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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 Hinsdale movers
Brad W.
5 Star Review! Travis and Jason did an outstanding job moving my family into our home in Hinsdale. This is a good hard-working team with a very positive attitude. We got to know them pretty well throughout the day and I highly recommend Athletic Movers to anyone. They are highly professional and helped make our move stress-free. We enjoyed spending the day with them and would call them again for any future move.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Jill L.
They did a great job moving and installing our pool table
D. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table MovingD. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table Moving
Cristina D.
Jason and his team did an excellent job moving a pool table for us when we moved houses. They were on time, polite, professional and very reasonably priced! I would recommend and use them again in a heart beat.
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Peter S.
Kelvin and his team did a great job helping with our furniture moving needs. They moved 3 sofas and a bookshelf to different rooms in our home in a careful and timely manner. I would definitely recommend them for similar work
Kelvin and CompanyKelvin and Company
Niki D.
These guys were great! I needed help moving things last minute and was able to book them quickly. They were flexible with scheduling and very easy to communicate with. They moved boxes, couches, and exercise machines for me. Very friendly and respectful of our home.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Maria B.
GREAT movers! So friendly and efficient, they'll take good care of your stuff! I needed movers on short notice for a large cabinet and they were quick to reply and deliver. They were also really friendly to my dogs. I will use them again for sure!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Shahab K.
Arrived on time, worked hard to complete the move on time, very respectful of our home and treated everything with utmost care
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Danielle D.
Joey and his crew recently completed a job for me moving some heavy stuff in my home. The two guys did a really good job at listening to where I wanted things moved and worked very quickly and carefully. They were also very kind and professional. Thank you! Will use them again in the near future.
We Got YouWe Got You
Kristen R.
David and his brother did an excellent job clearing our basement of furniture and a washer and dryer. They even swept the floors for me when they finished! They were very reasonably priced, polite, careful with all of the furniture and generously offered to move a couple more pieces of furniture from my attic to our garage (which was outside of the original scope of our contract). I plan to hire them again to move furniture back into my basement once it has been remolded. I would highly recommend their services for anyone looking for help with moving furniture.
Packed Moving SolutionsPacked Moving Solutions
Joseph P.
Couldn't ask for a better experience. The movers did an excellent job getting my patio set safely to my home! 100% would recommend these guys to anyone looking to movie their stuff big or small.
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Kerry L.
I would absolutely recommend Greg and his team. He responded right away, had competitive pricing, was incredibly respectful, worked quickly and I would definitely use them again. I had a tricky doorway and they moved an oversized couch very carefully.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Carl B.
I would hope that other service based businesses would take a clue from Bacues Billards. Please give customers the same outstanding professional quality service as Bacues Billards gave me!! Jason Bacues was absolutely the best service business I have ever worked with, bar none! I would not hesitate to recommend him and Bacues Billards for anyone interested in moving or (dis) assembly of a pool table.or similar item... whether it be locally or across the country. Thank you again Jason!
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
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