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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 Saint Charles movers
Edna D.
Small movers did a wonderful job moving us. The movers were very nice and went out of their way to make this an easy smooth move!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Alexa O.
Arrived early, moved my entire apartment super quick and efficient. Will definitely hire again and recommend for future moves
HomeRun Moving CompanyHomeRun Moving Company
Sean A.
Very professional movers
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Lauren G.
This was the best move ever
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Sandy Y.
This company is awesome. Our movers handled our move expeditiously. We were very impressed. Would definitely recommend again.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Kathy W.
Very happy with both movers!
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My movers Matt, Kenny, and Devin were so polite, upbeat, and overall good guys. They made moving a breeze for me, and on top of being very careful, they were SO FAST! I will be using them anytime I move in the future.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Mitchell C.
For the original day scheduled for the move, no movers showed up. We were furious. The manager had no explanation and was very apologetic. Offered service first thing the next morning at a discount. Next day, movers showed up early, were very respectful and efficient. Great job.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The two movers were very friendly and polite. They took great care in carefully wrapping and moving my big china cabinet. I was very pleased with their service!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Jonah E.
We are very satisfied with how Easy Moving handled our move. They were quick to respond to all my inquiries, the price is reasonable and were right on time on the day of our move. They took great care of our stuff, wrapped some of our furniture that we didn’t even bother to wrap and was very professional and extremely organized. Michael and Chris did a great job. Thanks a lot, Easy Moving!
"Easy Moving""Easy Moving"
William A.
Great experience with the move out today. Full service moving sent a very experienced 3 man team that worked really well together and got the job done with care and concern for my items as well as the home. I'm very happy I chose Full Service Moving.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Melissa D.
Made the whole moving experience super easy!!
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Bellhops does not provide their movers with proper equipment
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Ann p.
Great movers. Would definitely hire again.
Small Movers LLCSmall Movers LLC
Laura D.
The 4 movers that showed up to move our furniture out of our 10x30 storage unit had to use two 26 foot trucks to fit everything. They were very punctual. They were all very friendly and professional. Best of all the were very efficient and very responsive and moved everything exactly where we wanted it. Would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants good, quality, professional and efficient movers.
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Genevieve W.
Thanks for making this such an easy and simple moving experience, Rex!
Rex Hauling LLCRex Hauling LLC
Lisa L.
Kevin did an awesome job in helping us load a UHaul truck and then help move the furniture into the house and move existing furniture around in rooms. He was very responsive, very punctual (checked in with me the day before and the day of) and also very professional! I would highly recommend K & K for your moving needs!
K&K Loading & Unloading Services LLCK&K Loading & Unloading Services LLC
Tim R.
Just have to say that Full Service Moving did a great job with our move. They were prompt, hard working, took care with our items and professional. I would use them again anytime.
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
Cindy m.
Brian was so professional and very communicative will call Brian for future moving !
Brian LeeBrian Lee
Thumbtack Customer
Keith, Mike and Tyrone were beyond amazing. They worked very hard and quick the entire time. My parents who helped oversee the move were also so impressed that they have been recommending Advanced Moving Systems non stop and commenting on how they were worth every penny. I will be more than happy to hire them again for my next move! Thank you all!
Advanced Moving Systems, LLCAdvanced Moving Systems, LLC
Clark M.
Had them move a few pieces and nothing but professional and courteous Would recommend them!
Upper Echelon ResumesUpper Echelon Resumes
Stacy S.
Easiest moving experience ever!!! I highly recommend them! Fair prices too!
Stay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLCStay Strong Cleanouts and Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were excellent to work with, on time and did not leave until they were done! Love it!
Emily E.
Ray and his team were absolutely amazing! Helped me move a baby grand piano on very short notice, went above and beyond helping me set it up for my husband. After moving it Ray even came back to tune it!
Piano Factory StlPiano Factory Stl
Craig P.
Movers weren’t very careful and rushed through the job. They weren’t wearing any safety clothing like gloves or steel toed boots to move heavy furniture and exercise equipment. They damaged door frames and a door and tracked mud into the house and on new carpet
Full Service MovingFull Service Moving
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