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Moving101 has up-to-the-moment moving company prices, pros and cons for every moving option out there, and honest reviews from real customers who've already moved.

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HireAHelper has data from tens of thousands of moves after over a decade of helping people. Now we're handing over all of our moving knowledge to you. Learn exactly what to expect on your move, including if there's a better option for you out there. That's why Moving101 exists.

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Local & Long Distance Moving Options

Read about the three different local and long-distance move types. We've gotten how much time and money each moving option takes down to a science!

Moving Trucks & Container Guides

The most updated guides online for Moving Trucks, Moving Containers and Freight Trailers. Find out absolutely everything about the competition - real user reviews, truck sizes, and way more. You'll be a pro before you make your first call.

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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 two options.

MOVING OPTIONS COMPARISON

D.I.Y. Move

Just You
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading You
Driving You
Average Cost $660
Local Move: $273
Medium Distance: $576
Long Distance: $1,921
Average Time 31hrs
Planning: 6hrs
Packing: 13hrs
Moving Day: 12hrs

Very cost effective, and you have complete and utter control over every aspect of your move.

You have to ask your friends & family to help you move, again. There goes your weekend, and maybe even your back!

Hybrid™ Move

Helpers + Your Own Truck
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading Helpers
Driving You
Average Cost $910
Local Move: $523
Medium Distance: $826
Long Distance: $2,171
Average Time 21hrs
Planning: 5hrs
Packing: 13hrs
Moving Day: 3hrs

You won't break your back or the bank! Takes minutes to book movers on your phone through HireAHelper.

You have to take more time to research your options and spend a little more than the DIY move.

Full Service Move

Movers + Truck
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading Movers
Driving Movers
Average Cost* $2,568
Local Move: $1,300
Medium Distance: $3,000
Long Distance: $6,000
Average Time 51hrs
Planning: 48hrs
Packing: 2hrs
Moving Day: 1hrs

Someone else does all the work on moving day!

Takes days rather than minutes to get quotes. You may have to file for bankruptcy after the move. Seriously.

HYBRID™ & DIY MOVING COMPANY GUIDES

Synonymous with moving, their orange trucks are all over the place (as are their many moving services.) Call them for truck rentals, storage containers, equipment and more.
A major force in the moving world, these transportation gurus offer competitive rental rates for their fleet of yellow trucks. They provide a wide variety of moving supplies and customer discounts.
Authorities in the truck rental business, from flatbeds to moving trucks. Budget rentals are many people's go-to for completing a Hybrid Move.
The Rent-A-Car giants offer up moving and transportation options with their Truck Rental division, which is flush with a wide variety of rental trucks to transport virtually anything imaginable.
For businesses only. A steady hand in the freight trailer and rental truck ecosystem. Easy to book moving trucks for your business needs.
Need to keep your things somewhere while you move? PODS provides portable containers so you can pack, store and have your things transported on your own schedule.
Storage containers that are delivered and driven away at your beckoning. They are the official storage containers of Lowe's Hardware and are often paired with professional labor to complete Hybrid Moves.
Now a part of U-Haul/U-Box. An original pioneer in the storage container industry. Door to Door has been storing and delivering container units since 1996, largely retaining a west coast presence.
Local storage container company with a personal touch. Provides a large variety of container options wherever they operate, including the industry's largest sizes for portable storage.
A growing storage and moving solution to keep your things safe while they're moved, near or far. A great company to combo with a Hybrid Move.
U-Pack offers a little known way to move your stuff across the country: shared storage space shipped together in a freight semi-trailer.
Veterans of the trucking industry for over 80 years, SureMove is Estes' attempt at providing the Full Service move option for personal moving all across the country.
Driving across the country since World War II, the Old Dominion freight trailer line has spent the last decade renting out space on their white and green trucks to people moving long distance.

Recent HireAHelper Customer Move Costs & Reviews

Kathryn B
Noblesville, IN
Wrote a review on 12/18/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Huge truck, not very personable went I picked truck up, upon return the fuel ticker was NOT completely FULL and the representative made us drive a 26 foot truck across the street and put another $20.00 worth of diesel fuel in it.

Distance: 350 mi
Cost: $800
Per. Mile: $2.29
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Barbara F
Kissimmee, FL
Wrote a review on 12/15/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was very dirty and smelled like smoke. Windshield wipers could have been replaced, we ran intot a lot of rain and the wind shield wipers were not very effective.

