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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Reviews for Palatine movers
Raji P.
Three young guys came to move they were very careful and very friendly. They were very quick. They made my move very pleasant.
Techno Moving & Junk Removal ServicesTechno Moving & Junk Removal Services
Kim H.
Chicagoland Moving & Storage is a great moving company! Ben was very professional, honest, explained everything to us and answered any questions that we had. He also quoted us a reasonable price for our move. On the day of our move, we had Tito and crew. They were absolutely fantastic! They were punctual, professional, personable, very careful with our items and moved quickly through the move. We ended up being under our estimate, which was great! The best part was that I lost my engagement ring in all the packing chaos the week before and I let Tito know to please look out for my ring in the move.... he found it! I was so overwhelmed with emotion and thanked him endlessly. They were all such a wonderful team to work with. They are truly a 5 star company! I would definitely use them again. Thank you Ben, Tito and crew!
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Rick N.
The movers showed up on time. We got it done quickly. They have good communication to confirm the move, let you know when they are on the way, and another call when five minutes out.
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Ted S.
Ready Movers was quick to get back to me, offering a fair rate for great work. Both Alex and Gleb wasted no time, moved everything with care, and even helped disassemble and assemble several items after I'd already packed my tools away. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to relocate, and would hire them myself for my next move without thinking twice.
Ready MoversReady Movers
Thumbtack Customer
The team that did my move were incredibly polite and thorough. My items were all wrapped very well and arrived in excellent condition. The team was very fast despite the fact that they were being paid by the hour. My only negative was that the woman I spoke with to schedule the move was not very clear and had to call me back twice to clarify details about the move that I had previously given her.
King David Moving & StorageKing David Moving & Storage
George S.
It was a very difficult, very heavy move. It was a Rowe Juke Box from the bassement to the garage. Up (11) steps. After a fes attempts they were able to move the Juke Box Player, but with some damage to the walls and floor. They were very appologic but of course nothing could be done. After a few minutes we settled the matter. They were very good but this move really tested their ability. Still a good choice.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were friendly, fast and efficient. They truly did handle our furniture as if it were their own.
Sycamore & Suburbs Moving ServiceSycamore & Suburbs Moving Service
Kavi D.
I highly recommend this moving service. They were responsiveness, efficient and extremely transparent and fair in their pricing!
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Emilio S.
Movers were very responsive to my needs. The employees they sent were very very good.
J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.J.C. Movers & Lumper Services, Inc.
Tom M.
Did a great job moving a huge dresser upstairs into a bedroom with a tight angle from the hallway.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Thumbtack Customer
Derrick and his crew did an outstanding job w our move this month. Derrick was very prompt w returning my emails and answered every question I had. He had some great recommendations to help our move go better ( he recommended 4 movers instead of 2-which was much better) the workers were very professional and hard working. I highly recommend them. I will definitly use them again.
Mobile Services Moving LaborMobile Services Moving Labor
Kara K.
Keep It Up did a great job helping us move out of our condo! They were on time, professional and very helpful! I could not believe how fast they were! We were very happy and made our move so much less stressful! Thank you!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Maju S.
Even though I hate writing negative reviews, for this vendor , I need to do this someone else doesn’t fall into their trap and tricks I hired this company for a local move (9.5 miles) , to move my home. David visited my home, saw everything that need to be moved and made an estimate for five hours and $850.00. My contract was to disassemble, pack, move, unpack a d assemble things. We both were clear in our communication and we agreed too. Between the estimate day and the day of actual move I moved almost all of personal clothings and got rid off a few furniture stuff ( actual items to be moved were far less than the estimate) Still on the day of the move, they took 8 hours, charged me $1489.00 and half the work was only done. None of the items were unpacked . They didn’t even bother to remove the plastic wraps on furniture. They dumped almost all the boxes in my living room. Surprisingly they didn’t write any identification on most boxes when they packed and moved. So at the destination nobody was able to figure out what was in each box I had to hire someone else the following two days to get my new home in order . Here is the trick, they will give you a quote and an estimate. Like insurance policies there is a * fine print which says we will bill you on a hourly basis and this is just an estimate..!! When they arrive, they simply kill time and keep the clock running. In my case three people came and two did most of the job. David , the leader and who owns the business did participate in the move for some simple items. He was ‘supervising’ for most part , but they billed me for three people. Such a rip off and tricky affair. On top of everything, they showed up late in the morning even though the schedule was planned two weeks in advance. It was a terrible experience and I would never recommend this company to anyone..!
