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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. 

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. 

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.

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
Thumbtack Customer
Headway Moving made my move easy and painless. I would highly recommend Headway Moving to anyone looking for professional and efficient moving services!
Headway Moving LLCHeadway Moving LLC
Sueann R.
Great moving company with awesome movers.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Sueann R.
Great moving company with awesome movers.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Caroline A.
Dynamic Moving Solutions made moving easy and efficient. The movers were on time (15 minutes early) and moved everything from one location to the other in the allotted time.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Luke D.
The movers were the best part of my move - professional & friendly.
Most Dependable MoversMost Dependable Movers
Matt W.
The movers were late but the owner contacted me and offered a discount, once the movers arrived everything was packed up and moved relatively quickly. I would 100% use Get Done moving again.
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Thumbtack Customer
These movers were awesome! They did a great job and everything was moved safely and securely. I will definitely use them for my next move!
Sebastian MovingSebastian Moving
Kunal A.
Movers were friendly and they took good care of our belongings during the move
Red Carpet RelocatorsRed Carpet Relocators
Charlie Y.
The moving guys don't care about your things, what they care most is moving as fewer things as they can within the time frame. No packaging if you don't give them pre-notice (They don't mention this on the phone, so I move lots of things by myself after the moving guys "done" their job). My furniture and mattress get very dirty after moving by them (no cover or protection from moving at all). The moving guys don't know how to assemble my bed and almost break it. I ask them to stop before they totally break it. I don't know if it is just this moving company or all the moving company doing things like that, but I would move all things by myself next time for sure. One thing they do well is that they move boxes very quickly.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Michael M.
Dynamic Moving Solutions were great movers!! Terrell and Kevin showed up early and got our move done in less time than expected. They were careful with all of our items and took the time to move items wherever we asked them to. I would definitely recommend them for your move!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
N. S.
The three men who helped me move were fantastic. They were funny, but also focused and most helpful. Dynamic movers from reserving the moving date and time, to the end of the actual day of the move were great to work with. I highly recommend.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Ediel R.
My move was easy going. The movers were great! Would use this company again.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were on time and worked non-stop. All of items were handled with care. If needing to move again, I would definitely use Sebastian moving company.
Sebastian MovingSebastian Moving
Maya D.
Choosen movers helped me move my living room and dressing room. They were nice professional and ensured that my move went well. The were attentive to detail.
CHOSEN MOVERS LLCCHOSEN MOVERS LLC
Matt H.
The move was seemless and easy all made by the 3 professional young men that showed up. The movers took extra care with packaging and moving all the furniture. Jamin was especially helpful when calling to set up the move. Everyone I had contact with showed great customer service. I would hire and will recommend Sabastian Moving in the future.
Sebastian MovingSebastian Moving
Ellcina A.
Tyree was very professional and moved all of my furniture and belongings in a timely manner. He arrived on time and moved quickly. He also went out of his way to help me move appliances on a separate day at a moment's notice. He is a great mover.
Tyrece The MoverTyrece The Mover
Thumbtack Customer
Big man movers was outstanding to work with. From the calls with the office to the rescheduling of the move everything went flawlessly. They were prompt and on time, courteous, very professional and took great care with moving our articles. They didn't finish their move until every piece of furniture was in exactly the right place and make sure that we were happy before they left. I highly recommend using big man movers for any of your upcoming move. B Baker
Big Man MoversBig Man Movers
Hannah b.
Movers were amazing! So careful in making sure everything was wrapped and moved so quickly!
Red Carpet RelocatorsRed Carpet Relocators
Elijah M.
Phil was very informative over the phone and the move was easy to set up. The two movers were nice and did a good job, overall a positive experience with American Movers Orlando.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
David B.
Team Jesus Moving was awesome! They were extraordinarily professional, hardworking and caring. They took the stress out of moving! I would highly recommend them for their great moving service at an affordable price.
Team Jesus MovingTeam Jesus Moving
Thumbtack Customer
The moving service was okay but they showed up 1 hour late from the planned time. I had a busy moving day and it inconvenienced me that the moving crew was late. I asked for a further discount than what was given due to the inconvenience to no avail. That being said, excluding the lateness the movers were decent and moved my items very quick and didn't appear to damage anything. I would potentially move with them again, but I would want a clear start time for my move as I felt I was just "fit in" around the schedule.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Grace A.
I am very satisfied with my moving experience. American movers of Orlando made my moving experience easy. The guys was prompt, responsible and professional. I will most definitely recommend this company
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Betsy H.
American Movers Orlando were awesome!!! They had me moved in less then 2 hours. The guys were on time and very efficient. I would highly recommend using them if you are moving!!!
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Colin S.
American Movers Orlando did a great job on my recent move. I highly recommended their services.
American Movers OrlandoAmerican Movers Orlando
Jose A.
MOVE WENT FLAWLESS. MOVERS WERE PROFESSIONAL. COURTEOUS AND EFFICIENT. THEY WASTED NO TIME AND WERE CAREFUL IN HANDLELING SENSITIVE AND FRAGILE ITEMS. NOTHING WAS BROKEN OR DAMAGED. WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE 5HRS ONLY TOOK 3 1/2 HOURS TO MOVE. THEY ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND RELIABLE. THANKS FOR MAKING A NIGHTMARE MOVE INTO A DREAM. DON'T EVEN THINK TWICE ABOUT CHOOSING THEM FOR YOUR NEXT MOVE.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
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