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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
Alicia M.
The movers were polite, punctual, and hard-working. I would recommend these movers to anyone doing a local move.
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Rylee F.
I highly recommend Move Gurus. The move was quick, and they were hilarious. Definitely made the move much easier!
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Jon R.
Move Gurus did a great job moving me. Even though they had to move me out of an apartment with stairs, they were quick and didn't stop until everything was moved out. I will recommend Move Gurus to all of my friends.
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Rachel R.
Move Gurus did a fantastic job with our move. We moved from two different apartments into a house and they handled it with ease. They were the quickest movers I’ve ever had and hustled the whole time. Not to mention they were pretty funny and friendly! Highly recommend Move Gurus!
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Stephanie S.
The movers were great, very conscientious of what the were moving and efficient!
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Thumbtack Customer
The movers were there on time, and were very friendly, and pleasant to deal with. They moved at a quick pace. Everything was moved with no damage to a 3rd floor apartment with no elevators. Highly recommend.
Moving On Birmingham, LLCMoving On Birmingham, LLC
Frank R.
These folks are great. I've used a lot of movers over the years but the men who moved my things were the best I've seen. I had a small move to storage, but they wrapped and protected all the items like they were moving a whole house. Fast and well trained, they wasted no time and finished my move well before I expected. I will definately call these guys next time I move.
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Thumbtack Customer
Moving On did an excellent job with the move to our new house. The quote was very accurate and they were extremely careful with all the pieces they moved. Would definitely use these guys again.
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Ray J.
We had a great experience with Pick Up Movers! the movers were incredibly helpful and were quick to move between three houses. Scheduling was also a breeze thanks to Frank and his excellent customer service. I would highly recommend using them for your moving experience!
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Kate K.
Two gentlemen showed up ready to go. They were very professional and moved everything that I asked them to move. It was a bear to move my son’s couch from the 2nd floor because we can’t get it thru the hallway. With my husband and son’s help they moved it thru the balcony.
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Joseph R.
I highly recommend these guys. They were on time on moving day and kept everything moving quickly and efficiently. They were very professional and delicate with all of our items. It was the most stress-free move ever!
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Shametra w.
This moving company was super awesome. They came and moved me as quickly as possible and are super friendly. The even made sure
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John P.
Very efficient, professional and knowledgeable about moving and packing a truck. They were also very responsive when asking for a quote online, responding within the hour. I will be telling everyone I know to use Move Gurus for all their moving needs. Shout out to Scott and Tom, our movers for the day.
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Tina T.
Matthew and Jonathan showed up promptly and knew exactly how to disassemble a baby grand piano and moved it carefully and quickly. This mover does not have a closed truck. They move with a trailer. I highly recommend them.
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Parrish A.
I can't recommend Moving On Birmingham enough!!! I have moved 5 times in the last 6 years and have never had a better experience with movers. Kim was so wonderful, she answered every call no matter what time and made scheduling a breeze. The men showed up exactly on time, worked incredibly fast, but still took the time to wrap every piece of furniture and fragile item. They were professional, pleasant, and amazing - the entire move took 2 hours!! If you are moving - you need to hire Moving On.
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Bridgette S.
Awesome moving service!! 😃😃😃
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Stefanie B.
I had to make a move last minute and Leif and Scott were able to fit me in. They showed up on time, moved everything efficiently and were kind through the process. Will definitely use Move Gurus again.
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Ramsha F.
Titus and Bryant from move gurus were great. They worked very efficiently. Were very careful with furniture. The move involved stairs and they did great. I had a schedule change the day of and they were very gracious and understanding to delay the move by an hour. I greatly appreciate their flexibility Would highly recommend move Gurus Bham!
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Thumbtack Customer
The movers from Moving On Birmingham were courteous, efficient, and extremely helpful. I would definitely use this company again.
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Aaron C.
Very professional, polite, and hard-working group of 4 men moved our belongings. It was our best moving experience by far
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Keith R.
I have not moved yet
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Thumbtack Customer
Moved all the items with care.
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Cindy S.
I had several antique pieces of furniture to move along with a costly piano. Moving On did an excellent job in taking time to wrap those items with lots of padding . Very pleased with the moving experience—no broken glass or scratches when items were unpacked !!!
Moving On Birmingham, LLCMoving On Birmingham, LLC
Alex F.
The team from Moving On fairly did a great job moving our belongings. They had a few hiccups with a couple of items and we had a handgun go missing during the move that has not been found, otherwise I would have given a perfect score.
Moving On Birmingham, LLCMoving On Birmingham, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was so pleased with my experience with Moving On Birmingham that I would recommend them to anyone making a local move in Birmingham, or a close by out of state move (like I had from NC). Matt & his team member were courteous, hard working, and made the moving process as fun as it could be. My items arrived in the timeliest manner possible. Great service!
Moving On Birmingham, LLCMoving On Birmingham, LLC
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