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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 Merrillville movers
Roy T.
This gentleman was on time and a professional. He completed all of the moving tasks without complaints, working consistently until he was completed. I would highly recommend this gentleman in the future for anyone who needs to move or needs to move certain items.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Monica J.
They are the best moving company! I had so many things to move in my school and they were quick, professional and really cared about what was going on.
Archer's Moving ServicesArcher's Moving Services
Tatianna b.
Great Service, Quick and easy move
Crisler MoversCrisler Movers
Kenesia C.
If you would like an honest review than this is it . These guys provided outstanding service ! We scheduled to move from my home to a small apartment at 11am today and I chatted with Ray who told me my things would be moved quickly and carefully .He definitely kept his promise ! The crew showed up on time and within an hr I had all of my things moved into my apartment. I have never had anyone moved my things so quickly . They were all incredibly professional, extremely careful, and very reasonable ! I would definitely recommend Crisler Movers to anyone who is looking to move!
Crisler MoversCrisler Movers
Melanie B.
This is such a wonderful moving company to work with. They are reliable and hardworking individuals, that take great pride in their work. If you are in the market for movers, do not hesitate to hire these guys!!!! They're awesome!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Darlene H.
Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. My movers were 8hrs late. They told me one thing the morning of my move and then I found out from the workers that they hadn't even had me scheduled for a move. Imagine my anxiety, I had to be out of my apartment the next day. I had to bare with it, but I do not recommend! They tracked mud through my home, banged up the walls and I had to argue about getting credit for my damages. The only positive was that the guys were very apologetic about everything, which helped. Moving in itself is stressful, but having bad movers almost gave me a panic attack. Overwhelmed would be an understatement.
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Janice B.
My moving experience was satisfying and stress-free thanks to Get Out Movers. Jermane and Quan were the best. They had all my belongings out of one house and moved into the other house in record time. I loved how professional and polite they both were and how respectful of my property they were. I was also impressed by Jermane's strength. He may look small but he is strong af! I will happily refer everyone I know to this honest, straightforward, hard-working young man.
Clarence J.
Big thanks to the guys helping me move my couch to my second floor apartment, appreciate the help!
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
Zernul S.
The 3 gentlemen that moved my expensive music gear and piano were prompt and swift. They walked in, assessed the job at hand, then went to work. Moving is not one of my favorite things to do and these guys made easy work of it, keeping my stress level to a zero. Great work, gents. Keep it up.
Pack And Load ProsPack And Load Pros
Krystle J.
John and his associate were amazing! Professional and efficient! They assisted in moving me from my 2 bedroom condo to home during the uncertainty of the riots. They worked diligently through the evening hours, successfully reassembling my furniture, and never losing stamina. I would highly recommend them for your moving needs! Thanks again!
RTO ExpressRTO Express
Morgan B.
They went above and beyond to help me get moved today. I had other movers come the same morning who could not complete the job. These guys were very respectful, efficient, and really know what they are doing! They turned my frustration around and made it smooth for me. I definitely recommend highly and will use them for future projects.
The Helpers ConstructionThe Helpers Construction
David S.
These guys where great if I could choose all the options I would. They came in the time period I was told and worked hard. Even after a long day of moving other peoples stuff they worked with my safe which was heavy and did a great job. I will definitely use them again; and recommend them to anyone who asks and is looking for movers you can’t go wrong with these guys.
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Keith K.
The crew of two worked like a crew of eight!! They were quick, professional and friendly. As the name of the company says, these gentlemen have integrity and will keep moving to give you the quality service you need! Thank you kindly gentlemen!!
Integrity Moving ServiceIntegrity Moving Service
Althea G.
I most definitely will be happy to recommend Mountain Movers and also use them again in the future. They were very respectful, responsive and fast. I needed them at the last minute and they came through for me and delivered exceptional service. They communicated their ETA with me and was very polite. They got the job done fast and didn’t try to waste my time on the clock. Great job!
Mountain Movers LLC.Mountain Movers LLC.
Morgan B.
I don't want to bash anyone but my experience was not positive. It started with a simple request not honored as I asked them to wear shoe covers. They were 30min late which was not a super big deal because I was informed. However it went left when he first would not unhook a gas line and asked me did I want to call someone to do it. What type of sense does that make when I'm supposed to be paying a "professional" to do a job? Then he acted as if he could not get my refrigerator passed a Tv mounted on a wall. The house is a bi-level so I get that it's a challenge but the pro should be prepared to find solutions in this situation ( this was not the case). He just continued to make excuses and I was highly upset so I asked them to put my belongings down and leave. I paid them 60 dollars just for coming and ended up having to scramble and find more movers which costed me more money and set my schedule back! The second team did everything without issue and got the same items out without issue! On top of that I saw damage to the floor at the top of the stairs where they could not get the refrigerator down which is now something else I have to pay for with my hard earned money!! They need to send my 60 back to pay for they're mistake .( I have a picture) If you need boxes moved they probably can help but anything else no.
JC Elite Transports LLCJC Elite Transports LLC
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