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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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
Brandon J.
Baku Moving are the best among the moving companies. Our moving experience went so smoothly. The movers were fast, efficient, extremely flexible and accommodating. The sales reps too were polite, friendly, easy to get/keep in contact with. The moving team arrived early to our appointment time and worked all the way to make it a memorable moving experience for my family. They will definitely be our first call for any moving needs in the future. Highly recommend moving service.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Elisa S.
I only moved a few items, but it was the smoothest moving I have ever had. Thank you, Port Baku Movers!
Preeti V.
The move was seamless even though I was not present to assist the movers.
NewRay MovingNewRay Moving
Thumbtack Customer
JD mover arrive for a moving project a half hour early which was impressive. Started on time. I would recommend JD Movers
JD the MoverJD the Mover
Hena G.
Zebna movers very reliable company. My previous experiences with other movers was very annoying, but Zebna Movers are perfect. They did everything in best way.
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Brian G.
Zebna Movers moved us from Virginia to New York. Everything was perfect. We are very happy that moved without any problems. Thank's guys!
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Chris H.
Amazing movers! Very professional, careful, thorough...they made our stressful move so much easier! Highly recommended...Will use again for future moves
Zebna GroupZebna Group
Arwa B.
We ultimately hired them based on previous raving reviews regarding how well and quickly they work. However, this move was far from efficient and we were disappointed with how they handled the move as the movers worked very slowly and took significantly longer than anticipated given the scope of the move. My family and I had done a significant amount of prepping before the move to include disassembling of furniture items and organizing boxes, etc. and there were only a few remaining items left for the move. The two movers that came seemed to be new to moving (occasionally observed the movers standing around, talking, walking slowly, etc.) and there seemed to be no organization or system in place. The communication before the move was positive and the movers arrived as scheduled but we were disappointed with the move and follow up experience. Also, they charged my credit card immediately without review or my confirmation (the receipt also included and additional unexplained charge labeled as “other charges”). We tried calling after the move but were not able to reach someone or get a follow up.
Po's Moving & StoragePo's Moving & Storage
Courtney L.
COLIBRI MOVING made my move easy! I was faced with a last minute move and they were able to help me without a problem. My move was a one bedroom apartment with some items being moved to storage and other items into a new apartment. This team moved my items quickly and much faster than I could have ever expected. In addition, the team was able to move some unexpected items for me and get rid of some furniture I no longer needed. This team we nice, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. I will definitely be hiring them for any furture moves. Thank you!
Thumbtack Customer
Max was great to work with on setting up the move. The movers were professional. I would recommend.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Shanyn N.
The movers were very professional, and were both cautious and thorough during the moving process itself.
Best Movers Service LLCBest Movers Service LLC
Lizzy L.
The movers were excellent. Efficient, polite and affordable. I was very pleased with Name Your Price movers.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Iris T.
Lawrence did a great job moving a piano, and moved a few other items the regular movers had left behind. He was pleasant, professional, did a great job and was on time. Highly recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Kudzai and New Age Move Management helped with our house moving. They were professional and took very good care of my furniture, even helping move a couple of extra things in the new house. I was very happy with the service and will happily recommend them to anyone looking for help moving!
New Age Move ManagementNew Age Move Management
Thumbtack Customer
NoVA Movers did an excellent job moving the contents of a 2BR apartment to a storage unit. Despite my request being short notice (two days prior to move), Amine was able to accommodate my move. The two movers were 15 minutes early and worked quickly throughout the 4-hour move. They carefully shrink-wrapped all my furniture, dis-assembled two Queen headboard/footboard sets, and even dis-assembled a chandelier. Most importantly, the movers carefully arranged my furniture like a jig-saw set in my storage unit, so as to most efficiently use the space. Overall, excellent work. I will probably use NoVA Movers again.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Géssica V.
Movers did a great job! They showed up on time, were very polite, quick and careful with the furniture. They even helped me move some furniture to the recycle area. Highly recommend! Kudos to the movers!
Grandeur MovingGrandeur Moving
Donveyea W.
Nova Movers were so helpful with helping me move into my new apartment. They delivered quick and quality service. The price was affordable and they even fixed a few dresser drawers for me. I enjoyed doing business with Nova Movers and I highly reccomend their services for your next move!
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Freda L.
Baku Moving handled my move from an apartment to a condo. They did an exceptional job protecting my furniture and newly installed flooring. The three movers also were professional and demonstrated great work quality. I highly recommend Baku moving and will definitely call them again if the need arises.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Raul L.
Baku Moving provided me an excellent service without any hidden fees. The movers were great as well. They organized my move very efficiently. They always asked me before doing anything extra. Their customer service reflected the same exclusivity and this made me to believe that they are all trained and conversant in their job. It was my best moving experience ever. If I move again I will definitely use them again.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Loan N.
The moving performance is fantastic.
Next Day Moving LLCNext Day Moving LLC
Keertana S.
I would absolutely use Troyka Moving again for another move. They made my move very easy and quick and were respectful of my belongings and professional the whole time. I had a great experience and would highly recommend these movers. They come prepared and are honest about their prices. Would definitely use again! Thank you!
Thumbtack Customer
We just used Baku Moving for our local move. We couldn't be happier with the entire process. I did a lot of research and got a lot of quotes and we decided to go with Best Movers. The guys showed up right on time and were very friendly and professional. They moved so quickly! Moving is usually a nightmare but the whole day went smoothly. We will definitely use them again and have already recommended them to friends.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Su K.
I worked with NYP Movers for my recent move and highly recommend them. They were extremely efficient and everything was moved in without any damage. I also had a particularly difficult leasing office in my original building that made the move more complex, but Ali was very helpful in navigating the changes with me and everything ended up going really smoothly. I’d definitely hire them again and recommend them to anyone else looking for a safely and efficiently done move!
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Jonathan M.
Moving crew was over an hour late to the appointment. Movers damaged a couple of pieces of furniture during disassembly. Overall a very friendly crew.
NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"NovaMovers.com "Your partner during crisis"
Thumbtack Customer
They were great! After some scheduling mix up David made sure I was still covered and the two movers were friendly and quick. All my furniture was moved without a single mark. Definitely will be calling again for my next move.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
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