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


  •   Kill Devil Hills, NC

    1/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Kill Devil Hills, NC

    1/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We were able to reserve the rental truck from home in Williamsburg VA and pick it up at the Home Depot located just 6 miles from our moving site. This helped us keep our costs down since they charge for mileage. The only negative was that the paperwork at pickup and drop off of the truck took longer than we thought it would. Plan for 25 minutes or so for paperwork each time.

    Move Details

    Distance 5 mi
    Cost $102
    Per. Mile $20.40
    SqFt. Moved 890

  •   Apollo Beach, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Apollo Beach, FL

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Good have been excellent if $800.00 was added when we changed to a larger truck - in the first place, it was the agent who recommended (very confident) that a 16 footer is all what we needed.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $3,200
    Per. Mile $1.07
    SqFt. Moved 1,620

  •   Suwanee, GA

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Suwanee, GA

    1/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The 26' truck performed well during the 11 hour drive with no mechanical problems. It did have a headlight out @ rental but Penske sent someone over within an hour to fix. Our experience with Penske could not have been more positive. We were moving to SW FL the same week as Hurricane Irma resulting in numerous delays & challenges to our move. Penske was extremely understanding & accomodating. We communicated regularly with them about the delays. They allowed us to keep the truck an extra week and reduced the rate. The rental office guys inside the Home Depot were also helpful & friendly.

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,900
    Per. Mile $4.14
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   Ballwin, MO

    1/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Ballwin, MO

    1/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was available as promised, clean, and had moving blankets provided. No mechanical issues with truck and turn in process was easy for after hours drop off.

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $130
    Per. Mile $13.00
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   State College, PA

    1/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      State College, PA

    1/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We reserved our truck a couple of months in advance, and when we went to pick it up the morning of our move, it wasn't there. The previous user dropped it off at the wrong location. While this did delay us a couple of hours, the person we spoke to at the company quickly found us another truck at another close location. We ended up moving with a brand new truck that was in excellent condition. The flat-rate rental price was a great option that allowed for flexibility in our schedule and beat all competitors' prices. Returning the truck was a quick process as well. Even though there was an issue at the beginning of our move (which was at no fault of the company), they did everything they could to resolve the issue quickly and the rest of our move was smooth. I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Green Valley, AZ

    12/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Green Valley, AZ

    12/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Jay & Adam went out of their way to make our moving experience a pleasant one. The truck was very new and nice. We filled the truck with our stuff. Customer service was great . Will use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 215 mi
    Cost $240
    Per. Mile $1.12
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Savannah, GA

    11/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Savannah, GA

    11/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Storage ( a little expensive) and transportation worked well. The items stored and transported were well preserved. Customer service was a generally good but a few issues (pads). I would use them again for short hauls (long hauls seem expensive).

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $4.29
    SqFt. Moved 2,800

  •   Portland, OR

    11/27/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Portland, OR

    11/27/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great experience with PODS. Ended up with 2 large PODS going from east coast to west coast and then into storage for different lengths of time. I could have used their website for everything but I used telephone customer service — Rey helpful.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $10,000
    Per. Mile $4.35
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Colorado Springs, CO

    9/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Colorado Springs, CO

    9/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Company has delivered in a timely manner. The driver put the container exactly where I asked it to be. The container is spacious and accommodates my goods. The price is competitive and the hydrolic lifts make it safe and secure. I would recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $3,700
    Per. Mile $1.85
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Smyrna, TN

    9/11/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Smyrna, TN

    9/11/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very easy to deal with when changing dates or getting things scheduled. They were by far the cheapest of all the container style moving options and I didn't have a single problem during the process.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Scottsdale, AZ

    8/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Scottsdale, AZ

    8/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The customer service was excellent and the price was very reasonable. Delivery guy was very accommodating. Storage worked perfectly. Everyone I dealt with was professional and helpful. I would use again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $2,200
    Per. Mile $1.22
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   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

  •   Scottsdale, AZ

    7/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Scottsdale, AZ

    7/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Showed up on time and delivered trailer within specified window. The trailer was in good shape and we had no issues except the ramp on the trailer isn't a solid ramp. It was also very narrow, which makes loading and unloading a bit more dangerous.

    Move Details

    Distance 375 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $5.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,970

  •   Chandler, AZ

    7/2/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Chandler, AZ

    7/2/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They 28 ft trailer was perfect for my move from California to Arizona. The trailer was in great condition. Customer service was absolutely easy to deal with and they answered all my questions. The drivers were super friendly during drop of and pick up. The ultimate decision came down to cost compared to full service moving companies. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone moving a long distance.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,800
    Per. Mile $3.50
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

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