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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
Nicole W.
Very slow in moving... So slow I had to help them move my stuff. Took 5 hours for a two bedroom apartment move with no appliances an almost everything boxed. I spent $350 helping the movers move my stuff meanwhile a coworker moving at same time using a different company spent same amount for a 4-5 bedroom with appliances and they finished everything in two hours! (Using off duty fireman moving company)
New Age MoversNew Age Movers
Jessica C.
Jimmy and Kevin did my in-town move this week. Couldn't ask for a better team to move my stuff. On time, quick workers, move my stuff safely, and were super personable/helpful. They definitely streamlined my move and took almost all of the stress out of it (now to unpack! haha) ... Thanks to them and Hogan's moving, I definitely know who to call in the future for all my moves!
Ron A.
Thanks to Vince and Pat moving day was a breeze! These guys were awesome! I would highly recommend Precious Moving Systems to anyone needing movers. Money well spent!
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Lee P.
The team came in and crushed it. Wrapped everything that needed to be wrapped going into storage. They were very careful with my furniture but also didn’t waste anytime. I moved my stuff to a storage unit. When I move into my new house I will call Moving Hogs to move us in!!!!
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
Nick L.
Great job thanks for the seamless transition of moving from an apartment to a house. Movers were very kind and professional.
The Moving GuyThe Moving Guy
Carrie L.
He was very professional. My things were moved carefully, and he was able to move my husbands motorcycle with no problems.
Pro Delivery & Towing - Phoenix, AZ 85043Pro Delivery & Towing - Phoenix, AZ 85043
Lita A.
My experience with Moving Hogs was exceptional from beginning to end. Donald was responsive to messages, arrived promptly and got right to work. They took care of fragile items and worked with a purpose. I have hired movers in the past that moved very slowly, and that was not the case with Moving Hogs. I was impressed and have already told several people about the quality of their work.
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
Troy C.
Over all, the experience was good. The man taking care of our moving needs seemed a bit upset that we had a few other items to add to the load. We originally stated we had 9 large pieces of furniture. The move should have taken an hour at the most. When we set up for the move, we were told it was a three hour minimum to book the move. Due to this, we added about 15 boxes and a few other items. Once the mover realized that these were added he was quick to get the truck loaded and the move was done in no time at all. He was good with taking care of our moving needs. Our items were handled with care and the job was well done.
Jeremy p.
The team at efficient moving solutions was able to help me with moving services on very short notice. Although they had other jobs in the morning, they worked late into the night to help with our move. They did a great job! Thank you so much EMS team!
Efficient Moving SolutionsEfficient Moving Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
The movers, Royce and Rome, were phenomenal. They were incredibly helpful, professional, fun, and efficient. They made the move easy, but more than anything-they made it fun.
Your Fraction Solutions LLCYour Fraction Solutions LLC
Donna Q.
Awesome company and the movers were great!
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Asia H.
Diverse moving solutions were super quick and diligent with the job- they even wrapped everything before they moved. Excellent communication too. Would definitely recommend!
Diverse Moving Solutions LLCDiverse Moving Solutions LLC
Andreea N.
This company canceled my move the day of the move in November 2020. I had to quickly find another company to do it that same day for double the price. Do not risk and hire!
Prestige MovingPrestige Moving
Stacy H.
Justin arrived on time and provided god quality moving services. All of our items were wrapped and moved to our new office without incident. I would definitely recommend!
The Moving GuyThe Moving Guy
Mallory B.
Sal and Carl were awesome! They showed up on time and worked so hard. We moved into a third floor apartment with no elevator and it was no problem for them. I will definitely be using Jolly Movers again.
Jolly MoversJolly Movers
Alena G.
Amazing team!!!! Thanks for helping with my move!!!! You all were very great and courteous!!!!! I will definitely keep you all in mind if anyone ever needs a helping hand with a move 👍🏽
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Quincy E.
I was very impressed with the service and professionalism of Moving Hogs. They work very efficiently and handle your belongings as if it was their own. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who needs help moving
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
Elissa V.
Great experience. Was a last minute move and they responded quickly. The workers were amazing. Did a great job at moving all my items and setting up what I wanted. They were quick and
Diverse Moving Solutions LLCDiverse Moving Solutions LLC
Danny l.
Excellent....would use them again for my next move
Precious Possessions Moving SystemsPrecious Possessions Moving Systems
Kristine F.
Best experience ever. If you want the best experience when your moving contact Jason!! I had called another moving company Euro Movers that had dropped the ball the day before. I was in a serious bind. I went online and registered with movers to contact me at 5:45 in the morning. I was worried I couldn't find a same day mover. Jason, contacted me right away. He assured me he would take care of me. He delivered far beyond my expectations. He kept in contact with me and let me know what time he would be there, 9:30 am, he actually arrived at 9:00. He was super friendly, he and Sasha. He moved heavy furniture for a 3 bedroom house to my storage unit in 4 hours. His price was $279. I was so amazed with his service and care of my items and moving me within 3 hours of my initial contact. If you are looking for a reliable mover with a great price. Call Jason!!! He WILL take care of you!!!
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Silvia E.
Movers were absolutely amazing!! I will use them every time now!! They were fast but careful! They did not waste anytime! I am very pleased with their job! It made this move very easy for me!
True Move LLCTrue Move LLC
Melissa C.
Diverse movers did it in half the time for half the cost. Recommend! They came to my rescue to move me from one apt to another with no a.c. I appreciate their fast services and they were all very friendly
Diverse Moving Solutions LLCDiverse Moving Solutions LLC
Xenia K.
The movers were professional and efficient. They went above my expectations and were willing to help me with things I couldn't get fully packed myself, as well as fully reassembling furniture that had to be taken apart to be moved.
Thumbtack Customer
After the original movers had a schedule mishap, Top of the Line movers came to my rescue. They arrived as stated, within 2 hours of our contact, SAME DAY. The team was polite, friendly and very hard workers. I HIGHLY recommend this company! ! I will use only this company for all my moving needs going forward. Thank you for a job well done.
Your Fraction Solutions LLCYour Fraction Solutions LLC
Victoria B.
I had one of the best experience using Moving Hogs. In the past there was alway an issue with the movers not carefully handling my must important items. I was so impressed by the way they took the extra time to perfectly wrap and secured my items from start to finish. If you want movers who show professionalism, and is hard working, caring, prompt. Don and Coleman is your guys.
Moving Hogs AZMoving Hogs AZ
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