Moving 101

The guide to everything you need to know before you go get moving company quotes

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Get to your next place intact, sane and with extra cash in your pocket. We’ll show you all ranges of moving prices coupled with real reviews from actual customers. After a decade of curating tens of thousands of moves, we’re handing over all of our moving knowledge so that you can know exactly what to expect - including if there’s a better option for you out there. That’s why Moving 101 exists.

Check out Moving Options to read about the three different types of existing moves and how much each one costs. We’ve even gotten approximately how much time each one takes down to a science!

Moving 101 has three comprehensive, readily updated guides on Rental Trucks, Moving Containers and Freight Trailers. You can find out absolutely everything about the competition - real user reviews, truck sizes and way more. This way, you’ll be a pro before you even make your first call.

Finally, our Moving Cost Calculator is directly linked to our massive database of pro movers and transportation options. Just answer three questions about your potential move and you’ll instantly see a list of estimated quotes for every single way to move in your area. Yep, it’s basically magic.

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MOVING COST CALCULATOR

Find out approximately how much your move will cost based on which moving option you go with. Spoiler alert: hiring an expensive moving company or breaking your back aren’t your only options.

MOVING OPTIONS COMPARISON

  • You Load
    You / They Drive
    Avg. Cost
    $0
    $5000
    $660
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $273
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $576
    Long Move: $1921

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    31hrs
    Time Investment
    Planning: 6hrs
    Packing: 13hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 12hrs

    Positive Review

    Very cost effective, and you have complete and utter control over every aspect of your move.

    Negative Review

    You have to ask your friends & family to help you move, again. There goes your weekend, and maybe even your back!

  • Movers Load
    You / They Drive
    Avg. Cost
    $0
    $5000
    $910
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $523
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $826
    Long Move: $2171

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    21hrs
    Time Investment
    Planning: 5hrs
    Packing: 13hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 3hrs

    Positive Review

    You won't break your back or the bank! Takes minutes to book movers on your phone through HireAHelper.

    Negative Review

    You have to take more time to research your options and spend a little more than the DIY move.

  • Movers Load
    Movers Drive
    Avg. Cost*
    $0
    $5000
    $2568
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $1300
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $3000
    Long Move: $6000

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    51hrs
    Time Investment
    Planning: 48hrs
    Packing: 2hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 1hrs

    Positive Review

    Someone else does all the work on moving day!

    Negative Review

    Takes days rather than minutes to get quotes. You may have to file for bankruptcy after the move. Seriously.

HYBRID™ & DIY MOVING COMPANY GUIDES

  • Rental Trucks

    Synonymous with moving, their orange trucks are all over the place (as are their many services.) Call them for storage, truck rentals, equipment and more.
  • Rental Trucks

    A major force in the moving world, these transportation gurus offer competitive rental rates for their yellow trucks. They are known for their customer service and durability.
  • Rental Trucks

    A truck rental company whose fleet rivals the competition with its massive army of trucks, Budget is many people’s go-to for completing a hybrid move.
  • Containers

    Need to keep your things somewhere while you move? PODS provides portable containers so you can pack, store and have them picked up and moved on your own schedule.
  • Containers

    Storage containers that are delivered and driven away at your beckoning. Often paired with professional labor to complete hybrid moves.
  • Freight Trailers

    Containers

    U-Pack offers a little known way to move your stuff across the country: in a freight semi-trailer.

Recent Customer Reviews

  •   Saint Cloud, FL

    12/30/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Saint Cloud, FL

    12/30/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We moved 2- 26 foot Penske trucks. The crew arrived on time and distance figured out a plan of attack to get everything done. They finished early and took exceptional care of our furniture and boxes. They saved us alot of time and back breaking work. I recommend them to anyone needing assistance loading or unloading they are worth it. Thanks so much, greatly appreciated!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,012 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $2.47
    SqFt. Moved 2,700

  •   Nashville, TN

    12/27/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Nashville, TN

    12/27/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    two gentlemen that came on time, worked hard, and vey nice guys in general. but it was easy to see they didn't know how to pack a storage container very well. They didn't have a trolley or cart of any kind to load up multiple boxes (and to save me time and $$$). I don't live close to the elevator AT ALL, so by them carrying only 1-4 boxes at a time it totally slowed down the process. $800 dollars and 5 hours later the job was completed. Giving three stars because weren't prepared to work more efficiently instead of dragging out time and money by carrying only several items in hands (when could carry a LOT MORE if used a cart or trolley of some kind). Do your research, I know I didn't on the financial part of this.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $1,400
    Per. Mile $2.33
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   Saint Louis, MO

    12/24/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Saint Louis, MO

    12/24/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck arrived when advised. The only complaint I have is that the company removed the bulk head and used my matress as the bulk head. Matress was wet and black from road slush upon arrival. If I had less stuff and were able to get the bulk head up correctly, I would rate the experience as excellent. Just not sure why ABF opted to take the bulk head out?

