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DeKalb Budget Movers

Browse these budget movers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in DeKalb.

  • 3 years in business
  • 628 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlin B.
Verified review

Julio and Ray were awesome. I had a difficult situation with other movers after they did not show up on time. and they were great at helping me out at the last minute. They were super hardworking and fast and I was impressed by how quickly they were able to move everything down my stairs. They also had a difficult situation with the freight elevator because my building I was moving into was going to close the freight elevator before they were done, but they improvised and got everything up super quickly. They were very kind and super efficient. I don't know what I would have done without their help!!!!! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

Keep It Up
4.8
from 236 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 337 hires on Thumbtack
Renee C.
Verified review

We hired this service to move a large sectional sofa and a very heavy coffee table from one house to another. The 2 men were professional, courteous, and completed the job without any damage to the furniture and within the 2 hours they proposed, so they came in on-budget. I would definitely hire this service again.

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Motion Transports
4.9
from 214 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 308 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

Illinois Valley Moving labor
4.6
from 145 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
Jason P.
Verified review

I swore I'd never hire movers again after I got royally screwed by a company when I lived in the city. I spoke to several different companies and I could tell right away Chris was a sincere person. I was still hesitant to hire movers but I reluctantly hired Chris. Let me tell you it was an amazing experience!! I was on a strict budget so I only had a set amount of time that I could use them. Let me tell you, these guys never stopped moving from arrival to departure!! I've already referred 5 people to them. Anytime I move I can promise you I'm only making 1 phone call!! Right to Chris!! Thank you for making this such an amazing experience!

A Plus Decorating Inc.
4.8
from 121 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Russ W.
Verified review

Chano and work team are top notch! Chano was very detail oriented and took the time to explain each part of the work plan. He was open and honest about the cost of materials, and made sure we agreed to any additional work needed. A-Plus is a team that is genuinely interested in creating a quality product, but will try to keep the costs as low as possible. I think we all learned quite a bit about Benjamin Moore's new Natura Paint which was a little harder to apply, but looks great. We're very happy with the work performed by Chano and A-Plus!

Alliance Moving & Storage
4.7
from 124 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 222 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne K.
Verified review

Alliance was the best moving experience, from the first phone call to the final handshake. I found them using Thumbtack, and within the first hour of submitting my request, I was contacted by Phyllis to schedule an on-site estimation. We scheduled a date and time that worked, and on that date, right on time, they showed up and gave me a very thorough in-person review of everything I'd need packed and shipped. They were the only moving company who came out for an in-person estimate (others either just wanted a list of things, or did a "virtual" estimate, but Alliance went that extra miles to really see for themselves what we needed to move, helping us feel confident we were on the same page for the quote.) We had a special situation that would spread our move out over several days, requiring us to store items on their truck (essentially locking up one of their trucks for a couple nights, preventing them from using it) and they offered me a very reasonable quote for all the services, including storage. We called no fewer than 6 other moving companies, and despite other companies having more "word of mouth" recommendations from friends, nobody was able to meet or beat Alliance's service and quote - and this was even BEFORE any actual moving started. We just felt the most comfortable and cared for with Alliance, so we went with them. Absolutely no regrets - they made what was a stressful move into a breeze. The team came in, packed up everything that was odd-shaped like lamps and mirrors, and were very careful with my already-packed delicate items and breakable kitchen stuff. They had our 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom (3rd floor WALKUP) condo cleared out within 4 hours, and with smiles on all of their faces. They even were so sweet to our two dogs; I even loved the shirts they wore that said "If your dog doesn't like someone, maybe you shouldn't either" or something like that - well, our dogs were very comfortable with them despite the stressful situation of strangers taking away all of their stuff! That's how you know they're good guys :) Two days later, they rolled up again, and had our new house moved in within 3 hours again. The final bill came in under-budget and 100% perfect - nothing scratched, broken, or damaged. I would recommend Alliance to anyone looking for movers who care, who really focus on customer service from start to finish, and who really go that extra mile to make your move less stressful. Let's face it, moving sucks, but Alliance is the best at making it an actually pleasant experience. Thank you Alliance!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LeeAnn C.
Verified review

What an absolutely treat! This is my 11th move since 2003 and this crew were the best I have ever used. They were running a few minutes late because of traffic and quickly gave me a call to let me know . It was a rainy day move, and they had big smiles on their faces and we enjoyed some quitting back and forth banter. I won’t be moving any time soon but I can recommend them without hesitation. They also finished ahead of schedule and under budget 👍🏻👍🏻

  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
Verified review

The Specialtists Moving Services were excellent. They were professional and prompt and provided great service. I highly recommend them and will use them again.

Level of Detail Construction
4.9
from 85 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
Susan B.
Verified review

I hired them do an outside Christmas light installation. It involved several trees, front of house and patio. I was to supply the lights, cords, timer etc. They were on time, on budget, and did a fantastic job. Those are things I pretty much expect from any service vendor. What made them extraordinary is that Brian and Rich patiently exchanged enumerable texts with me about the project which took a lot of time they didn't bill me for and was my fault. I waited too long to buy the lights and ran into trouble finding the type I wanted in the quantity the project required. I had checked several stores in my area but was unable to find everything. They came to do the installation but I was short on the lights and they couldn't do the windows. I told Brian I needed more time to find the lights, and that I would need them to come back to install them. Brian immediately volunteered to look for the lights and purchase them and to come back and install them. He got them later that evening and let me know he'd be back and would install them at no extra charge (just reimbursement for the lights). That was going way beyond my expectations and deserves acknowledgment. Throughout it all, both Brian and Rich were professional, friendly, good natured and polite. It was a pleasure dealing with them. I will use them for future projects and recommend them without any hesitation.

