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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

Tony M
Denver, CO
Wrote a review on 8/31/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Moved with a 7' and 16' POD -- the 7' came through just fine, the 16' was a total mess. I was present when it was dropped off and the deload from the truck was extremely wobbly (much moreso than the 3 other deloads I've seen) and likely resulted in the movement of some of our belongings. We have multiple chairs that have small areas of damage as a result. I do think the POD was packed very tightly, but honestly with that much motion in the deload process, I'm not surprised things moved as much as they did.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Aaron F
Columbus, OH
Wrote a review on 8/29/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF UPack was very easy to work with. They were able to schedule deliveries in a short notice and everyone I worked with from the folks on the phone to the drivers delivering the pods were very nice and helpful.

Distance: 2,300 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $1.74
SqFt. Moved: 800
Ken B
Fortson, GA
Wrote a review on 8/29/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

All the people I worked with at U-Pack were friendly and helpful. They more than met my needs and requirements for this move. The only issue we had was with the partition wall. The slip joints were very hard to move and one of the bars was bent. We had to use a large hammer to get it locked in place. To remove the wall, we had to partly disassemble it. Otherwise I would use them again but, would check the equipment a little better next time. That is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

Distance: 650 mi
Cost: $2,188
Per. Mile: $3.37
SqFt. Moved: 2,450
Diana B
Chantilly, VA
Wrote a review on 8/27/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The 2 pods i have will arrive in michigan on september 6th. I expect the same reliable service that I received when they were delivered empty and picked up full.

Distance: 675 mi
Cost: $5,000
Per. Mile: $7.41
SqFt. Moved: 2,200
Ron K
The Villages, FL
Wrote a review on 8/24/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They failed to pick up container on date specified. Some confusion on date for pickup. They assumed last day before new storage month started. That was 2 days after the POD had been emptied. So it blocked our driveway for 2 extra days!

Distance: 850 mi
Cost: $2,500
Per. Mile: $2.94
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Alexander V
Charlottesville, VA
Wrote a review on 8/23/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I like this company very much. Used them twice. It worked fine for the size and distance of my move. The truck was a new one. Their Customer Service was nice and complete. I like the fact that their price is reasonable. And I will use them again if I need to move.

Distance: 25 mi
Cost: $120
Per. Mile: $4.80
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
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
Dena M
Washington, DC
Wrote a review on 8/17/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was nice and clean but it leaked on my passenger when it rained. Fortunately the contents in the back were fine. It was just crazy that water was coming in the cab.

Distance: 400 mi
Cost: $660
Per. Mile: $1.65
SqFt. Moved: 750
Michael H
Saratoga Springs, NY
Wrote a review on 8/12/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Price was great. Company was responsive and helpful when it turned out we couldn't drop the trailer at our new location (had to go to depot instead). Trailer got dropped off and picked up on time. Got to our new city days ahead of schedule. Only hiccup was that we had scheduled movers to get the stuff from the depot on a Saturday - which UPack told us was fine - but when the depot called to let us know our stuff had arrived, they said they were only open Mon-Fri. We were able to reschedule the movers and the pickup went fine. Despite that, I would recommend UPack again.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $3,600
Per. Mile: $1.20
SqFt. Moved: 950
Sean K
Binghamton, NY
Wrote a review on 8/4/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

We rented a 16' Penske moving truck in Kansas City, MO to carry a 1 bedroom apartment worth of furniture to Binghamton, NY. The truck did the job we rented it for: it carried all of my stuff without much trouble, and it didn't break down along the way. That said, it was very loud inside the cab, and we couldn't have any music playing throughout the 2-day drive. While the A/C worked well, the center of the cab just below the dashboard around our feet was very hot to touch throughout the trip. If renting a truck like this were my best option for another cross-country move, then I'd consider it, but having experienced this particular way of getting the job done, I'd look for other options before settling on renting another moving truck for a long road trip.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $1,000
Per. Mile: $0.83
SqFt. Moved: 700
Marcia M
Somerset, WI
Wrote a review on 8/1/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Everything went smoothly until returning the truck. We were late and that’s on us. The lady in Somerset Wis. (drop off) was great but a guy there was not! He was yelling and mad . We had to fold all of our blankets. They would not take any unused extra boxes which uhaul advertised. Overall, a good experience. Truck was easy to drive and was problem free. Phoenix uhaul was great.

Distance: 1,700 mi
Cost: $1,300
Per. Mile: $0.76
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Cynthia Y
Albuquerque, NM
Wrote a review on 7/31/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Truck was ready on time and the paperwork was filled out fairly quickly. Truck was clean and they were considerate and helpful. Chose U-Haul because they were close to both move addresses and were fairly inexpensive. Would use again.

Distance: 18 mi
Cost: $50.00
Per. Mile: $2.78
SqFt. Moved: 900
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
Neal C
Watertown, MA
Wrote a review on 6/3/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Our budget rental went fine. The customer service office wasn't great when we first picked up the van (tried to charge about $500 more than official quoted price), but once resolved it went fine. I got a flat tire along the road and they sent someone out to fix it at no cost to me. The van was also in good shape.

Distance: 2,300 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $0.65
SqFt. Moved: 1,200

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