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.
  • 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 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

  • Alberto L  Renton, WA

    2/10/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Alberto L  Renton, WA

    2/10/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This was my best option for my state-to-state move. I had to move out of my place before finding my new home, so I needed a moving/storage alternative, and other options were prohibitively expensive. I had a one bedroom move with a few pieces of furniture, no couches, and fordable tables. The container was clean and ready to be loaded. The PODS delivery and pickup were within they 3 hr windows they gave me. I called to reserve and to make a change, and both times the customer service reps were polite, professional, and got everything done quickly. This is my 2nd time using PODS, and I would use them again for this kind of move.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,100
    Per. Mile $1.38
    SqFt. Moved 600

  • Christopher M  Rohnert Park, CA

    2/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Christopher M  Rohnert Park, CA

    2/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent service on pick up and drop-off. A bit pricey for a one-way trip but the truck was comfortable and the check-in and check-out process was easy. One negative was a loose brake light connector to the car carrier that required I return the truck to the pick-up place for repair before heading off to our destination. Another problem was the car carrier ramps did not return back into the carrier. It took three people to lift and toggle the ramps into position which was extremely difficult in the rain after loading a 26 foot truck.

    Move Details

    Distance 450 mi
    Cost $1,025
    Per. Mile $2.28
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  • Kimberly K  Bettendorf, IA

    1/25/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Kimberly K  Bettendorf, IA

    1/25/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everything excellent except the barn doors were difficult to manage and on both ends of the move there were problems with the barn doors, outbound had a very difficult time closing them, inbound the bar was bent and had to unbolt the bar from the door thereby incuring more time with movers hence more cost with movers. Aside from that very happy.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $2,600
    Per. Mile $1.44
    SqFt. Moved 3,900

  • Leslie S  Pensacola, FL

    1/23/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Leslie S  Pensacola, FL

    1/23/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very easy to work with! They accommodated all my needs. We changed pick up and delivery dates twice and they did not skip a beat. VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER. Leslie S.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $3.13
    SqFt. Moved 1,900

  • Nigel B  Weaverville, NC

    1/10/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Nigel B  Weaverville, NC

    1/10/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They were ok. They had the wrong truck and they said that they need to get one from Garner. That would take too long. So I had them get me a 16' unit and glad that all the stuff fit.

    Move Details

    Distance 248 mi
    Cost $362
    Per. Mile $1.46
    SqFt. Moved 2,042

  • Brenda C  Stockton, CA

    1/8/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Brenda C  Stockton, CA

    1/8/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I was to,d a 16' container was appropriate for a three bedroom house. I have very little furniture. It did not hold all of my belongings and I will need to leave many things behind in storage. Container is in excellent condition. Costumer service has been excellent. I like the idea of the drop off and pick up storage container but it does not meet my expectations as to what it can hold.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,700
    Per. Mile $3.38
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • JoAnn and Mark K  Canandaigua, NY

    1/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    JoAnn and Mark K  Canandaigua, NY

    1/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pack Rat showed up on time on both ends of the move, and were helpful with a reschedule of the delivery of the full container. Their container was effective way to move my mother's belonging from AZ to NY. Mom packed it up in AZ, and I coordinated unpacking in NY. The container and local storage option made it easy to schedule convenient dates for loading and unloading. And we even had to move the unload date, and there was no problem in doing so. I would use this company again.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $3,800
    Per. Mile $1.65
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • James S  Panama City, FL

    11/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    James S  Panama City, FL

    11/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Due to high demand they were overworked and did not have enough people to serve the need. The line at U-Hall was 15 to 20 people each time I visited. It took 20 minutes to buy supplies as only 2 people rented the trucks and operated the pay computers. The computers did not work at times.

    Move Details

    Distance 36 mi
    Cost $175
    Per. Mile $4.86
    SqFt. Moved 900

  • Shelly T  Afton, TN

    11/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Shelly T  Afton, TN

    11/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great option, lower cost than hiring a moving company to move you long distance. Just be prepared to be without your times for about 5 days. It worked well for us! Great communication and easy online portal, I changed my move date several times!

    Move Details

    Distance 900 mi
    Cost $1,700
    Per. Mile $1.89
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  • Gordon M  Rio Rico, AZ

    10/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Gordon M  Rio Rico, AZ

    10/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I was relieved to find out that I could order a trailer packet myself have them hold it for me for a month and then deliver it to the front of my new hall. So if fission I didn’t have to do any of the driving. The local office in Tucson was so accommodating they drop the trailer off on a Friday and picked it up probably on Monday.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,200
    Per. Mile $2.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Regina S  Lexington, KY

    10/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Regina S  Lexington, KY

    10/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the second time we have used U-Haul at 1200 New Circle Road, Lexington, KY. They are courteous and professional. Equipment is in great shape and they make sure you understand all the rules. No surprises.

    Move Details

    Distance 17 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $2.35
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Beth T  Olathe, KS

    8/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Beth T  Olathe, KS

    8/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent service! Delivery man was great! Just the right size for a bedroom and lots of boxes. So easy to schedule delivery and pick up. They let you track your unit. So much cheaper than the others. Definitely 5 star!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,000
    Per. Mile $0.83
    SqFt. Moved 300

  • Tabitha T  Reston, VA

    7/28/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Tabitha T  Reston, VA

    7/28/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck has seen better days. We received the truck below "E" and had to find the nearest diesel gas station for a 26' truck, which wasn't as easy as you would think. Was the truck as nice as a competitor truck? No, it had tape all in the side covering or holding broken parts and feared the engine was pieced together the same way. Did the truck serve its purpose? yes it did. The truck got our items moved from point A to point B without any issues and we did save $500 by using budget opposed to a competitor. Was it worth using Budget? You decide.

    Move Details

    Distance 450 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $2.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,300

  • Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    All went pretty well. The pickup and payment were easy and the staff friendly. The trucks do not have great power for the 26' size and were very slow on any hill and used a lot of gas. The only issue was that on return, we were told the gas was not full enough even though we had just filled it two blocks away. He stated that the nozzle has to be almost out of the tank in order to have it show full. That would have been useful to know prior to returning. Minor issue, but at the end of a long move, we really didn't want to make another gas trip. However, I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $725
    Per. Mile $0.73
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

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