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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   Centennial, CO

    9/27/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Centennial, CO

    9/27/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They delivered on time, as promised. The drive called ahead of time to let us know he was coming to deliver. They have answered all my questions, and got the truck to our home destination ahead of time and were flexible in setting up delivery times. Very good service. WE will use them again!

    Move Details

    Distance 550 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $2.18
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Fairview, NC

    9/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Fairview, NC

    9/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Rented a 16-foot Penske box moving truck through Jim at Fairview Self Storage. Great guy, great experience. The truck was clean and everything went very smoothly.

    Move Details

    Distance 22 mi
    Cost $56.00
    Per. Mile $2.55
    SqFt. Moved 1,300

  •   San Diego, CA

    9/20/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      San Diego, CA

    9/20/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Picked up truck and it was dirty inside and out. Spilled coffee on the seat. Front window had squished bugs all over it. Many moving pads were ripped and torn (but clean). When we dropped the truck off the original mileage recorded was 102870 (when I checked it was 50333). Drop of mileage was 50664. Someone messed up somewhere. Drop off location made us pay a 10.00 drop off fee that I was not aware of. Said someone would call to refund the 10.00 but no one ever called. Insurance costs seem to be pretty steep (190.00) but you have no choice but to get it. Overall it was a good move. Just a few little hiccups. Nothing to fret over. i would use Budget again.

    Move Details

    Distance 331 mi
    Cost $400
    Per. Mile $1.21
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   San Jose, CA

    9/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      San Jose, CA

    9/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    PODS delivered our POD in a different place than where we wanted it, but it turned out they needed to give themselves enough room to drive the truck in to pick it up. Our only real beef with them was that when they delivered it, we had no notice, and we were home, but they just dropped it and ran. Consequently, they had to come back to give us a padlock and more blankets. The POD is a great way to go. I ordered the 7' x 8'. I whittled down a 2 bedroom house + 1200 sq ft basement into that tiny POD! It really forces you to purge stuff, which is great. They delivered it to us in Boston when they said they would, and were very respectful of our neighbor's lawn. I would recommend them to anyone who's moving.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $1.17
    SqFt. Moved 2,400

  •   Dawsonville, GA

    9/13/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Dawsonville, GA

    9/13/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Drivers and 28' trailer were good. Trailer roof had a hole in the roof which I patched with duck tape. They put the trailer where I asked and were very courteous. Negative comment would be: Trailer was absoluly filty inside. Had some kinda black dust inside. I did sweep out but needed cleaning. They need to clean (water hose) inside before delivering. I Would use them again

    Move Details

    Distance 750 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $3.07
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   New York, NY

    8/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      New York, NY

    8/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Got the job done. I got a discount on Budget through setting up a change of address with USPS (recommended--they give you lots of great discount coupons!). The truck was in good shape, handled reasonably well, and got me where I wanted.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $850
    Per. Mile $0.85
    SqFt. Moved 500

  •   Charlotte, NC

    8/21/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Charlotte, NC

    8/21/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everyone was helpful except one guy, he was kind of a jerk about logistics when the original POD placement did not work out. Ended up finding another area that worked even better.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $1.88
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   Henderson, NV

    8/9/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Henderson, NV

    8/9/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Last minute and were able to deliver. I used this to store good on driveway while having construction done. I just wish I would have thought of this BEFORE construction started. Also wish I would have just had a yard sale first and got rid of most it before hand!!!!!

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $300
    Per. Mile $300
    SqFt. Moved 750

  •   Oklahoma City, OK

    8/8/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Oklahoma City, OK

    8/8/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    little late getting started but we got the cubes unloaded and the driver was back within an hour of unpacking to take them away. our management company appreciated not having the cubes stay overnight.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $3.75
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   College Station, TX

    8/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      College Station, TX

    8/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This option worked well for us as it was the least expensive way we found to move our graduate student daughter. WE had to use the 16 ft truck in order to pull the car carrier, but we only filled it half full. The driver's seat was uncomfortable, but the truck was otherwise fine. Customer service was good all around.

    Move Details

    Distance 896 mi
    Cost $1,100
    Per. Mile $1.23
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   Hoboken, NJ

    7/31/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Hoboken, NJ

    7/31/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I used three 16' containers from 1800PackRat and am really happy with the choice. I had a terrible experience with a mover a few years back - especially when a whole bunch of my stuff "vanished" in transit. This time around I wanted much tighter control of the process. I like the idea that you get a container, load it as you like, control what goes in - AND LOCK IT - where you're the only one with the key. I shopped pretty aggressively and narrowed down choices to PODS, UHaul, and 1800PackRat. PODS was insanely expensive compared to everyone else. You pay for the marketing they do. And they don't have full metal containers that are weather proof. They're just weather "resistant." Pass. Uhaul was these all-wood things that just felt less secure. Pricing was middle of the pack. 1800PackRat had the best combo of features - full steel container that's weather proof, they give you a lock, they don't have all these random fees, and the price was lowest by far. And i learned along the way that a critical advantage was that PackRat containers can handle 2000 pounds more than the other guys. You don't appreciate the value of this until you're loading a container and realize you've only filled it up half-way and you've maxed out the weight limit. Game changer. And lastly, the truck crew for PackRat was awesome. Dion... if you're reading this, you're the man! Can not thank you enough for all the accommodations and ability to make stuff happen.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $4,000
    Per. Mile $4.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  •   Las Vegas, NV

    7/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Las Vegas, NV

    7/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I used U-Pack relo-cubes for my move from Ohio to Las Vegas, Nevada. They had the best prices and service choices. The customer service team communicated with me throughout the process from help arranging the number of cubes needed to delivery price quotes and scheduling. My items arrived quickly and in excellent shape! They were delivered within the specified time frame and the delivery driver, Harvey was quite helpful making sure everything went smoothly! The cubes were placed in my drive and removed as soon as they were emptied by the movers. This was important due to the Home Owners Association restrictions in my new area. Harvey was very professional and communicated with me throughout the moving process upon arrival in Las Vegas. The service was excellent and I am very happy I chose to move with Upack. I would highly recommend this company.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,100 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $0.86
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Kohler, WI

    7/7/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Kohler, WI

    7/7/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We have always used Uhaul for our moves and will continue to use them. They are easy to work with, their trucks are always clean, and the booking process is simple.

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $4.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  •   Jacksonville, FL

    6/27/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Jacksonville, FL

    6/27/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    i made reservations a month in advance for the truck. It was ready when the pickup date came. Took only a few minutes in the store and I was on the road. Great experience.

    Move Details

    Distance 535 mi
    Cost $565
    Per. Mile $1.06
    SqFt. Moved 1,870

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