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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
Allison U.
The best movers ever! Moving day was easy, and even relaxing because I knew I had the best movers.
Last minute moving!Last minute moving!
Thumbtack Customer
Made my move very easy. Very prepared with moving materials
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Thumbtack Customer
The movers were fast and very friendly -made our moved less stressful.
Sunny Express Moving Co.Sunny Express Moving Co.
Runqiu C.
Excellent movers - fast and on time. Good value (no minimum unlike other movers)
Ramirez servicesRamirez services
Wendong Z.
Overall, the team did a good job helping us move to new home. We put all furnitures and stuff of old home (a 4-bedroom house) to garage in advance. Our garage was packed, plus stuff in shed. Apparently myself and the movers underestimated the effort and hours to move them. Fortunately, the company dispatched a 3rd mover to help in the middle of moving. I appreciate the movers to accommodate our schedule and work late. I highly recommend the team.
iMoving Professional Moving System InciMoving Professional Moving System Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Great movers!!
Patrick FrederickPatrick Frederick
Si W.
They were prepared and on time. Worked really fast and didn't mind moving my stuff by stairs for faster move.
Larro's Moving ServicesLarro's Moving Services
Allison B.
These guys were awesome!! They were on time and ready to work. My move wasn’t easy by any means and they knocked it out!! I’m so great full to them. They worked fast and efficiently. They were the first movers I’ve ever hired and if I ever get the guts to move again, I will use them for sure!! I hope you chose to use smart people moving for your next move!!
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
DJ S.
QB Moves did a great job with my move. They were available on short notice and they even moved up my appt 2 days to accommodate my schedule. They arrived early and did the job in the time specified. Very professional and friendly - I would definitely hire them again for any future moves.
QB MovesQB Moves
Jairtzinio o.
They crew that helped me move were amazing, they took the stress out of moving and really good at handling my stuff.
TruketTruket
Michele D.
Professional and responsive movers
HUSTLEandMUSCLE - veteran ownedHUSTLEandMUSCLE - veteran owned
Tina S.
We hired Two Friends Movers and it was the right choice! We got a confirmation the day before and they arrived promptly to begin our move. The guys worked really hard and took care with our furniture as if it were their own. Thank you Handy for having such a great selection of quality movers ! We recommend Two Friends Movers to everyone !
TWO FRIENDS MOVERSTWO FRIENDS MOVERS
Paul P.
Came right on time and were quick to get moving. Only need to move some desk around and took less than 30mins.
JP Moving ServicesJP Moving Services
Maryanne m.
Move completed according to plan
Smart People MovingSmart People Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Quick and efficient! They arrived early, worked quickly, and got all of our stuff moved in a few hours. It was also the first time we have moved (and we have moved A LOT) where none of our furniture or belongings got damaged!
Sunny Express Moving Co.Sunny Express Moving Co.
Linpeng L.
Tetris Moving is great. Arthur and his partner are pretty professional and took care of my home stuff very well. They arrive my place on time and finish the moving efficiently. All the prices are transparent. I would recommend his moving service.
Tetris Moving Systems LLCTetris Moving Systems LLC
Thumbtack Customer
On time, friendly, careful with items moved.
TWO FRIENDS MOVERSTWO FRIENDS MOVERS
Thumbtack Customer
The best moving company we've ever hired! Haibin is very professional, responsive, and accomodating and the 2 gentlemen that came were quick, hard working, and cooperative. We ended our move right on time as estimated. We will definitely hire Golden Eagle Moving Co. again!
Golden Eagle Moving CompanyGolden Eagle Moving Company
Yash A.
Move me do was great! They were very communicative throughout the process and the entire move went without a hitch. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Move Me DoMove Me Do
Thumbtack Customer
Can I leave no star? Brandon's team walked off the job 1 hour into my move. He was rude and unprofessional. What a nightmare to be stranded on moving day.
Safe MovingSafe Moving
Krishna G.
Very smooth and damage free move. Thanks
TWO FRIENDS MOVERSTWO FRIENDS MOVERS
Yuvika D.
Pretty good service overall, friendly movers.
Gogo Transport Service’sGogo Transport Service’s
Thumbtack Customer
5 star for Wendy and 3 star for the move.
H & Y MovingH & Y Moving
Thumbtack Customer
Hassle free moving experience. Honest in their quotes.
Sunny Express Moving Co.Sunny Express Moving Co.
Janice K.
It was wonderful to communicate with Scott and the team who arrived for the move. They ran into a bit of traffic picking up the moving truck, but made to sure communicate that to me. The move itself was smooth, the folks were kind and made sure to check with me about items to take in the truck or not. I was really happy that Scott gave me a very accurate quote for the move, which always makes planning and finances less stressful. Would absolutely recommend!
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