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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

Reviews for Round Lake Beach movers
Cheryl L.
This moving company was great! Very professional and very affordable. I hired them for two moves and saw the same quality service for each move. Highly recommend!
Mark’s Moving & MoreMark’s Moving & More
NANCY E.
SERVE&PROTECT MOVERS WERE ON TIME AND TOOK GREAT CARE IN MOVING HEAVY ITEMS TO OUR BASEMENT.
SERVE&PROTECT MOVERSSERVE&PROTECT MOVERS
Steve B.
A great experience. The movers were professional and courteous and handled the job with ease. Would definitely recommend. I’ll be calling them for my next move.
Moving Labor NowMoving Labor Now
Deb J.
This was a difficult item to move and the team was patient and thoughtful and did the job.
Technowiiz Home Services LLCTechnowiiz Home Services LLC
John R.
M.S. did a great job with our move and would highly recommend.
Mark’s Moving & MoreMark’s Moving & More
Thumbtack Customer
Chicago Moving and Storage were excellent in several ways - 1) planning 2) super hospitable 3) can-do spirit and 4) fast and efficient. The piano was well protected and moved well. They tried to make sure everything was well protected.
Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.Chicagoland Moving and Storage inc.
Michael C.
Definitely going to hire John and his team next time we need furniture moved.
Bear MovingBear Moving
Feusha P.
I must admit I was scared and even skeptical. I often think with so many good reviews it’s a possibility that it could be fake. Well, I’m real and so is this review. I had a small one bedroom move from San Diego, CA to Round Lake, IL. There are A LOT of scam movers and I even experienced one with charter van lines. I would recommend to not do brokers because you get what you pay for! I decided against moving with Charter and chose STI. I’m glad I did. They were a bit more expensive but I decided my things were worth it. On the day of arrival they did come earlier than expected on the second day of the 3 day window which was fine with me. My mover was Jimmy and Mondo. They did an excellent job with securing everything and packing it up into the truck perfectly. No damage was done to the furniture or home on the way out and I was very impressed. The dispatcher said they had a 14 business days window for delivery since it was such a long move. That was to be expected and every moving company pretty much said the same. However, they had my things to me within 4 business days (6 days total) which is amazing. They arrived Thursday afternoon on time as scheduled and allowed me to do a complete inventory as they move my things into my new home. I examined everything closely as they moved it inside. Not a box damaged!!! I can’t believe it. Everything was accounted for. Jimmy was at the drop off with a young man that I didn’t get a chance to get his name but both were great! This move was nothing less than perfect. I have not started unpacking and I will update as soon as I do!
STI Moving & Storage, Inc.STI Moving & Storage, Inc.
Bailey L.
These movers were great to work with! It felt like they truly cared about my belongings as if they were their own. They took time and care to pack them nicely and securely in the truck and storage unit. They even took my art/paintings with them in the truck cab to ensure their safety. The movers were so courteous and had great communication. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!
The Helpers ConstructionThe Helpers Construction
Joe G.
Worst experience. Quoted $89/hr on Thumbtack. The quoted $200 move estimate was actually $850. The quote also failed to mention that I would be charged $50 an hour for 5+ hours of a truck fee for the truck with a driver in it doing nothing. I would never use this company again and urge others to avoid. In addition, they had no moving blankets in the truck due to miscommunication and a few items were damaged, including my $500 office desk. The only decent part was the two movers were pleasant. Update: Bellhops below thanked me for a "positive" experience. Did they not read my review? Reflection of their "customer service".
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Marjorie F.
Unfortunately the piece that I want moved was too big to get around corners. However they were very patient and tried their best. Very friendly . I would hire again.
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Carolyn E.
Greg was great! I had a small move in the northern burbs and he was one of the few that could help. I’m so glad I found him! Communication was clear, he and his team arrived on time and worked quickly. Greg was so helpful - they assembled the bed and they helped with small boxes and items from my car too. Whatever we needed to make the move smooth, they were there! I highly recommend Byndom Transportation and will use them in the future.
Byndom LLC TransportationByndom LLC Transportation
Aimee V.
These gentlemen were professional, polite, and punctual. I'm so grateful for their help carrying my stuff all the way to my 3rd floor apartment and that they were available on such short notice. I will for sure use them again in the future and highly recommend them to anyone who needs help on their move 👍
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
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