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JP Moving Services
4.8
from 836 reviews
  • 1281 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki H.
Verified review

We had 2 guys to help us move a ground floor apartment to a 2 story townhouse and they did the job efficiently and with no damage to the stuff or our places. We had our own box truck, but the guys worked to ensure all the furniture was protected and secure for the drive. We would definitely use JP again and recommend them for anyone looking for helpful movers at a good price!

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Larro's Moving Services
4.8
from 639 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1201 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yana M.
Verified review

The movers were highly professional and finished moving my 2 bed apartment after 4 hours only. I really liked how they assembled my furniture at the new house. The only thing I disliked is that the manager told me that I will pay a fixed price for the travel fee of 120$ and after the movers were on there way I discovered that I also need to pay for the way from the apt to the new house an additional 50$

TWO FRIENDS MOVERS
4.8
from 469 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 858 hires on Thumbtack
Corey O.
Verified review

Santos & Jorge were fantastic, I highly reccomend Two Friends Movers: Affordable, on-time, hard working, and they know how to use every square inch of portable storage boxes in an efficient & safe way. Great job.

MEAA movers and junk removers
4.8
from 339 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 612 hires on Thumbtack
Praveen C.
Verified review

I generally don't write reviews unless the experience is too good or too bad. The moving experience with Edgar and team was so good that I had to write a review. - Very reasonably priced. - Edgar and Enrique moved everything for a single bedroom apartment from San Jose to San Francisco in little less than four hours, and that too on a stormy day. - They did all with a great attitude and sense of humor. - They brought all the items safely. - Efficiency is the one word that comes to mind when I think of the way they executed the move. - Best of all, when we negotiated the budget, Edgar gave me a high level budget and completed within the specified amount. I don't know why anyone would want to use the high priced movers when these guys get the job done at a reasonable price. For my next move, if these guys are still available, I will definitely want to do business with them.

Patrick Frederick
4.8
from 283 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 465 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren O.
Verified review

The owner was communicative but they were late on the day of the move. The movers were nice and moved everything carefully.

Albion Moving and Storage
4.8
from 280 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 486 hires on Thumbtack
Andy R.
Verified review

=== SUMMARY === I am a software engineer in Silicon Valley living in a one-bedroom apartment. The idea of moving all my packed boxes and large pieces of furniture, like my sofa, entertainment center, and bookcases, was extremely daunting. Do I hire friends to help me move? Do I hire expensive professional movers? Do I do it myself and get one of those PODS? "Ain't nobody got time fo' dat!" Steve and Joe from Albion Moving and Storage were able to move all my items into their truck and to their final destinations safely and quickly. Their truck was extremely large, so even the largest pieces had room to be properly lifted in and carried out. What made me pick Albion Moving and Storage over other competitors at first was their cheaper hourly rate and their 2-hour minimum. Whereas most other moving companies require a 3-hour minimum, these guys only required 2 hours. In my head, I felt the job would only take 2-or-so hours, so this made the most sense. Steve and Joe worked extremely quickly and efficiently, and the job legitimately took 3 hours. And that is great. It would have taken my friends and I all day (possibly two) to do everything these guys did in 3 hours. Steve and Joe are extremely nice and awesome. They made sure they knew where each item was going (new apartment or storage) and got everything to its final destination quickly and with great care. I am for sure going to be calling these guys again next time I need to move. This was my first moving experience living on my own, so I was extremely nervous. These guys put me at ease and have gained my trust. Thanks Steve and Joe! === DETAILS === They disassembled my dining table quickly and efficiently to have it all fit in my storage unit I was moving things to. They also let me purchase a sofa cover for $5 (very cheap compared to what the storage facility I was using charges for them). I actually had two places I needed my stuff moved to: A storage unit and my new apartment. This was no problem for them. They put everything into their large truck, went to the storage unit, put in everything that went there, and then drove to my new apartment, where they moved in all the remaining items. I was afraid this "moving items to two places" thing was going to be a problem, but it was not at all. They disassembled and reassembled my bed for me, which was very nice. They brought their own doorstops, and had all the equipment they needed to move even my heaviest piece of furniture (my entertainment center). They also have their own insurance, which is a very important detail when hiring movers. The whole process with them took 3 hours. I already had all of my stuff in boxes and all the furniture empty and ready to be moved. All they had to do was move things from my apartment to the truck, and then from the truck to the new locations. They were very efficient at putting the furniture into my storage unit. Had I been charged with storing the items inside, I would have done it in such a way where it wouldn't have fit. These guys assured me they could fit everything, and were able to make everything fit perfectly on their first attempt. (No rearranging was needed, they had already planned out what would go where as soon as they saw the storage unit and the space they had to work with.) Definitely will hire again!

Moving Services Transport
4.8
from 271 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 411 hires on Thumbtack
Emily F.
Verified review

Great experience. Prompt arrival and very quick to move my furniture. They even came in under the time estimate. Price was great, got 4 movers for the price most other companies send only 3. Recommend!

RELOCAL Moving and Storage
4.6
from 282 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 652 hires on Thumbtack
Kim K.
Verified review

It was good. We have hired them. They were very polite and they took very good care of our stuff. It was expensive. They had three movers. It was a little high, but they were great that they did. They protected my floors when they came in. They were great. I had an appointment and they confirmed everything the day before. They called before they came. Guys told me when they're on their way.

