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RMS MOVERS of Chicago
4.2
from 472 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1036 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole J.
Verified review

I was extremely happy with their work. The movers were on time, professional, fast and they did a great job moving my furniture and putting it all back together. Rogers is a very affordable moving service that is reliable and efficient. I will definitely be using them again!

  • 3 years in business
  • 655 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea M.
Verified review

Johnny 's service was excellent. They were efficient, friendly and very reasonably priced when moving my daughter from one apartment to another. I highly recommend Johnny On The Move services to anyone in the Chicago area. They are the BEST! Sincerely, Andrea Shaw Markzon A Satisfied Customer

  • 9 years in business
  • 511 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanine A.
Verified review

Isaiah, Josiah and Artavius did an excellent job moving me this past weekend. They were prompt, thorough, worked quickly, and were very polite. They worked together efficiently and had a great attitude, especially on such a hot day! I highly recommend Apex and would use them again.

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Motion Transports
4.9
from 232 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 341 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle W.
Verified review

They were on time, incredibly fast and really nice guys. They even helped move some furniture out of the place we were moving into before moving our stuff in. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for movers!

  • 7 years in business
  • 391 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan M.
Verified review

Great for people looking for cheap movers. They got everything here safely and quickly. However, they do not provide wardrobe boxes, do not plastic wrap or blanket wrap furniture or use mattress bags. It was more like a college move, just throw everything on a truck. Be specific with them ahead of time if you want these protective things or spend more on movers if you have nice things.

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TLF Services
4.9
from 208 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 250 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda J.
Verified review

Great experience with Ollie and Angelo from TLF - they came on relatively short notice on a Sunday, and helped us move some of our bigger items in less than the time quoted by other moving companies. They let us know when they were on their way and arrived a bit early, and immediately got to work quickly and efficiently. Would recommend to anyone looking for reasonable moving rates!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen D.
Verified review

We had a complicated move in that we were leaving more behind than taking with us to the new place. And yet we still seemed to be taking a lot. Very efficient and polite. We would have come in way under estimate except we had to wait for access to the loading dock and freight elevator- not the guys fault. One cheap plastic hanger broke and a pashmina scarf ended up MIA. Everything else came through unscathed, or at least the 75% that I’ve unpacked so far. Happy with service and communication throughout process.

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We Got You
4.8
from 84 reviews
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristina B.
Verified review

They made the daunting task of moving so easy. I can’t wait for another opportunity to utilize their services.

Mobile Services Moving Labor
4.6
from 67 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
Terrin R.
Verified review

My initial movers canceled the day off the move. After countless Google searches and Yelp reviews, not to mention the hassle of actually moving on the 1st. I was so thankful for Mobile Moving. My fiancé and I rented a truck and we're going to move everything by ourselves. After long hours we were able to move everything into the Uhaul but we're quit tired and wanted professionals to help us move everything into the new condo from the Uhaul. During my last desperation to find a movers on the day of thumtack sent me contact information for Mobile Moving and before I could send my question, Mr. Derrick had already contacted me. This company is professional, reliable, timely and incredibly affordable. Definitely will use on my next move and the array of payment options was wonderful. (Chase QuickPay, Cash, Paypal) Thank you

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  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Ronald B.
Verified review

As stressful as moving into a new state is, the movers and the communication I received from the employees were truly great and eased a lot of my stress. They were quick, clean and efficient in moving my items and no damage was caused overall. Overall I had a great experience with ASAP Movers and would definitely suggest them to friends and family for their quality and fast service.

the athletic movers
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Jason C.
Verified review

Travis and his team were EXCELLENT. Very responsive to communication before the move. Arrived 15 minutes early the day of the move. Evaluated the situation and began moving immediately. Came with their own materials and professionally wrapped and secured my items. They didn’t take any breaks or waste any time EVEN while moving to my 3rd floor walk up. I WILL be using them again for my next move. A++ service.

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Smoove Moves LLC
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Amber N.
Verified review

I had a great moving experience with Smoove Moves! They were time responsive and took care of everything quickly and efficiently. They were friendly and professional as well. If I ever need assistance in this area again, they will definitely be my first call!!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Alysse Z.
Verified review

Nice movers, on time, efficient, worked there butts off on one of the hottest days of the summer, up and down multiple flights of stairs for 2.5 hours and never once complained and or asked for a break. I had to remind them to take a break. Highly recommend their services if you have to move fast one a budget. The only thing they didn't offer were moving supplies and a truck.

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Dr Duct Cleaners LLC
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol P.
Verified review

Frank is awesome! I will definitely hire them again! They were prompt, efficient, courtous and affordable.

Moving Mountains Inc.
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Troy M.
Verified review

Kelly & crew did an excellent job! The move was smooth & done in a timely manner. Best movers I ever worked with! I will definitely tell friends & family to use Moving Mountains. Will definitely use again in the future

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pay less moving inc.
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Gabe R.
Verified review

The movers did a great job. They were quick in moving everything in and out. They were very easy to contact

Quality Control Movers
4.0
from 25 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Takiera S.
Verified review

They have a friendly hard working Moving service and They also Have a Great Cleaning service they really do a excellent Job and They Get the Job done I will recommend all of my close friends and family Thank you so much Quality Controlers Great Job!!

RTO Express
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Stefan M.
Verified review

RTO did a great job. My one bedroom move was done in 2 hours. No scratches or scrapes to my furniture. I will recommend them to my friends and Associates.

F.I.I.M.B LLC
4.4
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Angie P.
Verified review

The movers were professional and did a great job at moving. They handled my belongings with extreme caution as they moved from place to place. I highly recommend this company for anyone seeking help moving.

AmerApex Moving
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa M.
Verified review

The movers at AmerApex Moving could not have done a better job moving our belongings over 2,000 miles away. The crew was on time, polite, very careful, and kept the move fun and in good spirits. Nothing was damaged and the price did not budge a penny. Thank you again for making my move across country stress free. I will be recommending AmerApex Moving to all my friends and family!

David R.
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Julian B.
Verified review

Dave is the man, He is a colleague of mine that has supreme knowledge for moving any type of furniture. I actually refer to him as an aide who can do the job big or small when it comes to moving professionally or heavy lifting. Appreciate him at all times!👍🏾

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 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.

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