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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.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

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.

Reviews for Hoffman Estates movers
Girish c.
I recommend this mover.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Julie M.
I had the most pleasant moving experience. Guys were great, moved quickly and had a positive vibe. Will use again
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Margie B.
Apex did a great job with our move. I would definitely use them again. They also move pianos at a very reasonable cost.
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Shifa V.
They moved a large and heavy couch for us with ease and professionalism. I plan on hiring them again to help move other items. I highly recommend this company!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Felipe p.
Great moving crew for my heavy sofa set move. Derek was very quick to respond and and has a kind and accommodating crew. Money well spent!!! Thanks again "LetMeGetThatMoving"!!
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Ashlee Z.
I had hired these guys in a pinch to move from an outdoor storage unit into an indoor one. They were quick, efficient, and did a great job packing the items in so that it made moving out easy. I hired them again to move out of the unit and into my new home. they again did an excellent job and were so easy to work with.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Mahveen H.
The best experience!! Very happy with the move and they made it stress free!!
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Jade C.
We hired an other mover earlier. He got a down payment and didn’t show up on the moving day. We packed all our stuffs and didn’t know what to do. However I was luck to be scheduled on last minutes. Moving Mt. guys came evening and finished our moving passed midnight. They were so genuine and nice. Our new home has lots of stairs and turns, but they handled so well without any complaints. I am so happy to have them.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Chris L.
Joel is great person to deal with. Very honest and prompt with any questions through the phone or messages. Having a great customer service is big plus for me. Initially hired 4 Men crew for moving but came with 3 Men crew due to their internal issue. However, speed of work felt like if there were 4 men. They are very careful with moving, packing. They wanted to make sure to do the moving in safe and right way. Also price was very competitive with others. I would recommend and will hire them soon for in-house moving as well.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
James R.
Great service and a fair price. I would use Techno for my next move.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Kirsten L.
Salvador and his partner worked so hard on our move, going above and beyond what we expected. They worked quickly and handled our items with care. They were friendly, efficient, and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of moving services.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Alphonso A.
Was at my 3brm townhome on time. Moved everything I asked and FAST. No complaints and will definitely hire again.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Will S.
They were on time, worked hard, and packed the truck with skill that protected all of my belongings. I would recommend Strong Boys Moving to all of my friends and family. If your looking for the best moving company in the area, that will take amazing care of you and your belongings please hire Strong Boys
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Cindy S.
From beginning to end this was a very pleasant and easy experience. Price was excellent, response was quick and both movers were extremely careful with my daughters belongings. They were punctual and very hard workers. I would recommend them for any move big or small. I will definitely call on them again!! Thanks so much!!
Pirsha 2000Pirsha 2000
Kevin S.
Great experience, they did an excellent job moving the table and setting it up again. Would definitely recommend them to anyone needing pool table services.
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Amy H.
I was so pleased with the service I received from Apex! Adam was extremely professional and accommodating while arranging the move, and his team did an excellent job moving my things to my new apartment. They provided a check-in message about a week before, were precisely on time the morning of, wrapped everything beautifully, and asked me questions along the way. Pricing was also very favorable. I would hire them again, and I highly recommend this company!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Thumbtack Customer
Tom from Pinhead Piano was extremely helpful and flexible with his schedule. His team arrived promptly and were very courteous and timely. I would definitely recommend Pinhead Piano for moving and tuning.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Laurie P.
He did a good job moving my outdoor furniture to my deck and porch. He was a bit expensive, and was difficult getting a paid receipt....but all in all, he, along with his worker, got the job done.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Danielle L.
Errands really blessed me with the last minute moving! They were fast and very efficient! I would recommend them to everybody I know and I’ll definitely be using them again!! Thank you so much!
Errands PCKG & MVNGErrands PCKG & MVNG
Heather C.
I hired Keep it up to unload a moving truck in the morning. Despite requesting my phone number, they never used it to communicate with me, so I didn't realize they had messaged me through thumbtack to tell me their car wouldn't start, until after they were already late. Then after waiting an hour for them to respond to my reply, I finally called and couldn't get a solid answer for when they would be able to come, but was told they would come in the evening and I would get a call letting me know when they would arrive. I finally had to call them to find out when they were arriving. The movers were careful with our belongings and they were quick, but since we needed to get the truck back before the rental place closed, we had to have them unload much of the stuff into the garage rather than where we actually wanted it. They were good movers, but my rating largely reflects the inconvenience that I took the morning off work for this only to reschedule for a time that was not convenient for my family and the terrible communication on the day of the job.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Kevin L.
Jeremy and D.J. are great! They were very efficient and at the same time, very thorough. I had lots of heavy and valuable furniture being moved, and they could not have done a better job. They gave me the best quote and were able to do a great job on very short notice. Thank you guys!
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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