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.
  • 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


  •   Henderson, NV

    12/31/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Henderson, NV

    12/31/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was ready on time, full of gas and operated on the move very efficiently. Return was also extremely easy and all employees were professional, helpful and courteous

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $856
    Per. Mile $2.85
    SqFt. Moved 1,450

  •   Richmond, TX

    12/25/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Richmond, TX

    12/25/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great experience. They didn't need money up front which helped us out a lot. No hassle, timelines were met without delays or excuses. Trucks dropped off on time and picked up on time. Great experience for low cost-You load and you unload yourself. Just be willing to work. If you cannot do the labor, hire moving help.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $5,400
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 3,100

  •   Bethlehem, PA

    12/8/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Bethlehem, PA

    12/8/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The UHaul staff in Quincy, MA on Quincy Ave were terrific! We highly recommend this location. They were flexible in working with our move schedule and changes we needed to make. The UHaul in Bethlehem, PA on Stefko have great staff there and were flexible with us in returning our truck due to a minor delay with our movers. UHaul gave us the best rates and great moving truck options.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $305
    Per. Mile $1.02
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   Tenants Harbor, ME

    11/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Tenants Harbor, ME

    11/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was as expected and served our needs well. However, the U-Haul agent at the departure point was less than helpful and a poor representative for the company.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Key Largo, FL

    11/17/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Key Largo, FL

    11/17/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The pod was delivered on time and picked up on time and we will always recommend the Pod company. David was extremely helpful on the phone and through emails. Thank you all! You made a hard time easier.

    Move Details

    Distance 6 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $333
    SqFt. Moved 5,000

  •   Orlando, FL

    11/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Orlando, FL

    11/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The gentleman dropped off the POD in late AM. It was scheduled for PM. Pickup was good also. Called me at the hotel to say they were on their way. Good service.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 700

  •   Norcross, GA

    10/29/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Norcross, GA

    10/29/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I have leased trucks from Penske as well as Budget and U-Haul. Penske has been the best experience for my needs, and I really like the simplicity of hiring their one way long distance services. When driving to loading location I experienced steering vibration and shimmy if I went over 45 mph, so I inspected the front tires and found one badly worn and the other had a nail in it! I called for service and Penske IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS sent out a well equipped expert who replaced both damaged tires with new tires while we were still loading the truck. Penske's service is awesome. I'm glad I experienced that service. I do not know how the problems slipped past their inspection but they sure fixed us up fast so we lost no time getting moved!

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $330
    Per. Mile $0.41
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   New Prague, MN

    10/24/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      New Prague, MN

    10/24/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the way to go. The communication was very good and they did what they said they would. They dropped off and picked up the containers as agreed.

    Move Details

    Distance 375 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $6.67
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Oakland, CA

    10/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Oakland, CA

    10/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    So far, I am very happy with 1-800-PACK-RAT. My stuff is in a storage facility for the time being so I can't report yet on the total job (i.e., the condition of my stuff upon delivery). I ordered a 16-foot container for a one-bedroom apartment and I had plenty of space leftover (but I didn't have a ton of furniture). I think I could have definitely fit everything in the 12-foot container but that size isn't available for long-distance moves. The container arrived in good shape and in a clean condition. I also received a brand new unopened lock for the container, which I appreciated since I knew it would be the best kind of lock for the container. Both drivers were super communicative, calling me ahead of time to let me know when they would be arriving for drop off and pick up. I was impressed with their ability to place the container where I needed it to be. I am also very happy with the customer service at Pack Rat--all of my calls have been returned promptly and all of my questions/concerns have been handled professionally. Assuming my stuff arrives in good condition, I would definitely recommend 1-800-PACK-RAT and would use them again for future moves.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $3.13
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   Salem, OR

    9/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Salem, OR

    9/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had to exchange trucks before we could load up because we realized, after taking the first truck, that the right rear tires were unsafe, and we didn't want to be driving 600 miles over mountain passes in rainy weather. Also, the windshield wiper was broken. The second truck was great! We should have gotten a larger truck, and now we have to make one more 600 mile trip.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $850
    Per. Mile $1.42
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   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

  •   Crawfordsville, IN

    9/15/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Crawfordsville, IN

    9/15/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They dropped off on the specified day. The driver walked me through the setup procedure and answered any questions. Because we were travelling over 600 miles their tracking system kept us up to date on where our POD was and how soon we'd have it. Delivery of the POD went smoothly. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this company and, if I EVER move again, they would be my first choice.

    Move Details

    Distance 625 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $2.56
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Holly Springs, NC

    7/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Holly Springs, NC

    7/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Our belongings arrived on time and NOTHING was broken. We only used on cube which made our move super affordable, but I am not sure if we would use them again if we needed more than one cube as it could get costly. Cost aside, I have no complaints about ABF Upack. Our belongings arrived safely and that is all I wanted.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $0.67
    SqFt. Moved 700

  •   Lemon Grove, CA

    7/2/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Lemon Grove, CA

    7/2/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This was the best option for our needs. We took delivery of our trailer on a Friday and had until the following Monday to load. We hired another service for packing and loading. We will take delivery at our destination after 8 days and then hire another service to unload. We have every reason to expect a great outcome.

    Move Details

    Distance 370 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $5.68
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

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