  • 6 years in business
  • 395 hires on Thumbtack
Rock T.
Verified review

Professional moving and handyman company. I hired Harp and his movers when my movers did not show up. They came within 2 hours after responding my call. They moved my 750 pound piano, heavy furniture and sofa bed from 4th floor narrow stairs case to 2nd floor move in place. They also do handyman service. They also mount tvs and hang pictures at my new place. I recomend their service.

A2B Movers, Inc.
4.9
from 222 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 234 hires on Thumbtack
Lenny M.
Verified review

For a move to be great it should be correct and affordable, with A2B Movers you are sure to get both. Our move was correct as there was no damage and the movers were on time with the pick-up and the delivery. Also the price of the move was the same and the company did not increase it by a cent. It quote is the most affordable and the company has a five star rating everywhere, this is something they deserve for sure. I would recommend A2B to all and for sure.

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D and J moving
4.8
from 172 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 259 hires on Thumbtack
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Dana R.
Verified review

The movers were great! So efficient and careful. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 216 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vaibhav G.
Verified review

Daniel was pleasant and professional to work with. Ours was his second job in the day but he came on time and set realistic expectations of how long the job would last and how much it would cost. We hired two movers and they worked as fast as they could, with the overall job lasting 6 hours. We would have probably been better off with 3 movers as it would have cost around the same as the job would have been quicker.

Leclair Moving
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
Anh Thi Mai P.
Verified review

This was my first time trying to hire a professional via Thumbtack platform and it was a very good experience. After submiting the request, I received 3 quotes from different movers, and Pavel was one of them. He stood out among the three because of his responsiveness and reasonable price. Before hiring him, I was a bit concerned given that he had only one review before. But Im glad that I decided to hire him. Pavel was very careful with my stuffs, especially my computer (they also provided a small blanket to cover my table top) He was flexible as well when I asked him if he could stop by Ikea and Living Spaces store for me to pick up some furniture. Overall, I give Pavel and his crew 5 stars for their professionalism. I'll definitely contact him again for future move

MHBA
4.3
from 126 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
Michael P.
Verified review

They were affordable movers and were able to do everything the more expensive movers did. I was happy with the level of service and the money saved.

My Move
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Tina H.
Verified review

Had a impressive experience with My Move. First, the sales Rep. Richard is very responsive and responsible. His quote is fair and reasonable, lower than many other movers. For moving your stuff, you don't want to go for the extremely low quote as some of your personal memories simply cannot be replaced. Richard also went beyond and forward to respond my follow-up emails during and after the move. It's quite nice to have him acting as a "case manager", I appreciate this personal touch. Their moving team is also efficient and detail-oriented. They disassemble and assemble our furnitures with care. The moving went pleasant and smoothly. No water damage, no boxes broke. Totally 5 star!

White Red Moving & Storage
4.6
from 52 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
James C.
Verified review

Perfect movers! On time, careful, very reasonably priced, and very fast. I'll use them again, no doubt. Highly recommended.

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M.P Movers
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ruben R.
Verified review

This was the first time using Thumbtack and MP Movers delivered far beyond what I expected. They were professional and had all of the tools needed to complete the job. Communication was great and they were proactive in making sure that everyone was on the same page. I specially liked that they were prepared to take payment through credit card. I would absolutely hire MP Movers again.

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Toro Moving
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Dallas B.
Verified review

Best movers in Marin! I had a very very heavy table that needed to go upstairs. Nick and his crew did an amazing job on short notice and the entire experience exceeded my expectations.

  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Elian D.
Verified review

The movers were very professional with moving my furniture with care and ease as they wrapped and protected my items. They were all so friendly and quick with there work.

MoversRUs
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Meagan C.
Verified review

Jay and his associate, I forgot the name, were great. I will definitely recommend and use them again next year. They were quick and efficient with moving my belongings. There were a couple blemishes but I did not expect everything to be perfect. Their supervisor called me after the move was completed and provided a discount on my next move for the minor issues. I appreciate feeling valued as a customer. The movers worked their butts off. Again, I will recommend and use again.

imoving company
4.0
from 9 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Kamran M.
Verified review

Two guys came with a smile on their faces to move my heavy furniture between apartments within SF on memorial day day no less!. When they arrived (perfectly on time) and saw my stuff and the narrow stair way they recommended 3 people but weren't able to get a third person. Still, though, they continued with the job and handled everything expertly. From wrapping, loading into their large truck, disassembly, all the way to the unloading and unwrapping and placing the furniture they got it all done with pretty much no fuss. They even helped assemble furniture they didn't move. The only critique I had was that my previous movers were able to get my old move done in 4-5 hours with the similar stuff and these guys (who were working tirelessly) took closer to 8. I didn't realize how much time was passing and this caught me by surprise since I felt they were working at a reasonable pace. Thus the price ended up being higher than anticipated which I was a bit bummed about. That said, this is a reliable and caring crew so I can recommend them!

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 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.

How much does it cost to move across the country?

The national average cost for hiring cross-country movers is $1,490-$2,220. A number of factors can affect the cost. One factor is the distance you want to move. For example, an East Coast-based moving 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. Another factor is how many belongings you have. Most cross-country movers charge by the cubic foot.

The type of move you want is another consideration in cost. You can have your belongings moved exclusively and delivered on a set day, or you can opt for a consolidated move, which is less expensive. In a consolidated move your belongings are stored and transported with the goods of other customers who are moving to your general vicinity during the same general time frame as you. Your belongings should arrive within a one- to two-week window, rather than on a set day. If you want the cross-country movers to pack your belongings for you, the cost will also increase.

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