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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 movers
Manhas N.
Total move of small single family house took under 7 hours. Movers were very thorough and careful with moving.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Rus G.
The movers did an excellent job moving the bedroom furniture to my basement.
Vanntastic ServicesVanntastic Services
Harsh S.
The movers were on time and did a pretty good job in helping us with the move.
Janet W.
The guy corresponding with me in arranging the move was responsive in a timely manner. But the movers were not careful in moving my furniture and damaged two items. Otherwise a good value to go with.
Pratap V.
Needed help moving heavy equipment. Movers were professional and did a good job.
Extra Moving Help TeamExtra Moving Help Team
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went well the movers were responsive to us and moved everything with good timing!
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Joe G.
Excellent experience. Highly recommend this moving service. Pleasant movers. I will use them again.
Extra Moving Help TeamExtra Moving Help Team
Thumbtack Customer
Hired for furniture moving and was extremely pleased. They were on time, so friendly, and carefully moved everything in a very efficient manner. I'll definitely hire them again for any future moves.
New Age Move ManagementNew Age Move Management
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
Jeane H.
The move with quick and easy!
Lewis Piano Movers, LLCLewis Piano Movers, LLC
Giselle M.
The crew was punctual. very professional… could not have asked for better service. If you need anyone to move you, go with MVD Movers! *****
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome movers, very safe handlers and stable team. Came right on time and finished as per schedule. A very pleasant moving experience.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Thumbtack Customer
Movers arrived promptly, were very courteous, and professional. Everything was protected well and moved without incident. Great experience, would recommend them.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Armelia H.
Bede and his crew accomplished a very difficult moving assignment and did it without complaint. Bede and crew are outstanding movers second to none. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants their move done right. Very professional, courteous, determined, extreme excellence! i would hire him again in a heart beat. You can't go wrong with PROAH Movers!!!!!!
Michelle D.
Have not done the move yet. Very personable answered all my questions and provided an estimate after coming in person to see everything. Scheduled to move.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Eugene B.
I would like to express about my recent move with Pick Up Movers. They have recently moved me and it has been a wonderful experience. They are very professional and know how to treat their customers with great respect. They were really committed to their word and services. The crew showed up on time and finished the job as estimated and expected. Pierre, the sales representative was wonderful. He goes above and beyond in order to accommodate and help his customers. The movers were very nice and efficient and know how to use their time wisely. I will definitely use them for my future moves and highly recommend them to anybody looking for quality moving services.
Pick Up Movers, LLC VAPick Up Movers, LLC VA
Thumbtack Customer
Make sure you confirm your move date is reserved. There was a little miscommunication toward the beginning, but everything worked out fine. Two movers arrived with a truck thirty minutes early. This was great since I was ready to go. They moved everything quickly and double checked that any fragile items were properly packed away before taking things to the truck. They wrapped up the furniture and dissembled and resembled the bed and put everything in its place at the new location. Moving one bedroom took exactly as much time as I expected, and there were no hidden fees. Overall I would recommend this moving company for a quick move.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Donna M.
Best moving company ever! We have used a lot of movers in the past and never had a good experience. We have a very large house and needed a moving company that met our standards. Max and his team far exceeded our expectations. They had excellent communication before the move and during the move. The team was professional and courteous. It was a very long day...... 17 hours. These guys didn't waiver in their energy and "can do" attitude. Max came twice to check on them and at the end he put on his sneakers and pitched in to help his team get it. Over the finish line. We will use them on our next move for sure!!!
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
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
Sania F.
My experience was absolutely flawless! I had requested furniture items to be picked up from one location and moved to another. I was not able to be present at the pickup location. I also had to change my move date on short notice. The customer service was excellent. And the movers were extremely professional. They took care to ensure the furniture was moved with care! And they were very punctual! Would highly recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Nova Movers were extremely easy to work with and I highly recommend their services. Their pricing is straightforward and the crew is very professional. This was a very easy and stress-free move.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Thumbtack Customer
Best and fastest move I have ever experienced. I have moved too many times to even keep track and Amine and his team gave me the best rate and accomodated my short notce request for moving. Amine was frequently giving me updates for the reservation and arrival time for the movers. They wwere very professional and took care of my belongings. I will use nova again and will recommend to others.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Praveen C.
Great service. Very professional in moving the items.
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our movers were on time and very professional. They were careful with our belongings, courteous, and never stopped going. We will definitely call them for our next move.
Sri P.
Our move was done smoothly with on time as promised.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
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