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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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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

Sandra R
Minneapolis, MN
Wrote a review on 2/19/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I've use PODS container company twice. Both times were cross country and included storage time. I found their customer service to be excellent and their delivery drivers very competent.

Distance: 1,900 mi
Cost: $1,900
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Terry E
Universal City, TX
Wrote a review on 2/8/2020
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

POD worked out well. They delivered and picked up the container when they said they would. The driver gave good instructions reference packing the container to avoid jamming the door and the proper lock to use to avoid issues. I would use them again.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,500
Per. Mile: $2.50
SqFt. Moved: 2,200
Jill D
Winston Salem, NC
Wrote a review on 1/10/2020
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great work! The communication from the office to the drive to us was awesome. We've never moved this far before and we were nervous about our belongings. Everything arrived safely!! and on time.

Distance: 1,300 mi
Cost: $5,200
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 2,300
Evan A
Seattle, WA
Wrote a review on 1/4/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Easy as always, did not allow for one-way 20' foot truck rentals, only 26' foot trucks. It was quite the experience driving that large of a truck, I got stuck multiple times. I wish I had the option to go smaller. It ended up being plenty of truck for the move though and I am overall happy with the ease of only using a single trip for the whole apartment. The customer service was great as always when I got stuck. I used the roadside assistance and everything worked itself out within a couple hours.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $350
Per. Mile: $35.00
SqFt. Moved: 800
Sanjay S
O Fallon, MO
Wrote a review on 12/25/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

very good and on time. Best thing the price are very flexible (depending on length of trailer usage), accurate without hidden cost. Also you will be putting and opening your lock so least chance of loosing any item.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $1.82
SqFt. Moved: 1,160
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
Norman L
Yukon, OK
Wrote a review on 10/27/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Both the truck & trailer I rented were almost new and the agent I got the truck from went out of his way to make the process worry free. After the truck was loaded, I noticed a cut in the sidewall on one of the outside rear tires. I contacted the agent and within 2 hours they had someone to the house to replace the tire. After the move, I took the truck to the local Uhaul store, gave them the keys and left. They took care of everything else.

Distance: 570 mi
Cost: $1,000
Per. Mile: $1.75
SqFt. Moved: 2,100
Soyeon K
Euless, TX
Wrote a review on 10/15/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was huge and way too big for what I needed. Wish they had smaller trucks than 12' available. Great new customer discount though and return was pretty simple.

Distance: 517 mi
Cost: $209
Per. Mile: $0.40
SqFt. Moved: 800
Diane L
Leesburg, FL
Wrote a review on 10/9/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Krystle from Family Movers called two days before the move, then one day before the move to make sure things were in place.Tom and VInny were a great team of movers. They unloaded our 16 foot truck in less than two hours. It would have taken us all day! The temperature was 90 plus on the day of our move and they were hustling around without complaint. They were patient, helpful, and kind as they moved all of our items into the house, garage, around the back, and to the side. They were wonderful and did a fantastic job.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $1.40
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Kari C
Oregon City, OR
Wrote a review on 10/2/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I am a female senior citizen, and the men at PACK-RAT did everything they could to help me, even going so far as to help me repack one of my containers when it overweight. They didn't cancel the move, they just stayed to help balance out my two containers. They went above and beyond their jobs to help me. I now recommend PACK-RAT to everyone I know.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $7,500
Per. Mile: $12.50
SqFt. Moved: 1,758
Jillian R
San Antonio, TX
Wrote a review on 9/5/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The company forgot the hand truck, but overall great. The truck was clean and customer service excellent. I chose them for affordability and ease. Will use them again.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $800
Per. Mile: $1.33
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Nithya R
Fremont, CA
Wrote a review on 8/20/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

1-800-Packrat did a great job all along the process. Especially appreciated our shell transporter Mahendra in SF Bay Area. The one thing that prevents me from giving them an excellent is that they were not upfront on the choices I had on when the shells were dropped off. They introduced this in our last shell drop off when I asked why it was not there till 1 pm. They said that morning was a premium for an extra amount. This seriously effected our packing and our workmen who were there to pack. This should be explained upfront.

Distance: 2,200 mi
Cost: $15,000
Per. Mile: $6.82
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Colt C
Mankato, MN
Wrote a review on 6/25/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF was prompt on the delivery of the unit both at the origin location and the destination location. Both locations were also in constant contact during their respective legs of the journey. While some items did get damaged in transit that is no fault of ABF and is a reminder that if your items are not secured properly then you never know what can happen. I would gladly use their service again for a long distance move as the container was well constructed and they do not force you to pay storage fees if you do not need them.

Distance: 620 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $2.26
SqFt. Moved: 600
Chris J
Sacramento, CA
Wrote a review on 7/30/2018
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The Relocube itself is smaller than you might expect, but it can fit more than you might expect. We had no problem fitting an oversized couch, box springs plus mattress, wardrobe boxes, a dining room table, a fairly large mirror, an entertainment center, and nearly a dozen assorted medium to large boxes in a single cube. In fact, we were worried we left too much space for things to shake around. Nontheless, everything arrived intact and in good, if dusty, condition. The delivery drivers in both locations were friendly and helpful, and the dispatchers were generally reachable and communicative regarding logistics. The only mild complaint I have centers around pick-up and drop-off times - you're given a four-hour window, either in the morning or afternoon, during which your cube can be picked up or dropped off, and it can vary wildly within that window. Our cube was fully packed and ready to go by 2 p.m., but wasn't picked up until close to 6 p.m., which can be a bit frustrating if you're nervous about a cube on a busy street. Strong locks and careful pod positioning can ease your minds, however - one of the delivery drivers smartly advised us to use parallel-parked cars to block would-be burglars.

Distance: 2,700 mi
Cost: $1,980
Per. Mile: $0.73
SqFt. Moved: 750

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