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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 movers
Thumbtack Customer
I scheduled UR MOVING BUDDY for a short notice move (two days) to move all the big items couches, King beds, dressers, mirrors, flat screen tvs, etc.. UR MOVING BUDDY showed up with two trucks and quickly began to work. UR MOVING BUDDY were professionals the whole time. UR MOVING BUDDY didn't complain about anything too big or too small and were unbelievablely careful with all the items. UR MOVING BUDDY did not stop until the job was finished and were extremely helpful. I HIGHLY recommend UR MOVING BUDDY.
Amber B.
The guys were on time and moved really efficiently and it made our move go really well!
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Monice K.
Execellent service. Prompt response time when communicating about pricing and services. Movers were professional and courteous. The movers are very skilled and lnowledgeable about how to move different types of items. Would use them again and recommend their services.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Ricky A.
Crew was on time and expertly moved my belongings in 100 degree weather with no issues or damages. Very professional and courteous bunch. Highly recommend Ramos Moving Service.
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Peggy J.
The move was done in 2 hours. I was impressed.
Mighty Men MoversMighty Men Movers
Chris C.
Put a request for movers around 11pm & Joel response & he & his cre were able to fit me in the following day to move. I'm grateful for all the help they provided.
2nd Chance Transport and Delivery2nd Chance Transport and Delivery
Madison P.
They were able to move my furniture with really short notice-on a holiday! I only had about 3-5 things to move and they brought it over quickly and we're very professional.
Remote (Citywide) San Antonio, TX USARemote (Citywide) San Antonio, TX USA
Rebecca C.
Today, 07/30/21 we hired 2nd Chance Movers for our three bedroom apartment. We opted for the three movers, these guys were so professional kind and used such good communication with the move. They even had an availability for today even though we booked this large move at the last minute only a few days out. If I could rate them more than 5 starts I would! They were absolutely amazing! Highly recommend them!
2nd Chance Transport and Delivery2nd Chance Transport and Delivery
Martin D.
Look no further: you found your moving company!
Smothers Brothers MoversSmothers Brothers Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I am so grateful to the crew for helping us with the move. They arrived within the time they setup. James and the crew were more than willing to accommodate our budget. However James was right about the amount of time it would take to move our belongings. After seeing the amount of work that it was taking to load our belongings we decided to extend our allotted time and the crew stayed till the move was completed. The crew was very accommodating and willing to put our items in the corresponding rooms. Don't plan on moving anytime soon but if we do, I'll definitely hire Ramos Moving Service again. Thank you for everything!!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Gabby G.
Freddy and his movers helped us move a sofa and love seat from one apartment complex to another. Everything went smoothly. They guys were professional and finished in a timely manner! Will definitely use again if we need and will recommend.
Mighty Men MoversMighty Men Movers
Thumbtack Customer
They took their time and all my furniture still ended up getting scratched. They took 3 1/2 hrs just to move 2 bedroom sets and 5 other small items. One of the movers felt the need to let me know that they accept tips.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Thumbtack Customer
This is an outstanding moving company with great pricing and the hardest working moving crew I have ever met. I love these guys. They were so outstanding I hired them the next time I needed help and again they did an outstanding friendly and fun job
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Steven P.
Marcel Witter did a fantastic job of helping us move! Would hire again in a heartbeat!
Anything Goes EnterprisesAnything Goes Enterprises
Thumbtack Customer
Good guys just took way longer than expected. Moved from a two bedroom apartment with offsite 10x10 storage into a four bedroom house and the two guys that were sent worked from 9:30am to 9:00pm and we still had stuff to move left over.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Ramon J.
They were very accommodating, considering the timeline I was dealing with the contractor that built my house. Three times I rescheduled the move and when they moved my belongings it was done in three hours. Then they came back and cleaned my mattress base and the guys were very professional and considerate. Great job guys!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Chris and Chris did a very efficient, careful and timely job of moving our furniture. I highly recommend them.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Marsha G.
Great job!! They moved at lightening speed and the price was right!! They came in under their estimate. I will use them again and refer them to my friends!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Alison E.
Dominick and Vincent were our movers and they did a fabulous job. We are temporarily downsizing to a 2 bdr apt from a 4 bdr house and as much as I purged beforehand, we still were overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we had to move! Luckily these guys were up to the task and handled our move effortlessly! We will be using again in a few months when our forever home is ready! Side note I picked this company because they don’t nickel and dime like many other quotes I received. What they quote you is what you pay. No surprises!
Smothers Brothers MoversSmothers Brothers Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Cris and his partner at American Billiards moved my pool table from a game room in a separate building into the main house. They showed and went directly to work like the professionals they are. I don't think anything could have been done any quicker or more efficiently. It was very apparent from their approach and attitude that they are both veterans of our military. I highly recommend them for moving or repair. These guys are the BEST!
American BilliardsAmerican Billiards
Kristina G.
Great job moving us into our storage then two months later out of our storage and into our new home. They are hard workers and it was worth every penny to hire these guys!
Chapa's Moving ServiceChapa's Moving Service
Thumbtack Customer
Really enjoyed working with this company for our move. They did a great job getting our furniture out of the house and into storage and they worked quickly as well. Would use them again!
Anything Goes EnterprisesAnything Goes Enterprises
Thomas L.
2 Pro crew explained how they would move furniture without damaging items and surroundings, did so, and all with professionalism and courtesy. Definitely will refer and use again when needed!!!
Remote (Citywide) San Antonio, TX USARemote (Citywide) San Antonio, TX USA
Thumbtack Customer
Simple move boxes to storage went well except for confusion over pricing. Company tried to impose surcharge due to mileage from their location to mine. Since within 2 hour minimum total, was not applied.
Movers of San AntonioMovers of San Antonio
Angie M.
Marcel @ LLG Trucking was excellent! He cared for our stuff so well just like it was his own. Outstanding customer service and work ethic. I would recommend Marcel to anyone to help them move!
Anything Goes EnterprisesAnything Goes Enterprises
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