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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.

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. 

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 you move furniture by yourself?

You might be able to move smaller items like nightstands, small desks, chairs and small tables by yourself. However, it’s best to get a professional mover near you to move larger items such as couches, dressers, armoires and televisions. 

If you do decide to move furniture by yourself, carefully lift and lower items and take your time.

Is it cheaper to move your stuff or buy new stuff?

It often makes more financial sense to buy new stuff when you have the chance to sell furniture to offset the cost. The cost of moving your current furniture can sometimes be more than buying new things, particularly if the furniture is large or cumbersome to move. You can sell furniture online, or make a furniture donation and deduct it from your taxes (if it qualifies as a charitable contribution). Some places near you may even offer free furniture pickup when you choose to donate. 

If you have valuable furniture that would be costly to replace, however, it may be cheaper to move them. To find out which option is best for you, contact professional movers in your area to receive quotes and estimates.

Should I buy moving insurance?

Your homeowners or renters insurance policy may or may not protect your belongings if they get lost or damaged during a move. If you’re moving valuable items, or if you’re moving a great distance, it could be a good idea to invest in moving insurance.

Interstate movers are required to offer you full value protection and released value protection to help reimburse you in case of damage or loss. If you’re moving within your state, check with your state’s consumer affairs agency to see if your state has rules and requirements regarding moving insurance and valuation coverage.

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. 

How much does it cost to move a couch?

It costs around $290, on average, to move a couch. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. Couch movers will often quote the job based on the size of the couch, as well as how far it has to travel. A larger couch, such as a sectional, will likely cost more money to move.

On the other hand, smaller couches typically cost less, as there are fewer sections and fewer people are required to move it. Some couches may be very delicate due to their age, or they may have certain decorative details that complicate the moving process. These may cost more as well.

Contact professional furniture movers near you to get estimates for your move.

How do you move large pieces of furniture?

Moving large furniture can be done with help from the best movers in your area and careful planning. First, get an idea of how much the furniture weighs and how much each mover can manage. The next step is figuring out the path the furniture will take as it exits its point of origin and makes its way to its new home. Professional movers then use dollies, furniture protectors and personal safety gear for a safe, smooth move. 

Reviews for Ashburn last minute movers
Thumbtack Customer
Baku Moving have done a great job. Our Movers cancelled on us last min. We booked Baku Moving at last minute! The moving was impeccable , well organized they wrapped each furniture piece in blanket and were careful while getting into apartment as well. Really pleased by their work
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Abdulrahim S.
Guys did an excellent job of moving the furniture and were responsive to my last minute time changes , went out of their way to cater towards my requests
Commonwealth moving and logisticsCommonwealth moving and logistics
Kay S.
I hired Daniel and his team to help with a last minute move. My room was destroyed by my roommate and they helped clean the entire room and move furniture at a very affordable price. I’m impressed and I definitely will be using them for everything moving forward. I highly suggest hiring Mop and Move!!! 🤩
Mop And Move LlcMop And Move Llc
Joan D.
Requested last minute help with labor for a move, after another moving company had staffing issues the day of our move. Extra Moving help was very responsive to my request. We did not end up using their service as my husband scrambled to rent a uhaul and got a couple of friends to help . We did very much appreciate their willingness to jump in and help us out though.
Extra Moving Help TeamExtra Moving Help Team
Denise B.
I highly recommend Amg Moving!! They responded very quickly to my last minute request on a Sunday. Two amazing guys came within 30 minutes. They were so strong, quick and personable. I have a fourth floor walk up and they brought all of my boxes, bins, furniture, lamps, tons of bags, etc... to my apartment. I will definitely be calling them when I move out! Thank you very much!!
Progo MoversProgo Movers
Cathleen J.
Wow!! They did a great job!! I thought there was no way they were going to get my stuff in the truck! They wrapped up all my furniture. They made it all fit in the truck! It was amazing and I was impressed! They went above and beyond. They even went back to get a couch we bought and helped move my son’s box springs(because all his friends backed out to help him at the last minute) and hauled away all the junk! Thank you!! Thank you!!
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Where do I start. I reached out to about 6-7 moving companies...I sent pictures of what was being moved to 5-6 of those movers. Vlad was responsive, professional and promised that my home would be protected. Their company's reviews were great for long, short and last minute moves. The price quoted was lower than 1 quote I got and higher than 2 others, but he promised to move everything I needed to move for a fixed price. Juan the leader of the crew that moved me, called ahead to let me know when he was arriving. He and his 2 teammates Vitaly and Chris were great. They did the job and were very personable. I bought them lunch since they worked hard and mid way through the move they realized they would need to do a 2nd trip in order to get all of our belongings and there was no fuss...the price quoted was to move my stuff and that they did, no matter what. They properly wrapped and taped all big pieces, they laid blankets on my floors and special slip resistant protectors on my wood stairs. At times I was bored and helped carry things out to them. Since we got into evening hours on the 2nd trip, we fed them again, you gotta take care of the people that take care of you. Again very personable, Juan made sure extra boxes were neatly stacked in my garage, Chris went as far as plugging in my cable box and placing it on the shelf of my fireplace TV stand. Vitaly helped us convert our kids cribs into beds. Great group of guys. Great value for quality of work. I'm very happy I chose VKH Movers. I will refer my friends to them as well. Thx Vlad!
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Talaina B.
FIND ANOTHER COMPANY! I swear, they have too many issues with fraudulent moving practices (loading more than you request/approve, then tripling your total and forcing you to agree to it as they hold your items hostage on their truck—I have video proof), changing methods of payment at the last minute to minimize your chances of protecting yourself from their fraud (I have photo and video proof), and a NASTY attitude by the owner (Frank)—again, I have proof. In fact, they have even been trying to intimidate me for simply complaining about them to the BBB! Their own words threaten that I need to stop reporting them. WHO DOES THAT?!?! If you did nothing wrong, let the evidence speak for itself—STAND ON IT! I have video and photo evidence of everything, backing up my claims, and instead of working with me to acknowledge the wrongdoing, they publicly threatened me in their BBB response. *sigh* My goal is not to ruin one’s business, but to ensure no one gets treated as I did and that you equip yourself with your rights. I’ll be moving forward with legal action, but you would want to save yourself the time and look elsewhere. *To be fair: low deposit requirement, they arrived on time, and the movers kept me informed of their location throughout the move. Only two items were broken during the move, so I would say they were overall competent as far as physically moving from one location to the next. These points were well overshadowed by their business practices though. If you DO choose to risk working with them: WATCH, QUESTION, AND RECORD EVERYTHING! Don’t just go by my review, follow up on every platform and you’ll see similar comments (and the owner’s attempt to malign every reviewer by saying they asked for the increase…)
Pick Up Movers LLC MDPick Up Movers LLC MD
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