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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.

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’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. 

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
Theresa H.
Jaime was great! I needed something moved at the last minute and he fit me in his schedule. The item to be moved was very large and fragile and he moved it perfectly. He also completed the move really quickly and was very punctual. I was extremely impressed and will definitely call Jaime anytime we need something moved.
Triple J Moving Services  Jaime TorresTriple J Moving Services Jaime Torres
Thumbtack Customer
Helped me out in a cross country move and were able to schedule the move within 2 days. Amazing!!
moving with ease
Phillip L.
What I like with this mover was that they were fast and the price was cheap compared to other movers I had bidded with.
Tacoma intensity moveTacoma intensity move
Damon G.
The guys who came to move our heavy furniture boxes were fantastic! They really will move anything. They were fast and efficient, and they responded quickly to my request for movers. I would highly recommend them.
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Mary W.
The moving crew did an excellent job! Will hire again soon to complete our move from storage to new home.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
When you require a professional mover to perform on a professional level you call Supermoving for your moving needs. Veterans serving veterans. You can’t go wrong. I will be using them for my moving needs.
Manjula M.
Disappointed with the service : 1) Showed up at wrong address (where we moving to instead of from), costing us additional couple of hours in time 2) Attempted to raise prices by $30/hour than original quote after move was completed, citing ‘new prices’ 3) Missing item during move, promised to return but never did, ended up with small compensation after we got angry at how the whole thing was (mis)managed. We were hoping a moving service would alleviate some of the moving stress, unfortunately we can’t say that with McKenzie Movers.
Interstate Mckinzie MoversInterstate Mckinzie Movers
Ryan Z.
they moved our stuff with no problem
Millennium Moving & Installing LLCMillennium Moving & Installing LLC
John N.
Great piano moving experience
Donald D.
Awesome working with Visionary Movers. They were quick to respond, punctual, great at moving and taking care of items. Super professional. Highly recommend their work!
Visionary MoversVisionary Movers
Katherine S.
Another moving company no showed. One Nation Moving and Storage were available at the last minute. They were fast, efficient and affordable. Thank you!
One Nation Moving &  StorageOne Nation Moving & Storage
Karen N.
Will at The Clutter Pros was amazing— Great communication, professional, and customer focused. They moved a pool table for us and the team was exceptional from start to finish -- included disassembly, assembly and moving. I would recommend Will and the team for any moving job you have. Highly professional and responsive.
The Clutter ProsThe Clutter Pros
Mary B.
Everything was great will recommended to anyone I know who is moving :) thank you so much you guys made moving a lot better for my family
GM Move & TransportGM Move & Transport
Thumbtack Customer
My movers were on-time, professional, and polite. The rates were reasonable, and the free use of the wardrobe boxes made moving my clothes much more efficient.
A2B Moving & Storage, LLCA2B Moving & Storage, LLC
Joyce C.
I had a great experience with People Movers.  Danny and Andrei moved me in Ballard to an apartment up two flights of stairs.  I was anxious about the whole thing, but they put me at ease immediately with their professionalism and courtesy.  They were on time and got down to business immediately.  These guys move quickly and are very strong.  They are obviously experienced, know what they are doing, and very good at it.  And then at the end, the final bill was very reasonable!  I was very impressed and pleased.  They will definitely be the movers I call for my next move.  Thank you so much!
People MoversPeople Movers
Rr S.
Had a move deadline that came up quickly. Searching for a moving company that is reliable, quality service, and someone you can trust can be like shooting in the dark, but you will not go wrong going with John and his company. His prompt response, and availability to move with only 2 days notice was promising... but it was his thoroughness on completing the pre-move paperwork, immediate answer to questions and attention to detail that quelled any apprehensiveness one may have when trusting a new company to come into your home. The movers did show up after the time window, but they texted and communicated when they would be there, which was appreciated. The two movers handled our furniture and boxes as if they were moving their own things; they wrapped up the mattresses and anything that could get ruined in the rain (the day we moved was the day the storm broke and downpoured for most of the move). These guys put their everything into this move and I appreciate the care and hard work they gave (they hauled everything up my 15 stairs without a problem, multiple times, and when the couch and love seat couldn't fit through the door, they assisted with setting the furniture aside for pickup). If your looking for a moving company that will treat your things like it's their own, this is the company to call. Thank you John. Please let both guys know how much we appreciated their hard work! Definitely will do business with John again.
Move For Less LLC.Move For Less LLC.
Mina B.
I was so happy I used Senior Citizens Moving. They were really good about making me feel confident moving my Grandmother’s piano, a family heirloom. They were super careful, polite and reliable. I will definitely use them again in the future for any moving needs.
SCM! Movers!SCM! Movers!
Fast and took care of our moving project.
Ohana Movers & Junk Removal LLCOhana Movers & Junk Removal LLC
Travis C.
This was the best move I’ve ever experienced and I’ve moved over a dozen times in my life. They were on time, prepared, experienced and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone.
GM Move & TransportGM Move & Transport
Steve R.
The support we got was outstanding. We were not well prepared but they worked around us and made sure our move was a success. They even helped with a furniture delivery while we were moving in on an item we couldn’t get up the stairs. I have never used a professional mover before and will never do it again without one. i5 Movers will be my first call when I need help again. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Simba Movers LLCSimba Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We recently hired Cherish Moving Llc to move from Citrus Heights in California to Tacoma,Wa. Their service was outstanding in every aspect, very friendly and thorough and they didn't charge an arm and a leg! I would use their services again without hesitation. A Thank you to them for making the move so smooth for us.
Cherish Moving LLCCherish Moving LLC
Teri H.
Dominick and Ruben were great. They were extremely courteous and professional and took care with my belongings. They were on time and moved me in record time! I will definitely use them for future moves.
All That Moving Seattle LLCAll That Moving Seattle LLC
Kristen T.
Hired Visionary to help move a heavy hutch that previous movers weren’t able to. Punctual, kind, professional. Such a great team and got it done so quickly with booking and in person. Thanks so much!
Visionary MoversVisionary Movers
Julie C.
This is my best experience with movers. And I’ve had a lot of experience with movers. They showed up on time, worked efficiently, were courteous, polite and respectful. I would hire them again in a nanosecond.
All That Moving Seattle LLCAll That Moving Seattle LLC
Johnny E.
Fantastic crew. Worked really hard moving our heavy stuff up three flights of stairs. Finished precisely on time and very cordial. Will definitely be hiring them again for my next move. 😊
The Clutter ProsThe Clutter Pros
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