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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 Wilmette movers
Dan V.
Lavell and his crew were great. They completely understood the item that we being moved and how careful they needed to be. They were extremely responsive and polite in handling my move and a highly recommend them.
Lavell Moving & HaulingLavell Moving & Hauling
Patricia S.
The movers were prompt, careful and skillful in moving some large furniture through some tight spaces. They reassembled some modular office furniture very carefully and efficiently. I would definitely hire them again.
Next Door MoversNext Door Movers
Robert W.
Derek @ Granant Movers is excellent to work with & look forward to using his services again .
Kaykar Group LLCKaykar Group LLC
Larry H.
On time, fast, courteous, and careful. That is what you want in a Piano Mover. Highly recommended!
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Jack G.
Excellent, super-fast and efficient, with two very helpful and kind young men doing the moving
SafeHands Movers and Delivery SystemSafeHands Movers and Delivery System
Dan S.
If you want your move done right, then hire Kenkays Moving Company. Talking about value, they did more than full day's work in about 5 hours - and only charged us for the 5 hours! They pretty much never stopped moving the whole while, and each piece or box was in exactly the place we wanted it when they were done - without a scratch on anything. We had a rather unique move into our new house, and they offered excellent suggestions & easy solutions to come up with the best way to do things. THANKS to Kenkays, we were able to pick up right where we left off in our new home. And we won't forget the friendly smiles on each of the Kenkays' team members' faces, while they were doing a great job.
Jacqui P.
I was skeptical if our new and very large and heavy vanity would make it to our 3rd floor converted attic space. Freddie, Freddie, and Mamo accomplished the impossible! They carefully protected this large piece of furniture by cleverly covering it with the packing material and plastic wrap. They managed to move this piece up 2 and a half flights of narrow steps. They also did this difficult job with a smile and a laugh. Thank you, Welcome Home Moving!
Welcome Home MovingWelcome Home Moving
Jeremy V.
All I can say is wow! These guys exceeded my expectations. We had a spinet piano that we wanted to move to our second floor and based on the stair size and configuration, we thought it was impossible. Let me tell you, these guys made the impossible possible. They not only the piano up there, they also help with another item while they were there. Can’t recommend more if you need to move piano and/or large item. Thanks again.
Jake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLCJake's Piano and Expert Moving Services LLC
Amy M.
These guys were excellent!! They did a tremendous job moving a very large sectional couch and were extremely careful. They responded and did the work same day. And they are extremely polite and professional! Will use again for sure!
Faith on the move 🛻🛻Faith on the move 🛻🛻
Susan M.
Jeremy was wonderful to work with. The crew he brought were very capable and careful not to mar walls or ruin any furniture. They had to maneuver a couch into a tight entranceway and they did it with skill! I would definitely hire him again for any moving job.
Kennebrew Moving & Transportation LogisticsKennebrew Moving & Transportation Logistics
Jim S.
We could not have asked for more!!! We were so pleased with the demeanor, work ethic and general pleasant attitude of these professionals. We will definitely recommend them to our family and friends and hope to ask them to help us out in the future. We only needed to move a treadmill, but that is a big job in itself. They were efficient and the price was right!
Pirsha 2000Pirsha 2000
Richard P.
These are the greatest movers anyone could want. The price is unbeatable. The quality of their work is beyond outstanding. Two of these guys did the work of six men in half the time. They were also very flexible to my schedule. When I first heard about Elite, all I kept thinking to myself is, "Too good to be true". I somewhat expected them to be a no show. I've never been happier to be proven so wrong.
Elite Home MovingElite Home Moving
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