    Move Details

    Distance 750 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $2.67
    SqFt. Moved 2,300

  •   Punta Gorda, FL

    12/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Punta Gorda, FL

    12/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The thought of driving that big 26 FT truck with a car hitch was a little daunting, especially for a cross country move, but after driving it for a bit we got way more use to it and it was not bad at all. The pick up and drop off was easy and the customer service was top notch. One thing they could have done better was launder the moving pads we rented. They smelled like oil or diesel fuel and were kind of dirty. Outside of that they did the job of protecting our things and that was the most important part. Overall we had a great experience with Penske!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $2,550
    Per. Mile $2.32
    SqFt. Moved 1,750

  •   San Tan Valley, AZ

    12/13/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

      San Tan Valley, AZ

    12/13/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    If it were not for Joe at the Phoenix terminal I would be in a pickle. U Pack will confirm a am or pm delivery. But in my case I was so many miles outside of the delivery zone and my delivery or spot time was dictated by Phoenix terminal. Joe made it happen and was professional and friendly. I cannot thank him enough because I would of still had to pay for hired help scheduled if I did not get a am drop off. This almost happened.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $5,400
    Per. Mile $1.80
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  •   Long Beach, CA

    12/6/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Long Beach, CA

    12/6/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Wound up using pods three times - first to declutter to sell my house, second for the main move, and third because I underestimated how much stuff I had! They were always on time and went out of their way to help me out of a bind when I realized I needed a third pod. Everything now in storage til my house is built.

    Move Details

    Distance 15 mi
    Cost $4,000
    Per. Mile $267
    SqFt. Moved 1,250

  •   Lexington, KY

    12/2/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Lexington, KY

    12/2/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The reservation and scheduling process were flawless. Although I was moving from a 4-bedroom house, only the master bedroom was still fully furnished at loading time. However, I it was a confirmed fact that I had much more property and goods to load than the average 4-bdrm house.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,729
    Per. Mile $2.16
    SqFt. Moved 5,726

  •   Seattle, WA

    12/1/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Seattle, WA

    12/1/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great service, willing to match PODS bid and their facilities are temperature controlled. Seamless scheduling for pick-up and delivery. Great service.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $4,500
    Per. Mile $2.25
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Austin, TX

    11/4/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Austin, TX

    11/4/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Rented a 15' Uhaul and was worried all of our stuff wouldn't fit, but it was the right size! The truck was new (only 4000 miles) so we didn't have any problems except for things inherent to large trucks, such as having to drive really slow and feeling tiny bumps in the road too much.

    Move Details

    Distance 180 mi
    Cost $242
    Per. Mile $1.34
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   Rathdrum, ID

    10/3/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Rathdrum, ID

    10/3/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    rented a 26' truck for a one way rental. the first truck had a metal piece in the tire so we did not take it but the second truck was fine except for some cosmetic damage. The drop off at the destination point was painless and easy.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $670
    Per. Mile $2.23
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Mill Valley, CA

    9/6/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Mill Valley, CA

    9/6/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Thus far I have had a very good experience with 800PackRat. The customer service has been very good and everyone I've interacted with has been very professional. The delivery equipment, container used, and the back-end logistics is modern and efficient.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $1.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  •   Baltimore, MD

    8/9/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Baltimore, MD

    8/9/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    No problems. Cheaper than the other companies I saw. Had to wait a little while when picking the truck up but it was also a Sunday afternoon so I was just glad they were open at all (most locations were not).

    Move Details

    Distance 150 mi
    Cost $170
    Per. Mile $1.13
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Manassas, VA

    8/8/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Manassas, VA

    8/8/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Both times the Relocubes were dropped off, the drivers were very helpful and easy to work with. Everything happened according to the general timeline we were given upon placing our reservation. I called a couple times just to confirm pick-up and drop off of the cubes and the employees were polite and informative every time.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $4.38
    SqFt. Moved 1,550

  •   Mount Vernon, NY

    12/17/2015

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Mount Vernon, NY

    12/17/2015

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I spent a great deal of time researching the various companies in this category. Took a deep breath..and booked ABF. They arrived on time,, both for drop off and a day early as requested for pick up. Here's a tip: I was glad that I thought it thru so much as otherwise, there would never have been enuf room for the size vehicle that came to drop off the trailor.., the cab was HUGE .. and I live on a city street, nevertheless, he got the trailer directly in front of my door. I don't have a review on the timeliness of the delivery since the truck is now on it's way from NY to FLA, but fingers crossed.... the trust I placed in them so far has been completely deserved .(PS I booked 17 feet, we only used 16 so I am counting on them discounting that foot..which I already paid for.)

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,100
    Per. Mile $2.58
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

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