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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
Very satisfied with A1 Movers! The movers handled our things with care and had all the equipment needed to make sure everything was moved safely and secured. Will be using this company again for any future moves and would recommend A1 Movers for anyone looking for quality moving service.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Rajasekaran R.
It was a seamless move with Zebna and they did a good job in packing & moving.
Zebna MoversZebna Movers
Derrick P.
Excellent movers. Great service and care of items being moved.
Best Movers (Prince Asong MOVING)Best Movers (Prince Asong MOVING)
Thumbtack Customer
This was the best company I could have had do our long distance family move. Mr.Palmer came out to do our estimate and was very pleasant to work with. Our things were moved without any hassle. I recommend A1 Moving Company for anyone looking for a quality moving company for their long distance move.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Ally moving did a fantastic job with my move. The team was constantly moving and worked as quickly as possible to safely finish the job! Will definitely use them again!
Ally Moving LLCAlly Moving LLC
Jose G.
The moves took care of protecting the furniture and took extra care to be careful during the move. "Your partner during crisis" "Your partner during crisis"
Jayna J.
Had scheduled my move for 1 PM movers did not show up until 4 PM. Had the elevators in our building blocks from 1 to 4 and upon arrival the elevators were no longer available to hold. This delayed our move out process by a lot. Had to reschedule times at our new location to accommodate for the move because movers were running late. Did do a good job moving items disassembled and reassembled items which was nice. Only issue was timing and they deducted a additional hour to make up for being late. overall pretty sufficient moving company with two movers.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Sherry L.
The moving company is professional and got the job done well. Thanks for helping with our move!
Zebna MoversZebna Movers
Stephen K.
We moved on a Saturday and this was my first time paying for movers. Kevin was assigned to my moved and he called to provide his ETA and was extremely professional throughout the move. There were no damages to my items or to the two narrow staircases Kevin and team had to walk up. Very pleased with this company and will definitely use Baku again for my next move.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great! Prior to the move, they inspected our house to give us an estimate that they honored. On the day of the move, they came on time (early in fact!), moved quickly, and nothing was broken.
Zebna MoversZebna Movers
Angelo H.
JFP express did a great job moving my furniture. They were careful in making sure there is no damage while moving them. They are very professional and I would highly recommend them if you need a moving service. Thank you for the move JFP! I appreciate it.
JFP Express Transport LLCJFP Express Transport LLC
Thumbtack Customer
A-1 Moving Company did an outstanding job on our move. It was hassle free and handled with care. Quentin did an excellent job making sure that all of our moving needs were attended too.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Josh C.
The best moving experience we have ever had and we move a lot. The movers were fast, polite, accomodating, and careful. I don't like giving 5 stars because there is always room for inprovement but theses 3 were awesome! The owner even stopped by, he was ok, but the movers were great.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Thumbtack Customer
A1 Movers are the best! I've had so many bad experiences with prior moving companies but A1 left me with no complaints or disappointments. They arrived on time and everything was moved without hassle. Thanks Mr. Palmer and Team!
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Scott S.
A-1 Moving Company provided smooth transition of our office move. I recommend them for their value and quality service.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Our first time using a moving company and I must say that we were very pleased with our first choice being A 1 Movers. Great workers and they got our move done in great timing.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Yasmeen W.
Very responsive and friendly. Not quite the quality of moving materials that would expect for hourly rate they charge.. And moved a little slower than expected. But everything got moved and nothing was broken so overall things were OK.
Hauling Not StallingHauling Not Stalling
Thumbtack Customer
I was worried about hiring a moving company for my long distance move but I am pleased to say that A1 Movers exceeded all my expectations. They came complete with everything you could possibly need when moving. Quentin provided excellent customer service and his team did a wonderful job. Will recommend!
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Jose M.
Fastest movers I have ever hired. Very professional and efficient. Would hire again next time I move.
My Movers LLCMy Movers LLC
Steve S.
Very good and quick move!
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Ashley W.
Skylink movers was professional, kind, and very good at what they do. I would definitely have them help me move again.
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I can't complement A-1 Moving Company enough. They took the time and care needed to complete my move. My last move was a total disaster and I was scared and apprehensive about hiring another company after my last experience. But I as one can't move alone I'm glad I choose these guys they are a good crew and a honest company.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
Thumbtack Customer
Our move ultimately went well. The crew was good, careful, and polite. I had issues with the way expectations were set, but David made it right in the end. I used them for an office move. The company is clearly more experienced with residential moving.
Great Nation MovingGreat Nation Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience with Your Friends with a Truck. The move went very smoothly and the movers kept me updated along the trip. They went above and beyond and offered to help me move some big pieces into a storage unit the next day.
Your Friends with a TruckYour Friends with a Truck
Donald T.
Everything was perfect . I have already scheduled my personal move move with A-1 in September. So obviously I will use them again.
A-1 Moving CompanyA-1 Moving Company
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