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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
Stephanie J.
Skyline movers moved a few heavy furniture items into a moving truck for us. They were very reasonably priced and did what we asked. I would recommend them for moving!
Skylink Movers LLCSkylink Movers LLC
Jeannette S.
Pro Overall move was great. Movers did a good job moving my belongings. Cons movers arrived one hour late also language barrier, only one mover spoke English, but it wasn’t a huge issue. I’d hire this company again. Max was great to get everything setup for my move and his prices/discounts were great.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Zoe W.
Excellent team of movers! My family and I recently moved about 3 hours away from our previous home and hired NYP to assist with the move. Rate and communication were great! The team of movers that arrived were hardworking and swift! I definitely recommend them for your moving needs.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Our job went well disregarding the fact that the mover mixed up jobs and sent only 2 movers for a 3 mover job. It took longer than expected, but the company provided us the same quote as expected for the 3 mover job. The movers were very professional, courteous, and careful in loading, transporting, and delivering our furniture. "Your partner during crisis" "Your partner during crisis"
Marva G.
The movers called ahead with their eta. They arrived with mask on and promptly planned and moved as I requested. I highly recommend Moving Sucks and I will definately use them again.
Moving Sucks Movers LLCMoving Sucks Movers LLC
Leah G.
Working with NewRay Moving was an excellent experience from start to finish! My roommate and I planned to use movers at the last minute and NewRay was able to accommodate our move with only a weeks notice. Ashley was super friendly and worked after hours to get our move set up. On moving day Delvert and his crew showed up on time, were very respectful, and worked quickly to move all our things from one destination to the next with no damage. I was so impressed with their work ethic and they made moving an enjoyable experience. I would definitely use NewRay moving again!
NewRay MovingNewRay Moving
Ben R.
My experience with Moving Sucks Movers was great. They were professional and friendly, even when faced with moving a couple pieces of awkward and very heavy chocolate making equipment. Highly recommended.
Moving Sucks Movers LLCMoving Sucks Movers LLC
Brooke W.
I am so glad that I picked available movers for my most recent move! They were professional and helpful from start to finish and made my move easy and worry free! I would definitely hire available movers again and I would definitely recommend to others!
Denika T.
Moving with US made my out of state move stress free. The company is professional and did a great job. I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing moving services. Excellent job!
Moving With USMoving With US
Latoya B.
Requested a quote and received a response from Matthew’s moving services instantly. I only needed a mover to move a cabinet from my garage to the kitchen area. Matthew showed up alone and moved it under 30 mins. I was appreciative of his professionalism and speed. Will definitely use them again. ☺️
Matthew’s moving servicesMatthew’s moving services
Megan C.
Matthew’s Nationwide Movers made my family’s recent move the best move we’ve ever had! They were on time and jumped right in and had us moved into our new home in five hours all while ensuring our belongings were well taken care! Thank you Matthew’s!!!
Matthew's Nationwide MovingMatthew's Nationwide Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I needed living and dining room furniture moved. They were prompt and did a very good job ensuring the furniture was protected prior to the move and during the move. I would highly recommend them in the future.
Your Pro Movers, LLCYour Pro Movers, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The moving team that serviced my request was excellent. They were on time, prompt, professional and completed our move in a timely manner.
Dulles Logistics and RentalsDulles Logistics and Rentals
Stephanie J.
Smart moving was great to work with. They quickly unloaded 2 26' moving trucks and there was no damage. We would highly recommend this company!
Zebna MoversZebna Movers
Clarise F.
I was really happy with my move. Lydia was my initial point of contact and kept in touch with me up until my move. Val, Igor and Johnny arrived on time and did a great job moving my furniture into my new house. I was especially impressed with the care that they took in protecting my carpet and moving the furniture in and ensuring not to damage any furniture and walls. I would definitely recommend them and also use them for any future moves.
Kathy C.
Very good moving company.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Royal Mover to perform a move for us in Woodbridge, from our temporary residence as well as our storage unit to our new apartment. Mr. Bonilla and his assistant were extremely professional and courteous to my wife and I, and very respectful to our belongings. The entire move went along without a hitch. Royal Movers is an incredible value for the service we received, and we would highly recommend them to anyone in the Northern Virginia area seeking a residential move.
Royal Movers LLCRoyal Movers LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Movers were on time and quick.
EZ MoversEZ Movers
Glenna W.
Baku Moving definitely deserves an appreciation for the service they provide. For my move, I hired them purely on the basis of the quote they gave me, which was quite affordable. The moving team was very efficient and they were in and out of my apartment in on time. I was very pleased to see all my things turning up right on the scheduled day. They really are the best movers in the country.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Ronald W.
I had relocated recently and had hired Baku Moving for my move. The movers and office staff were very professional, courteous and knew exactly what they were doing. They listened to all questions I had and responded very courteously. Everything was handled with care, wrapped and tagged appropriately. Nothing was broken or lost in the move. Thanks team for taking such good care of my stuff.
Baku MovingBaku Moving
Thumbtack Customer
We used Name Your Price Movers for a move just a few miles away from our previous location. Three of the hardest working, qualified, nicest men arrived on time and helped us with our move. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. I recommend anyone to use Name Your Price Movers and would definitely use them again.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
Thumbtack Customer
Moved contents of 4 Bedroom Townhouse into storages. All items were wrapped so as not to break. Will hire again to move from storage to new house.
Matthew's Nationwide MovingMatthew's Nationwide Moving
Phillesia A.
Movers were affordable, experience and professional.
P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)P.H.S (Moving & Junk Hauling)
Shelly S.
These guys are great - they moved me during our first snow of the season and they were professional, efficient and reliable. They are super quick!! They handled a move with a lot of stairs and knocked it out in 2.5 hours. Will hire these guys again for another move I have in mind soon. Thank you!!
VKH Movers LLCVKH Movers LLC
Queen J.
They did an awesome job with my move, not only do I recommend them for your move I will also use them in the future. Also, their gift bags are great.
Name Your Price MoversName Your Price Movers
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