Distance: 1,300 mi
Cost: $1,300
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Jeffrey W
Green Cove Springs, FL
Wrote a review on 12/14/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Rented a 20" Uhaul and auto transport trailer for one way move. The ride was smooth, no problems what so ever and we didn't take a lot of the bigger items in the house so we had plenty of space. The only thing I wish these trucks did have was cruise control. Driving at a steady 55-60 mph on the highway for 3 hours having to have the peddle pressed in a certain amount can put a straight on your ankle/thigh.

Distance: 175 mi
Cost: $375
Per. Mile: $2.14
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Michael E
Tucson, AZ
Wrote a review on 12/11/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Overall PODS gave good (if expensive) service, but I have to ding them for really slow delivery/pickup service at our new home in Tucson. The POD arrived in Tucson on time, but it took them 10 days to truck it the few miles to our house and another week to come pick it up.

Distance: 1,600 mi
Cost: $5,000
Per. Mile: $3.13
SqFt. Moved: 2,700
Kenneth G
Litchfield, NH
Wrote a review on 12/7/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I think they're very good although I had some property which ended up being damaged. This may or not been cause by the trailer going over potholes, bumps, railroad tracks, ect.; however, the damages may have been the direct result of poor and reckless loading practices by the loaders of the company I hired to load the trailer.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $3,900
Per. Mile: $3.25
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Scott B
Camdenton, MO
Wrote a review on 12/5/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The governor on the engine made it very difficult driving up an incline. Had other drivers honking at me several times as the fastest I could go was 35 mph.

Distance: 1,065 mi
Cost: $1,100
Per. Mile: $1.03
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Karen S
Murrells Inlet, SC
Wrote a review on 12/4/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

PODS was definitely the answer to my moving needs because I needed long term storage. I was very pleased with the level of customer service provided by PODS. Every one I spoke to was courteous and helpful and the PODS were delivered and picked up on time. Additionally, there was no damage to my household goods despite long distance moving and 7 months storage.

Distance: 360 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $11.11
SqFt. Moved: 2,800
David M
Roan Mountain, TN
Wrote a review on 12/1/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

When I returned the truck to Home Depot there was a delay at the store which resulted in Penske wanting to charge me for another day. I was about 15 minutes late getting to the store because of weather and fueling but the additional delays were due to the responsiveness of the Home Depot. To their credit Penske did reverse the charge for the extra day but I think they need to take into account other possible delays when returning that might push the time past the return time.

Distance: 220 mi
Cost: $435
Per. Mile: $1.98
SqFt. Moved: 4,200
Judy H
Milwaukee, WI
Wrote a review on 11/20/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Helped us through some odd parts (that's usual for my moves). Kept the costs down as we hired helpers to load 4 hours and unload (2 hours) and we drove from one place to the next.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $960
Per. Mile: $19.20
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Aaron F
Columbus, OH
Wrote a review on 8/29/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF UPack was very easy to work with. They were able to schedule deliveries in a short notice and everyone I worked with from the folks on the phone to the drivers delivering the pods were very nice and helpful.

Distance: 2,300 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $1.74
SqFt. Moved: 800
Timothy C
Allentown, PA
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF is a great way to move your items across the country. They parked a trailer in front of our home for a few days. We loaded it when it was convenient for us and we scheduled the time when they would come and pick the trailer up and move it across the country for us. They will drop it off at the front door of our new home so we can unpack it there. Simple. Convenient. Easy.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $7,000
Per. Mile: $3.50
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Sue A
Placerville, CA
Wrote a review on 5/6/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Rating good only because while booking Pack Rat, our date of pick up (full container) didn't make it into the reservation, which caused considerable inconvenience to several folks, because we were leaving the state and the buyers of our house were trying to move in! Additionally, having to wait hours to receive a call back from Customer Service is not optimal. Pack Rat did provide a discount to our total bill, which we appreciate. We were impressed with the driver and delivery and condition of the containers. We still have to have the containers delivered to our new location in a couple of weeks, but we'd most likely use Pack Rat again.

Distance: 655 mi
Cost: $4,100
Per. Mile: $6.26
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Fred G
Holbrook, MA
Wrote a review on 4/24/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Moved a small restaurant's equipment from Massachusetts to northern California. Much cheaper than replacing the gear, either used or new. Pack Rat's commercial container was the perfect size for doing this.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $3,100
Per. Mile: $1.03
SqFt. Moved: 700
Colin C
Gilroy, CA
Wrote a review on 3/21/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The trailer was old and allowed water into the freight space. The barriers supplied were old, ragged, and full of splinters. The ramps were damaged with holes that that would catch the wheels of the dollies. Perhaps that is the cost of going cheap. The bright spot was the cost and the speed at which the trailer arrived at the destination.

Distance: 1,600 mi
Cost: $3,900
Per. Mile: $2.44
SqFt. Moved: 3,000

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