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

  •   Leetsdale, PA

    11/7/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Leetsdale, PA

    11/7/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    UHaul was the perfect solution for me. I was worried about driving a 20' truck across the West Virginia mountains, but I was surprised how easy it was to drive.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $400
    Per. Mile $1.14
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Little Chute, WI

    11/7/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Little Chute, WI

    11/7/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great. Originally rented a Budget truck, but it was raining and it had a bad leak. No other Budget truck available, so called UHaul. They took excellent care of us, matched our Budget price, and threw in a trailer, too.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $1,750
    Per. Mile $1.25
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Oregon City, OR

    10/31/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Oregon City, OR

    10/31/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I was very pleased with all communications with POD company. Great customer service, great staff who delivered the POD, and I am assured the POD was picked up at the correct time, as I was not at the site when it was picked up. I received a telephone call assuring me that it was being picked up at the designated time. Very pleased

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $1,429
    Per. Mile $7.15
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   Fiskdale, MA

    10/15/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Fiskdale, MA

    10/15/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    It was delivered on time and set up efficiently. It was picked up as planned. It is going ahead of me and will be in storage for a month or more, so there isn't a way to talk about the finalizing of the process.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $2.25
    SqFt. Moved 950

  •   Arlington, VA

    9/30/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Arlington, VA

    9/30/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The 1 800 Pack Rat drop off of my container was a small disaster, but once I communicated a series of issues to the national customer service line, they were solved after hours by a dedicated operations manager who took it on himself to make things right. My cross country move went off without a hitch, and among a dozen or so times I dialed 1 800 Pack Rat to continue coordinating our plans, their customer service in North Carolina was exceptional. I'd rate them 4 stars out of 5.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,200 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $1.09
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Millsboro, DE

    9/22/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Millsboro, DE

    9/22/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    An outstanding job,on time drop off,on time pick-up.The container, truck were in great shape. The driver was very friendly and we would use pack-rat anytime.I just took a chance and gave them a try.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 2,066

  •   Seattle, WA

    9/22/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Seattle, WA

    9/22/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was in good condition, my only complaint is that we had to wait on hold for a about 10 minutes to reach the number for roadside assistance. Dropping off the truck also was a bit odd, no one seemed to care that we dropped it off, just that it was put by the gas pumps.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $1.29
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Albuquerque, NM

    8/14/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Albuquerque, NM

    8/14/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 16ft truck and tow dolly to attach my car. At pickup there were no dollys available, so they gave me a car carrier instead at the same price. The truck was fairly new (less than 10k miles), and I had no problems using it or the car carrier. The size of the truck was just about perfect for our 1bd apartment.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $1.06
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   Redmond, WA

    8/11/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Redmond, WA

    8/11/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy to set up, fast service, loved the tracking feature and got every single thing here in one piece! Staff was professional and courteous. Would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,100 mi
    Cost $3,100
    Per. Mile $1.48
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   Tampa, FL

    7/25/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Tampa, FL

    7/25/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    U-Pack was just plain awesome. They made our move like a breeze! I was very worried at first since I've never really heard of them prior to this move. My advice, call them, tell them about your move, and they take care of the rest.

    Move Details

    Distance 850 mi
    Cost $2,800
    Per. Mile $3.29
    SqFt. Moved 2,900

  •   South Hadley, MA

    7/9/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      South Hadley, MA

    7/9/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy to schedule an exact pickup time and date (it helps that it was a mid-month move). Very easy drop off. Equipment was as advertised - moving blankets were of decent size and quality to cover average size bureau and dining chairs. Would do it again.

    Move Details

    Distance 75 mi
    Cost $250
    Per. Mile $3.33
    SqFt. Moved 850

  •   Chicago, IL

    7/5/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Chicago, IL

    7/5/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    It was easy to pick up the truck and drop it off. We appreciated that the cost of the rental included unlimited miles since we moved from Illinois to Florida.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $780
    Per. Mile $0.65
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   Foley, AL

    5/10/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Foley, AL

    5/10/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Moving can be a nightmare, but this company made it an easy transition. Truck was dropped off and picked up like clock work. The drop off was the same. I would use this company over any other out there. Thanks for the great customer service. The driver that dropped the truck off in Jane was fantastic. I want you to know how much I appreciated his help. Thanks so much for the great service.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   Benicia, CA

    3/15/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Benicia, CA

    3/15/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Totally honest and helpful - they work hard to get you the best deal...they must not be working on commission :-). Everyone, from customer service, to dispatch, to the drivers and the reps at the delivery terminal have been incredibly courteous and professional. Because the amount of stuff I had was in between sizes for pod-type units, they recommended I use space in a moving trailer, which ended up being very cost effective, especially when I chose to pick everything up from the terminal, instead of home delivery. My only complaint was that, due to the heavy rains in California, there was some water intrusion behind the wheels of the truck on the floor of the trailer, which was likely to get worse on the journey from SF to Denver. I purchased a large tarp to line the floor, and the ABF guys had no problem reimbursing me the cost. I really appreciated their respect for the customer experience. They truly are not like other moving companies.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $1,271
    Per. Mile $1.16
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

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