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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.

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. 

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. 

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 Northbrook movers
Jasmine P.
Successful move of our piano.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Christine H.
Exceptional service from start to finish. I called Archer movers last minute to help me move a piano from the South Side to Northbrook. They were able to move it the same day! The team of three were punctual and friendly. I can’t say enough. Literally the BEST moving experience I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend and will definitely use them again - they will be my FIRST call in the future.
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Jasmine P.
Dominguez moving was awesome! We needed help quickly unloading a moving Pod before pick up and they were amazing at communicating and punctuality as well as getting the job done quickly!
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Daran M.
The young men who helped with my small move were friendly, professional and especially careful with my belongings. This was the best mover I have had using Thumbtack. I will definitely use them again when I have another move. They were also able to accommodate me at the last minute!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived within the time frame provided and worked hard until the move was finished. All 3 movers were great and asked questions when they weren't sure where things went.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
Alexis S.
I’ve used movers several times before and my experience with Dominguez moving far exceeded expectations. They were kind, efficient, and also took the time to ensure my fragile belongings would not break.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Sue H.
The company canceled at 5:00 pm, a day before the moving day. Don't go to SWEET HOME. I learned a lesson that DON'T HIRE A COMPANY DOES NOT REQUIRE DEPOSIT. It means they can cancel right before the moving day.
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Syndi S.
Excellent communication. I needed very heavy lockers taken off pallets and moved into our clinic. Was unsure of truck arrival time but Heavy Moving was very flexible. They did a great job and even took all the packaging to the dumpster. Highly recommend.
Heavy MovingHeavy Moving
Leslie C.
Top notch experience with Pirsha. Amazing service and extremely professional. I will call him again for any of my moving needs.
Pirsha 2000Pirsha 2000
Susan b.
Galindo Moving reviews were spot on and that's why I decided to go with them. They were friendly and professional at the same time. I'm a single woman and was treated with respect throughout the whole moving experience. From the texts from me changing the date to the last piece of furniture unloaded they listened to me and made suggestions that made better sense. I only moved a short distance but they accommodated stopping and dropping off a mattress at my new apt. before taking the rest of my things to my stage facility. I will highly recommend them until they retire!
Galindo Moving & DeliveryGalindo Moving & Delivery
Virag D.
Hands down the best movers in town, we’ve worked with Two men and a truck as well as E-Z Movers and I have to say choosing Granat Labor was the best decision, him and his team made sure they were on time, very responsive and no hidden fees and no catches, they reassembled when needed and made sure we were happy!
Jim M.
The team was polite and hard working. Arrived on time and worked the entire time. I used them for a local move and would recommend them.
Eco cleaning companyEco cleaning company
Yakai H.
I hired Kenkays Moving Company for a pool table moving. The team was quite responsible and professional. The price was also competitive. Due to the tight entrance of my basement, they had to disassemble the center wooden piece from the pool table(which cost another 45 mins), but the team were quite patient. When they assembled the pool table, they made sure the slates were in the same level by using level tools. Overall I’m quite satisfied with their service!!
Jodi w.
John quickly responded to my inquiry. He completed the job, moving a heavy item upstairs, the next day. He was on time, helpful and very pleasant to work with. I wholeheartedly recommend John -without reservation.
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Evelyn K.
These Gentlemen are Work Dogs! They moved at a quick pace but being very professional and using all safety measures to not injure themselves or our belongings! So impressed with their work ethic and their ability to take direction. Thank you very much!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Noah K.
Bryan and a crew member showed up on time. They successfully moved a very heavy and awkward treadmill base down a flight of stairs which was not easy. At the end of the day they got it down cleanly and even helped put it together. Thanks again!
Effortless Computer RepairEffortless Computer Repair
Daphne P.
This is long overdue, but we couldn’t have had a smoother experience. They were on time, quick and efficient. Everything was handled and loaded with care. They ensured that we were pleased with every approach they took. We will actually be hiring them again for another relative’s move.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Rebecca S.
Greg and his partner were great! I made an inquiry about moving furniture from one floor of my house to another and they were available the next day. They showed up within their predicted window and were both professional and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend Byndom Transportation!
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
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