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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 South Bend movers
Matthew P.
My move with Pick Up Movers went absolutely fine. Their services are very affordable, but the most important thing is that they offer amazing and hardworking movers who will pack and move you in no time. My entire moving was finished in six business days. I moved from Indiana to Georgia.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Frank B.
Moving to another state within a short notice was never going to be an easy task. But thanks to the moving team of Pick Up Movers for making this huge task look so ordinary. First of all they were moderately priced and secondly they delivered everything they said before the move. The packing and moving services were awesome. Pickup and delivery were on time and the condition of the inventory was perfect. I got more than one reason to recommend this moving company. Keep it up guys.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Charles A. L.
The reason why I will always remember this move is the way Pick Up Movers handled this move. This company means pure business. Everything about them was so professional unlike other moving companies who are just out there to rip you off. My valuables were so neatly packed, carefully loaded and timely delivered by these professional movers. I had relocated before but never had I received such great service from any other moving company. Thanks guys!
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Alex H.
There are so many things that can go wrong during a move. But if you hire Pick Up Movers for the job, chances are it would go perfectly. They handled my move last month. They gave me such a good quote that I hired them right away. The movers arrived early on the moving day with all the proper tools. They finished the packing process very creatively and quickly. Then they loaded all my stuffs to the truck. The delivery was made on time. I checked the inventory list and everything survived the trip. They really couldn’t do anything wrong.
Pick Up Movers LLC INPick Up Movers LLC IN
Paul W.
I hired Pick Up Movers to move my belongings from Indiana to Alabama last month. Everything about these guys was so professional. They were punctual, both during arrival and delivery. My belongings were very safely transported by these capable and experienced movers. There was not even a scratch on them when they were delivered. The movers were always so helpful and friendly. This level of efficiency is so rare to find these days.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Caitlin G.
We had such a great experience with this company! After our terrible experience previously with a "name brand" company, we were extremely sceptical of using another moving company. But Alan, Fred & Nick were really spectacular! They were personable and extremely careful of our belongings and took the stress out of moving for us. I plan to refer them to anyone that I know who is moving and will most definitely use them for our next move!!!
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were very careful and kind. Would recommend to anyone.
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Hector R.
I have hired many different movers in the past, from the ones with lowest of prices to the fanciest front runners. But none of them measured up to the standards of Pick Up Movers. This company just blew my mind with their helpful customer service, experienced crew and reasonable prices. It’s a combination that is so rare in the moving business. But somehow these guys managed to provide amazing services at such low costs even in this economy. To add to their amazing list of achievements, none of my valuables suffered any damage while they helped me move.
Pick Up Movers LLC Chicago,ILPick Up Movers LLC Chicago,IL
Brigitte H.
The two movers really worked hard to get a washer/dryer combo into the basement.
Immediate Movers, LLCImmediate Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
they were on time efficient and friendly, would definitely hire again when moving!
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Max G.
Great company for a same day move. Prices are reasonable and people are friendly. They really tried to accommodate me and it showed. Would use them again in the future.
Elite Haulerz LLCElite Haulerz LLC
Patrick M.
Wii Move 4 U is great! Loaded my truck in an hour less than I expected, even with 3 flights of stairs. The truck is loaded efficiently and safely. Communication was good. Moving large furniture through a slightly below width door was handled with ease. As a bonus, the team was also very friendly as easy to get along with. Highly recommended! A quick side note: cash only.
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Thumbtack Customer
Jonathan (the "J" in G & J Handyman Services) moved so much of my furniture and boxes Monday. He is busy with another job, but took time to help me later in the day. He will be here again this evening and move the second 1/3 of my belongings - again after working a job he had already scheduled. He will finish me up on Wed morning by moving the last of my "stuff" and putting curtain rods up for me. I HIGHLY recommend him! He is a very nice man, a good efficient worker and respectful of my belongings and me! Wish he was my neighbor! I'm sure I could keep him busy the rest of the summer!
G & J Home  ServicesG & J Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
They moved furniture from our basement and transported it to another location. The two young men were courteous, friendly and competent! Very professional. I would use them again if the need arises. They did a great job!
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Wii Move 4 U! First off, the quoted price was great and better than anybody else. Alan had good communication and even when his team had an issue with their truck causing a delay, everything was professional and taken care of. Fred and Nate got to our place a few hours after our initial time slot and even though we were the last appointment at the end of a crappy day, they were totally professional and did a fantastic job. They saved my back and I was happy to pay and tip them for being a top tier service. I will recommend Wii Move 4 U to everyone looking for their service.
Wii Move 4 U (LLC)Wii Move 4 U (LLC)
Thumbtack Customer
Very, very nice people. The problem was after telling them that I was moving a full living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 3 grills and 2 outdoor ladders, they brought the smallest Uhaul. On the side of the van, it said studio apt to a 1 bedroom apt. Because of this, we had to make 3 trips and waisted a lot of time traveling that I was paying for. If they woud have rented a suitable van, it would have been taken a lot quicker and a better experience.
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