys In to all my friends. Thank you Thumbtack for the recommendation. A+++++
Tys InnTys Inn
Dorota Z.
Thank you for moving my piano. The whole service was very professional , smooth and affordable.
Deanna D.
Quick response and the move was done within 24 hours. I would use again.
H M &M Services LLCH M &M Services LLC
Matt K.
Needed to move a piano from a neighbor's house to mine. Jacob was punctual, professional and did a great job.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Danny C.
Jesus and his team did a great job moving my family locally in Lake County. It was amazing how quickly they were able to get our home loaded. There are only 2 things that i think the company could improve on to enhance the customer experience. 1) The cost is too objective. My actual cost on the day of the move was more than the estimate that I was quoted from the office after I sent them a detailed item list. 2) The team bundled up the moving tape & stretch wrap and left them in my garage. I would use The Specialists Moving Services again and will advise my neighbors to use them when needed.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Frances f.
I needed a job done last minute and SteelMen saved the day! Moved my belongings from my parents house to an apartment on the third floor - it took them no time at all. The guys were so professional, took GREAT care of my belongings, and most importantly everyone was so so nice. Its not often you have a group of movers that are friendly and personable - these guys are it! Prices were fair! My parents and I will absolutely be using SteelMen again. I’ve already recommended to a friend who’s preparing for a move. Thank you!!
SteelMen moving and more!SteelMen moving and more!
Laura P.
Needed someone for a small move and the other companies wanted to charge 2 to 3 times the amount Strong Boys charged. They were so professional. Would highly recommend them and will use them again! Try them - you won’t be sorry!! So much better than other movers that we have used in the past!!
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Mary L.
John & 2 other helpers were considerate & careful in moving a heavy treadmill from our basement. Highly recommend them!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Dorothy R.
Greg and his assistant were great to work with. Very professional from start to finish. Greg is experienced and smart, and works efficiently to move each piece safely. Our job involved all inside moves of heavy furniture, from top floor loft to the basement, and from first floor to loft. We will definitely hire Byndom Transportation again.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Nicole C.
Fast and efficient crew who were very polite and cared for my item being moved. Would definitely hire again and refer out. Thanks again RTO!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Kathleen M.
They were about an hour late as they had to go back to get a different truck. But that was OK. We were flexible. They took good care of our possessions and were courteous. Easy move.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Laura B.
I hired them because the hourly price was competitive and they were available on the date/time I needed. The 3 guys were nice and worked really hard, but they weren't what I would consider professional movers. They were clearly inexperienced and had no straps, dollies, or steel-toed boots. For example, they left a metal bed frame assembled, and then it took all 3 of them struggling for 20 minutes to get it into the new house (while making a few dings on the walls.) It should and could have been disassembled, moved, and reassembled by 1 person in less time. Overall they worked hard, but their inexperience led to the move taking 11 hours where it really should have taken 5 or 6 with an experienced crew. They also came with a small apartment sized truck for a 4br home, so they had to make multiple trips. Thankfully the move was short-distance. There were a few marks on things here and there, but no notable damage to anything. Overall it didn't end up being a good value, but they were nice to work with and nothing went wrong.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago IncSweet Home Movers Chicago Inc
Marshall R.
Jacob and his helper were awesome! We had some unique things to move in tight spaces and they did everything we asked. Thanks much, Jacob. I would recommend them highly.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Nancy W.
The Butcher Block was moved successfully! But they ran into the Iron gates coming into the driveway. The driver of the truck refused to take responsibility for the damage. Very costly. Would not recommend them. Hung up on me when I ask them to pay for the damage. The driver suggested that I lied about it.
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Omnia H.
Jeremy and his team were excellent. They worked very hard, were extremely friendly and made sure they met all my needs. They made a really challenging day much less stressful. Thank you all for getting me moved into my new home. You are much appreciated and I would highly recommend you to others.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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