Liberty Moving & Storage Inc
4.4
from 66 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen P.
Verified review

They handled all of or pre-packed boxes and all our furniture with care. We have some exspensive pieces and had a negative experience with a previous move/moving company, so it was refreshing to have a good experience. There was great communication throughout, and did an excellent job fitting everything into our storage unit. The only problem, was we planned to pay by credit card. We were told by the office that was fine a few days in advance, and that there would be a 3% charge, which we were ok with. The head mover told us this was fine when he arrived, then proceeded to have us fill out the paperwork. At the end of the move he then came to us and said he couldn't get ahold of the office and we'd have to pay by cash. He said if we didn't pay by cash we'd have to wait endlessly to hear back from the office. We didn't believe what he was saying, but obliged because we were on a time constraint. We felt a little scammed and are now unsure if we will use them again when we complete the second part of our move this summer. We'd probably require written communication from them, that we will exclusively pay by card and there will not be any other options the day of.

Granat Labor LLC
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
Verified review

Derek and his crew were great. Punctual and very hard working. They were very careful with all items and overall did a fantastic job. Would highly recommend them for your moving needs!

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2 Men Labor
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maris B.
Verified review

The movers were prompt, diligent and very hard working. I'd recommend them to anyone who needs moving, junking or other projects that require tedious type of work.

In Demand Movers LLC
4.6
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Amynah P.
Verified review

This company did a great job. They showed up on time, did an excellent job of moving everything quickly and carefully. I would recommend them highly.

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Patrick Wyller
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill G.
Verified review

Patrick was great, quick to respond and got the job done quick and gave me some tips moving forward. Polite, punctual, kind and positive attitude!

  • 9 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy L.
Verified review

J. C. Movers helped us twice. The first time was for moving across the country, they loaded our U-Haul truck and drove it to our new home about 1200 miles away. We trusted the driver with a key to the back of the truck just in case some items shifted during the trip. They did a wonderful job, everything was loaded properly, everything arrived safely, nothing was damaged. We were kept informed of the location of the truck by cell phone. The second time was to remove all items our basement and garage from our old house that was unoccupied. Once again we trusted them with the keys to the house. There was 8 years of clutter, old furniture and plan old junk. They did the job promptly, the day after I called which exceeded my expectations. They kept me informed via text messages, phone calls and photos sent via Smart Phone. It was just like I was there but I didn't need to be. Nothing was damaged, the house and garage were left broom clean as I requested. The whole process was so easy and not stressful at all. I worked in customer service 32 years and I highly recommend them.

M.S. Property Management
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Christa C.
Verified review

Don’t even consider any other movers! I was skeptical being this was my first time moving but they made it SO easy. They were right on time, super quick, saved me money, AND everything is in perfect condition. So happy.

  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Christine J.
Verified review

Joe did a great job on my bathroom! He started it the next day and got the job completed in 2 days! New toilet vanity, painted walls and trim, and hung a new light fixture! Professional, clean, and completed the job under budget! He is coming back this week to install new flooring and trim in the family room.

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University Movers
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Tina F.
Verified review

I received a quote from a well known company and was discouraged to fine out it would be just a hair under $1500 to move 45 minutes away to a new house. I als contacted Vicki at University Movers the king they would come in about the same price. They offered to come to my place and give me a quote. They came within my budget for less than half the price. The three young men that moved me were very professional, quick and responsible. I have already recommended this business to other friends and family that are moving and will continue to do so. I’d certainly would give them an A+ in my book.

Jay’s Ministry Of Magic
4.5
from 22 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Rob B.
Verified review

Jay and Will did a great job of helping out with two separate jobs, both moving furniture. Jay was flexible to how we setup the move and was experienced enough to know the best way to approach moving the different pieces. Would definitely work with him again.

Rob's Jobs
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Lena T.
Verified review

Robert was great to work with! I’ve told everyone in my office to call Robert should they need moving services!!!

Falcon Moving, LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda B.
Verified review

I was referred to Jason by my leasing consultant when I was planning a move to my current apartment back in June. Jason is very friendly and detail-oriented. He came to my old apartment and did an estimate, he clearly explained the breakdown of the estimate. I must say he and his team went above and beyond. The one and only elevator at my new place was under maintenance during my move, Jason did not charge me extra for that. He did most of the leg work moving my furnitures and boxes up 4 levels! I bet he lost couple lbs after that day hehe! Without him and his team, my move would not have been that smooth and efficient. That was why I referred him to my friend in July, and I am sure they took great care of her! Thank you once again for all the hard work, Jason! You guys are more than amazing! I will definitely recommend you to my friends, and if I move again, you are definitely my go-to person!

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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