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


  •   Fleming Island, FL

    4/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Fleming Island, FL

    4/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pods customer service is beyond great. We initially were going with a moving company and so glad we optwd for pods instead. We had to make multiple changes to dates due to closing date changes. With each change, the pids team was happy to help, competent and everything went off without a hitch. I may would choose different loading/unloading help but would definitely use pods agai.

    Move Details

    Distance 360 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $8.33
    SqFt. Moved 2,800

  •   Camano Island, WA

    4/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Camano Island, WA

    4/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The guys from Aaron Hire a Helper packed the truck so well I could have rented a 10’ instead of a 20’. The gentleman at the rental place in Buckley WA was great, very accommodating.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $300
    Per. Mile $1.50
    SqFt. Moved 200

  •   Oklahoma City, OK

    4/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Oklahoma City, OK

    4/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy pick up and check in; truck had no problems (of course it used a lot of gas). We chose them because of the flat cargo area (no wheel wells) and based on prior experience, and we will use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 220 mi
    Cost $312
    Per. Mile $1.42
    SqFt. Moved 2,651

  •   Rio Rancho, NM

    4/13/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Rio Rancho, NM

    4/13/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very good service. I would highly recommend using PODS! I was very pleased with the notification and verification process during this move. Great company!

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $2.25
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Alpharetta, GA

    4/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Alpharetta, GA

    4/10/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The rental was through Home Depot and they were very quick and efficient in renting and returning. The only disappointing thing was that we returned the rental the same day because we got done early, and the Home Depot personnel said I had to contact Penske directly to discuss any discount/repayment for the extra time.

    Move Details

    Distance 30 mi
    Cost $100
    Per. Mile $3.33
    SqFt. Moved 300

  •   Hanoverton, OH

    4/8/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Hanoverton, OH

    4/8/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The 26 FT uhaul was perfect size for the 3 bedroom 2 bath doublewide. The uhaul was well taken care of, and we found nothing wrong with it. The customer service was phenominal! Especially since we had dropped the keys to our SUV in the uhaul parking lot in Ohio after loading it onto the uhaul trailer. We drove all the way to Tennessee to realize days later that we had left the keys in Ohio. We called the uhaul rental place & they found the keys and sent them to us the very next day express mail. That was some great customer service! We would recommend them to anyone!

    Move Details

    Distance 471 mi
    Cost $1,300
    Per. Mile $2.76
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Vancouver, WA

    4/4/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Vancouver, WA

    4/4/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Good service from UPack. They were flexible and I was able to order up a 2nd ReloCube. There was some confusion with the Oakland dispatch, though, on telling me things different from what the national office told me in terms of same-day pickups. The Portland end of things went very smoothly. They delivered as promised, on time!

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $3.50
    SqFt. Moved 750

  •   Jessup, MD

    1/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Jessup, MD

    1/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We drove a budget truck from Texas to Maryland and the mountains were tough since we were also towing a trailer with our car. For the price you get with budget, you can't expect to have the highest quality engine, but it worked fine and we made the trip without any problems!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,355 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $1.70
    SqFt. Moved 650

  •   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

  •   Santa Cruz, CA

    12/5/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Santa Cruz, CA

    12/5/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    it was easy to book, drop off and pick up went smoothly on both ends, and my stuff got to it's destination in less than a week. I've heard terrible stories of container and trailers not showing up for weeks, so was very pleasantly surprised by the efficiency and ease of using ABF.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $1.53
    SqFt. Moved 900

  •   Taunton, MA

    10/21/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Taunton, MA

    10/21/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy peasey. Easily the best way to move .... Zero stress!!! The pod was delivered (with a courtesy call an hour before arrival) as promised. Zero damage to driveway .... Drivers were professional and pleasant!!! I highly recommend!!!! Dan

    Move Details

    Distance 250 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $6.00
    SqFt. Moved 800

  •   Port Orchard, WA

    10/1/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Port Orchard, WA

    10/1/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The only complaint I had was the communication with PackRat is slow. Always have to call and leave a number for them to call back. They are slow to return the call. Very cumbersome.

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $75.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,600

  •   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

  •   Oklahoma City, OK

    8/8/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Oklahoma City, OK

    8/8/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    little late getting started but we got the cubes unloaded and the driver was back within an hour of unpacking to take them away. our management company appreciated not having the cubes stay overnight.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $3.75
    SqFt. Moved 800

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