Hollis D.
Great movers, worked fast and were very organized. Would definitely recommend them and use them again.
Jahnavi K.
Very professional movers! Arrived 5 minutes before the scheduled time and worked hard to make sure everything was right. They had to move my couch down a narrow set of stairs and bends. They were very patient and professional the entire time. I would hire them again if I need to.
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Mitral S.
From the time the pick up was scheduled, Jason kept in touch. Kept me updated when he will come pick up the table. Moving was very professional and they took care that none of my walls were scratched in the move. He also refelted the table making it look like new. Highly recommended
Bacues BilliardsBacues Billiards
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was awesome to work with! He showed up early and was very cautious with our belongings during our move. Scott and his crew went above and beyond and helped us set up beds, kitchen tables and other furniture we had to put together. He exceeded our expectations and we will definitely keep him in mind for future moves.
Sycamore & Suburbs Moving ServiceSycamore & Suburbs Moving Service
Sam M.
The best company to help you with the move. Everything was prompt. No damage, always came on time and always respond to all your questions. If you ask me I have never worked with a better company, and I am not talking about just moving companies. Go with them, their quote is one of the best, if you find something better then just compare the reviews. Dont ever go with Teray Boyd" from Ray's Removal Local/Long Distance Moving. Never work with him. This guy is a scammer and should not even be talked to. You can find him on Thumbtack. Don't ever hire him.
STI Moving & Storage, Inc.STI Moving & Storage, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Job really well done! First experience hiring movers and it was such a great experience. Major props to my two guys for not even making a mark on a wall!
You Move MeYou Move Me
Thumbtack Customer
Scott (and Kevin) did an outstanding job with my move on Saturday. They were prompt, polite, efficient. Fun guys to be around! Will definately use them again in the future!
Sycamore & Suburbs Moving ServiceSycamore & Suburbs Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Pinhead Piano to move our piano in and out of our home to the garage while having hardwood floors installed. They were careful, timely and professional.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Rita P.
These guys were absolutely fantastic! On-time, easy to work with, did everything they said they would and helped us with some difficult pieces of furniture we weren't sure what to do with. They took care of both the apartment we were moving out of and into, as well as our possessions. Professional, friendly, helpful. All around fantastic! Highly recommend you use them if you need to move locally or far off.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Thumbtack Customer
I did not end up hiring this company. I called to follow up on quote pricing and schedule so that I could make flight arrangements. I called back for more details and was told that my belongings would not be moved on their own, but moved when the "truck was full", presumably by other clients making a similar move, and that process could take 7-10 days. I wanted my belongings their sooner and was told that would be an "expedited move" which would cost an additional 60%. I agreed to the expedited service out of desperation, at which point, he put me on hold to check his computer and let me know there was no availability for the time we had been talking about this entire time. Feeling that my time has been wasted, I let him know that I would be reporting this to Thumbtack and he hung up on me. While they did not complete any work for me, I feel the company was not upfront in their quoting or communication.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Hamid s.
The caller was very rude. At first, he said they are available, after checking with my building manager to see if they are ok to use elevator at the moving time, they said we cannot.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Thumbtack Customer
Scott Edward's business Sycamore & Suburbs Moving Service moved my vintage Roper Range with exceptional care. After receiving his quote on line, we discussed the details, and they delivered and reassembled my stove on the same day! Accurate to his time estimation, Scott and company provided fast, friendly, reliable service at a cost we were both comfortable with. I highly recommend Sycamore & Suburbs, and will use them again in future situations. Thanks guys! You're the best! Marybeth A.
Sycamore & Suburbs Moving ServiceSycamore & Suburbs Moving Service
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