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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 Park Ridge movers
Thumbtack Customer
On short notice, Vitesse movers scheduled my move to begin at 2pm the day of move. However, on the day of the move, the truck broke down. Vitesse was in constant contact with me as they worked to get another truck. While the move ended later than I would have liked, I was thankful that they put in the extra effort to get it done that day. The actual movers were very friendly and polite even though they were working into the evening.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Christy E.
They are super great guys! We had heavy flagstones that needed to be moved for landscaping and they moved them quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend them for any big move! Very friendly and personable
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Madelene S.
The movers were responsive. They are experienced and well prepared. They did a nice job moving the piano and we had no issues. I would recommend.
Piano Moving World, LLCPiano Moving World, LLC
Paige K.
Travis and Ivan were a great team! He called the morning of the move to confirm an earlier arrival time, was careful with all of my items, and was a pleasure to have in my home. I would recommend The Athletic Movers for any move you have planned.
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Thumbtack Customer
I used Vitesse Moving on January 30 to move from my apartment to my house in Park Ridge. I have to say the move was the very best move I have every experienced. Oscar, Juan and John arrived fifteen minutes early and were extremely pleasant and professional. It was obvious they were experienced as they handled all my furniture without a hitch. When we arrived at our destination, they also were willing to move a few more items at the house that needed moving in order to accommodate the new furniture. They handled the entire movie in less than four hours! I was extremely impressed and would recommend them highly!
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
That movers came on time and were very helpful. The move took longer than expected but that did not bother them. I would use them again.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Patrick M.
I hired these guys to move a refrigerator approximately 15feet. It was not an easy task, I know because I moved it first. I wanted to hire professionals to move my refrigerator back into my kitchen because we had new tile put down. They came early, worked hard, and cleaned up before they left my house. If the time comes to hire movers again I most certainly will hire Salvador again.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Zarqa k.
Hired Domingo 2nd time for moving stuff. They are always very polite, professional and accommodating. Very reasonable pricing as well. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for professional movers.
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Jennifer E.
These guys were awesome! Wow! I would highly recommend RTO Express. They moved boxes, moved furniture, and assembled a treadmill within a short amount of time. They were very careful with everything! Again, highly recommended!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Lynn C.
Derek and his company were amazing. Worked to fit me in on their very tight schedule. Beyond expectations in their care and knowledge in moving an eliptical for me. Worked efficiently and helped move something else, in order to get the eliptical in. Amazing! Will certainly re-hire and refer people to.
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Dan M.
Needed a last minute move for a piece of exercise equipment, on a Sunday nonetheless, and they were here within an hour or two of connecting. Highly recommend!
Tys InnTys Inn
Scot C.
They were a fantastic help on short notice to move a dresser inside of my house that came while I was out of town. Would recommend to anyone!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Diane R.
Ronald responded to my request promptly, came to my house on time and he handled the moving job professionally. I highly recommend Ronald!
Ronald LeeRonald Lee
Alex I.
David was able to quickly move a large dresser for me down a flight of stairs and I was extremely happy. I will be using him for future jobs.
Galindo Moving & DeliveryGalindo Moving & Delivery
Lisa E.
Very kind, fast working, nothing broken. I plan on hiring them again for a couple more moving projects. Thanks guys! Great job!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Jim M.
Only thing I didn’t like was a added fee of 25.00 that wasn’t discussed. Dave was very professional and agreed to do additional moving for an agreed upon fee.
Packed Moving SolutionsPacked Moving Solutions
William K.
Top notch all around. I've moved 7 times for work with other "brand name" movers. This team is unlike any other experience I have been lucky enough to have gone through. From initial contact through the team shutting the door on my new house.....KUDOS. absolutely positively without hesitation recommended. Thank you for accommodating my unique situation and over delivering.
Door 2 Door Moving ServicesDoor 2 Door Moving Services
Jeanine H.
David was prompt and completed the move of all of the furniture in less than the allotted time. He and his helper were able to handle a large China cabinet, couches and other items very efficiently.
Galindo Moving & DeliveryGalindo Moving & Delivery
Niko P.
These guys were just awesome. I hired them to move a very heavy aquarium system. They handled it with great care and expertise. They were very respectful of our property, listened to our concerns, and executed the pick up and delivery very smoothly. These guys are TOO NOTCH! Best pricing, too! You can’t go wrong with them. Highly recommended!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
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