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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’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. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a mover when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a mover, consider making adjustments to accommodate current guidelines. This may involve staying outside while the mover works inside your home or letting the mover handle only parts of the move.

It’s important to follow social distancing guidelines while performing any service work. For example, do not make physical contact with the movers, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

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. 

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.

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.

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
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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