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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 Chanhassen movers
Amber S.
Samir & Andrae arrived at 7:55am for an 8:00am move. It was an in house move as we are having floors installed on our main level. They were careful, efficient & very polite. We will use On Call Services again and request this team for the move back! Thk you!
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Patricia P.
They came prepared with everything they needed to move my sofa and to protect it during the move. They were prompt, efficient and friendly. I would use them again should the need arise.
MIdwest MovingMIdwest Moving
Josh A.
Amazing!!! Got me moved quickly, and helped a ton. A+++
Top Cat MoversTop Cat Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired TK Movers recently and they were truly outstanding! Our job ended up being a lot larger than anticipated and they worked from 8AM until after midnight with smiles the whole time! And they had another job early the next morning. They did an excellent job of moving, without damaging anything, which isn't always the case. They gladly did exactly what I asked with the furniture. I appreciated their positive attitudes and hard work ethic, which is a hard combination to find in a mover! I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking for a wonderful moving experience - at a decent cost to boot!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Stephen K.
On time, very careful, great personalities. Moved a 290 lb piece of exercise equipment from one home to another.
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
Julie S.
Tanner and Bernie arrived on time and were awesome! Hard workers who aimed to please. Very happy with how the move went. Thanks!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Angie S.
We had two guys moving all of our main floor furniture out into our garage including several heavy items (desks, bedroom set, sofa, piano, etc) as we were redoing all our hardwood floors. They moved everything in under two hours and carefully stacked everything in the garage. Would highly recommend and will definitely use again!
Mathias d.
They have a great attitude but things got beat up during the move. The way they handle the items, pack them in the truck and unload is not the way I expected it.
Sasikumar K.
Highly recommend.. Responded immediately and arrived on the same for moving. Very helpful. Loaded some of the boxes on their own truck, when there is not enough space in my rented truck.
Magnolia ServicesMagnolia Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great guys, were within the quoted time frame even with us adding a ton of boxes to what we wanted them to move. 100% would recommend.
The Move CrewThe Move Crew
Thumbtack Customer
Promptly received call and quote for services which was competetive and reasonable. Arrived early, sent plenty of help, movers were courteous, efficient, careful and did a great job.
On Call Services CompanyOn Call Services Company
Harish R.
Very prompt response, came in on time and took care of the moving job. Was very satisfied with them, they also helped me assemble the furniture and clean up the boxes after the work.
Goal Line MovingGoal Line Moving
Rebecca M.
Everything from start to finish was excellent with TrueCare. We were moving furniture from a house to a memory care unit (a studio apartment worth of furniture) and every person I spoke to or worked with was phenomenal. The movers were efficient and handled items with care, and the folks at the office made sure to be really thorough in asking what I needed to ensure we could get an appropriate estimate. Above and beyond at every level and I 100% recommend you check them out!
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
Suzanne O.
Wow! We are so impressed with TK Movers! They were willing to work with us to fit our specific needs all while navigating COVID-19. They were efficient, kind, and thoughtful. Would highly recommend!
TK Movers LLCTK Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had them move a large hutch from one room to another and they did a great job on short notice and at a fair price. Two guys sent and both real friendly an did great job. Would use again and recommend them.
Straightline Transfer and Moving LLCStraightline Transfer and Moving LLC
Tia E.
I am completely happy with my experience. From the beginning, communication was exceptional. The people I spoke to on the phone were very friendly and helpful. It was clearly communicated when I could expect my drivers and they were very punctual. The young men that helped us move were friendly, respectful of our property, and I feel, really went above and beyond to make our move as stress free as possible. Our driveway happened to be particularly icy that day and when I ran to fetch some salt, they helped me carry it from my car and one of the young men even volunteered to sprinkle salt on the driveway. I was so touched by his kindness. And when the service was complete they went over the cost in detail so there were no surprises with my bill. I can't say enough about these guys and the overall experience. Thanks again.
TrueCare Moving ServiceTrueCare Moving Service
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