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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
Moving service was really good with these movers. No issues.
MAVERICK MOVERSMAVERICK MOVERS
Karpaga G.
Great movers. Friendly and very careful about everything they move. Would definitely use their service for our next move.
MAVERICK MOVERSMAVERICK MOVERS
Thumbtack Customer
The whole moving was smooth. Highly recommend this moving company. Workers are delicate and professional.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Brittany H.
This moving company did an excellent job moving us into our new home!
Sound Moving SolutionsSound Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
I am totally satisfied with the moving. Corey and his team were flexible as I have to change the moving date due to some personal reasons. They went aboive and beyond in accomodating the new dates. The movers came on time, as promised and moving was stress-free experience.
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Nandu P.
Great experience. My moving pair showed up on time and finished my move efficiently.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Horrible- agree 2 weeks in advance to my move and when I called them 3 days before to confirm - no response- another mover called me and said that his friend Darell could not do the job so asked his moving company to contact me- his moving company was going to charge me triple- very very disappointed- be ware of this mover for sure
Good MoversGood Movers
Rana B.
Good guys and were there on time to help me move! Definitely hire them if you need to move
Moving and BeyondMoving and Beyond
Thumbtack Customer
Movers did a great job, very fast and efficient. On time, courteous. Couldn't have asked for an easier move!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Tracy H.
The movers were fast, efficient, and careful with our furniture. Start time was at 4pm and they showed up at 3:50pm with the 17 foot truck and moved us into our new place 8 miles away faster than the previous movers moved us within the same apartment complex. Will definitely use these guys again!
AgainWhenAgainWhen
Kunal C.
Movers were polite and professional and the move was pretty much stress free. There was no damage to the items, and all the boxes/items/misc. things were handled with care during the whole process. The movers charged only for the time they worked to the decimal point and did not overestimate the time and overcharge me. All around it was a neat and tidy experience. I am very satisfied with Family Movers.
Family Moving & StorageFamily Moving & Storage
BG B.
Had good experience with move.
Brother Bear MovingBrother Bear Moving
Sherry L.
From receiving the quote to paying them for a very great job! Nothing was broken, I shared my $$ situation and the movers worked hard to move within the allotted time. We will be moving again into our new built home and I will be hiring them again.
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Castle movers were great to work with. Respectful of my many moving date changes and they took great care with my belongings. Highly recommend them.
Castle MoversCastle Movers
Ajey R.
Thank you for making the move seamless
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Moved a piano to Austin.
Metroplex Piano MovingMetroplex Piano Moving
Jonn S.
Best Movers in DFW!! Hands down.
MAKING YOUR MOVE EASYMAKING YOUR MOVE EASY
Thumbtack Customer
Guys were great. They moved quickly and efficiently and were always asking questions about how we wanted stuff moved and where we wanted it. I was quoted 6+ hrs for a 3 bedroom move, and it only took 4. Highly recommend!! Thank you guys!
Cordobe Solutions, LLCCordobe Solutions, LLC
Nikita S.
We had to get our treadmill moved from upstairs to downstairs with few other things and Bill with his colleague/friend did a great job. They dismantled it for the move and re- assembled everything perfectly. I will definitely call them again for any future moving. Thank you Bill.. 👍
Wild Bills Junk Haul & Construction Site Clean UpWild Bills Junk Haul & Construction Site Clean Up
Julie B.
The guys were great and efficient. Excellent move!
Blue Mule MoversBlue Mule Movers
Jennifer V.
More accountability on the parts of the movers. My husband, son and I ended up moving all our TVs (big screen), dining room table, end tables, office desk, and more by ourselves with our Uhaul. The movers damaged several pieces of furniture and the doorframe on our new house. We are still waiting for information to file a claim with the moving company. We reached a compromise as far as what to pay, however, the experience was terrible.
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Greg S.
Great team of movers! Got me from one apartment to the next in 2 hours! Very courteous and professional and hard working gentlemen. I highly recommend Maverick Movers!!
MAVERICK MOVERSMAVERICK MOVERS
Thumbtack Customer
The Olin Carter moving service was very friendly, helpful, and exceeded expectations. There pricing was the most reasonable and competitive with local movers and they were able to neatly and effectively fit large items securely into a moving truck that was going four hours away. Would highly recommend them and use them again int he future!
RELIABLE MOVING AND PIANO DELIVERYRELIABLE MOVING AND PIANO DELIVERY
Alexus S.
Very responsive communication from setup to arrival of the movers.
Youngstars Moving & DeliveryYoungstars Moving & Delivery
Damodar T.
Excellent! Very happy with the moving service. Highly recommended.
MeeGoHaul LLCMeeGoHaul LLC
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