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Lake Forest National Moving Companies

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RMS MOVERS of Chicago
4.2
from 470 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1034 hires on Thumbtack
Spencer P.
Verified review

Great experience with Rogers Moving! Antwan, Antonio, and Johnny were on time and worked very efficiently. They also completed the job before the estimated two hours and helped with some little things like pots and pans. Will 100% use again/recommend.

  • 3 years in business
  • 642 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!!!!

  • 9 years in business
  • 506 hires on Thumbtack
Syed M.
Verified review

They were actually early which would have been great but we were at a different location and not at home. However, they waited patiently and started charging us at the previous stated start time. They were very professional. They reviewed all the furniture to be moved, wrapped all of it, and then moved them without damaging anything. The movers were great and didn't waste time. The only parts that we didn't like was that when paying for the final charge, we were charged an extra $100 and when moving the old fridge to the curb some hinges and shelving were left out. However, after talking to Sandra, the extra charge was reversed back.

Keep It Up
4.8
from 248 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 350 hires on Thumbtack
Esther D.
Verified review

They were there within 30 minutes of my requested time and moved pretty efficiently! They were very mindful of our hardwood floors and kept up good spirits despite moving in 90+ degree weather! I also forgot to pick up a tv box and they offered to take it in their car so it would be safe! Would definitely hire again!

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Motion Transports
4.9
from 224 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 332 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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 381 hires on Thumbtack
Antonette D.
Verified review

Melvin and his team were wonderful and fast! They got me moved out of my old place and into the new place in two hours... start to finish! They were all very nice and polite. They disassembled and reassembled my bedroom furniture with no problems and even showed me how to do it for future reference. If you are looking for a reasonable priced, no hidden cost, local moving company that will come in and get you moved with no problem I would recommend Melvin and Safehands Movers and Delivery System. A. Doyle

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TLF Services
4.9
from 197 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 241 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
Verified review

Ollie and his helper Michael were so friendly, careful and accommodating. I would definitely recommend hiring them for any of your moving needs. I will be saving their contact information if I need help moving again in the future. They moved two very strong pieces up three flights of stairs.

King David Moving & Storage
4.6
from 154 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 400 hires on Thumbtack
Lilliane S.
Verified review

My boyfriend and I moved yesterday into our new place and King David Moving was great. The company called to confirm our move the day before, and the lead mover, Martin, called when he was 15 minutes away the day of the move. We had a move window of 8-9, and they were there right on time. We had three movers for moving a 2bed. We were finished right around 1 or so - under the estimated time and budget. Martin and crew were super fast and very nice. Best move experience in Chicago.

Alliance Moving & Storage
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 243 hires on Thumbtack
Dale W.
Verified review

Alliance was on time and relentless with their work ethic. I mean, there were four guys moving as a one unit at all times. In all honesty, I believe the move should have taken 7-8 hours, as they initially suggested. However, they did it in 5.5. And they actually cared about the property the moved it out of, the property they moved it into, and the furniture itself. Best moving experience yet.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sue H.
Verified review

Israel and his team were terrific, they really did a great job with our stuff and also helping us manage the space in our storage unit. They helped arrange furniture and were really good at their jobs. We'd hire them again!

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We Got You
4.8
from 83 reviews
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nyshadam M.
Verified review

They were great. We had a hicup in moving on a weekend and had to reschedule and Joe was completely accommodating. On the day of moving Joe and another mover were on time and even helped pick up the u-haul. We had about 15 medium and heavy duty boxes along with some basic furniture and they helped load everything in 45 mins and was done very carefully. I would definitely recommend these guys for accommodating us even 1 day before we moved and being super easy to work with.

Liberty Moving & Storage Inc
4.4
from 70 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 123 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
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina R.
Verified review

I had a fantastic experience with these guys! My apartment was completely wrecked by a flood and I had to pack and move out quickly. Derek was flexible about the packing and moving day. All in all I was packed, loaded and unloaded in around 4 hours for an extremely reasonable price. Thanks guys!

the athletic movers
4.9
from 53 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 40 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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Patrick Wyller
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

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2 Men Labor
4.8
from 41 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joe N.
Verified review

I definitely recommend Jacob and his crew for moving. They have a great attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a smooth transition from point A to B. I plan on using them again for additional services (rehab/organization/property clean up).

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Smoove Moves LLC
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brandon W.
Verified review

Fast, hard workers. Would recommend to all friends and family. If I wasn't moving out of the state I would use these guys for all my moving needs. Thanks.

  • 7 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Paul H.
Verified review

I hired two Bellhops for two hours to help me move out of my storage unit onto the moving truck. Having the extra hands helped to alleviate any stress of moving and they did all the heavy lifting. The entire process was expedited because of their assistance.

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University Movers
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 31 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.

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pay less moving inc.
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ameena S.
Verified review

Moving day is always stressful but the movers made it an absolute breeze. Absolute professionals, wrapped every little item up for safety and were so incredibly fast. I’m so happy I went with pay less moving and so glad they sent me three of the best movers! Thank you for your great work!

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.

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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