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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 Gurnee movers
Mike W.
Excellent movers. Professional with great work ethic. I would hire these pros for any moving job.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Fanyanna E.
They moved my stuff quickly they came a little later than planned but moved my stuff despite the circumstances.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Laizah D.
Moving has always been a stressful experience for me; so grateful to Ivan and his team for a seamless moving experience. I was overwhelmed but he reassured me every step of the move; everything was packed meticulously, and all my furniture arrived safely. Thank you @StrongBoys for your help; I’d highly recommend their services without hesitation.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Izaan K.
Nathan and Jordan are the best movers I’ve ever had. I’m so glad to find them as my other movers didn’t show up last minute and Nathan accommodated my moving right away. They were on time and took take care of my big move from start to finish. They are very honest, hard working young individuals. The fastest movers I’ve ever seen. They made sure everything was packed the right way and carefully disassembled and assembled all my furniture. I’m very satisfied with their top notch work and would highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking for movers. These young men were also super friendly and charged very reasonably. Not to mention super strong as they single handedly carried some of my heaviest items. We were super impressed!
Insta Moving LLCInsta Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience than my last move.Very professional crew,right on time .Moved everything .Handled very carefully.great experience .will definitely use again and recommend to others who need a moving company.Also I would like to say the pricing was also very fair Ajit Pillai
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Sabrina J.
My experience was great requested a last minute move. Kenkays responded quickly arrange to come out ready to work. Thank you!
Kamen K.
They are on time and called before starting the work. I would have given a 5 star review but they were struggling to get the piano through the doors and the bottom part of the piano on the left leg was scratched on the brick ledge on the door way. That is the only thing they needed to move. I did like that they wrapped the top part of the piano with moving plastic wrapping to keep things together.
Cesar's Moving And StorageCesar's Moving And Storage
Brad S.
100% will be using Keep It Up again. We’ve moved multiple times as this team was my favorite. They were polite, efficient and everything arrived undamaged.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Bryan T.
Martin and his crew did a good job with our move from Gurnee to Round Lake. I gave them a cool $100 tip for their work.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Tj M.
Greg and his team worked quickly and finished the job with zero issues. If you need anything heavy moved in your house, I definitely recommend his company.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
John S.
They showed up on time for my move. Very efficient. Made sure items were being cared for, paid attention to ensure no damage to items or apartment. Would recommend and use again.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Miranda R.
John and his team were great! They were able to move a very heavy item (large bathroom vanity) up a flight of stairs on short notice. They responded quickly and were able to fit me into their schedule at a reasonable rate. They were extremely professional and courteous, and they carefully wrapped and secured the item to prevent damage. I can tell that they have a lot of experience and really know what they're doing. I'll definitely call them when I need moving services again in the future!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
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