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

  • Elizabeth C  Portland, OR

    12/31/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Elizabeth C  Portland, OR

    12/31/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pack Rat did a good job of scheduling delivery of our container and picking it up once full. The customer service agents were nice and the drivers were great! The only reason I cannot give them an "Excellent" rating is unfortunately getting our full container delivered to our new location was a nightmare. 1.) They failed to mention that "10 days" really meant "10 business days" (weekends not included). 2.) They didn't advise us that the holidays would cause a delay to the delivery of our container. 3.) I called to request they expedite delivery and they never called back to provide an update. I sent several emails and never received a reply. After several attempts, I finally reached an agent that said my delivery wasn't even scheduled yet, which was surprising as we provided the date a few times. This all resulted in my family moving into an empty home and having to wait over a week to get our things. While it was an adventure "camping" in our new home, it was disappointing given how great the rest of the service was for our long distance move.

    Move Details

    Distance 680 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $2.65
    SqFt. Moved 900

  • Kristin B  Tacoma, WA

    12/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kristin B  Tacoma, WA

    12/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Overall, we were very pleased with our PODS experience. We didn’t need the container for a whole month but that’s the least amount of time you can rent it for. For initial delivery and pickup in Nashville the drivers called me when they were on their way. The drivers for redelivery and final pickup in Tacoma did not call, and it would have helped me if they had. New apartment complex has no assigned parking nor loading zone, so I ended up sitting in my car, taking up three spaces, for four hours waiting for container delivery. When the delivery window passed and I hadn’t received a call, I spent 20 minutes on the phone with a helpful rep who could eventually confirm that the driver was on his way. Two days later the truck arrived for pickup just as I was starting to sweep out the container. So again, a call while en route would have been nice. But all drivers on both ends of the move were totally professional and courteous otherwise. Belongings shifted a bit in the container but remained dry.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,430 mi
    Cost $3,600
    Per. Mile $1.48
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Richard B  Mountain Home, ID

    12/21/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Richard B  Mountain Home, ID

    12/21/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I would highly recommend "PODS" to anyone making any moving haul... Interstate or coast-to-coast. Being a first time customer, they helped the wife and I tremendously!...every inch of the way from start to finish. Very, very professional folks to work with.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • Richard K  Las Vegas, NV

    12/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Richard K  Las Vegas, NV

    12/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was clean and ready as promised, but I was not happy about the gas tank being empty when I picked it up. The truck was older and it bounced around a bit, but everything worked fine and we traveled safely and without incident.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $1,100
    Per. Mile $0.79
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • Kim B  Ventura, CA

    12/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kim B  Ventura, CA

    12/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They didn't make the window for delivering the cube, 8-12; arrived about 12:45. If you are hiring helpers, plan for the day after delivery, especially since it gets dark early this time of year. Other than that, their customer service has been excellent and I recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,250 mi
    Cost $1,437
    Per. Mile $1.15
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Laine R  Livermore, CA

    12/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Laine R  Livermore, CA

    12/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I have used the 26' lift gate truck twice now to move from Ca-to-AZ. These trucks and the company has not disappointed my yet! I recommend them to support your move. Thank you.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $2,200
    Per. Mile $0.73
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • Debra M  Sterling, VA

    11/28/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Debra M  Sterling, VA

    11/28/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The only snag in the truck rental was the truck was not at the location I intended to pick it up from. Whoever rented before me dropped it off at another location and Penske didn't take it to the specified location. Since I had walked to the pick up location, I had to wait over 2 hours with numerous phone calls, for Penske to bring the truck. Once I got it, everything went fine. The truck handled nicely. I have never driven a loaded truck this big but will say it was much easier to drive and deal with than I anticipated. The check-in process was very easy at the drop-off point.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $0.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • Mitch L  Post Falls, ID

    11/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Mitch L  Post Falls, ID

    11/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Was basically a brand new truck. 26-footer (their largest) and it drove great for my 175 mile trip. Unfortunately we weren't able to get everything to fit in the truck, but we filled my pickup truck with the rest.

    Move Details

    Distance 175 mi
    Cost $325
    Per. Mile $1.86
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  • Beth M  Saline, MI

    11/16/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Beth M  Saline, MI

    11/16/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My belongings made it safely. I chose this company because of the type of container they have. The storage cost was not consistent every month and was not the same as my contract so a phone call had to be to figure out the issue. The blanket rental was quite costly. They were friendly when on the phone. My belongings made it safely and in good order.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $1,778
    Per. Mile $5.08
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Mary T  Minneapolis, MN

    10/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Mary T  Minneapolis, MN

    10/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Our Budget truck rental went well. It was well-maintained and simple to use. Their customer service was great - I ended up changing my mind about the size of truck I wanted to rent after we had completed the paperwork and they did a work-around so we could switch things up. I would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $40.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • FranK C  Caldwell, ID

    9/27/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    FranK C  Caldwell, ID

    9/27/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The trailer was dropped off within the window given and the driver was very helpful explaining about the bulkheads and the ramp. Delivery went smooth as did the pickup. I needed the entire 27' I went with U-Pack to save money and avoid the issues of renting and driving a U-Haul

    Move Details

    Distance 660 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $4.55
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Beth T  Olathe, KS

    8/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Beth T  Olathe, KS

    8/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent service! Delivery man was great! Just the right size for a bedroom and lots of boxes. So easy to schedule delivery and pick up. They let you track your unit. So much cheaper than the others. Definitely 5 star!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,000
    Per. Mile $0.83
    SqFt. Moved 300

  • Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The trailer truck was perfect size. I fit all my belongs in the allotted space. They moved the trailer from CA to NC in a very timely manner. The customer service during the whole process was great. I would use them again!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,800 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $0.75
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    All went pretty well. The pickup and payment were easy and the staff friendly. The trucks do not have great power for the 26' size and were very slow on any hill and used a lot of gas. The only issue was that on return, we were told the gas was not full enough even though we had just filled it two blocks away. He stated that the nozzle has to be almost out of the tank in order to have it show full. That would have been useful to know prior to returning. Minor issue, but at the end of a long move, we really didn't want to make another gas trip. However, I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $725
    Per. Mile $0.73
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

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