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RMS MOVERS of Chicago
4.2
from 466 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1033 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
  • 629 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
  • 495 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 239 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 339 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 214 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 311 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
  • 355 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 177 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 220 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!

King David Moving & Storage
4.6
from 152 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 397 hires on Thumbtack
Jillian D.
Verified review

Martin and King David Moving were an absolute delight! The whole crew was pleasant, professional and remarkably efficient: they packed up and moved everything out in record time, even with my jerky neighbor calling the cops because their truck was partially obstructing the alley (Martin was perfectly polite to the neighbor about moving the truck, he was just a mean dude). They were all smiling and cheerful all day, even after moving my oversized living room furniture to a 4th floor walk up. I finished unpacking yesterday and not a single thing was broken or damaged! I found the company through a bid on Thumbtack and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them!

Alliance Moving & Storage
4.7
from 127 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Everything went well with the move...the guys did a great job. Even in 90 degree heat. The only item that didnt make the move was a glass lamp shade (still trying to locate it). Other than that, all my items in my packed 2 bedroom apartment made it to my new house in a little over 3 hours (an hour less than i was expecting!) I was charged for some packing materials but overall the price was fair. Well worth the cost than moving everything ourselves.

A Plus Decorating Inc.
4.8
from 123 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan G.
Verified review

Chano and his staff did a great job with painting our basement ceiling joists and pipes. Our old house put up a good fight when the the existing old cheap paint wouldn't allow them to primer / paint over it but they did their research and found the perfect solution to achieve the desired look we wanted. We would highly recommend and use A Plus Decorating again for our future painting and construction need.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 154 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 80 reviews
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael C.
Verified review

They were courteous, quick and careful. They easily figured out how to get everything into fit into our basement with space for us to walk, nothing got scratched, and they were finished within a couple of hours. They made it look easy, even moving a king bed down 3 floors!

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

I'm not kidding when I say that Liberty Moving is the absolute best! They were timely, highly efficient, tentative, and just all around incredible!!! I called the company and scheduled my move with a young man named Jason. He was super friendly and helpful and walked me through the entire process. This company made moving so much smoother/easier than it had to be!!! Will be using them again in the future, but hopefully won't need to move anytime soon! Thank you guys so much!

Granat Labor LLC
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Larry W.
Verified review

This move has been a changeling from the start. And to moving across country in the middle of winter is just crazy. But the last part of the move was the most pleasant. JD and his staff were a light at the end of this journey. They were fast, Professional and just all around great people. If want you want a job done and are tired of all the drama that go's with moving just call JD Moving and let them take the drama and worries away!!! I would recommend this company to EVERYONE. And their pricing was real reasonable on top of everything else. Larry & Gloria

the athletic movers
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Lucas L.
Verified review

Both guys were extremely nice! They were on time and were able to unpack everything from my truck within about 45minutes, then stayed when we asked them to help unpack my roommates truck. Thanks guys!

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2 Men Labor
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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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).

  • 7 years in business
  • 91 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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Smoove Moves LLC
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Wanchen Y.
Verified review

They arrived slightly later than expected, so I had to scramble a bit and make sure both apartment elevators would still be available for use. That being said, the service was great, the movers were efficient, and I got what I needed. I compared between moving companies and this was the most financially feasible, which I appreciated. Thanks for your help!

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University Movers
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

My experience with University Movers could not have been better. They were flexible with their scheduling, showed up right on time, worked steadily and efficiently and were careful with everything that had to be moved. Nothing was harmed in the move and everything ended up in the correct locations throughout the house that was being moved into. Their pricing was very affordable (which was great since I was on a tight budget) and in comparison to other moving companies, you cannot find a better value for your money. I don't have a single complaint and would highly suggest using them for your future moving needs!

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pay less moving inc.
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matthew S.
Verified review

Payless moving inc staff was very professional and punctual. They did there work in a timely manner and were very courteous.

Pirsha 2000
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Cristina S.
Verified review

My experience was extremely pleasant, as both individuals were professional and kind. In fact, he’s also moving my rooomate and picking up some furniture I purchased. Would highly recommend his services and keep him in mind for the near future. Blessings, Cristina

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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