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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 Oak Forest movers
Lynn E.
This moving company was very professional and helpful. They did it as a last minute move since the movers I had hired the day before never showed up. The lady I talked to on the phone was very helpful and made the move happen. If I ever move again I certainly would use them again and I highly recommend them.
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
Blake B.
Kennebrew did a great job on our move. They were very professional and responsive to every aspect of our moving process.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Ray p.
Was able to move a piano up 9 steps and move from oak forest to Montgomery I’ll. Arrived on time reasonably priced
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
John A.
Successful move! Two guys came and assisted with the moving and lifting of heavy things. They were professional and hard-working. I’d use them again.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My move got off to a late start, but along the way, I received phone calls about the hold and was kept informed, so it was fine. The gentlemen who moved us, were hard working and efficient. They did a great job!
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I started my search for a moving company long before the date needed. I read reviews and Chris contacted me quickly! He stayed in touch with me and answered my questions since I never moved long distance before and haven't moved in 25 years. Chris and his crew were more than courteous and kind. Very hard workers. Professional and very cautious with our belongings. Wrapped everything, tied down everything in the truck. Took more items than I asked him too. Do not hesitate to hire Illinois Valley Movers! Questions. Please call me 708-704-1447
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Roxanne P.
Would recommend them. Moved my treadmill from garage to upstairs. Was careful not to hit walls. Good job!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Sarah H.
These guys are great! I cannot think of one complaint ! Helped me move in a pinch from a third floor to a 2nd floor 40+ miles apart! I am keeping the contact for picking up my new furniture!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tore out a carpet, tack board and underlayment. Moved 2 sofas and an electric fireplace to clear our 11x22" family room for a new vinyl floor laminate. They were very thorough, friendly and did a great job in a reasonable amount of time. I will let others know they have a reliable gtwosome right in the area. Lots of seniors need help and the price is very affordable. Thank you, Thumbtack!! Karen D
Pat and Al Clean HousePat and Al Clean House
Danni D.
I can’t in good conscious recommend this company. While the workers were nice the service was not without significant problems. Their 9am arrival was delayed until nearly 1pm for a family emergency, which I can understand but it threw off the entire schedule for the day. It also begs the question of how reliable they’ll be if the owner gets sick or has another family issue. When they finally arrive there were only 3 movers when (I paid for 4), which slowed down their progress. I was given a credit for the missing worker but ultimately i still felt very overcharged in comparison to what I would have paid to another company. In addition, his pricing structure is unnecessarily complicated especially in light of the missing worker. I really should have gone with a flat rate moving company. They were not very meticulous in the work they provided. My boxes were clearly labeled with “office”, “kitchen” etc, they still put boxes in the wrong place. Now, I have heavy office boxes upstairs in a bedroom that I have to pay someone else to come move down to their rightful places. They left empty water bottles in the old place instead of putting them in the trash and neglected to make sure they picked up everything from the old house that was on the list, like torchere lamps and labeled boxes. I hired another company to go back and pick up what was left behind. And finally, they broke a lamp, damaged a couple of freshly painted walls in the new house and badly scratched several pieces of furniture that I may not be able to have repaired.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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