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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.

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. 

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 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
Lucy M.
City Movers moved our large item for a great value. They were quick to respond and able to move the item on last minute notice.
Thumbtack Customer
Moved into a new home and was very nervous about the moving company and the care they exhibit with my furniture and the new walls and stairs. Willis moving was AWESOME!! They paid very close attention and didn't ding anything! Highly recommend them!
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
I would absolutely recommend Bull City Movers Plus! The three movers showed up and packed up our home with ease. We were able to get the move done in under the quoted time and for a flat fee. The movers were courteous and very careful with our things. They were also very knowledgeable about getting furniture into difficult spots in our new home and without a scratch. Thank you!
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Thumbtack Customer
Joyful Movers was great! The men arrived on time, were very polite, and worked hard all day. It took 10 hours to move 99% of our belongings. We were very pleased with their commitment for excellence. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were early, friendly, and finished in a timely manner. Would definitely use this team again in the future.
Joyful Movers LLCJoyful Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
B&W movers sent us exactly what they quoted. They arrived 10 minutes early, which was great for us. The move took a long time but we had a lot of stuff. The furniture was wrapped securely and almost everything arrived undamaged. We would us them again and recommend to friends.
Rent A Vet MoversRent A Vet Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding! The Bull City Movers were on time, efficient, and very friendly. I highly, highly recommend them!
Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631Bull City Movers Plus / Certified Carrier C-2631
Mark D.
We are so happy with Elephant Movers. They were super friendly and professional. They worked hard in the North Carolina summer heat.
Elephant Movers LLCElephant Movers LLC
Taylor E.
This was THE BEST moving experience that I have had (and I’ve had some terrible experiences)! It literally felt like I had a group of my older brothers moving me. They were SO quick and we laughed together the entire time. Such a personable group. I’ve already referred them to two other people!
Branch Out Moving & DeliveryBranch Out Moving & Delivery
Thumbtack Customer
Juan and Mike did a great job. We moved from a single family home into a second floor apartment. They got our entire 1200 sqft house in one truck load. They were very careful with our belongings. They are very friendly and made us feel completely at ease. We will be hiring them for our next move.
J T Willis Moving ServiceJ T Willis Moving Service
Monica F.
Antwon and his partner saved me & my husband from a bad experience with All My Sons. All My Sons did not show up for our move. I posted this ad on Thumback and International Movers responded within minutes and was able to come out the next day! Very nice and hardworking guys. Will always remember and appreciate their help. Definitely would use again!!
International MoversInternational Movers
Nikki C.
I had a terrible experience and I reached out to the company via email. They never responded to me. It was 3 men and they moved slowly than grass growing. They took 8 hours to move my belongings and only put together the bed in the guest room. I had to ask more than once for them to put my bed together and they did bother with my son's crib but did put his dresser together after I asked 5 times. They cracked and bent my son's crib. When I called them out on it, I was told they didn't know how that happened and that they did not do that. Even though I heard the crib smash onto the floor from the next room. When I walked into the room, the crib was still on the floor. I picked it up myself and none of them moved to help me. You get what you pay for. I should have known better. I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. Unless you want to end up getting super angry and just moving your belongings yourself. Which I did with a baby strapped to my chest.
Romero MoversRomero Movers
Micaela S.
Logan and Clay were absolutely amazing! They were absolute troopers moving our stuff down from a third floor apartment! I couldn’t have asked for better guys for the job. I will definitely recommend them to anyone in the future.
No Sweat ServicesNo Sweat Services
Hedi C.
Let me tell you, coming from someone who has moved 62 times, these guys are absolutely amazing. I wish I could give them 10 stars! My husband just passed unexpectedly on September 1st and my 72 yr old Mother and I had to move from Kentucky to North Carolina. They came and hustled to get the job done, and get it done "right". They wrapped everything in blankets and were super careful with everything. Their kindness and professional is above and beyond anything we have ever seen. Thank you so very much. You guys are our angels.
Quality WorksQuality Works
Amy A.
We first of all I needed help for like an hour to finish unloading my uhaul before dark and they responded in under 5 mins and had a guy out there ASAP when I returned home . They saved the day honestly ! Will be hiring them for next move 👍
Adams moving & storageAdams moving & storage
Shannon B.
Joel and team were quick to respond and the service was a great value considering the time it saved me and how efficiently it was handled. The only MINOR con was that I had to provide masks. The movers were quick to accept them without issue. I would absolutely contact them again.
No Sweat ServicesNo Sweat Services
Carmen N.
Mitchell and his team were amazing. Order a sleeper from but they are not offering inside delivery and installation at this time. I can't thank The Honey Do Crew enough for getting my sleeper sofa moved upstairs. That thing was a beast and they did it without damaging my home. Unpacked it for me, installed the legs and remove the packaging trash.. talk about top notch service. Thank you guys, much appreciated.
Honey Do CrewHoney Do Crew
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