The 3 Best Moving Labor Companies of 2020

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Moving Labor DURING COVID-19

Moving Labor DURING COVID-19

All of our top moving labor companies are currently open for business. For status updates and to find out what each company is doing in response to the coronavirus, visit Can I Move During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

You don’t have to handle every part of your move all by yourself—even if you are a die-hard DIYer. Hiring a moving labor company to help can save you time and stress (and money if you’re considering a full-service move).

We researched some of the most well-known moving labor companies to help you choose the best one for your needs.

HireAHelper is our top-rated company. Other moving labor companies can get small one-hour jobs like packing done for a lesser price, but there’s nobody better if you need help with bigger tasks like loading and driving. HireAHelper uses professional movers, has locations in all 50 states, and makes getting a quote easy.

The best moving labor companies

  • HireAHelper—Best overall
  • Dolly—Best for retail delivery
  • TaskRabbit—Best for price

We chose three of the most well-known moving labor companies and analyzed size, cost, availability, and transparency. We obtained 538 quotes for four types of moving labor services in Denver, CO, and Chicago, IL.

Average moving labor costs per hour

HireAHelperDollyTaskRabbit
Loading and unloading$64.02$80.00$45.11
Moving (truck included)$103.64$52.88$48.90
Donation pickup and delivery$216.64$47.25$35.75
Packing and unpacking$64.02Not offered$38.85
Worker typeProfessional contractorAmateur contractorAmateur contractor
Loading and unloading
Moving (truck included)
Donation pickup and delivery
Packing and unpacking
Worker type
HireAHelper Dolly TaskRabbit
$64.02 $80.00 $45.11
$103.64 $52.88 $48.90
$216.64 $47.25 $35.75
$64.02 Not offered $38.85
Professional contractor Amateur contractor Amateur contractor

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

HireAHelper—Best overall

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

HireAHelper shines the most when you need help packing boxes or loading a truck for half a day or more. It has more locations (by far) than any other company on our list, uses only licensed and insured movers, and can help with everything from loading your moving truck to assembling your furniture.

HireAHelper moving labor rates

HireAHelper servicesCost per hour
Loading and unloading$64.02
Moving (truck included)$103.64
Donation pickup and delivery$216.64
Packing and unpacking$64.02
HireAHelper services
Loading and unloading
Moving (truck included)
Donation pickup and delivery
Packing and unpacking
Cost per hour
$64.02
$103.64
$216.64
$64.02

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

Pros

  • 3,500 locations in 50 states
  • Professional contractors
  • Easy quote process
  • Positive customer reviews

Cons

  • Higher costs than competitors
  • Two-hour minimum
  • No employee background checks

What sets HireAHelper apart?

It’s easy to find

The moving labor industry is still in its infancy. Even some of the best-known companies are located in only a handful of states. Not HireAHelper.

HireAHelper works in 3,500 cities across all 50 states. By comparison, the next-largest competitor has only a few hundred locations.

It’s easy to get a quote

HireAHelper makes it easy to get an estimate for your job. With a quote box that pops up as soon as you go to its home page and multiple bids to choose from, you can get a ballpark estimate for most services in under 60 seconds.

It’s got rave reviews

HireAHelper is more expensive than most of the competition, but a higher price may not always be a bad thing.

We researched the major customer review sites for all the companies on our list, and HireAHelper consistently had better reviews than its competitors. We think the quality is often worth the extra cost.

Check out our in-depth HireAHelper Review.

Dolly—Best for retail delivery

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

Dolly is an online marketplace that connects you with independent contractors for by-the-hour moving labor. Dolly has the fewest locations of any company on our list, but it has some of the most affordable prices and excels at some unique services like retail delivery that are helpful even if you aren’t moving out of one home into another.

Dolly moving labor rates

Cost per hour
Loading and unloading$80.00
Moving (truck included)$52.88
Donation pickup and delivery$47.25
Packing and unpackingNot offered
Loading and unloading
Moving (truck included)
Donation pickup and delivery
Packing and unpacking
Cost per hour
$80.00
$52.88
$47.25
Not offered

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Competitive prices
  • Tons of services
  • User-friendly mobile app
  • Retail partners

Cons

  • Amateur workers
  • No packing services
  • No phone number
  • Limited locations

What sets Dolly apart?

It’s affordable

Depending on which city you’re in, Dolly is likely one of your least expensive choices for hourly labor. For example, we got quotes for Dolly services in both Denver, CO, and Chicago, IL. Dolly had the least expensive prices in Denver, CO, and the second-lowest prices in Chicago, IL.

That’s great news for your pocketbook.

It’s the best for retail delivery

Dolly makes its mark on the moving labor industry with a unique focus on retail delivery. Your Dolly helper will pick up purchases like tables and dressers at the store, bring them to your house, and assemble them. You don’t have to wait in line, carry boxes, or deal with tools.

