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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
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. He arrived early and moved very quickly during the move. The move took under 2 hours. Highly recommended for any move.
Victor's Moving & DeliveryVictor's Moving & Delivery
Sarah H.
Fast and efficient movers! They understood our unique moving situation and helped make it a (largely) stress free move.
Fidelity TransportationFidelity Transportation
James M.
Stress-free move. Handled all goods with care. Packed and moved efficiently. Overall very happy with move.
Thumbtack Customer
CCS Moving & Storage were respectful and experienced movers.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Marsha P.
This moving company way more affordable than other moving companies. The workers were professional and efficient. The move was quick and clean.
Outbox Moving & StorageOutbox Moving & Storage
Liya X.
It was a really nice moving experience for me! The movers are super responsive and they moved everything efficiently. I would highly recommend hiring them.
Family Moving Inc.Family Moving Inc.
Shirley T.
Punctual and great value. Was able to book a move 1.5 weeks in advance of a move date. Crew of 3 movers came 30 minutes early on moving day and was able to move a 2 bedroom house within 2.5 hours. They were careful and worked fast. Would definitely hire them again if I ever needed to move again. Highly recommend.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Josh W.
I needed movers for the next day and Dyno came through for me. The movers worked diligently on both ends of the move. I would highly recommend them and will definitely use them again for my next move.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Ricky G.
I couldnt have asked for a better service. I booked my move pretty much last minute, we moved in to storage with Kobe and his crew. I found out about Great Movers through thumbtack and I thought this is just hoax. Movers NYC were so expensive but this company turned out the most affordable and clear in prices. My movers bailed out on me because of some unbelievable reason. We scheduled the move with a very small and easy to book process. My move was seamless. I was not prepared at all. Movers packed my belongings into boxes and were kind enough to help me take down ac and TV. but a note: they will not install the tv and AC after the move in to a new move because of safety reasons, which totally makes sense. We were packed up in no time. I moved from a studio to a studio so it was a fairly quick move. throughout the move, the crew kept asking me about which items to be moved and which were to be taken to storage. My move was divided into 2 parts. I moved from Bushwick to Parkslope and then some of my stuff went to storage at Varick Street.
Great MovingGreat Moving
Isabella T.
Great Movers provides superb moving service. They have all the solutions related to all problems that may encounter during a move. Love them!
Great MovingGreat Moving
Annie D.
Great time and moving experience, will use them in the future for every move!
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Adam H.
I came here to write a review just to appreciate the hard work of the moving team of Great Movers. This is the best moving company i have experienced so far. I travel a lot therefore i changed my home many times. I used to hire moving companies and each time i hired a different one since they never fully satisfied me. I experienced some moves in which sometimes moving team were very late, they were slow, lost items and sometimes scratches on my furniture etc. But now i moved with Great Movers and i feel i have found the true match for moving. They were just amazing. My whole move was smooth and flawless and i didn't bear any loss because of him. They were so gentle and careful with all of my items. This was just an awesome move. I highly recommend Great Movers and i will be using them again also for my future move.
Great MovingGreat Moving
Marian K.
Movers were fast and courteous. They protected the property from any moving damage. I would definitely call on them for my moving needs in the future.
Piece of Cake Moving & StoragePiece of Cake Moving & Storage
Molly Z.
Reggie was by far the most reliable, honest, and trusted mover I have ever used. I can't recommend him and his crew enough. I have used shady movers to high van line moving companies, and I would only trust Movers-For-A-Cause to move me. Most highly recommend!
Movers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & RelocationMovers-For-A-Cause Moving Labor & Relocation
Sandra D.
I can't seem to find right words to thank Great Movers. I was suppose to post this review way back but I was tied up unpacking and settling down in my new place. We moved with Great Movers in a quick shot. Literally the move only took 2 hours and I moved from a 1 bedroom apartment from Brooklyn to Queens. Move was on one of the craziest day traffic wise but they were quick and efficient. I will put down good word for these hardworking young movers!
Great MovingGreat Moving
Kenyah M.
Great move, done swiftly. I appreciated the flat rate that was given prior to the move!
Thumbtack Customer
Lightning fast packaging and moving, very good communication, highly recommend, A++++ moving team.
Kathleen N.
Great move. Nothing broken or damaged. Helped take some of the hassle out of moving.
Blue MovingBlue Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Very efficient movers, they did a great job! Made moving day much easier.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
Shawn B.
The whole process moved efficiently and professionally. From initial contact to estimate and scheduling to the move.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Taylor W.
Amanda F.
I highly recommend Piece of Cake Moving! The company was extremely responsive and professional. It was the easiest move I have ever had - from booking, to the COIs, to the actual move. I had Dino and Suki for my moving day - they were both extremely hard working, professional and efficient (even in the rain!). Thank you for making this move such a pleasant experience!
Piece of Cake Moving & StoragePiece of Cake Moving & Storage
Kimberly P.
It's been a long time i have been using moving service from Great Movers. I cannot even think about hiring any other movers.
Great MovingGreat Moving
Deborah J.
Movers fabulous but contractually miscommunications which caused extra fees. Otherwise the move went well.
CCS Moving & StorageCCS Moving & Storage
Ben L.
The team arrived early, moved quickly and with care. The best moving experience I’ve had in NYC.
Dyno MovingDyno Moving
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