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JP Moving Services
4.8
from 834 reviews
  • 1275 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin H.
Verified review

JP Moving was affordable and professional. I have no complaints

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Larro's Moving Services
4.8
from 631 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1189 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah R.
Verified review

The guys were amazing. They made moving so easy. Can't recommend highly enough

TWO FRIENDS MOVERS
4.8
from 463 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 852 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew G.
Verified review

Did a fantastic job. Took great care of it stuff, and did a masterful job getting it all to fit in our storage unit. Note: they take their time to do it right, if you want a quick and dirty move on the cheap, look elsewhere, otherwise, highly recommended.

MEAA movers and junk removers
4.8
from 338 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 612 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer P.
Verified review

MEAA movers were great! They worked very quickly and no damages to any of my stuff - even moving up and down 3 stories of stairs in and out of apartments. Would definitely recommend!

Albion Moving and Storage
4.8
from 280 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 484 hires on Thumbtack
Cosmo W.
Verified review

Albion was great. After finding them on thumbtack I called and asked them about our planned move. They gave us an estimated time, talked through the things we could do to help, and said they'd be there at 10am on moving day. A week and a half later at 10am exactly they knocked on our door. The whole move went great, they moved our TV, a custom built computer and many other things we had trouble packing. It turns out they had to share an elevator at the new building, which slowed them down a bit. Had this not been the case I think their original estimate would have been spot on. Even with this slow down it wasn't that far off. On top of that their rates are very reasonable. Go with Albion.

Moving Services Transport
4.8
from 267 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 398 hires on Thumbtack
Ben L.
Verified review

We asked for help uncrating and moving a 300+ lb marble-top table to our upstairs dining area. Scott and 1 crew member handled it quickly and efficiently after coming out to estimate the work required, which helped us feel comfortable with the job. Everything is in the right place with no damage! They were extra helpful with a bizarre shipping crate and difficult stairs, and gave us great advice if we need to move it again in the future.

ReloCal Moving and Storage
4.6
from 269 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 607 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie M.
Verified review

They were great! Honest and efficient - our move was smooth and as easy as moving can be. They took great care of all of our belongings - I would definitely recommend them!

  • 6 years in business
  • 378 hires on Thumbtack
Merry S.
Verified review

Harp and his team did awesome moving and moving out cleaning for me. They fill holes and patch dry wall. Mount my tv and install faucet at my new place. Easy to work and communicate with them. Defining hire them again

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D and J moving
4.8
from 166 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 254 hires on Thumbtack
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Tran L.
Verified review

Dan and Jeff run one of those companies that actually care about clients. They are super friendly AND professional. - They respond very quickly, confirm everything ahead of time. - They show up on the exact scheduled time. - They give you one price for all your moving needs. - They are flexible & understanding, so I'd recommend letting them know what you need in advance and they'll work with you. - They move quickly to save you money. I cannot recommend Dan and Jeff enough. And this review is not sponsored in any way, just a very happy customer! :)

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  • 2 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
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Jack L.
Verified review

DDT Moving was perfect for my move. They were prompt, friendly, and moved very fast. We got my entire move down in 2.5 hrs. I would use DDT again for my next move.

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DMC Hauling
5.0
from 147 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura M.
Verified review

Came on time for a small moving job, were professional, friendly, a smooth and easy experience. I'd hire these guys again!

