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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 O Fallon movers
Lori H.
Otis and Marlin were very professional, hard-working, and reasonable. I appreciated their quality moving service very much. Thank you and I would recommend full service moving to anyone moving in or out of a home.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Anna B.
Perfect move. Easy to communicate with and very responsive.
High Priority Moving, LLCHigh Priority Moving, LLC
Amit L.
Kevin and his brother both were awesome in there job. Very satisfied with the service they provide…If you are looking for moving out and need help with Movers, they are the best Thanks, Amit
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Anupam N.
Excellent service...my move was hassle free...
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Jennifer H.
Responsive and professional. Made our move much easier!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The job was moving a 2 bedroom apartment into a walk out ranch home. The movers were there on time, and there were 3 movers and a truck which was the agreement. I would rate the move 4.5 stars. Good people, worked hard, and I think the amount of time it took to get the job done was reasonable. I have 2 issues: 1. They do not tell you that they will not take hanging clothes unless they are in bags. I assumed they would bring wardrobe boxes but those were extra and it was not explained as an option when I signed up. I quickly bagged all my hanging clothes and they did take them. The movers were nice about that. This was not the movers problem, but the people I called when I booked the move. 2. With my dressers they wrapped them well (great) but lifted them down the stairs instead of using a dolly. While that might seem like a great idea, they lifted them by the tops which put a l of stress on the tops. I found a couple support blocks from the inner part of the dresser in the drawers once I looked in the drawers. Again, great move, great movers, but just a couple things I would improve on. I would without question have them move me again, so I think that's the highest recommendation I can give.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Hilary E.
Arrived promptly. Professional and efficient. Made for a very smooth move.
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
Amit j.
I was looking for a movers very last minutes(same day) to move from an apartment. The manager (Paige) worked hard to get a crew to handle my situation as quickly as possible and she was very helpful. Dave and team were skilled and swift in loading, moving and unloading all my belongings with high quality care. I strongly recommend their services and will be using them for my future moving projects. Dave and team did an excellent move for us, value for money! They know how to carry heavy and fragile stuff efficiently. I was very happy and could not have been more grateful especially since it was short noticed.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Chris A.
I will definitely use Full Service Moving again. They were able to schedule on short notice, arrived punctually, were willing to use masks & gloves as required by the building & moved everything carefully & quickly.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Hileri P.
Helped us move a heavy treadmill to the basement! Excellent work!
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Ted S.
These guys are awesome. Don’t hesitate to use them for your moving needs.
Clutch Movez LLCClutch Movez LLC
Sarah W.
E&J Cleanouts were the best movers we have ever had! They were on time, moved more than we originally planned, and were very careful with all of our stuff. We will definitely be using them again!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Don M.
Chris and his team went above and beyond with the moving of the pool table and installation.
MCS Billiards Pool table Moving & ServicesMCS Billiards Pool table Moving & Services
Thumbtack Customer
on the day of the move only one mover shows up the other decides to call in so they had to get someone else to assist. They got a u haul truck that was too small and we had to make 2 trips....they complained the entire time regarding how many floors etc when that was all in the description before hire. they kept taking breaks and the move was took entirely too long. They broke both of my dressers and my sofa set is all scratched up. I am very upset with the entire move and the quality of their work. I will never use them again!
Leanne K.
Very rude on the phone "sorry don't want to do your move you suck"
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Cindy B.
Kevin and Adam did an excellent job moving my mom from assisted living. Super efficient and got the job done quickly with taking care to not cause damage. Would definitely recommend and use again for any moving needs I have.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Margaret S.
They are doing a local and long distance move for me. Good guys. Would hire again.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Great group of movers. Professional yet very personable. Worked hard for the full 6 hours.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
James L.
They responded very quickly and did a great job in moving a hot tub from , the front of the house to rear.
Howell LLCHowell LLC
Jeff N.
Mell was great to work with. Was able to move a heavy treadmill for me within minutes. Thankful so much for the help!
Mell's helpful handsMell's helpful hands
Amit R.
They were very kind and helped me moving quickly. Cost effiective and first class quality service. Thanks
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The moving crew had to deal with non-stop rain which made things more difficult than I would have liked. There were many things Rent-A-Vet did very well: they were able to accommodate a late schedule change. They crew was friendly and professional. Junior, Jay and JT showed up 15 minutes early for the move, which I appreciated. Things that could have been improved upon. They could have brought a bigger truck. Ours was a temporary move from a 2-bedroom home to a 3-bedroom duplex while awaiting new home construction. As such, we had a pod to be filled with storage items - roughly 55% of everything we have went into the pod, which Rent-A-Vet did a superb job of packing. Not everything we had left to move into the duplex fit in the truck. This was a big frustration for me because it meant making several car trips over the next two days to get the remainder of our stuff. And the kicker is - the only appliance we moved was a small deep freeze. All other appliances, stove, fridge, washer/dryer, - stayed with the house. I was charged retail price for moving equipment - TV boxes for flat screen tv's; moving blankets; and tie-down ratchets. Kind of sucked, but okay. Finally, while I was happy with the crew and I respect how hard they worked, I wished they would have been more careful. Several nicks in the kitchen chairs; broke the hutch off my computer desk and managed to break the frame on the window to the back door of the house we vacated. Moving houses is never fun. Rent-a-Vet did a good job overall. Will probably use again moving from this duplex to our new home in three months.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
John F.
I hired K&K to move some heavy furniture in my house. Some things had to be moved two flights. They showed up on time and worked hard. They were very pleasant. They did the work quickly and did just what I asked. I would definitely hire them again.
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Cindy C.
The 3 gentleman were very fast and helpful in everything I needed moved and put together! I was very happy!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Pratishtha A.
Had totally no issues was pretty seamless move. They were pretty fast and careful with the stuff. Would totally recommend. Thanks
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
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