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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
Erin G.
Very nice moving experience. The guys moved quickly and made the move easier.
True Friends Moving CompanyTrue Friends Moving Company
Breck B.
More than great movers, excellent customer service! We have moved quite a few times and have used a number of moving companies. For whatever reason, there was always an issue. So when it came time for this move, I was hesitant, but selected Right Move Moving Company. Viktor was always friendly, quick to respond and eager to help! Right move moving company truly took care of us during this move. From the customer service, to the professionalism of the workers to their friendly nature, my husband and I were thoroughly pleased. We would absolutely recommend Right Move to anyone.
Right Move Moving CompanyRight Move Moving Company
Lea V.
Best moving experience ever. Movers were fast, kind, responsive, and careful with my belongings. Will definitely use when I move again.
Family Movers 615, LLCFamily Movers 615, LLC
Bethany E.
These movers were easy to work with. They got everything moved quickly and efficiently!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Caren L.
No Bounds moving was quick to respond to my request for a next day move of just a few items. I appreciated their punctuality on the day of the move and how quickly they managed to move all of the pieces. Will definitely hair when in need again!
No Bounds MovingNo Bounds Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Family movers were great! They came with a truck, moving pads, and a hand dolly. It totally came in handy. They worked hard and the move went really fast.
Family Movers 615, LLCFamily Movers 615, LLC
Thorn P.
Alex and Tim were great and excellent movers, I do recommend this moving team. They moved all items requested with no hassle. They were fast and efficient.
Weekend Movers LLCWeekend Movers LLC
Sandy W.
Great move! Right move movers showed great concern about protecting my items from damage. They were early, conscientious and The cost was very reasonable.
Right Move Moving CompanyRight Move Moving Company
Madelynn M.
No Bounds Moving was great helping me move into my new apartment. They moved quickly and handled all of my items carefully. I highly recommend them.
No Bounds MovingNo Bounds Moving
Rachel Y.
Place to Place moving company made our move so easy! Leading up to the move, Antonio was great with communication— he responded very quickly to any messages we sent! On the day of the move, the men were right on time. As they were moving our belongings, they took such care with every piece. Their attention to detail made it so that all of our belongings arrived to our new place in perfect condition. We would definitely use Place to Place movers for any future moves!
Place To Place Moving CompanyPlace To Place Moving Company
Megan G.
Messolar moving was great! They were on time, moved everything in a surprisingly fast time, professional and overall great to work with. We will 100% use them for any future moves.
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Thumbtack Customer
I've recommended Family Movers 615 to numerous friends! Great movers at a solid price.
Family Movers 615, LLCFamily Movers 615, LLC
Kristiana M.
I answered all the questions they asked prior to move to only be told on the moving day they cant do it. Very unhappy! Will not be recommend to anyone. Moving alone is stressful and this just added to it!!
We Haul NashvilleWe Haul Nashville
Samantha B.
No Bounds Moving was so efficient and took very careful care moving all of my furniture and boxes! I would use them for my next move without question!
No Bounds MovingNo Bounds Moving
Charles D.
Move it or lose it was fantastic, showed up right on time and was very efficient with the move. Would recommend!
Move It or Lose ItMove It or Lose It
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff arranged for a moving within a short a notice period of two notice. He is the best.. The movers were right on time. They handled each item with great care and completed the moving promptly. I would certainly hire them again for my future moving assignments
Family Moving and DeliveryFamily Moving and Delivery
Andrea M.
The best moving experience I have ever had! I don’t usually leave reviews but these guys deserve five stars. No Bounds Movers were professional, perfectly on time, cost was exactly as agreed with no other fees. I moved in town and they were incredibly efficient getting everything wrapped and moved in a timely manner. I highly recommend for any move in Nashville!!
No Bounds MovingNo Bounds Moving
Thumbtack Customer
I had a short move (under 5 miles) within Nashville. The 2 movers I scheduled showed up on time to the minute! The move took a little longer than anticipated out of my first apartment (not True Friends' fault). The moving truck got a little lost on the way to the new place but moving in took under 20 min! The 2 movers were helpful in getting my belongings in the apartment as well as moving some boxes into a storage unit on site. A few of my pieces got dinged up and scratched, but nothing is perfect. Definitely be aware that they take 30 min out of your time slot- so what was actually a 2.5 hour move got charged for 3 hours. Overall, a move is stressful but True Friends did a satisfactory job.
True Friends Moving CompanyTrue Friends Moving Company
Joe E.
Using Messolar Moving was a great experience from start to finish. Everything from initial contact to final billing was spot on. Even a last minute schedule change went smoothly and without any issues. The movers were on time, very professional and hard working. They even helped my daughter find her cat during the move. I highly recommend Messolar Moving for your moving needs. I will use them without hesitation for any future moving needs!
Messolar Moving and Installation groupMessolar Moving and Installation group
Dave E.
I cancelled the move on 8/25, got a note apparently from Chris that acknowledged the cancellation, yet on the day of the move I received phone calls that indicated the move had not been cancelled.
True Friends Moving CompanyTrue Friends Moving Company
Jackie K.
No Bounds Moving did a fantastic job moving all of my boxes and furniture from a 1 bedroom apartment. They used pads and safely moved furniture without any damages or broken objects. Two of my pieces had glass tops, and they moved it without a problem! My full one bedroom apartment was moved and unloaded at my new place in 2.5hr. Thanks so much!
No Bounds MovingNo Bounds Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Very flexible, on time. Could be more patient. Overall, the movers made my move easy. Thanks.
True Friends Moving CompanyTrue Friends Moving Company
Brant H.
The movers worked quickly and were able to figure out ways to move bulky items in tight spaces.
We Haul NashvilleWe Haul Nashville
John w.
Great movers
Albers MovingAlbers Moving
Edna M.
Hands down one the best moving company I ever dealt with. Not only were the movers personable but they were very attentive to my belongings. Highly recommend them and will use for any future moves.
Pick Up Movers LLC Nashville TNPick Up Movers LLC Nashville TN
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