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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 Springfield movers
Ron S.
Great price, very polite, professional and accommodating. Did a great job helping move my 81 yr. old sister. Offered to help with anything I needed moved, even at the last minute. If you need a mover, I checked with several, this is the one to use! I highly recommend Tetris. Ask for Jason (great young man) Ron Streeval Lapel, Indiana
Tetris ProfessionalsTetris Professionals
Precious R.
The guys were just beyond great. Their attitudes, work ethic and personality all around was very respectful & professional. They arrival in a timely manner even though they travel out of town to move me. Communication and response time was also great. The protected and wrapped my items with delicacy and was very patience throughout the whole move even when I added an additional stop prior to the original invoice. I also had an inconvenience of my elevators going out of order and the guys had to use the stairs to move everything out ( 4 flights of long stairs). They didn’t complain not once and definitely came to get the job done regardless of the circumstances. My boyfriend and I also decided to help to make the move a little smoother…. The best movers around!
Lee's Family MovingLee's Family Moving
Azariah J.
They did a good job and moved quickly and efficiently. They arrived within the timeframe they were supposed to, and were friendly and polite.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Lauren P.
The movers were great! Fairly priced, and worked very hard. I'd definitely recommend them and hire them again.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
LaDonna S.
I was very impressed with everything they did. They are by far the best around Illinois. Very nice and professional. Not one single issue!! They moved me about 90 miles.
Lee's Family MovingLee's Family Moving
Chuxtan G.
Joe and Justin arrived right as promised and called as they arrived, and went right to work. They worked tirelessly, and responded to every request, though they needed little direction. They worked efficiently packing and moving our things, and accommodated a few variations of the initial plan. I thought they should take a few more breaks since they worked so hard, but they were focused and used every minute to finish the job. I would and will call on Elite Home Movers again! Thanks Joe and Justin!
Elite Home MovingElite Home Moving
Juan H.
Team was prompt, professional, and did a great job staying in communication through entire process. Brian was very responsive when I needed a tight turnaround on long distance move, and would recommend using his team and service to anyone. Great job done.
HomeRun Moving Co.HomeRun Moving Co.
Jim B.
Very reasonable and dependable. Handled the job with extreme professionalism. Jared was is a rare find in Spfld. If you have anything you need moved or hauled, call Jared!!!! He is not afraid to tackle anything. I have used the locally run 2 Guys &A truck and was very disappointed so I sure didn’t want to use them again and have my furniture damaged again, so I tried Jared. He is my first call from now on. GREAT JOB!!!!!! 5 Star Company
Affordable Junk Removal of Central IL, LLCAffordable Junk Removal of Central IL, LLC
Robert H.
Don’t know what kind of service they perform because they never showed up. I called to confirm the day before and was told everything was good to go. Next mornin nobody showed up. I called the owner or whoever answers that that number and was tool he didn’t know where they were at he was out of the state. Was going to call and check and call me back and never called I finally got back in touch with him and he again told me he was in California and couldn’t reach anybody. Had to call around and find another company and take off work another day to get moved.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
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