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Q & A

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.

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’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. 

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.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Streamwood movers
Barb B.
The guys were professional and fun at the same time. Move went without incident. Good value for the hard, hot work this move was. Use these guys! You won't go wrong! Thanks, Jose, John and Joel!
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Asma B.
We hired Jay to move us out of our apartment, and into our new home. Jay and his cousin did a great, seamless job. Very smooth and professional move. I would recommend him to anyone!
Jay’s Ministry Of MagicJay’s Ministry Of Magic
Annette B.
One of the smoothest moves I have ever had. I was very pleased with the entire experience.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Kevin G.
The guys did a great job and quickly too would highly recommend you to anyone that is moving !! Thanks for a job well done
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Jack F.
These guys were amazing and loaded my POD very secure. They were very polite young gentleman, with lots of energy and made moving fun. I'm definitely going to hire them when I move into my new townhome. Angela the coordinator was very responsive, and had everything set up within 24 hours. This team was amazing!!! Don't hesitate!!!!
Techno Moving & Labor Services.Techno Moving & Labor Services.
Helen Z.
Jessie is super good! We called up them at the last minute to schedule the moving on the same day afternoon. Jessie replied each of my message and showed up on time with his guys… since we have tons of boxes, big and small, and some furniture and fragile stuffs, Jessie organized them well in the truck, and helped us saved a lot of spaces. He is very professional and very careful on my newly painted walls and doors during the moving, really appreciate your service Jessie!
Five Stars Junk Removal LLCFive Stars Junk Removal LLC
Ted A.
These guys were great. We had a 4 bedroom house worth of things to move out of two storage units and into a house. They recommended 4 people and quoted us 6.5 hours. Coordinating with Joel before the move was a piece of cake. They worked hard and deliberately on the clock but never rushed while handling things or packing the truck. They wrapped and took good care of the nicer pieces of furniture (worth the extra $) and were very receptive to us directing which box went where in the house. In the end, they were faster than expected, wrapped some things for extra $, and the total was very close to the quoted price.
Lyons MovingLyons Moving
Shayan S.
These guys were really great. Travis is really pro, did everything very smoothly. Every penny for 7hrs was really worth it. I would highly recommend them but just make sure you send some pictures of the entire move so Travis can help you suggest if it needs a 2men or 3men crew 👍
the athletic moversthe athletic movers
Taelor K.
These guys showed up on time ready to work! Despite the heat and humidity (and the stairs-sorry guys!), they were SUPER QUICK! I couldn’t believe how fast they were. They got everything packed up from the first house, stopped at another house to pick up a piece of furniture for me, and then brought everything into the new house, in about 2 hours. They were very careful with all of my belongings too which I very much appreciated (I’ve heard horror stories of movers just tossing things around). These guys were very friendly, professional, and reasonably priced. I would 100% recommend and use again if needed!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
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