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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.

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 Vernon Hills movers
Tom J.
Difficult move due to loading dock vs elevator vs unit locations, but the Next Door Movers team hung in there and got it done.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Qian X.
Very easy procedure to get the quote and booked. The movers are very professional. They did a great job to move my furniture and boxes in a time manner. I expected around 3~4hrs move but they only used 2.5hrs. Definitely recommend Keep It Up!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Sharan K.
Guys were wonderful and did a great job in the moving. They also helped in moving the old furnitures to the trash area. Eduardo and Kristine were really helpful. I would recommend them
DOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutionsDOMINGUEZ moving delivery solutions
Suresh Kumar B.
I was moving my 2bd 1.5ba to a single house. David and his crew are highly unprofessional, unpunctual and irresponsible. They are not committed to move all of your things. They left so many items behind such as bed frame beams mid legs and most of the small items and their truck is not capable to fit 2 bedroom and basement items. Most items left in the garage and they promise me, they will come back tomorrow to pick the rest of items and they never show. If you have a time constrain to move all of your items Sweet Home movers is not your right choice. They don't have mover insurance incase they broke your expensive items and they don't cover, incase you want to extend your lease for 1 or 2 day due to delayed moving (circumstances).
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Viktoriya K.
I was very happy with Mountain Movers. Our situation with narrow doors was not easy, but Kelly found a solution and things worked out greatly. Recommend them to anyone who is looking for relatable movers.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Neeraja K.
Jose and his associate were on time and moved our heavy furniture with no problems, to a home with three levels. They did a great job packing everything and moving them while it was rainy and muddy outside! They also innovatively lifted our dining table through the balcony to fit in the dining room. We are just very happy that they helped us with this cumbersome move!
ShowTimeMovers LLCShowTimeMovers LLC
Bambi M.
One thing I have to point out is that the movers are very polite. We hear of some real bad experiences with rude and rough folks. That can add to your stress. Dimitry, the manager, particularly, is very professional and polite. Having said that, l do have to share why I am not giving them a full 5 stars. They came late and in a small truck so the entire move had to be broken up in 2 days instead of one. On the 2nd day, the movers did a part of the job and then simply said no to moving the heavy objects and left. We had to hire another local moving company, and spend extra, to move the appliances, boxes and chests upstairs. They were never rude but then just didn't finish the job. But they handled things carefully and didn't break anything, which is rare in a move. I hope they improve and don't repeat these actions with others. They are good people and deserve a chance. But we just didn't deserve the stress that came with hiring them.
Chicago Master Movers LLCChicago Master Movers LLC
Scott T.
Very good movers and move quickly. The estimate is lower than what you are going to have to pay in cash and showed up 2 hours late but once they got here did a good job 👏🏼 They will take your tv off the wall but not the brackets which makes no sense
Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.Sweet Home Movers Chicago Inc.
Justin M.
Needed a very heavy couch moved and they showed up to the minute of when they said they would, got the job done quickly and efficiently, and the price was more than fair compared to other movers. I would definitely recommend them and hire them again. Great work, nice guys.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
Josie E.
Aliksandr was great to talk to. I explained to him what I needed as I was moving from one 10x20 unit to another 10x20 unit. He gave me a quote for both 2 movers and 3 movers with a minimum of two hours labor and the truck. Aliks (a different Aliks), Erbol (sp?), and Tilik (sp?) were great. I previously signed up for the second storage unit on line where the website claimed it was 10x20 but did not have a chance to check it out prior to the move. When we got to the second unit, it was only 10x18! The office said they couldn't do anything about it but would give me a $25 one time credit. The original unit was filled to the top so I needed every bit of that 10x20 space that I was paying the storage facility for. The facility did not have another unit that was 10x20 to give to me. Aliks said they will try to make everything fit. It took more than two hours, which is what I expected, as I did have quite a bit to move. They worked very quickly, moving all of my items as well as the shelving, and also had to tear down and rebuild metal shelves that were 10' wide and about 7' tall. They put everything into the new unit even better than how I had it in the original unit and put everything in place so efficiently that there was even extra room available. I would definitely recommend them for your next move and will definitely be contacting them for any future moves. Thanks so much!
Alsam moversAlsam movers
Eric W.
These guys are great plain and simple. They take care of your items and provide a detailed plan on how things will be moved and provide you all you need to know to make it as simple as possible and accurate as possible. I’d hire these guys again! I plan to for a longer distance move. That’s how much confidence I have in them!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Shelly W.
They were so willing to work with us when we did not have an exact date on our end for moving the piano. Great communication and a job well done.
Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.Pinhead Piano Tuning Inc.
Leslie P.
The job was done fast and well and The price for the work that was done was more than fair. I will definitely be calling Kennebrew Moving and Transportation For future jobs. Awesome company!
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Toni P.
Very accommodating to our changing requirements with the move. They completed the job really quickly and under budget. Our only complaint was that they stacked heavy totes on top of boxes marked "fragile" in our garage.
Elite Moving & Storage IncElite Moving & Storage Inc
Chris C.
They were great to work with , very professional , good communication and I would for sure recommend them to any one who has anything to move big or small . I would use them again
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Sheri R.
These guys were great and much more reasonable than other quotes. I would definitely recommend using them. Not a scratch on anything and were even able to disassemble our treadmill move it and reassemble!
Keep It UpKeep It Up
Pascal O.
Highly recommend. Job took longer than estimated, more from my judgement than the team of 3 that arrived. Gave me the option to supply the truck or not, the amount of people and the timing. Even though I supplied the truck, the team that arrived had ramps, dollys, ramps, wrap and moving blankets. Will use again for sure.
Strong Boys Moving CompanyStrong Boys Moving Company
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