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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.

How much do movers cost for a local move?

If you are paying movers to perform a local move, expect to pay between $72 and $135 per hour. To minimize the overall cost of the move, do as much preparatory work in advance as possible. Have your items packed, boxed and wrapped in protective wrapping. Also, have everything labeled with its location in your new home. If possible, move items toward the door or in a convenient location for the movers to grab as they remove them from the house.

Get price quotes from movers near you so you will know exactly how much a local move will cost.

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

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.

 

 

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. 

What is the cheapest way to move?

Scheduling your move during the off-season is typically the cheapest way to move. Avoid moving in May, June, July, August or September, when moving company rates are typically much higher. If you’re moving across the country, research how the moving companies in your city charge. You might save money if you hire flat-rate movers instead of hourly movers.  

Of course, you can save money moving if you DIY by renting a moving truck or moving pods. However, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of moving all of your belongings and valuables by yourself. Factor in the cost of a moving truck (including fuel), the cost of moving equipment, the labor involved and the time it will take to complete your move by yourself. 

What do full-service moving companies provide?

Full-service moving companies can help take the stress out of moving by supplying a moving truck and handling your entire move from start to finish. These professional movers can also provide packing services, materials and supplies. Full-service movers also load your belongings into the truck, drive it to your new home, unload the truck and (in some cases) offer to help you unpack your belongings. If you're interested in hiring full-service movers, compare the top-rated movers near you and ask for estimates.

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’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.

Reviews for Ashburn local movers
Thumbtack Customer
My moving day required stopping at three places: 2 to pick up items from, and 1 destination to unload every thing to. I requested a medium sized truck with 3 guys to help move everything. And they did, splendidly. They were professional, efficient and easy too talk to. I would recommend this company to anybody who needs to do a local move done, fairly quickly, in a budget and with experienced people who are not only respectful of you and your stuff but also very efficient. Great job and thank you so much for making my moving day easy.
Maybaum Movers LLCMaybaum Movers LLC
Greg C.
I want to thank the whole team at Fidelis Movers. They are Kelby, Kharle, Tyrone, and Tim. Tim reached out to me as soon as I inquired about their service. There are a few things I look for in a company when it comes to movers: Local, non-corporate, and great reviews from real people. I have worked in the service industry as well as construction. I know what it’s like to work hard for what you are due. Tim was strait forward with me and my wife about prices and gave me an estimate three weeks before the move so I would know what it would cost. I will say Fidelis charges more than the competition, but it SHOWS! They are competent in their work and they are thorough! I also care about how the supervisor/ manager/ Owner treats their employees. Not only did Tim treat his team well, he also helped out and made the move function more quickly. Everyone was personable and caring. I will definitely refer to anyone who needs a superior moving company. Thank you again Kelby, Kharle, Tyrone, and Tim! Keep on doing an AMAZING job! Erin & Greg
Fidelis Movers LLCFidelis Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hired them for a local move. Overall it was an average experience. They did the job pretty efficiently and we got what we paid for. Few complaints I have: 1. The workers did not know English (at all). It was hard for us to communicate with them. They worked very hard, don't get me wrong but they were basically ignoring most of the instructions we were giving for our stuff, which got annoying. 2. They overcharged us AND double charged us for the job. The double charge was obviously a mistake and they should be careful about that kind of stuff. And it was also a hassle explaining to them that I've been overcharged for the job (I got charged $100 more than I should have). After a while Amine did rectify this mistake. My advice is to be very careful and keep an eye on your credit card after the job is complete. Not sure how many people they have overcharged and gotten away with it! Thankfully I caught the charge while it was still in Pending status.
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