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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
Ravi c.
Very good experience with the move, valued and affordable cost. The move was quick and smooth.
Sylvan Friendly MoversSylvan Friendly Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moyer's moving was fantastic to work with. They were prompt, moved quickly and efficiently and all of my belongings were moved and put back together in under the original amount of time expected. Overall great service and I would highly recommend them.
Moyers Moving ServicesMoyers Moving Services
Chaitanya B.
Toro movers did a great and timely job in moving our one bedroom apartment. Craig and J were very professional. They have a flat hourly price for doing the job.
Toro MoversToro Movers
Balakrishna B.
I will definitely hire them for any moving needs in the future.
R&H Property MaintenanceR&H Property Maintenance
Sneha I.
They came in when requested on very short notice, were punctual and did a great job moving the furniture.
I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)I Like To Move It Move It LLC (Philadelphia)
Thumbtack Customer
This was one of the best moving experiences I've ever had. With 7 major moves over the last 10 years, I can honestly say that this one is at the top of the list. All of my belongings were carefully loaded into my truck. The guys took the time to carefully pad and wrap my belongings, and properly load them into my truck. After a 1,800+ mile drive, not a single thing in the truck had moved or was broken. Their customer service was top notch. I'd use them over and over again without any reservations. Awesome job and thank you!
Revell Moving Co.Revell Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
This was one of the best moving experiences I've ever had. The team was extremely friendly and very efficient at their job. I would highly recommend their services!
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
The guys were awesome. I was so tensed about the move but everything went so smooth. Elliot, Zach and Tyler did an excellent job. Would recommend them anytime.
Moyers Moving ServicesMoyers Moving Services
Adam K.
They helped me move a very heavy piece of fitness equipment into the basement around some tight turns. They are very conscientious and professional . I would definitely hire them again.
R&H Property MaintenanceR&H Property Maintenance
James B.
Very responsive. Came out the same day and moved a very heavy king mattress. Had protective equipment on and they were careful not to damage the walls or floor. I would call them again. Ok
Georges Moving Cleaning CompanyGeorges Moving Cleaning Company
Amanda D.
On-Demand moving were awesome! The estimate for Man power, the truck size and estimated time was spot on from Lanre the manager owner and the price was very reasonable. The team he sent was supervised by T who was very professional and did a fantastic job at organizing the truck, with barely an inch to spare. The 5 guys were all extremely hard working, respectful of us and our belongings. They wrapped all the furniture in padding and plastic wrap. Nothing was damage or scratched and they even managed to get my 600lb dresser upstairs without any mishaps. I very highly recommend this moving company to anyone. I would also like to add that they should be treated with the respect they deserve for the hard work , attention to detail and just for been very nice people. Thank you so much to Lanre and his very awesome employees!!
On-Demand Moving ServicesOn-Demand Moving Services
Lavanya V.
I wanted to move our leather couches from 1st floor to the basement. They were heavy and it was tricky to bring them in through the doors. Roland and his team mate did it very patiently. They also helped us fit the blinds in our family room which is something that I didn't mention earlier to them. They agreed to do it right away without any hesitation. Great job! Thank you!
R&H Property MaintenanceR&H Property Maintenance
Jeff C.
Mike and Ryan from the Relocation Specialists were EXCELLENT. Additionally, communications with representatives from there was TOP-NOTCH. The turn-around time from request to performing the work was quick, and we used thumbtack to easily keep in touch and discuss any details all the way up to the day of the move. We had a tight timeline, and they went above and beyond to ensure that they could meet our schedules. They spent additional time making sure the everything was just right and the areas cleaned up. Could not have asked for a better experience!
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