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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.
For your long-distance storage container needs, Zippy Shell is one of the safest options on the market. Zippy Shell is a subsidiary of 1-800-PACK-RAT, and are experienced at fulfilling Hybrid-Long Distance moves.
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

Jennifer B
Los Angeles, CA
Wrote a review on 4/30/2020
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Great service, but I would have loved to have my container dropped off at my house, rather than going to their warehouse. But they hauled my container across the country and nothing was damaged.

Distance: 3,100 mi
Cost: $2,900
Per. Mile: $0.94
SqFt. Moved: 200
Bob S
South Portland, ME
Wrote a review on 4/28/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Dropped the containers off when they said they would; picked it up when they said they would. Called them a few times leading up to the move and they were always very accommodating.

Distance: 45 mi
Cost: $213
Per. Mile: $4.73
SqFt. Moved: 780
Jay H
Birmingham, AL
Wrote a review on 4/13/2020
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great truck, I have used Budget many of times for different moves and there trucks seem to always get the job done with a good price. You get what you pay for and Budget keeps their trucks running smooth and clean.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $500
Per. Mile: $0.56
SqFt. Moved: 3,500
Ryan F
Cambridge, MA
Wrote a review on 3/31/2020
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I really like working with ABF UPack. They were flexible with their dates and adjusting after I initially reserved them. They don't charge until they pick up the Relocubes, which I appreciate. Their drivers are also friendly and excellent at navigating narrow city streets with empty and loaded cubes. This is the second time I've used them, and I would not hesitate to use them again.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $3,117
Per. Mile: $1.56
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Chris S
Lynchburg, VA
Wrote a review on 3/16/2020
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck & staff were very good, but the moving blankets I reserved were not available. This would not have been a problem except I was not informed of this until I showed up to get the truck. This required an hour of driving around (rural area/early morning) to find a U-Haul firm open to rent us blankets.

Distance: 90 mi
Cost: $400
Per. Mile: $4.44
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Shary T
Laurens, SC
Wrote a review on 3/12/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We chose this Uhaul company because it was closest to the house. They were polite, helpful, and reasonable with their pricing. We would have no problem using them again.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $150
Per. Mile: $15.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Beverly T
Santa Fe, NM
Wrote a review on 3/8/2020
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Drove from Omaha NE to Santa Fe NM all in one day... 16 long hours. The truck was slow and a very rough ride... but then that is what everyone told me to expect. Around Dodge City KS the truck started acting strange... the RPMs would rev up and the truck would not shift into the next gear... for more than a hour it would not move past 50-55 mph. All this on the flat pains of Kansas. I was worried that it would break down, and hoped to get to Dodge CIty KS where I could call for help. But within the hour, the truck returned to normal operations... moving along at 60-65 mpr. I arrived in Santa Fe without additional truck issues. Upon returning the truck to the Budget shop on 8:30 AM on a Monday morning... the customer service agent there was quite grumpy. I waited for 15 minutes while he did something in the shop for another customer. She didn't understand what was going on either. He could easily have said something like... "I'm finishing up this order and will be happy to help you in another 15 minutes". Budget... PLEASE give you team customer service training.

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $2.50
SqFt. Moved: 5,000
Toni A
Staten Island, NY
Wrote a review on 1/18/2020
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The lock on the outside was broken, and the separating wall was broken as well (which took 30 minutes to assemble, same for the disassembly on the other side - both teams verified one side was busted). It was the right size for a 3 bedroom house, and our things arrived safely. We had some issues with the pick up of the trailer due to a tree that was in the way, but after some time and a return with a second driver, they were able to get it out safely. They also stored it for us for a few days at no cost.

Distance: 1,800 mi
Cost: $3,600
Per. Mile: $2.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,920
Isabelle R
West Roxbury, MA
Wrote a review on 1/15/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The main two fellows worked diligently and did a great job. Kenneth was a rock star. He had a paid helper and I believe one other who was in training. The four stars are du . e to the unpaid helper that only seemed to drag his feet and was unwilling to pay attention to what was needed, not anticipating or thinking for himself for the most part. That part of my interaction with him was a bit strange

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $650
Per. Mile: $0.65
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Kelly B
Pooler, GA
Wrote a review on 12/19/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Soooo much better than my last U-Haul experience. Very good/newish truck at a very good price. Homne Depot did a great job handling the transaction.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $200
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Lauren B
Austin, TX
Wrote a review on 11/13/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

A little expensive but very convenient and cheaper than PODS. We way underestimated how much space we'd need and it was so easy and not too too expensive to use twice as much space. The customer service was really good, the drivers were very professional (and skilled when the delivery had to back up a long driveway with a semi...), and overall it was easy to get things packed, picked up, delivered, and then picked up for the last time. I will say it took like 5 business days which is kinda long, but overall very pleased. The silver shavings (or whatever) on the inside of the truck did get on EVERYTHING so if I did it again I would drape everything in blankets.

Distance: 1,320 mi
Cost: $2,900
Per. Mile: $2.20
SqFt. Moved: 915
Karen C
Holly Springs, NC
Wrote a review on 11/10/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Moved from California to North Carolina. Container delivery and storage were all great. Delivery of container to my new place in North Carolina was 2 hours later than promised.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $3,850
Per. Mile: $1.28
SqFt. Moved: 944
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
Arlynne C
Upland, CA
Wrote a review on 6/22/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Transportation worked out perfectly. Even thought it’s not the cheapest option out there, I went with Relocube because I was on a really strict/fast timeline for my move and it transported my pod from East Coast to West Coast about 5 days faster than other competitors. It’s also a metal container rather than plywood/rain, which helped out a lot when thunderstorms were happening when I was packing! The ABF folks on both sides of the country were super friendly and efficient when delivering the cube. Would definitely use them again.

Distance: 2,600 mi
Cost: $3,300
Per. Mile: $1.27
SqFt. Moved: 400

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