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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. 

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. 

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 Peoria movers
Jessica K.
John and Jackson were awesome to work with. They both promptly showed up and dove straight into the work. We had fridges, a stove, washer and dryer, and multiple other large items to move. It was a tough move too! They were very careful when moving and considerate of the home and the items they were moving. Reasonably priced and extremely friendly and professional! Would definitely recommend these guys to anyone needing help moving!
Squared Away ServicesSquared Away Services
Tara V.
John was professional, friendly, and moved my mattress seamlessly. I would definitely hire him again!
Squared Away ServicesSquared Away Services
Emily B.
Wonderful service, very punctual, respectful, and fast. We needed a 350lb 200 gallon fish tank moved down a flight of stairs and around several difficult angles. They did a great job and in a very timely manor. We will definitely be using Squared Away for our next moving needs.
Squared Away ServicesSquared Away Services
Thumbtack Customer
The two movers showed up on time and finished the job quickly. They were very polite, friendly, and careful with my furniture. They even offered to help me move a few additional items that were too heavy for me to carry. I was overall very impressed with their service and would definitely hire them again with no hesitation. I highly recommend this company!
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
Reuben V.
DO NOT HIRE THIS MOVING COMPANY IF YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. The quality of work is poor and overall unprofessional from movers to manager. Be prepared not to take responsibility from any of them if damage happens to your property. They think I’m complaining to get a little refund. I told them I will handle damages to property. I was just waiting for someone to apologize, but did not happen. One star. Look for someone else!!!!!
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Angela K.
We LOVED these guys!!!! They were exceptional! Mike stayed in constant contact with me as we moved from Denver to Peoria, Illinois so we were able to pin down timing for unloading our moving truck. Mike and his team showed up early, were professional and kind. They meant business and showed up to work as efficiently and as carefully as possible. There was not a single wasted minute and I would use Howell, LLC again in a heartbeat.
Howell LLCHowell LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Richard Salyars of Straight Shooters Hauling Services has no insurance, breaks things, and won’t do anything about it. I asked him to pick up a treadclimber (like a treadmill)from someone's home to bring to me. When he arrived he put 3 screws and 4 washers in my hand and said, "we had to take it apart." (he smelt like alcohol as well) When they brought it in the plastic casing was broken and can not be reattached. The plastic was pulled off as if they tried to lift it from the plastic and it broke off. Also, the grey chord was hanging from the bottom of the counsel. They attempted to reassemble but kept saying, “I don’t know about these things.” He said the plastic casing fell off when they first touched it. When the council was put up it wouldn’t start and there is a screw missing on the structure now. The chord that goes through the counsel down to the ground and back through the metal casing to hook to the motor was hanging out the bottom. It had a kink. He then decided to open the casing and now the electrical wiring is exposed. I paid him $120 in cash so they would leave my home. The next day I called him and I asked why did he not call me or take a picture then. Richard Salyars said, “I thought you knew it was broken when you bought it.” I told him when I tried it 2 weeks ago it was together and worked. I asked him why he didn’t call when he decided he needed to take it apart cause I would have declined. Richard said, “ it’s like when I take a mirror off a dresser.” I said a treadcliamber is much different than a dresser. When I asked what he is going to do he said, “nothing.” I asked about him using his insurance and he said, “I don’t have any insurance.” I said I thought you were a professional mover. He said, “I am not a professional. I am not mover I am a hauler.” Eventually this obviously not a professional hung up on me. I paid $1200 for this treadclimber which is broken now and does not work.
Straight Shooters Trash out ServicesStraight Shooters Trash out Services
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