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

  •   Mesa, AZ

    1/23/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Mesa, AZ

    1/23/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They charged a fair price and held our products for almost a year. Everything was in good condition. Only problem: they lost our pick-up order for the trailer after we unloaded it. We had to call twice in one week to remove the trailer.

    Move Details

    Distance 150 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $8.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Bethany, OK

    1/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Bethany, OK

    1/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I used Pack-Rat now 2x's and have had great success each time. They are clear in quoting how Pack-Rat works, the cost and the time frame to deliver, load and how to locate helpers to load/unload. I would recommend them again and again. When you load it yourself-you know what is there and because you have the lock and only keys you have peace of mind.

    Move Details

    Distance 150 mi
    Cost $1,250
    Per. Mile $8.33
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   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

  •   Colorado Springs, CO

    12/20/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Colorado Springs, CO

    12/20/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Highly recommend Penske over any other truck rental,while we did have an issue with the size of the truck we rented and what was there when we got there, within 15 minutes we were given a huge discount on the truck as well as the mileage....again Thank You to all who helped

    Move Details

    Distance 37 mi
    Cost $60.00
    Per. Mile $1.62
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Rock Hill, SC

    12/18/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Rock Hill, SC

    12/18/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very helpful, containers arrived when we needed them and were picked up when they said they would. They were easy to pack, and we did pack them tight! Could use a few more places (more flexibility) for tie-downs though. Would definitely recommend.

    Move Details

    Distance 630 mi
    Cost $4,150
    Per. Mile $6.59
    SqFt. Moved 2,142

  •   Waldorf, MD

    12/16/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Waldorf, MD

    12/16/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Using POD'S was the best option for us and it worked out just fine. Each of the drivers were pleasant, efficent and personable. The quality of the people and service is top notch.

    Move Details

    Distance 50 mi
    Cost $2,400
    Per. Mile $48.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  •   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

  •   Mount Holly, NJ

    11/23/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Mount Holly, NJ

    11/23/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Tried to charge me for 6 gallons of diesel at $8/ gallon on a very full tank upon return. Unacceptable. Outside of that minor issue the rental went without a hitch and was very easy

    Move Details

    Distance 250 mi
    Cost $900
    Per. Mile $3.60
    SqFt. Moved 1,750

  •   Franklin, TN

    10/30/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Franklin, TN

    10/30/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck was a bit dirty inside, but the customer service I received was excellent and the truck met all of my needs. For the price, you really can't beat it!

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $80.00
    Per. Mile $0.40
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Florissant, MO

    10/29/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Florissant, MO

    10/29/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Total cost to move....5000.00. Truth be know I could have paid this amount for allied 1/2 truck and they would have arranged all of it...I still would have to pack myself

    Move Details

    Distance 2,100 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $1.67
    SqFt. Moved 850

  •   Lawrenceville, GA

    10/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Lawrenceville, GA

    10/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 26 foot Uhaul truck for this job. I was a bit nervous driving such a large truck, but I didn't have any issues at all. The truck was a great value, too.

    Move Details

    Distance 35 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $1.14
    SqFt. Moved 1,950

  •   San Diego, CA

    9/25/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      San Diego, CA

    9/25/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The 24’ moving truck I rented from Budget was exactly the right size for my household move. I planned on making two, 4-mile trips between houses and the actual volume was about what I had estimated for a 3 bedroom house. The truck was in good condition despite the long gouge the previous renter had made along the passenger side of the truck, but the damage was well documented by Budget before I took possession. The main reason I chose Budget was because they rented trucks (non-commercial) that had lift gates. I was most surprised and happy to see that the vehicle also had an operational ramp that saved me hours of moving time because I only used the lift gate for my heavy items. The second reason I used this particular location was because of the proximity to my houses; only about 10 miles round-trip. I especially liked the thorough operational walkthrough that Budget gave me when I picked up the truck. They even went so far as to direct me to the nearest gas station that sold the special diesel fuel I would need upon return of the vehicle. The only problem encountered during pick-up and drop-off was the extremely long wait time for their antiquated computer system to locate and print out the contract and receipt, but I enjoyed talking with the employees while I waited for the computer to respond. Overall, I felt that Budget provided an excellent service and product and I would definitely use them again as well as recommend them to anyone who needs a moving truck!

    Move Details

    Distance 4 mi
    Cost $305
    Per. Mile $76.25
    SqFt. Moved 1,900

  •   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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