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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 Romeoville movers
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic moving experience. This company arrived on time. The crew was very very nice and efficient. I was charged the amount quoted to me. I highly recommend this company! Illinois Valley Movers you rock!!!!
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Overall I think they did a good job! The movers were very polite and handled our items with care. The only negative thing I have to say is that they were a bit slower than past movers we have hired and they had to wrap EVERYTHING in plastic wrap. It was a bit ridiculous and even after telling the lead mover that only the big and fragile things needed to be wrapped he insisted on everything. This took forever and easily cost us an extra two hours (we had a local move). Also they packed our truck very loosely which meant we had to take two trips to our storage unit. With previous moving companies they packed things snugly on the truck and stacked furniture so it wouldn't move around. These guys didn't seem to know how to do that. At the end of the day I was annoyed at how long the move took BUT all of our items made it in one piece and the overall price was reasonable. I'd hire them again only if they picked up the pace a bit!!
Apex Pinnacle Moving &  Construction CompanyApex Pinnacle Moving & Construction Company
Thumbtack Customer
The two gentlemen who helped me on move day were on time, very professional and handled my items with care. I would highly recommended Vitesse and their moving services. Their pricing was also very straightforward with no hidden fees.
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Deric H.
Top notch in terms of care for the 3 large furniture pieces they moved for me. Dave has a process for every step, from the way the piece is loaded, to how it is secured, to unloading, to moving and placing the piece, and it pays off big! My job was a short haul between Romeoville and Plainfield. I received bids of $200 to $300 for the job. I went with Dave at $300. Man, am I glad I did. Flawless execution in the move. Highly recommend!
Packed Moving SolutionsPacked Moving Solutions
Matthew v.
Heavy Hitter Laborer service LLCHeavy Hitter Laborer service LLC
Andre T.
Alex is a great guy who really means well, however I feel that his crew is better suited for smaller moves such as 1 or 2 bedrooms apartments. My home is a 3bedroom with a basement and a study. Even having this information before hand they still showed up with a U-Haul rental that was too small for the move. After about 3 1/2 hours it became clear that they were in over your heads. By the end of the move tempers were flared and I ended up with a couple beat up walls and two crack dresser drawers. Ultimately it was my fault, I excepted their services. On positive side they did finish the move and I appreciate the hard work it took to lift, carry and place boxes as well as furniture inside each room of my new home.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Neshelle B.
Had to hire them when my movers cancelled last minute due to snow. Techno was 1 of the only companies available to accommodate my same day service regardless of temperature or precipitation. Paul and his partner were great. They moved everything quickly and efficiently. Everything went seamlessly. Definitely will be using this company again.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
Kory M.
Great experience! They were very responsive and worked very efficiently. I was so happy with the experience that I intend to hire them again for my next move!
Illinois Valley MoversIllinois Valley Movers
They had to move us twice once to a storage unit and a week later to our new house both times an excellent job, hard working guys! highly recommend them.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Monique T.
They responded quickly and were quick. They moved my heavy item the next day and within 30 minutes were done. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends.
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Shanice B.
Nick & his crew from B12 moving were incredible, they arrived at 15 mins early and began right away. They began wrapping, and moving everything with care quickly and efficiently. My destination was 35mins away, they even dropped off some furniture off at moms place then took the remaining items to my storage unit. They were completely done with everything within 4 hours. They were great and I will be booking them again for sure!
B12 MovingB12 Moving
Angela W.
This was one of the best moving experiences I’ve had. They came on time. Wrapped my items for safe transportation, communicated effectively, and didn’t damage any of my items. I plan to use them again!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Thumbtack Customer
I was really nervous about using a moving company for the first time, but Brad made me feel at ease. Daniel, Dennis, and Phil were amazing. They were on time, worked quickly and efficiently, and were very polite and professional. I will definitely use Vitesse again and recommend them to family and friends!!!
Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc.
Julio C.
Matt ,Ray and Adian were awesome-Handle everything like it was their own . From communication as far as scheduling as to when they were going to arrive and how long they were going to estimate. I had a full two-story home along with full-size basement. The crew worked nonstop only took a 15 minute break ,will hire these guys again when it’s time to move from the containers to my new place. They packed and loaded the 2 containers as tight as possible, shrink wrapped everything and used cardboard and pads when they needed to. True pros .. always looking out for my best interest. Great pricing
TTG MOVERS (Chicago)TTG MOVERS (Chicago)
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