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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 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
Dorian B.
Move went perfectly! Two movers were attentive and careful when moving everything, wrapping large items prior to moving. They were prompt, fast, and efficient!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Andy W.
Get more detail before the move so the move doesn't take 9 hours like ours did. There was no plan to the move, the movers were all over the place and got furniture stuck (for at least 45 minutes) in the backdoor because they had moved the truck before getting all of the big furniture out through the front door. I have moved 10+ times with movers in Chicago where the moves were multi level each way and this was by far the worst moving experience I have ever had.
Elite MovingElite Moving
Howard A.
EZ Moving has to be the greatest moving companies in Denver. The movers were fast, reliable, punctual, and professional; not to mention, superior customer service. I highly recommend! When it comes time for me to move again I will only use EZ Moving.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Don S.
The best movers I have ever had. Conscious Movers LLC is an amazing moving company whom I would recommend to any of my friends or family. They wrapped all furniture in moving blankets with bands tightly securing the blankets. Our 3bd 2bath house easily fit into their moving truck with tons of room to spare (saved us having to 2 trips, huge cost savings!!) They are an Environmentally minded moving company that uses sustainable packing: Moving blankets, reusable bands, reusable boxes, etc. Overall if you need a move in the Denver area Conscious Movers LLC / James (the owner) and his team is the best company you can pick to make the moving of your move the easiest thing about your move!! Thank you so much - Don!
Conscious Movers LLCConscious Movers LLC
Ryan E.
We had a great experience with 1Stop Movers. They were really professional and fast movers. Overall it was a really easy move.
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Rebeccah M.
Proper form movers were wonderful to work with. The movers were punctual, thorough, respectful of my belongings and very organized. They were friendly movers who made my moving process a breeze!
Proper Form Moving LLCProper Form Moving LLC
Jacob S.
Great moving experience. Very happy with hiring EZ Moving.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Mo J.
Fast moving, thorough, careful. These guys did the move quickly.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Tasha C.
Excellent Movers!! Will definitely use them for any future moves!!
The Other Side Moving & StorageThe Other Side Moving & Storage
Amy M.
Super quick, easy move! Very friendly movers as well.
Technique Moving LLCTechnique Moving LLC
Kyle B.
Skinny Guy Moving saved me! My previous movers cancelled at the start of my move in! I reached out to Skinny Guy Moving and their movers were here within 30 minutes! They quickly and efficiently moved my belongings into my apartment. I appreciated how they were still careful even though it was a last minute move, we were under a time crunch, and they coming from a move earlier in the day. Cannot recommend enough! The best part is they were cheaper than the movers who cancelled so I just gave the difference to them as a tip. :) They deserve it.
Skinny Guy MovingSkinny Guy Moving
Jess C.
Movers were great and got my move done in under 3 others! Communicated slight delay in arrival and movers were polite!
All Around Moving ServicesAll Around Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
The movers did a great job. Fast and efficient. Very happy with the move.
CCIMOVERSCCIMOVERS
Jillian M.
Best moving experience I have had by far!! Quality from day 1 of scheduling to move in day. Movers were on time, wrapped everything nicely, were very fast and nice. I would highly recommend this company for your next move. Thank you Denver Transparent Movers!
Denver Transparent MoversDenver Transparent Movers
Klair S.
Perfect Moves moved everything from our UPack into our 4th floor apartment. We plan to use them again we move out!
Perfect Moves LLCPerfect Moves LLC
Sean M.
Amazingly fast and friendly. Took charge and tackled my move with ease. It's hard.to find movers who actually care about the stuff they are moving. My guys were careful, cautious, well communicative and handled the move no problem. Would recommend to anyone looking for fast and reliable movers. Thanks y'all.
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Tom W.
Fantastic Movers delivered on their promise. Eli called me in advance to let me know the movers would arrive in 30 minutes. Very punctual — 9 am on the dot. Eli, Del and Julius were extremely professional, moving things efficiently — no time wasted. I give this team an A+ on their work quality — nothing was broken in the move. This company is FANTASTIC and I recommend Fantastic Movers for your next move.
Fantastic Movers LLC.Fantastic Movers LLC.
Hannah H.
Had two great guys help me move! They made moving fun!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Thumbtack Customer
This was such an amazing move. The movers were friendly and efficient. No hidden fees. Great job!
CCIMOVERSCCIMOVERS
Lydia B.
Elite Moving helped us do a tricky move out of the Four Seasons. They were polite, efficient and easy to work with. I highly recommend! I’ve worked with 7 moving companies over the past 12 months for large moves and odd jobs and these guys were top notch 👌. Thank you Elite Moving!
Elite MovingElite Moving
Yashasvi R.
I moved from SLC to Denver . It took SLC movers about 4 hours to move my stuff , but these guys moved the same stuff in 1.5 hours !!! Crazy efficient, well priced and great with communication. Would highly recommend them.
Home Control USA MoversHome Control USA Movers
Devyn M.
EZ moving was very punctual to our needs and was very professional. They moved everything we needed in a timely manner and we are extremely content. Thank you EZ Moving!
EZ MovingEZ Moving
Matthew D.
There is not a single moving company I would go with other than Reliable Moving Co.
Reliable Moving CompanyReliable Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving experience, guys arrived promptly on time and moved us in fast and safely!
Elite Movers DenverElite Movers Denver
Michael H.
The movers did a great job moving our display case. The case was glass and more difficult to move than expected. They did a great job with a can do attitude
Skinny Guy MovingSkinny Guy Moving
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