Dolly is one of the most affordable help-for-hire marketplaces we’ve reviewed. Our research shows you’ll often pay about $10 less per hour than the most similarly priced competitor for many moving services—and over $100 less per hour for services like small apartment moves and retail delivery.
For example, you can get two hours of retail delivery with Dolly for about $250, but the most expensive competitor we looked at will charge you around $540.
That’s almost $300 less for two hours of work!
We went shopping and compared Dolly quotes for five services with two of its competitors. A few things became clear after collecting more than 100 quotes:
Dolly is often your least expensive help-for-hire option. We calculated the average hourly rate across five different services and found Dolly’s rate of $73.98 is about $9 per hour less expensive than the nearest-priced competitor.
Dolly gave us quotes that blew its competitors out of the water for two services: (1) small apartment moves and (2) retail delivery and assembly. In both cases, quotes for a Dolly helper represented a per-job savings of more than $100.
If you’re doing a small task like loading a storage unit or moving truck, Dolly helpers aren’t your least expensive option. This honor goes to TaskRabbit, another help-for-hire marketplace.
Dolly already has great prices, but there are things you can be aware of to keep your costs as low as possible:
- Number and type of items. You’ll pay more if you have more items. Big or heavy items like sectional couches, kitchen tables, and refrigerators also increase your bill.
Let someone else help with the heavy lifting.
Dolly’s damage coverage is affordable and easy to understand: each job includes $300 of coverage to protect your stuff. This will kick in to cover just about every kind of damage (e.g., scratches, breakage, water damage, etc.).
You can purchase up to $10,000 in additional coverage at the cost of $1 for each additional $100 of coverage after getting your quote.
So you can protect that 75-inch Samsung Q900 TV at its full $7,000 value for $70—or skip additional coverage altogether on your toaster oven or old DVD player.
Note: There are a few steps you need to follow to qualify for coverage. You must hire a Dolly helper for specific items (not by the hour) and include a complete inventory of all items Dolly is moving for you.
This process is a bit of a pain, but it’s better to spend extra time doing an inventory so your stuff is protected. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.