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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
Ash S.
Just the Movers responded to my inquiry with haste. I’m still in the planning stages of my move, but they went above and beyond to provide me a quote. When we’re ready to make our move, we will be using Just the Movers.
Just The Movers LLCJust The Movers LLC
Nicole N.
These guys were excellent! They moved everything so quickly, in half the time previous movers had moved the same items. Friendly, quick to respond and efficient.
Jessica M.
The moving crew from Red Barn Movers were great! They worked hard the whole time they helped us. We will be recommending them to everyone we know who needs movers!
Red Barn MoversRed Barn Movers
Thumbtack Customer
I moved from Utah to Florida & hired EKoMovers. EkoMover did Very professional & awesome & amazing job with my move. You guys are awesome specially Randy who helped me with all my move and took care of everything. Great people I am very happy with my move with EKoMover. You guys rock.😊😊
EkoMovers of UtahEkoMovers of Utah
Elenia C.
JS Movers did an awesome job! Joseph was quick to respond and was very quick and efficient! I would definitely recommend JS Movers!!
Alberta G.
Very helpful with a fast move!
Thumbtack Customer
Mike, along with his exceptional crew were outstanding! I will be moving again soon and will definitely be hiring Wasatch Premier. They were on time, in fact a little bit early, very professional, very courteous and he was even under the time expected to move an entire 6 bedroom house. I had friends helping me pack that had moved recently and wish they had known about Wasatch Premier. I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of moving anything small or big. It actually made moving a pleasant experience.
Wasatch Premier MoversWasatch Premier Movers
Jeremy t.
Steven and his team did an amazing job helping me move. I had some last second unexpected changes and they were able to accommodate me. Everything was moved quickly and nothing was damaged. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at Atlas moving for the great job.
Atlas Moving CompanyAtlas Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
The Other Side Movers were fantastic! They were so friendly and personable, hard working, and so fast! They had me moved in under 2 hours! All of my belongings were handled with care and safely arrived at my new home. It was an incredible experience. I will not be moving again without calling them.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Kelsey K.
Very professional and prompt! The process was quick and painless, from arranging the appointment to getting it all moved. I would definitely go through this company again for my future moving needs!
Right Track Moving and StorageRight Track Moving and Storage
Sarah S.
Excellent service!! All 4 men got out of the truck and introduced themselves before starting the move. They were funny, nice, and moved everything where It needed to be. They offered to hook up appliances and put beds together as well. This will be my go to moving company from now on, and it's all for a great cause, which is the best part.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Dev G.
Moved my stuff quickly and did a good job.
College Movers - Utah ValleyCollege Movers - Utah Valley
Wesley R.
We had hired movers in the past and we were slapped with hidden costs and had previous horrible experiences with movers. WeLift did an amazing job restoring our faith in hiring movers and did a top notch job. We enjoyed the responsiveness, care, and effort that the movers displayed. I would highly recommend WeLift to everyone we know. Additionally, the pre-pay feature gave us peace of mind of knowing what we would pay and for how long. Thank you so much!
Nicole N.
There were a couple scheduling delays which Pro Movers applied a discount for, but the actual move was completed amazingly quick and easy. Sioni was incredibly friendly, personable and efficient. I'm happy I hired them!
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Deva G.
The movers were friendly, did their job on time and were efficient.
Thumbtack Customer
Steve and his crew were prompt (actually early), courteous, careful and so committed to the details during the entire move! I would recommend this company to anyone who wants a worry free move that is efficient and pleasant.
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Renjith K.
They did a great job moving my furniture. They finished the job really quick.
Chandler P.
Joseph and his team were incredible. They move quickly while providing you security that your things are taken care of. Their communication was great in terms of understanding what to and not to move. Joseph was very understanding of our budget and worked with us to make it work.
Tiffany D.
Pro Movers LC did an amazing job. My move was on a Sunday, and we had a surprise snow storm come in that morning. They arrived right on time and worked hard and quickly, even in the snow. They were so careful and respectful. I would absolutely recommend then to everyone!
Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.Pro Movers Receiving & Storage Inc.
Denson A.
These guys are fantastic. Everything about the move was easy, fast and awesome. Will use again, hands down.
Just The Movers LLCJust The Movers LLC
Stephanie S.
Great job helping my parents move in! Flexible with their time and went above and beyond! Amazing!
The Other Side MoversThe Other Side Movers
Haley H.
They did a fantastic job moving my piano. They were on time, and got the job done quick and I definitely could tell they knew what they were doing! Great price, and I would absolutely recommend them and hire them again if I need a piano moved!
Reck MusicReck Music
Eliza M.
THEY ARE THE BEST!!! We bought a treadmill, but couldn’t get it into our basement. We called TAU movers and they showed up the same morning!! Moved a 250lb treadmill through the house and down a flight of stairs like it was nothing. They are AMAZING and we appreciate them so much!!! Thank you!!!!
Joshua F.
I did not end up hiring any movers for my project and decided to move my things on my own, but I would have chosen Tranzambezi for sure. They offered unparalleled value for the product and even worked with me on price in order to fit my budget. Shout out to them!
Thumbtack Customer
We hired New Concept Moving to load our rental truck with everything from our house for a long distance move. We expected it to take over 7 hours, but were pleasantly surprised & ecstatic that they were able to finish in just over 5! Plus the did a great job making sure everything was protected in the truck & secured for our drive to the new house. We'd happily hire them again if we weren't moving out of Utah. Great job guys!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
New Concept Moving and StorageNew Concept Moving and Storage
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