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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do movers cost?

When accounting for moving costs, you can generally expect to pay around $30 to $50 per mover, per hour. However, these costs could change and you should compare movers in your city to estimate the true cost of your move.

Moving companies usually provide a team of at least two individuals depending on the size of the job and the objects to be moved. This hourly rate also changes with driving distance. And, moving specialty objects such as pianos can also drive up the cost. Some moving companies may provide a free estimate even offer a flat rate if the job.

For more information on moving costs, read Thumbtack’s cost guide on movers.

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for moving services?

Most local moving companies are likely to accept some form of digital payment. Particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies are likely to conduct transactions through platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Square Cash, Venmo, Google Pay and more. 

To ensure the mover accepts a platform you can use, you can peruse the mover’s online profile and see what is listed there. You can also ask the mover about payment policies during a consultation call.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you’re trying to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to use digital tools to avoid exposure. When searching for movers online, ask if they’d be willing to do a video chat to assess the size of your move. This will be in place of the typical “walk-through” they perform, and they may be able to give you a price quote. You can also discuss safe strategies for completing the job during your call or video chat.

How can I find out if a mover is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Your local city or state’s government website is a great resource if you’re trying to figure out whether a mover is considered an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a source of national guidelines, visit the CISA website’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. On this page, you’ll find 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors. But note that some -- not all --  jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Does a mover need to enter my home?

A mover will likely need to enter your home -- unless you’ve placed all of your belongings outside beforehand. To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might to consider keeping all (or most) of the work outside and/or having at-risk individuals leave the house while the movers work. 

You can minimize exposure by doing a preliminary walk-through by video call instead of in person. Discuss your options with the top movers near you before hiring one.

Do movers offer remote or virtual services?

Movers generally need to be present to do their job. But if you come across a mover’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, you can contact them to see what those services include. 

How do I choose the best moving company for my move?

To find the best moving companies, research the top movers in your area and ask yourself a series of questions, such as:

  • Does the company show up on time or are they late?
  • Does the moving company charge by the hour or is it a flat rate?
  • What are people saying about their movers?
  • Does the moving company offer insurance?
  • Does the company provide specific moving services, like packing or storage?
  • How does the moving company charge for long-distance moves?

On Thumbtack, you can easily spot the best moving companies by looking for the blue Top Pro badge. You can find more tips on how to hire the best movers with Thumbtack’s Smart Hiring Guide

Reviews for Ashburn home movers
Lance B.
Total Movers saved the day. I was able to book Total Movers on very short notice, and could move from my Apartment to my home. I didn’t know it was possible to do and the move went very smoothly. I high recommend total movers because they arrived on time and loading was fast, and unloading was faster. Fantastic job!
Total Movers LLCTotal Movers LLC
Freda L.
The three member Mop and Move team did a superb job moving my household goods from my house to a storage unit in preparation for selling the house. They arrived on time--shortly after 8 a.m.--and worked past 7 p.m. They are very honest, hard working, conscientious, professional and most accommodating. I will definitely call Mop and Move to complete the next and final phase of my move from the storage unit to a new home. If I could give them six stars I would, as they deserve it. They are one of the best moving teams I have experienced.
Mop And Move LlcMop And Move Llc
Andrew D.
We hired Dulles Logistics for short distance home moving. The crew was actually early and ready to rock and roll. They were very professional, quick and easy to work with. Would hire again and strongly recommend.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Ganesh M.
First to say: Best.... Best... Best Mover!!! A Job Well Done... Wanted to my things from storage to my home. Crew was very polite, patient, took additional care in taking fragile items, happily moved my things at destination. Very prompt, gave me best offer. Overall a happy customer and refer to my friends.
Sercan C.
I hired them to move a 1BDR apt into a townhome. I requested for 3hrs since my last movers moved everything into my apt in less then 2.5hrs. They arrived 1hr late and they disassembled my drawers, and dining table for no reason (basically eat up time felt like so they can add another hr) I couldn’t supervise them cause I was at work and my wife was at home with kids. This company did average work, just got my items into my garage. They failed to move the couch into the living room and gave up after 15mins. Didnt move my dining table or exercise bike into the living room. It also took them 4hrs to do everything (basically just move stuff into the garage from my apartment).
Best Movers (Prince Asong MOVING)Best Movers (Prince Asong MOVING)
Vijay R.
TK & crew made my 3 level town home move impossible to possible. I had a lot of stuff over the last eight years. I had a big sofa, Huge master bed set and a few glass furniture they made sure everything is dismantled, wrapped up and securely moved to my new place all. Very patient and professional. Highly recommend
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Whether it's short distance or long distance move, moving is not easy. Max Khanna from Dulles Logistic provided in house estimate (very accurate). Max's team is very professional, they came right on time helped us pack remaining stuff, loaded all boxes to truck very efficiently, at new home very quickly unloaded stuff also helped to setup few items. Staff was very friendly ... I would highly recommend to go with Dulles Logistics for your move and have pease of mind..
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Ramakanth b.
Hired for delivery of refrigerator from store to home kitchen and move the old refrigerator from kitchen to basement. Once reached the new refrigerator is big and doesn’t fit through the door. It took long time to take out the doors and then fit through. Throughout this time he is very helpful and working along. Highly recommend.
Maina & Wendell LLCMaina & Wendell LLC
Thumbtack Customer
THE WORST moving experience we've ever had! There are several areas of our new home and the place we moved out of that have multiple scratches and deep dents in the walls and floors. One of his movers came to the job wearing dress shoes and slipped down our steps while carrying furniture multiple times. Another mover tipped our extra-wide dresser on its side and pushed it across our hard wood bedroom floor and down the hard wood stairs by himself without putting a blanket underneath! It just bounced down every step until it got stuck between the ceiling and the floor and JD and I ran upstairs to stop him. JD would constantly be telling them not to do this and that but they didn't even seem to understand him as his two movers only spoke in Spanish and kept repeating the same mistakes. He apologized to us and said he had to fire his regular guys and that these two were just some day laborers he had never worked with before, but then a few days later he said that he fired one of the men that was at the job that day. So he fired someone that he hired for a day as a replacement? He seemed apologetic but then offered us $30 as compensation. So we took some photos and explained to him that $30 was not nearly enough to repair the drywall and the hardwood floors and the damaged furniture. He finally offered us $175 but only if we first wrote him an excellent review with at least 4 stars. We refused to write the review first and he refused to send us the compensation we agreed on for the damage done to our home and our furniture.
JD the MoverJD the Mover
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