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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
Thumbtack Customer
Movers moved things and moved it well
Next Door Relocators,LLCNext Door Relocators,LLC
Paul V.
I had hired Pick Up Movers for my recent move. Actually after experiencing this moving service, I was quite satisfied. The movers came on time on the move day, they wrapped and boxed everything perfectly and moved all my belongings and delivered all the stuff without a scratch at the new destination. I am grateful and thankful to this great moving company for a wonderfully executed move.
Pick Up Movers LLC GAPick Up Movers LLC GA
Madhu M.
They helped us move. Crew was really helpful and accommodating in moving the stuff. Finished the move on time.
A Team Moving & Logistics, LLCA Team Moving & Logistics, LLC
Taylor M.
Move quick pro did a great job with my last move. They did the job quickly with no issues. I highly recommend for anyone moving and I will definitely use again for my next move. Excellent movers.
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Travis M.
Sam is great at communicating with the client during the moving process. Movers were friendly and worked quickly to complete my move. Great value for your moving needs!
300Movers300Movers
Briana N.
The movers were extremely quick and professional; they helped to move my belongings into storage and couldn't have done a better job! If you need to move and are looking for a moving company, book this one. I will be using them for future moves!
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Maria W.
My move with Brothers on the Move was easy and quick! The moving crew was great - they even came with an extra person and only charged me for 3. Thanks for making my move such a stress-free experience!
Brothers on the MoveBrothers on the Move
Tamara F.
Jason and his movers did an excellent job for my move! He and his movers were professional and very efficient! They did such an excellent job, and moved my items with extreme care. I have referred his service to my Mom for her upcoming move!
Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)
Claire G.
My move was pretty last minute, and yet, they were very accommodating and friendly. The move was quick and easy. Thanks, Tee's Movers!
TEE’S MOVERSTEE’S MOVERS
Maya H.
They saved me from having to push my move back a week with a last minute move. Although it was late the movers came in and got me moved within 2 and a half hours. Definitely recommend.
Move Quick ProMove Quick Pro
Thumbtack Customer
404 Movers did a great job with the entire moving process. We were moving our daughter from Acworth over to Brookhaven in downtown Atlanta. The move was seamless. My only contention was the time. It took a bit longer than anticipated, but overall it was a successful move.
404 Movers404 Movers
Michelle D.
I can not say how wonderful this moving company is. Paki responded quickly and was easily reached. Paki was on time, courteous, and moved our belongs with care and concern. I would hire this moving company in a heartbeat again - they went beyond what is expected of movers. A great moving experience! I highly recommend City, State, and Nationwide Movers!
Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.Plex Multiservice, Moving Dept.
Justin s.
Amazing moving serivce. Very quick with communication and efficient with the move.
Ike's Moving ProsIke's Moving Pros
Mariah L.
I had the most wonderful experience with Elite Movers. From the first start of communication and a hiccup on my end. Elite Movers worked with me throughout the whole time. Something happened and we had to move weekends to move last weekend and Elote Movers squeezed us end and went above and beyond for us. We are so thrilled to recommend them to everyone we know who will need to move! With a wonderful price, professional, and the speed of moving made the whole annoyance of moving more bearable :)
ELITE MOVERS ATLELITE MOVERS ATL
Corey G.
Faith Moving Company was outstanding. They arrived earlier than our scheduled move-in time and finished the move well under of allotted time. This was the best moving decision I've made. Would recommend this company to anyone.
Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)Faith Moving Co. (Only God moves better)
Summer J.
Elite Movers were very professional and courteous. They were kind enough to move us within a day of reserving, since we had another moving company that did not do a good job. They really helped us meet the deadline to move out of our house. I would definitely recommend them. It was a pleasant moving experience and moving is never fun! :-)
ELITE MOVERS ATLELITE MOVERS ATL
Adi s.
I had a good experience! We had to move from a 2b apartment. The move was challenging because the move-in apartment is on the 7th floor and there is no direct access to this floor for the movers. So it took longer than anticipated to move in but Jasean’s crew was very professional and on the go the whole time which helped us move in good time! I would recommend them!
Compass Liberty Express, LLCCompass Liberty Express, LLC
Amanda B.
The entire team at Green Seal Movers made my move so easy and stress-free! From the prompt communication to moving all of my things with ease, I highly recommend them for any future move.
Green Seal MoversGreen Seal Movers
Seth W.
Bellhops had to reschedule move the day before. The move had a tight move in window that would have been over. Ended up canceling reservation and had to scramble to find a mover in less than 12 hours.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
Balaji R.
Had a pleasant move. They were on time and made the move look easy. All the items were nicely wrapped and moved without any damage.
RLMJ EnterpriseRLMJ Enterprise
E. D.
Super fast movers, got the move done in half the time expected!
Top N Town Moving Services LLCTop N Town Moving Services LLC
Angela G.
Let's Move can move FASTER! Never in my LIFE has a 2 bedroom apartment moving from 1st floor to 3rd floor apartment; less than 25 miles away took 8 hours to move?
LETS MOVE LLCLETS MOVE LLC
Likun M.
M-Town Movers is an affordable, reliable moving company. Honest and responsive, they will work around your schedule including having their crew move in the evenings if that’s what it takes. I would highly recommend them for moving needs!
M-Town Movers LLCM-Town Movers LLC
Jared N.
Great movers for the cost. Just don't expect them to move everything for you. My guys only moved my heavy stuff and left after.
Big Deal Moving and PackingBig Deal Moving and Packing
Thumbtack Customer
The movers who showed up were not very experienced movers. They got the job done but had no clue how to move certain large pieces of furniture.
Bellhop MovingBellhop Moving
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