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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 Oak Lawn movers
Mary L.
Movers are very responsive and will let you Know what’s going on throughout the move. Reasonable prices.
Gina E.
Couldn’t be happier with the great job our team did for our move today. They wrapped our furniture, moved it without damaging anything, and were so affordable. I will recommend Keep It Up anytime someone I know needs movers!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Joe H.
We were moving from a 2 bedroom condo to a three bedroom house. I reached out to Travis for pricing and he responded right away with pricing and to gather information about our move. He reached out several times leading up to the move to see if we had questions. On moving day Travis called an hour before to let me know him and his team was in route. When he arrived he did a quick walk through and his team got to work. We were amazed how quick but organized they were when moving our items. They insured everything was protected and handled with the utmost care. His team was professional and kind. I would highly recommend hiring Athletic Movers for your next move. They made moving a breeze.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Patrick E.
Moved Treadmill from Storage to Basement. Move went well, equipment was unblemished, but floor scratched in basement. Minor issue, but would hire again.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Angela C.
Literally showed up day of and helped in a tricky moving situation and saved us our backs. The nicest guys who were super helpful and fun to be around in a stressful move.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
A little pricey but Fast, Reliable, and Prompt. Great Move!
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Susana F.
Thank you so much to The specialist moving services for helping me to move all my furniture, I called them that day and they was able to move me same day even with the temperature bellow zero, very professional and Jesus and the other two guys take care of my furniture, I truly appreciate your hard work...😀
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Denise v.
thank you for taking the extra time to complete moving large furniture.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Ashley G.
I couldn’t be happier with Pro Smart Moving! I reached out Wednesday night and the movers were here Thursday afternoon! The piece I needed moved was a laser engraving machine that weighed 330lbs. There were stairs involved as well as tight corners to turn. They did fantastic! I’ll definitely use them again in the future, and I’ll also recommend their services! Thanks again guys!
Pro Smart MovingPro Smart Moving
Lakeisha G.
I don’t know where to start with how disappointed I am for using this company. To start it was off putting for the “on site manager” to start the move by discussing what he felt a standard tip was for a move my size... frankly I felt - how about you get the job done before performance review and tip discussion. I had 4 guys for my move to which often times 3 of the 4 stood around looking for guidance from the only one that could dissemble furniture- and they stood by and watched as if there were no other furniture that could be loaded.... time wasted. Paid for dissemble/resemble of 3 beds to which 1 bed was never dissembled and didn’t even make the move because they didn’t have a big enough truck. Be sure to list EVERY SINGLE ITEM in your house or else they will try to make it seem like it’s your fault for their mistake. Mind you miscellaneous items such as kids toys, never made the move, nor were they able to move several items that I did list on the inventory. I advised of 30 boxes to which I only had 20. Furthermore to text the owner and he defend defend defend and try to put everything on you as if it were your fault when I’m a very fair person - fair enough to even tip, when my family was flat out against it. To say I told him that everything that was on the list was moved was a flat out lie! HE TOLD ME MY move was way bigger that expected and continued to say his guys moved more than what was listed after I wrote in big letters NO MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS WERE MOVED AND ITEMS LISTED WERENT MOVE!!!! 1 entire bedroom WASNT moved minus the rug in my daughter room. DONT defend poor service accept humility and just be sorry. A lot of what the negative reviews on here mention were right!!!!
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Mary L.
This the second time I’ve used KENKAYS moving company. They are responsive and get the job done with reasonable prices.
Julie m.
Very experienced movers took good care of items their work quality was excellent I would recommend
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Justin W.
Fantastic company. They moved our piano the same day we contacted them with no issues. Friendly and prompt! Would recommend them to anyone. Thank you!
Piano Moving World, LLCPiano Moving World, LLC
Susan S.
I had a wonderful experience having our heavy reclining couch moved 15 minutes away by JC Elite. They are professional, respectful, and timely. I would highly recommend them.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were on time. They had the table packed up in less than an hour. Setup at the new place was about an hour and half. Caused no disturbance and left no mess behind. Highly recommended.
D. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table MovingD. Jaburek Billiards & Pool Table Moving
Angela C.
This company is awesome, they haven't even done my job yet. But after another company didn't show for my move today , Travis stepped up and I have a 3 man team for tomorrow!!!!
The Athletic MoversThe Athletic Movers
Zoe L.
I had the BEST experience. Dan called me back right away and helped me make the reservation. She was patient because I called a few times. The moment that Stan and his partner came in they went right to work. They were fast and professional. Nothing was broken! I even received a call while they were in the process asking if everything was ok. Amazing! They wrapped everything perfectly and carefully unwrapped all items. They even asked where to place it so that I did not have to move it. They were worth the money. Do not hesitate. I will use this company again when I move in the future.
Vroom Vroom MoversVroom Vroom Movers
Jim S.
Derek and Louie were phenomenal! They were extremely personable and accommodating. Derek contacted me almost immediately after I initiated the Thumbtack search and took care of my project the next day! They moved a large piece of exercise equipment and reassembled it for me. These guys are hardworking and customer focused, I definitely recommend them.
Let Me Get That MovingLet Me Get That Moving
Thumbtack Customer
They did a good move but they are not out standing, maybe for a office but not for a home lots of nicks, dings scratches on the furniture, I have a few very good paintings one is a original when I told them they took very good care of that particular painting but another they really put some damage on the frame and not in just one spot the whole frame, also they asked me what I wanted shrink wrapped normally the company shrink wraps just about everything and their truck very dirty my couch is filthy (a tan 3 piece) they used all my bubble wrap, ripped up some of my boxes, to cover one of my T Vs (you do not want card bard on a screen) but they hustle are courteous I went for price so I blame myself for this, quality and not price but I would recommend this company it just depends on what you are moving
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
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