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

  •   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

  •   Alexandria, VA

    2/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Alexandria, VA

    2/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Overall using PODS was really efficient. However the container did not have any tie downs which required the loaders to be more creative with how they loaded the PODS to ensure items would stay in place.

    Move Details

    Distance 517 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $4.84
    SqFt. Moved 850

  •   Smiths Station, AL

    2/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Smiths Station, AL

    2/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was great. I got the 26' truck. Staff was friendly and the truck was ready exactly when and where I reserved it. The hand truck and blankets helped a ton.

    Move Details

    Distance 88 mi
    Cost $160
    Per. Mile $1.82
    SqFt. Moved 2,300

  •   Loudon, TN

    2/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Loudon, TN

    2/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We used Pack Rat to move us across the country because this type of transportation seemed to be be the best option for us and it was! The condition of the containers were great! Our experience was excellent when booking pick up & drop off dates- they were right on the time schedule! We picked Pack Rat because they offered us just what we needed for a reasonable price! The customer service from the start to the end has been so good-We are glad we chose Pack Rat! Thank You, Pete & Yvette B. Loudon, TN.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $2.17
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Cincinnati, OH

    2/16/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Cincinnati, OH

    2/16/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck was in good condition. The customer service, pick-up and drop-off of the truck was easy. The only downside was that the moving pads that I rented with the truck were made of felt and were flimsy and on the small side

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Henderson, NV

    2/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Henderson, NV

    2/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Moved and stored our POD for 3 months! Moved from Georgia to Nevada. Had to store our belongings for 3 months while looking for our new home. Turned out great! Everyone communicated with us about pickup times and cost. No surprises at the end. People were courteous and on time. Great choice especially for long moves. Would use and recommend to friends and family.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,100 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,150

  •   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

  •   Brookhaven, MS

    1/9/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Brookhaven, MS

    1/9/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The company was friendly, they had the truck ready to go and it was an easy turn in process. We traveled one way and it was a painless process. I will use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 80 mi
    Cost $150
    Per. Mile $1.88
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Chicago, IL

    12/31/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Chicago, IL

    12/31/2016

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Their ReloCubes are great, not like cheap U-haul cubes that takes a lot of moisture. Their price was reasonably lower than other companies. Overall, I was very happy with them. HOWEVER, their referred moving helpers, Moving Staffers, is terrible. They are very expensive, very slow and charged me extra hours while the movers told me that they will not. Another reason for the "Good Rating" is that they did not inform me about that they will not deliver my ReloCubes to my new apartment due to City of Chicago regulations. I learned that one day before my move and had to rent a truck for picking up my staff. They should have emphasized that HUGE issue before.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Emporia, KS

    12/14/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Emporia, KS

    12/14/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF UPack dropped off and picked up the container as scheduled. I could contact them via phone at any time and they promptly and completed answered any questions I had. Drivers were courteous and helpful. Would highly recommend.

    Move Details

    Distance 725 mi
    Cost $1,700
    Per. Mile $2.34
    SqFt. Moved 925

  •   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

  •   Incline Village, NV

    9/4/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Incline Village, NV

    9/4/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They had the truck when I arrived. They received it when I returned it. All charges were as expected. I got a good AARP discount. I was able to drop the truck in Reno (from my Lake Tahoe end location - not too far. Better than driving it back to the Bay Area!

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $490
    Per. Mile $1.63
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  •   Hayden Lake, ID

    7/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Hayden Lake, ID

    7/13/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Fourth time renting from Budget ... best value out there. The 26 foot Ford diesel packed as full as it could be packed, pulling a 5,000 pound car and trailer (total weight at the weigh station was 28,744) still averaged 9.6 MPG through the Montana, Wyoming and Colorado mountains.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,850 mi
    Cost $1,020
    Per. Mile $0.55
    SqFt. Moved 2,100

  •   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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