Bottom line: TaskRabbit offers hourly labor for a slew of one-time gigs, so you can find budget-friendly moving help on everything from packing a few boxes to hauling heavy pieces of furniture.
TaskRabbit is an online marketplace for hiring people to help with home improvement projects, moving, and other short-term gigs. The site links you to thousands of independent contractors called “taskers” who charge by the hour for their services. Taskers do everything from furniture assembly and cleaning to heavy lifting and handyman work.
Think of it as the Uber of the moving world.
While rates for tasks range from $17 to $80 per hour, you can expect to pay an average of $35 per hour for moving services.
Although TaskRabbit doesn’t guarantee five-star service, its offering is a rarity in the moving industry: a one-stop shop for booking budget-friendly help with specific parts of the moving process.
- Individually priced services
- Marketplace to compare tasker rates and reviews
- Secure payment process
- Same-day service available
- Inconsistent service quality
- No insurance coverage
- Limited locations (53 cities)
How much does TaskRabbit cost?
TaskRabbit costs range from $17 to $80 per hour. Taskers set their own prices, but the average rate for moving-related services is $35 per hour. Be aware that prices vary depending on tasker availability and quotes.
If you want to handle the heavy lifting but could use an extra set of hands for a few hours, going through TaskRabbit is far cheaper than hiring a full-service moving company—especially if you shop around for the lowest hourly rates.
Pay when the work is done
Pay when the work is done
Payment isn’t due until your service is complete. Taskers accept payment directly through the TaskRabbit app, by check, or via PayPal. Our research indicates the company’s payment process is secure—not only is all your personal information encrypted by TaskRabbit, the company also won’t share the information with third parties without your consent.
TaskRabbit prices for moving services
We shopped for TaskRabbit moving services in Denver, Colorado and were quoted between $30 and $50 per hour depending on the task.
Each task was estimated at two to three hours, and we told the taskers we needed the work done within one week (the less notice you give, the higher the price).
TaskRabbit’s average moving service rates
|TaskRabbit moving service||Hourly rate*||Website|
|Furniture assembly||$30||Book Now|
|IKEA furniture assembly||$28||Book Now|
|Mounting and installation||$38||Book Now|
|Packing and unpacking||$53||Book Now|
|Heavy lifting||$41||Book Now|
*Data as of 11/7/2019. Hourly rates represent the average of all bids to the nearest dollar for services offered in Houston, Texas. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
** We requested the tasker provide a pickup truck as part of this estimate.
TaskRabbit cost factors
Aside from the slight variance in what individual taskers charge for their services, there are a few other factors that affect your price.
- Tasks requested: Certain tasks (such as hauling and furniture assembly) are cheaper than others (such as packing and moving help).
- Tips: We recommend paying $20 cash for a half day of help and $40 for the entire day.
- Furniture brand: IKEA furniture costs less to assemble than furniture from other stores.
Create a moving checklist
Create a moving checklist
There is more to the moving process than loading and unloading boxes. Whether you choose TaskRabbit or another service, check out our handy step-by-step guide to the entire moving process.
From filling your prescriptions and shutting off your utilities to changing your locks and setting up your new home’s security, we’ve got you covered.
TaskRabbit coverage options
We did find one significant downside: TaskRabbit does not offer insurance coverage for its taskers’ work, meaning you’re largely out of luck if your stuff goes missing or gets damaged. You do have the option of filing a homeowners insurance claim, but it may be tough to find a policy that covers accidental damage.
So if your tasker drops that full-length Pottery Barn mirror you love, expect to pay cash for a replacement—on top of your seven years of bad luck.
TaskRabbit does have what it calls a “Happiness Pledge” that serves as an informal insurance policy. If you are unable to resolve a problem directly with your tasker, TaskRabbit says it “may” offer reimbursement, but you have to submit a claim to your personal insurance first and file your complaint with TaskRabbit within 14 days.
TaskRabbit features and services
With TaskRabbit, you pick the moving services you need at the prices you want. Here are some of the services you may need during your move:
- Packing and unpacking
- Heavy lifting
- Moving and hauling
- Couch removal
- Furniture assembly
- Furniture rearrangement
- Furniture shopping
- Furniture disposal services
- Furniture delivery
- TV mounting
- Donation drop-off
Why we like TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit lets you compare options
TaskRabbit allows you to compare services and prices for multiple taskers. Unlike the challenge of getting estimates for full-service moves, TaskRabbit gives you all the information in one place and even lets you read tasker reviews.
It’s hard to overstate how helpful it is to see a list of all your bids at once. You say what you want done and then pick a price from the bids you receive. It’s that simple.
