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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 Homewood movers
Jack G.
Moved everything as expected.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Peter M.
Apex recently moved me from the suburbs to a high rise downtown and the move went great. It was able to be completed in under the time alottment they had originally quoted me and the movers were very easy to communicate with about all things related to the move. Adam was able to answer all of my questions leading up to and following the move which made the experience stress-free. I would definetely reccomend to anyone in the Chicago area!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Linda R.
They did an excellent job with our recent move! They moved our piano and did not damage 1 single thing. They were very polite and professional. They also offered a fix rate which was nice! I highly recommend them for your next move!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Dar s.
Great service for local moves. Punctual and prifessional
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Gloria C.
Tim & Smitty were amazing! So professional and polite. They were a huge help and even moved a couch for me when we arrived at the final destination. I will definitely be recommending them to anyone I know that is moving!
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Gloria C.
My movers were amazing and very accommodating! Will definitely use again!!!
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Tamara R.
Great job! Great Prices. I recommended them to my sister who moved a week after me!!! They did a terrific job for us both.
Iron MoversIron Movers
Pamela R.
They were very professional and quick. I will definitely use them for all my future moves and I will definitely be recommending them to family and friends. Thank you
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Thumbtack Customer
9/23/17 Have a move coming up and want it done right? Call, Apex Pinnacle. Outstanding service. The two young men sent to move me, Keith and William, were professional thru and thru. They were task orientated, respectful, and handled all my glass tables without one crack or chip, much less a break. And they made me laugh! Very much needed on so stressful a day. So glad I chose Apex!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Ayanna W.
Zack and Kyle both were great professional. Arrived on time. Great communication and hard workers. Got the junk and moved furniture. Swept up afterwards and asked if I needed anything else. Thank you.
Junk BunkerJunk Bunker
Lia J.
I was thankful for Cortez only because he fit me in his busy schedule when the other movers I hired didn’t show up. However I was extremely disappointed by his customer service. First, he gave me one rate over the phone, then changed the rate once he arrived. He complained about the amount of items I had to move, which was only furniture from two bedrooms that had already been disassembled and brought outside to the driveway. He got as much as he could on his truck, then denied my request to make two trips for the items he couldn’t fit, even though it was only a 6 minute distance between my pickup and drop off location. Then, when he brought my items to the new home, he refused to move the items to the rooms the furniture were designated to go in. He argued with me about only wanting to dump everything in the living room, which left me to to do a majority of the moving myself. I was very unsatisfied by his customer service and overall attitude. He made me feel like I was inconveniencing him because he had “other jobs to get to”. I will not be recommending him to anyone and advise other to choose a different company, unless you’re as desperate as I was when I regretfully hired him.
Cortez Movers and More LLCCortez Movers and More LLC
Alicia E.
I had Pack and Load Pros help me load up my storage unit and last residence! They were super efficient, friendly, and punctual. I would definitely use this company again. Well worth the price and super reasonably priced ($110/hr for 3 guys). We over estimated 6-8 hours of work on my project and the guys did it in 4.5! Thank you Schmitty, Chancy, and Tim! You guys made my move a smooth transition! Something I desperately needed, when I’m two weeks away from my due date with my first baby 😊.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
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