Leclair Moving
4.7
from 114 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
Rishi V.
Verified review

Really nice service and help. Horacio was amazing! I would definitely recommend Leclair moving.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
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Becky L.
Verified review

This is a review of my first experience with this company that took place a few months ago (09/06/2016). I was scheduled on a Wednesday at 10AM. Before any moving had been done I was already very pleased with the way they handled their business. Even though I contacted them last minute and needed their services ASAP they were extremely accommodating and found a date/time that worked best for me. My two movers, Sergey and Bogdan, gave me a heads up phone call to let me know they were on the way. They arrived right on time about 15 minutes later. I needed to move out all my belongings in my bedroom and a few pieces of furniture (bedset: queen mattress, bedframe, nightstand, computer desk, dresser) out of the bedroom right next to mine. Both rooms were at the top floor of a 3-story townhouse, and the only way to move my belongings into the truck was through 4 sets of stairs (that were super small, narrow and difficult to work with). They started on the empty room with the furniture first because I actually wasn't even fully done packing my room yet. My boyfriend supervised and said that they carefully wrapped everything and used a lot of bubble wrap and shrink film to make sure everything was very protected. My room was a more complicated because I still had random items and clothing articles scattered around, but Sergey and Bogdan did not mind at all and packed literally EVERYTHING without a single question. I can't imagine how difficult it was for them to get my ridiculously furniture down those stairs (I already get tired just carrying my laundry from the garage). After everything was packed up in their truck, they headed to my new destination. They arrived around the same time I did so I could tell they didn't try to delay their drive time. Sergey and Bogdan immediately began unloading everything into my new apartment. Whenever they did ask me questions, it was about how or where I preferred certain items to go. I was so surprised when they told me they had finished because they worked so fast and quietly. They were very kind and gave me a discount on top of the first discount they had given me already. Overall, their staff were friendly, very professional and polite and they work exceedingly well. In the future I will ONLY use Silicon Valley Luxury Moving for all my moving needs!!

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra S.
Verified review

oops I made a mistake... We did not hire Matthew to move junk but will hire you as a handyman ..great communication and understanding of the scope of his abilities

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M.P Movers
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Jamie X.
Verified review

Marquis did a great job disassembling and assembling my furniture and even helped me purchase missing screws. He gave me a reasonable and affordable quote and is efficient, quick, and good at communication. Would very much recommend!

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TORO Moving
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenna C.
Verified review

Nick and team arrived on time and were efficient in moving me from a third floor apartment to another third floor apartment. They wrapped all of items and took great care of my belongings - no dents or dings along the way! Above all they had a great attitude and were very professional. I would hire them again for my next move in a heartbeat.

  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Chamikara J.
Verified review

I had an excellent experience with Wally's moving and Junk removal service. Wally and team came on time (early actually) and worked very efficiently. They packed items I had not packed and disassembled (and re-assembled) large furniture. All furniture were nicely wrapped to prevent any scratches. I will not hesitate to recommend Wally's services.

Hauler@Me
4.5
from 18 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Kimmy C.
Verified review

Chris was great. Easy to communicate with. On time. Made moving my stuff easy and stress free. I would highly recommend Hauler@me!

  • 10 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh B.
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I received outstanding service from Betty, Omar, and Carlos in setting up and completing my furniture moving task today. Betty is a true professional, who was the only one of several people I reached out to who provided me a fair and clear quote for the furniture moving job I needed done in San Francisco. When Omar and Carlos arrived, they were helpful, kind, professional, careful, thorough, and friendly to work with. My experience overall was exceptional and I would use BJ’s multi service again, absolutely.

Clutter - San Francisco
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jay R.
Verified review

We called Clutter to help us move between apartments. The set up process was seamless and the person on the other end was great and funny. On moving day Alex S, Alex P and Darnell W came in on time, were extremely efficient and were fun to talk to. We were done in 4 hours! Alex being a magician with the ikea set up helped a ton too! They were great at navigating the tricky corners and didn't miss a beat even in the 90 plus heat. We loved the experience with clutter and we will definitely call on them again! Way better than all the last movers combined!

Renan
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Florian H.
Verified review

Renan was a HUGE Help. Moving is at best a very very bad thing to do on a tight schedule. It’s safe to say our move wouldn’t be happening on time without Renan’s help. I only wish he was available on the other end to help unpack... thanks for all the help!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do moving companies do?

