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 Estimate
    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 Estimate
    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 Estimate
    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


  • 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.
  • A steady hand in the freight trailer moving business. Easy to book moving trucks for your local moving needs.
  • Need to keep your things somewhere while you move? PODS provides portable containers so you can pack, store and have your things picked up and delivered, all 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.
  • 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 to the trucking industry for over 80 years, SureMove is Estes’ attempt at providing a Full-Service move option for personal moving 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 Customer Reviews


  •   Magnolia, TX

    6/29/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Magnolia, TX

    6/29/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Containers were they most economical method of transporting my items. Looked into trailers and PODS. They containers are a bit small and I required two, but my items were fine. They were banged up on the outside, but I inspected them thoroughly on the inside and didn't see any holes. Any damage that was done was due to the loaders not properly packing the containers and my items being tossed about the container and bumping into each other (as was evident by the disheveled condition of the container when the doors were opened). I would definitely ship using this method again for the distance. I also did a guaranteed delivery date since I needed my items by a certain date. This was also much cheaper than their competitors, but I really probably could have done without it since they were slated to arrive before I needed them. I just wanted to cover any events happening that would possibly delay delivery without a guaranteed date.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,469 mi
    Cost $3,079
    Per. Mile $2.10
    SqFt. Moved 888

  •   Myrtle Beach, SC

    6/26/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Myrtle Beach, SC

    6/26/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pack Rat was excellent working with me for pick up and delivery. Always in contact with me. The containers were clean upon arrival. The drivers were very courteous and made sure they placed the container right where you wanted it. I needed one 16 and one 8 foot container, however the facility at which they were coming from only had 16 foot containers. I was only charged for an 8 foot container for the 2nd container. Had 2 containers in storage until our new build was ready. When I called 7 days prior to the delivery date I needed, I was told that the earliest delivery date would be about 30 days beyond that as they weren't prepared for an influx of moves from where my containers were stored. After calling back, I was given earlier dates, however, those were still far from when I needed the containers. I emailed "moving help" and "marketing" on the Pack-Rat site. A day later I received a call and delivery was set for the days I needed. They went above and beyond to resolve the delivery dates. Thank you customer service! I would defiantly use Pack Rat again for another move!

    Move Details

    Distance 540 mi
    Cost $4,200
    Per. Mile $7.78
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Brighton, MI

    6/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Brighton, MI

    6/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I would rate them excellent but the truck was too small. I am a single woman and I think they should have recommended a larger truck as it was a long distance move and now I have to go back to retrieve items. I know I should have asked someone to come with me but I thought I could rely on them as experts. The truck itself was excellent...mm

    Move Details

    Distance 720 mi
    Cost $680
    Per. Mile $0.94
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   Dacula, GA

    6/17/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Dacula, GA

    6/17/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The service was as described by the company. They met all my needs. Almost everything unpacked to date is in original condition. The one claim we have for a damaged washing machine is being handled professionally.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $7,000
    Per. Mile $2.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Tustin, CA

    6/8/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Tustin, CA

    6/8/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The Pack-Rat pod service was just what I needed. All of my furniture had to be removed in preparation for selling my condo. They delivered the pod the next day. I would use them again.

    Move Details

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

  •   Lancaster, SC

    6/3/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Lancaster, SC

    6/3/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I would definitely recommend as an alternative to the other moving resources like U-Haul, pods or companies like Bekins. In addition to the $3,800 for the cost of a container I paid $495 a month for 3 months in storage fees.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,800 mi
    Cost $3,800
    Per. Mile $1.36
    SqFt. Moved 2,700

  •   Itasca, IL

    5/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Itasca, IL

    5/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I called Morgan from Jill Janitorial in Pickering Ontario and he was nothing but awesome!!! He set me up and helped with every question that I had. We were driving from Pickering Ontario to Chicago IL- No problems!!!! I reccommend 100%

    Move Details

    Distance 565 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $2.83
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Philadelphia, PA

    5/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Philadelphia, PA

    5/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I was happy with the service received from Wolfgang and Gunner. They were on time, efficient, friendly and got the job done quickly. They also had the tools needed to get the job done. This was a long-distance move, so packing my moving containers properly was important. They did a good job in that there was only minor damage to some of my furniture with 'rubbing' marks and a sliver of wood broken from the bottom of a bookcase. They used the blankets and pillows I provided as well as most of the strapping to keep everything secure. They worked well as a team and did a few extra things for me too (disassembled a few items, put my mattress bag on for me, and used my packing for the glass tabletop - which I appreciated)

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $290
    Per. Mile $0.29
    SqFt. Moved 720

  •   Madison Heights, MI

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Madison Heights, MI

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The PODs were clean and spacious and held much more than I expected. The deliveries and pickups were on time and very fun to watch being lowered and raised for transport. Customer service was excellent: friendly and very helpful. I had a few questions and talking with a person was very helpful. The computer booking was easy but the customer service people were even faster at gathering the information than I could do it on line and they didn't seem to mind my poor computer skills. I would use this company again for either storage or just a move (I used them for both - great system!).

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $120
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Oro Valley, AZ

    5/18/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Oro Valley, AZ

    5/18/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My rental truck was ready for me, the paperwork was minimal and the person taking care of me was very friendly and efficient. I would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 7 mi
    Cost $80.00
    Per. Mile $11.43
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Chicago, IL

    4/23/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Chicago, IL

    4/23/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Always have an excellent time with Penske! They were able to move our rental a day early, which allowed us to arrive at our destination on time and get packed when we needed.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $560
    Per. Mile $1.60
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Sugar Hill, GA

    2/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Sugar Hill, GA

    2/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We used 2 trailers. Customer service on both ends was amazing and had no problems there at all. We had to store our belongings in the trailers (2) for about 2 weeks at our destination location. The whole process was very easy. I gave only 4 stars because one of the trailers was older and had repair patches in the roof - the other was noticabley newer. The older one left our belongings very dirty, dusty and a little damp inside in a few places after the long trip and storage. The newer one was fine. I would use them again if I had to but would try to get newer ones.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $2,200
    Per. Mile $3.67
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Jessup, MD

    1/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Jessup, MD

    1/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We drove a budget truck from Texas to Maryland and the mountains were tough since we were also towing a trailer with our car. For the price you get with budget, you can't expect to have the highest quality engine, but it worked fine and we made the trip without any problems!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,355 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $1.70
    SqFt. Moved 650

  •   Apollo Beach, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Apollo Beach, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Good have been excellent if $800.00 was added when we changed to a larger truck - in the first place, it was the agent who recommended (very confident) that a 16 footer is all what we needed.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $3,200
    Per. Mile $1.07
    SqFt. Moved 1,620

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