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

  •   Moreno Valley, CA

    5/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Moreno Valley, CA

    5/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The best way to go. Can pack or unpack at your own pace. I had packed the POD well so no breakage. The items in the POD moved very little. There was a little glitch in communication for where the PODs were stored, but the agent worked quickly and efficiently to resolve the problem.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $37.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,900

  •   Austin, TX

    5/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Austin, TX

    5/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    A 17' truck was the right size for a one bedroom move with several large pieces of furniture. Wait times at the Uhaul branch I was at were a bit long for service but otherwise it's your standard run of the mill national moving company.

    Move Details

    Distance 17 mi
    Cost $120
    Per. Mile $7.06
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Tucson, AZ

    5/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Tucson, AZ

    5/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everyone we worked with in this company was pleasant and professional. There was some miscommunication about the container size needed, however, and we got a much bigger POD than was needed. Otherwise, the move went smoothly and we had great service.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,050 mi
    Cost $261
    Per. Mile $0.25
    SqFt. Moved 200

  •   South Elgin, IL

    5/15/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      South Elgin, IL

    5/15/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great truck but since I had never driven a 26 ft. a little review would have been nice. Not hard to figure out and I was surprised how easy a truck this size was to drive.

    Move Details

    Distance 370 mi
    Cost $560
    Per. Mile $1.51
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   Bonita Springs, FL

    5/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Bonita Springs, FL

    5/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Would use them again. Great customer service and willingness to help even if things don't go according to plans. The system works because you move at your own pace saving money by loading your own stuff yourself, Highly recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $2.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,400

  •   Carrollton, TX

    5/9/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Carrollton, TX

    5/9/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I am using this company in two stages. They have dropped the first container off, it has been loaded and Pack Rat will pick it up in a couple of days. What I can say right now, is that they have been great over the phone; the delivery driver was excellent with that container. We have alleys and fences and he was able to maneuver that 16FT container diagonally in our driveway so there would be no long carry, and then advised us to ask for him when we called in for the container to be picked up for storage. So far, I'm pleased as I can be. We will have two large containers or three; not sure right now. This is a very large move.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $2.78
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  •   Bolivar, OH

    5/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Bolivar, OH

    5/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The partition wall was a bit difficult to put in as the pipe was a bit bent so the connection did not fit easily. This is the second time have used ABF and found them to be the best value and accommodating.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,150 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $1.40
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Duluth, GA

    3/26/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Duluth, GA

    3/26/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had no issues with our truck rental. We have used budget before and will again if needed. Truck rode smoothly. It was clean. Easy for pick-up and drop off.

    Move Details

    Distance 260 mi
    Cost $375
    Per. Mile $1.44
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Belleville, IL

    3/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Belleville, IL

    3/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The people were all nice and communicated well. One thing to note, you cannot load the trailer on weekends, and check your local pickup location. Even with a permit, ABF would not drop off a trailer in Evanston IL. Once those hurdles were overcome, their service was great.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $900
    Per. Mile $2.57
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Littleton, CO

    3/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Littleton, CO

    3/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was ready as ordered. It was a newer truck which made me feel better about driving from Philly to Denver. It handled well in some crazy wind across Kansas too! The drop off location had really nice and helpful staff as well. All good!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $0.80
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   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

  •   Sacramento, CA

    2/12/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Sacramento, CA

    2/12/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent company to work with. Strong containers, packed tightly with delivered quickly and safely. I did have a little rain damage through the door on one container, but nothing damaged.

    Move Details

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

  •   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

  •   Manteca, CA

    10/21/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

      Manteca, CA

    10/21/2016

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I called the local Budget location the morning of my move to see if I could pick up the reserved truck a little early and was told the truck was out of service. The local Budget couldn't do anything about it so I called corporate and they found me another truck 50 miles away.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,400
    Per. Mile $1.75
    SqFt. Moved 2,800

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