TaskRabbit offers this service as well but has a formal partnership with only one company (IKEA). Dolly, on the other hand, has multiple retail partners:

  • Big Lots
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Lowe’s
  • Mattress Firm
  • The Container Store

Retail delivery costs

HireAHelperDollyTaskRabbit
Cost per hourNot offered$62.25$89.30
# of partners071
Cost per hour
# of partners
HireAHelper Dolly TaskRabbit
Not offered $62.25 $89.30
0 7 1

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

Learn more in our Dolly Review.

TaskRabbit—Best for price

Overall rating

3.1 / 5

TaskRabbit is an online marketplace that offers a wide variety of hourly moving services at inexpensive rates. However, the company operates in just 31 states. If you’re on a tight budget, TaskRabbit is a good bet for most jobs in most cities.

TaskRabbit moving labor rates

Cost per hour
Loading and unloading$45.11
Moving (truck included)$48.90
Donation pickup and delivery$35.75
Packing and unpacking$38.85
Loading and unloading
Moving (truck included)
Donation pickup and delivery
Packing and unpacking
Cost per hour
$45.11
$48.90
$35.75
$38.85

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

Pros

  • Competitive prices
  • Tons of services
  • User-friendly mobile app
  • Affordable packing services

Cons

  • Amateur workers
  • No phone number
  • Limited locations

What sets TaskRabbit apart?

Its prices are low

TaskRabbit is probably your overall least expensive option for hourly labor. We say “probably” because its prices can vary a bit depending on which city you’re in.

When we compared prices in Chicago, IL, TaskRabbit was almost always the least expensive option across the board (by about $20 per hour). When we looked at services in Denver, CO, TaskRabbit was the cheapest option about half the time.

Based on TaskRabbit’s prices and the range of services it offers, we think it’s a good value for moving labor. If TaskRabbit offers services in your city, we recommend getting estimates for your job and comparing them to similar companies so you ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

It’s great for packing

TaskRabbit offers packing and unpacking at an affordable hourly price. Surprisingly, this is one service other companies struggle with.

Dolly doesn’t offer packing and unpacking, and HireAHelper charges nearly twice as much per hour.

TaskRabbit, on the other hand, gives you multiple instant quotes at nearly half the price of its closest-priced competitor.

Data as of 01/24/20. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change.

Packing and unpacking labor rates

HireAHelperTaskRabbitDolly
Cost per hour$64.02$36.85Not offered
Bid processInstant quotesInstant quotesDoesn’t offer packing services
Cost per hour
Bid process
HireAHelper TaskRabbit Dolly
$64.02 $36.85 Not offered
Instant quotes Instant quotes Doesn’t offer packing services

Check out our TaskRabbit Review.

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Recapping our top 3 companies

  • HireAHelper—Best overall
  • Dolly—Best for retail delivery
  • TaskRabbit—Best for price

Honorable mention—U-Haul Moving Help

How does U-Haul Moving Help work?

U-Haul Moving Help is an online marketplace that also provides hourly labor for moving services. It didn’t make our list because it offers about half the services as our top three picks. However, it has the lowest rates in the business if you need help with loading and unloading.

Its average hourly rate of $43.73 for loading and unloading is the lowest we’ve seen. Just be aware that U-Haul Moving Help requires a two-hour minimum for its services, so it may not be the best fit for small jobs.

While U-Haul Moving Help is a marketplace that provides labor only, U-Haul (the company) offers truck rentals and U-Box moving container rentals.

Check out our full review of U-Haul Moving Help.

Moving labor FAQs

Moving labor companies help with parts of the moving process like packing boxes and loading rental trucks. They usually cost less than hiring a full-service company—but more than doing it all yourself.

What is moving labor?

Moving labor companies help with parts of the moving process like packing boxes and loading rental trucks. They usually cost less than hiring a full-service company—but more than doing it all yourself.

How much does moving labor cost?

Moving labor costs depend on factors such as location, date, and service type. Our research shows the average cost for loading and unloading (the most common moving labor service) is approximately $68 per hour.

How much should I pay someone to help move?

Most moving labor services for loading and unloading cost $40–$80 per hour. Costs vary, but you can check out How Much Does It Cost to Move? to learn more.

Can I hire someone to help me move?

Yes. Moving labor companies specialize in services like packing and unpacking, loading and unloading, and junk removal.

Does U-Haul have movers?

U-Haul does not have employees that offer moving services, but it does connect customers with local movers via its U-Haul Moving Help online marketplace.

Do I tip my movers?

Yes, tip your movers just like you would for services like waiting tables or cutting hair. We recommend 5%–10% of your total for smaller moves or $20 for half a day’s work. Check out our guide to tipping your mover to learn more.

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About Kurt Manwaring

Kurt Manwaring
Kurt Manwaring brings nearly a decade’s worth of research experience as a business consultant to the Move.org team. He specializes in taking complicated issues (like moving) and presenting them in a way that everyone can understand. His writing has been featured in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Heavy, Slate, and Yahoo! Lifestyle. He would love to hear about your moving experiences and questions at kurt@move.org.