There are four steps to soliciting bids:
1. List your current address.
- If you’re moving, there’s also an option to include your new address.
2. Specify the size of your task.
- Small load: An hour or less
- Medium-sized load: Two to three hours
- Large load: At least four hours
3. Select your tasker vehicle requirements.
- Not required
- Task requires a car
- Task requires a pickup truck
4. Detail the specifics of your move.
- For example, “I need help moving my studio across town.”
Once you’ve entered your responses, you’ll get a list of taskers in your area. If you click on the individual tasker profiles, TaskRabbit shows you the following information:
- Profile pic
- Tenure as a tasker
- Hourly rate
- Features and additional services (e.g., if they offer next-day help)
- Type of vehicle
Note: Top-rated taskers appear first in the order of search results, so you can vet your options top-down based on who has the best customer reviews.
We recommend you read tasker reviews closely and pay attention to their rankings. If a tasker is highly rated and has done quite a few jobs, the odds are pretty high that you’ll have a good experience.
Look for the teal “Great Value” button on a tasker’s profile. This indicates the tasker has a lot of solid reviews.
The tasker profile also shows whether they’re an “Elite Tasker,” meaning they get good reviews AND fulfill a high number of jobs.
TaskRabbit vets its taskers
TaskRabbit vets all prospective taskers much like a full-service moving company examines its employees, including putting each tasker through an identity check and a background check. The process is similar to the one used by on-demand services like Uber and Lyft—but TaskRabbit takes it a step further and interviews each candidate.
If a tasker makes the cut, their status on the site is then dependent on user reviews. Taskers need a combination of experience and good reviews to remain on TaskRabbit. When the experience or quality drops, so does their ranking on the site. Over time, they rise to the top or can completely fall off the list.
By the time a tasker responds to your bid, you know they’ve been vetted by both TaskRabbit and the people who hired them.
Of course, no matter how high a tasker is ranked, problems can creep in. Taskers could potentially show up late, fail to provide the promised services, or even be unprofessional. These are risks that come with hiring taskers by the job instead of full-service movers.
Your risk can’t be entirely eliminated, but TaskRabbit goes to impressive lengths to give you as much information as possible.
TaskRabbit offers professional IKEA furniture assembly
Have you ever found yourself sitting in the middle of your living room surrounded by rogue IKEA furniture parts? Us too. That’s why we appreciate TaskRabbit’s IKEA furniture assembly services.
Thanks to a direct partnership with IKEA, you can book taskers to assemble your furniture when you make a purchase online or in an IKEA store. If the hardest part of buying furniture is putting it together when you get home, outsource that process to TaskRabbit.
IKEA furniture assembly services start at $27 per item and rises based on the difficulty of assembly.
|IKEA furniture item||TaskRabbit assembly cost|
|Chest with drawers||$27–$80|
|TaskRabbit assembly cost|
TaskRabbit offers furniture assembly regardless of the brand, but you can expect to pay more for the same work if the furniture doesn’t say IKEA on the box.
You cannot schedule same-day furniture delivery at IKEA, but next-day delivery and assembly services are available.
TaskRabbit has a same-day option
As great as it is to plan ahead, sometimes circumstances—your friends bail or you run out of time to clean—don’t leave you that option. TaskRabbit is a great fit for last-minute help thanks to its same-day service.
Once you choose a task, TaskRabbit will ask you for your timeline (basically, when you need your task completed) and give you an option for same-day service. Just put down the time you need help and wait for the bids from same-day taskers to come rolling in.
Expect to pay more for faster service, but know it’s available if needed.
TaskRabbit’s services are available in 53 metro areas from Portland and San Diego to Miami and New York City. Business is booming, though, and TaskRabbit has plans to branch out to more major cities—and some smaller towns—in the next few years.
TaskRabbit is a great choice if you’re looking for help with specific parts of your move. The prices represent a middle ground between doing everything yourself and hiring everything out—and the option to read reviews from past customers ensures you’ll get the best tasker for your job.
TaskRabbit also offers help for things that often fall between the cracks during a move, such as putting your bed frame back together or assembling new furniture. And while we hope you won’t need it, TaskRabbit has a same-day option that can be a lifesaver in tough situations.
Other picks for moving services
TaskRabbit is the leader in its industry, but it isn’t the only company out there providing similar services. If you’re looking for alternatives (or if you live outside of TaskRabbit’s cities), check out our reviews of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving and HireAHelper.
Looking for other ways to save money during your move? We’ve identified 5 ways to move on a budget.