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.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   Smithtown, NY

    7/31/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Smithtown, NY

    7/31/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    their pickup and dropoff times were spot on.. the driver was very pleasant and knowledgeable and provided brand new locks to secure my stuff.. container was clean

    Move Details

    Distance 250 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $8.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Humble, TX

    7/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Humble, TX

    7/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck with pads & appliance truck were ready on time for this load of furniture, household & clothes boxes and misc. Loading & moving instructions were very helpful. Drop-off went as planned. Billing had no surprises. Budget was chosen due to its estimated price and no charge one-way trip. I would use Budget again.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $700
    Per. Mile $3.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Naugatuck, CT

    7/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Naugatuck, CT

    7/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Went to Naugatuck. Truck was there right on time. It was clean and running well. Very happy with the service person. It was a small move with movers, so it needed to go well.

    Move Details

    Distance 5 mi
    Cost $30.00
    Per. Mile $6.00
    SqFt. Moved 200

  •   Verona, WI

    7/15/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Verona, WI

    7/15/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the second time we used PODS for a long distance move and would indeed use them again. It is easy, affordable, and beats paying for gas, driving the truck, and the hassle of parking it. The drivers are great and the customer service is top-notch. Both times are items arrived in perfect condition, exactly how we packed them.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $1.79
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   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

  •   Palm Beach, FL

    7/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Palm Beach, FL

    7/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    the only mistake that I made was purchasing a POD that was too small. Always go bigger so that you are prepared. Excellent choice with a POD, I would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  •   Meredith, NH

    7/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Meredith, NH

    7/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Uhaul's per-mile pricing seems like a trap, so we've gone with Penske for a big cross country move (26') and a smaller in-state move (16'). Very happy with the service and truck provided each time. Be warned: Not refueling at the end is costly ($8 per gallon) as is returning later than directed, even by half-an-hour ($100 per day in whole day chunks)!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,720 mi
    Cost $2,330
    Per. Mile $1.35
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Lafayette Township, NJ

    7/1/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Lafayette Township, NJ

    7/1/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Smooth, efficient, and on time. Peace of mind knowing where your belongings were at all times. There was some small evidence of moisture in the trailer so not sure that it was completely watertight.

    Move Details

    Distance 150 mi
    Cost $3,600
    Per. Mile $24.00
    SqFt. Moved 4,100

  •   Fort Collins, CO

    6/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Fort Collins, CO

    6/28/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Second time I've used Penske truck rental in a multi-state-distance move. This time I used a 16-foot truck for a 2-bedroom apartment move, was the perfect size with a little space to spare. Requested a newer truck since the move was over 1,700 miles, and I got a great vehicle (less than 5000 on odometer) with no hiccups. Even the car carrier was a breeze.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,700 mi
    Cost $1,700
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,205

  •   Knoxville, TN

    6/28/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Knoxville, TN

    6/28/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy drop off and pick up. Freight was in excellent condition. Price was good for door to door delivery in an interstate move. I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   San Antonio, TX

    6/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      San Antonio, TX

    6/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 24-foot truck, and it was, as always, fantastic. The truck itself had a new audio system (great for a 3-day move), less than 7,000 miles total on it, and it even had cruise control! On a 24-foot moving truck!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,200 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $0.36
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Brigham City, UT

    5/26/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Brigham City, UT

    5/26/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The trucks showed up on time. Driver was very courteous. He placed the unit where I asked. I was lucky to have a driver up in my area a day ahead of when the pickup was scheduled. They picked up the unit a day early so that made my move even better. Thank you.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $4.17
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Norfolk, VA

    3/10/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Norfolk, VA

    3/10/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Fantastic. On time delivery and pickup in Texas, early delivery (!!), and quick pick up in Virginia. Overnights in ABF secured facilities and online tracking. They beat us to VA!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $1.43
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Henderson, NV

    7/10/2016

    - Moving Container Review

      Henderson, NV

    7/10/2016

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The relocube company informed me a one bedroom sapartment with the items I had should fit in the cube so I had to obtain a second one cube added cost.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,500 mi
    Cost $3,026
    Per. Mile $0.86
    SqFt. Moved 700

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