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

  •   Chesapeake, VA

    3/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Chesapeake, VA

    3/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I thought I would only need storage for a couple of months. It took 5 months to find the house of my dreams and fortunately I did not have a deadline. Pack-Rat always showed up at the designated time and I was able to save $150 by scheduling the final move more than 30 days in advance.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $15.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Oviedo, FL

    3/27/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Oviedo, FL

    3/27/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The best. Steve and Drew were great. One important point is that they made our move go very smooth. We are a family of five and their service helped us to walk into our new home with less stress. I recommend these guys to any one single person or family who is looking for professional movers, polite, and respectful. They took their time to place each item the right way inside the truck and make sure they went inside the right place as well as assembling for required items which were able to provide that service quickly. We closed on a home the day before the move and they were understandable regarding our needs to move our stuff in one afternoon to clear the old apartment. If you have specific needs, they will assist you and work with you. Big family, small family, or single people, these are the movers to go for....... Thank you guys for your assistance and customer service (from a family of five, Jose's family)

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $360
    Per. Mile $36.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Portland, OR

    3/27/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Portland, OR

    3/27/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    All of my stuff arrived a couple of days late, but in good shape. The container was clean and well-built. I chose PODs because they had the largest container that would fit everything, including a king sized bed. I found their price to be about the same as all of their competitors. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably not have had them drop the POD off and pick it up. Living in older neighborhoods with small driveways and narrow streets isn't ideal for their service. Neither time were they able to accommodate the location where I wanted it to be dropped off at, due to circumstances outside of their control. However, both location I used were friendly. My only negative was the customer service by phone. You can't call your local PODs location, you have to use their automated service somewhere in Southeast Asia. Wait times are long, and the service is hit and miss.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,200 mi
    Cost $3,100
    Per. Mile $1.41
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Sunny Isles Beach, FL

    3/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Sunny Isles Beach, FL

    3/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    PODS was a safe and reliable way for my to move my belongings across state lines. In the middle of a very hectic move, I had peace of mind with PODS that they would stay on schedule and they did just that.

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $3.23
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   Raleigh, NC

    3/4/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Raleigh, NC

    3/4/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is my 2nd time using U-Pack and I have not been disappointed. I have used them to store my stuff prior to delivery once. Not only was I pleased with their price ( compared to PODS, they are better overall; I used them prior, for a TX - VA move ), their customer service and timeliness were remarkable. They were true to the window if time provided for delivery & pickup. The only thing though, be aware that for a one- bedroom apt move, if you have an oversized bedroom set, it would not fit in a single 'cube'. Based on the number of boxes and bins, if you have those, you'll need at least 2 - 3 cubes. It is not as the site has suggested for a 1 bedroom apt (granted there's no stipulation as to size of bedroom set that will fit into 1 cube). The first time I used them, I packed and stacked my items at home, measuring the area they took up for comparison with the cube's size. In so doing I averted the disappointment of having to order more cubes, after the fact. Awesome moving experience with ABS-UPack. I'd definitely recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 255 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $6.27
    SqFt. Moved 780

  •   Mission Viejo, CA

    3/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Mission Viejo, CA

    3/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Uhaul has been our rental truck of choice for years. They have a new fleet of trucks that will go the distance and have everything needed to tow a car.

    Move Details

    Distance 485 mi
    Cost $930
    Per. Mile $1.92
    SqFt. Moved 650

  •   Minneapolis, MN

    2/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Minneapolis, MN

    2/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    U Haul--Nicollet Ave site. Very professional and efficient. Booked online and then picked up truck. I have used them many times and have always been happy

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $90.00
    Per. Mile $90.00
    SqFt. Moved 400

  •   Phoenix, AZ

    2/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Phoenix, AZ

    2/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The office where we picked up the truck were very friendly and helpful and had our truck ready to go when we arrived. He was very thorough with instructions about operating the vehicle. The truck and moving pads we rented were clean. The staff we dropped our truck off at were also very friendly and quickly checked our to truck. I would use Budget Rental again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $1.27
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Medina, OH

    2/6/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Medina, OH

    2/6/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    FL to OH moved. Belonging arrived early and were stored for over a month near new house without issue. Nothing was broken or all items were accounted for.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,150 mi
    Cost $10,000
    Per. Mile $8.70
    SqFt. Moved 2,650

  •   Raeford, NC

    2/2/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Raeford, NC

    2/2/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    26' Truck was like new. Flat vehicle tow trailer behind was in very good condition. All tires were in great condition. Diesel power truck that was restricted to 75 MPH and that was perfect for that size truck. I got about 9 MPG and that was what I expected. Penske contacted me 3 times before the need date to confirm my dates and everything was ready for me when I showed up to get the truck. Most negative reviews are from people that have issues with the size of this equipment. Don't rent large trucks and trailers if you are not comfortable or capable of driving them. Rental companies are not driving schools.

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $900
    Per. Mile $1.29
    SqFt. Moved 2,400

  •   Rockville, MD

    1/9/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Rockville, MD

    1/9/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was adequate but windshield wiper fluid was frozen so had to pull over a number of times. However, Penske did direct us to a mechanic who took care of it for us and covered the cost.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $1,100
    Per. Mile $2.20
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Tustin, CA

    1/8/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Tustin, CA

    1/8/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Allowed us to managed our move costs across coasts. Do not skimp on packaging your personals items and hire an experienced team to load properly to minimize anything shifting.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,400 mi
    Cost $4,500
    Per. Mile $1.88
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Milton, GA

    8/8/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Milton, GA

    8/8/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    If I were to do it all over again, I would use the ABF UPack trailer again. I had originally arranged to have moving containers, but the moving company's truck that delivered the containers broke down and did not have another truck to use to deliver the containers. When I felt that there was no way that the moving containers would arrive in the window of time that I had available, I contacted UPack.com and arranged to have a trailer delivered 2 days later. I was relieved that ABF had availability in such a short amount of time. The customer service representatives were very polite and explained everything very well. The trailer was not new, but it was decent. The delivery and pick-up drivers were very courteous and respectful and took the time to set it up for loading and/or pick-up. Those ramps are pretty heavy, and securing those bulkhead doors are not trivial. Those drivers assisted in setting up/putting away the ramp, and securing the bulkhead. They were really great. ABF also arrived when they said they will arrive. They were very diligent with the schedule. So, far, it seems that none of our belongings were damaged during the move. I also wound up paying so much less than what I would have paid with the moving containers. The price is upfront and only changes based on how much of my belongings filled the trailer. So, not only did I have a wonderful moving experience, I also ended up saving a lot of money.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $1,700
    Per. Mile $3.40
    SqFt. Moved 2,700

  •   Henderson, NV

    7/10/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Henderson, NV

    7/10/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The relocube company informed me a one bedroom sapartment with the items I had should fit in the cube so I had to obtain a second one cube added cost.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,500 mi
    Cost $3,026
    Per. Mile $0.86
    SqFt. Moved 700

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