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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.


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.


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

David G
Madison, TN
Wrote a review on 9/23/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

26 foot truck was everything I needed to move my 2 story house in one trip. Pick-up was much quicker than U-Haul has ever been. After hours drop off allowed me to drop the truck on Sunday morning and not have to be charged an additional day.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $230
Per. Mile: $4.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,750
Rebecca B
Arlington, TX
Wrote a review on 9/9/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The POD was a great size and was able to fit everything i needed. The POD was in great condition, and was very easy to reserve and have dropped off. I would use them again!

Distance: 250 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $4.80
SqFt. Moved: 700
Floyd R
Henniker, NH
Wrote a review on 9/7/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Whats great about Upack other than the great prices is the fact that they are so flexible on delivery and will hold your goods in the trailer no unloading to a warehouse and losing stuff and breakage

Distance: 750 mi
Cost: $3,400
Per. Mile: $4.53
SqFt. Moved: 2,300
Lyness H
Chicago, IL
Wrote a review on 9/6/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Clearance came to drop my POD off initially and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. He was quick, polite answered all my questions.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $1.36
SqFt. Moved: 980
Rusty S
Valley Park, MO
Wrote a review on 9/5/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Its hard to believe that with 6 uhaul locations in the city I was moving from (80,000 population), I had to drive 70 miles to get a 26' truck, and then they forgot to put the moving blankets in the back. The 4 star rating is because they let me have the extra miles due to the pickup location, and let me pick up the truck the day before I had it reserved so I got an extra day.

Distance: 175 mi
Cost: $400
Per. Mile: $2.29
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Sunday B
Sterling, VA
Wrote a review on 9/3/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

$180ish including basic insurance. Had to travel far to pick up the truck. There were no UHaul trucks available within a 20 mile radius of where we were living and the only available UHaul truck was charging over $400 for the same truck.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $180
Per. Mile: $3.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Mary L
Englewood, CO
Wrote a review on 8/21/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Road runner moving and storage worked very hard to correct the expensive mess created by hire a helper. Road runner is highly recommended and efficient!

Distance: 27 mi
Cost: $170
Per. Mile: $6.30
SqFt. Moved: 2,900
Molly N
Columbus, OH
Wrote a review on 8/13/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The trailer arrived on time in good condition for us to load and unload our stuff. The drivers were very friendly, and the customer service was excellent throughout. We definitely recommend this option!

Distance: 2,400 mi
Cost: $3,700
Per. Mile: $1.54
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Mary K
Fredericksburg, VA
Wrote a review on 8/12/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

This was a good choice because of the ability to provide my own driver, who was skilled for the job. All employees were courteous and followed thru on their promises. I would use them again.

Distance: 110 mi
Cost: $575
Per. Mile: $5.23
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Daniel S
Littleton, CO
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Penske came in clutch. When U-Haul called me the day before my reservation to inform me they did not have a truck for me, and that a "reservation is really just a request", I cancelled with them and called Penske. Penske not only managed to track down a 26' truck, but had it brought in to our location (I believe from out of state) within 24 hours. At a time of year where college kids are moving into dorms and apartments like crazy, Penske managed to save our move! The ONLY reason Penske doesn't get a 5 star on this..... you know what.... no, they deserve the 5th star as well. The only reason I was going to say is that the truck seemed SUPER weak for the size. Going up only small hills (not even enough to have a grade % sign), the truck would slow to a crawl. The drive that is normally around 13 hours took my 20 because I was going 45 MPH for a vary large portion of it (basically any time the road was anything more extreme than "flat"). With that said, we had the truck fully loaded, front to back, top to bottom, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume we were maxing out the weight. Had we needed to tow a vehicle behind it, however, I don't think we would have been able to

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $1,100
Per. Mile: $1.22
SqFt. Moved: 2,800
David L
Pittsburgh, PA
Wrote a review on 7/3/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Did a good job but had problems on the front end due to equipment failure which caused me some headaches in scheduling but everything worked out in the end. I would use them again. Trucks and equipment break, it happens. People just hate when it happens to them. Pack Rat bent over backwards to make things work with my schedule.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $2.22
SqFt. Moved: 1,900
Harvey H
Evergreen, CO
Wrote a review on 6/15/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Lonnie, my driver, did everything he could to match my needs and expectation. I also have the highest confidence in their customer service staff. I had numerous other issues which they bent over backwards to help solve.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $4,400
Per. Mile: $3.67
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Lyn C
Lawrence, MA
Wrote a review on 5/16/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Upack was the right choice for my move. The container was clean and easily accessible. Customer service answered all my questions and was one of the primary reasons I choose Upack and would use them again.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $1,800
Per. Mile: $1.64
SqFt. Moved: 1,850
Amber H
San Francisco, CA
Wrote a review on 7/9/2018
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF and their affiliates were sooo helpful in my cross-country move! I wanted an economical but reliable option and I found it with ABF. The woman in SF office went above and beyond when I had a move-in glitch with my building. She arranged new permits with the city so I wouldn't be ticketed for the container being on the street for longer than anticipated! I am so grateful for her help!!

Distance: 2,200 mi
Cost: $2,200
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 300

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