Moving companies provide a range of services to help you physically move out of one residence and move into a new place. But moving companies can do so much more than just haul your belongings across town in a truck. The national average for moving company prices ($250-$350 per hour) reflects the range of services provided. Here are examples of all the ways moving companies can help:

  • Packing: Moving companies can pack your belongings for you. They typically charge a flat rate for both the box and the labor to pack the box. The more time-consuming the belongings are to pack, the higher the cost per box. For example, books could be $5 per box, linens $10 per box, and fine china and glassware $18 per box.
  • Specialty moving: Safely move a baby grand piano, a oversize aquarium, or other specialty items with the help of pro movers.
  • Storage: Many moving companies can store your belongings while you wait for a new home to be remodeled or closing of your new home to be finalized. If you’re moving long-distance, they often provide short-term storage free for a specific length of time, and a set rate after that (such as $60 per square cubic foot of storage space used).
  • Long-distance moves: No need to rent a trailer and move your things; a long-distance moving company can haul your belongings across the country for you. Typically they charge by the cubic foot for moves, with prices based on your destination.
  • Unpacking: Moving companies can even unpack your belongings for you after they have moved them. This is not as common, and will definitely increase the price, but can be helpful if you’re not able to tackle this task yourself.

How much does a moving company charge per hour?

When you’re ready to make a major move, it’s time to research moving companies’ prices. A moving company may charge on average anywhere between $25 and $100 per hour, per worker, for moving services. The price will vary with regional labor rates, local cost to do business, and the level of service the movers are providing. Nationally, the average hourly rate for a moving company is $250-$350 per hour. This price includes a range of pricing, from all-in service with four or more movers on site to standard hourly rates for one or two movers. Other factors that affect moving companies’ prices are packing, stairs (or elevators), and distance. For a full-service move, you pay movers to pack your belongings for you. You may pay for the cost of the moving boxes and an hourly rate per worker, and there may be additional charges for packing fragile items. Stairs will also add to your moving prices. Lifting and carrying boxes and furniture up and down stairs takes more time and creates more physical labor for the workers. Moving companies may charge flat rates for flights of stairs, such as $50-$70 per flight. A moving company may also charge a one-time fee for moving things via elevator, such as $75-$100. If parking is not accessible in front of your home or apartment building, there may also be an additional fee for the added distance to carry your belongings to the truck.

How much should you tip furniture movers?

Moving furniture is hard work and potentially dangerous unless you’re properly equipped. For anyone not ready to handle their heavy oak armoire alone, professional furniture movers can safely and efficiently move your items to another room in your house or across town as needed. The national average cost to hire heavy furniture movers is $150-$200 per hour. This rate could include multiple furniture movers working as a team to move items such as beds, armoires, billiards tables, pianos, shelves, tables, entertainment centers and more. Hourly rates can vary by region. If your furniture movers have arrived on time, done a great job, kept your home and belongings protected from scratches and dings, and completed the move as planned, a tip will be greatly appreciated. Moving companies suggest approximately 10 percent of the total bill as gratuity for those doing local moving jobs, which is also a good guideline for tipping heavy furniture movers. If the total bill for heavy moving was $100 and two workers were onsite, consider giving them $10 total, or $5 each for a job well done.

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 does it cost to move a one-bedroom apartment across the country?

Professional movers can handle the hard work of moving your one-bedroom apartment across the country for you. You can determine what your move will cost by learning the rate your movers charge per cubic foot and how they factor distance into the total cost. Cross-country movers typically charge based on your belongings rather than apartment size because that determines how much work they will have to do. For example, a studio apartment that is crammed full of things will take more work and moving truck space than the contents of a three-bedroom apartment with very little furniture.

Cross-country movers may also have varying rates, depending on where in the country you are moving. For example, a company may charge $5 per cubic foot for consolidated moves along the East Coast and $6 per cubic foot for consolidated moves from the East Coast to the central states or the West Coast. A one-bedroom apartment costs approximately $1,500 to move across the country.

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