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.
  • 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.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   Atlanta, GA

    10/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Atlanta, GA

    10/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Had to have one container replaced as it could not be securely closed. That was a bit of a challenge. Drivers were super nice, but not all were as careful to level the containers as others. Overall, though, a good experience.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $20.00
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   New Prague, MN

    10/24/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      New Prague, MN

    10/24/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the way to go. The communication was very good and they did what they said they would. They dropped off and picked up the containers as agreed.

    Move Details

    Distance 375 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $6.67
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Rancho Cordova, CA

    10/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Rancho Cordova, CA

    10/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had a very good experience. Their customer service is excellent with prompt answers. We choose PODS because we had to have our furniture stored while we traveled across the country to find another home. It worked very well.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $3.75
    SqFt. Moved 5,000

  •   Puyallup, WA

    10/20/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Puyallup, WA

    10/20/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck itself had a little "loose" steering and one headlight was out (would only work on high beam. I've used U-Haul many times; trucks get good gas mile, brakes perfect and do not break down. Clean and efficient.

    Move Details

    Distance 35 mi
    Cost $30.00
    Per. Mile $0.86
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Canton, OH

    10/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Canton, OH

    10/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck ran perfectly with no problems. It was a 16' and filled to the brim. It was clean. Personnel for pickup and drop off were very personable. I would definitely use Budget again...............although I hope this will be my last move...ever.. These people were very professional which is not the experience I had with another truck rental company a while back. Kudo's to Budget and Zooming Moving, LLC

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,400
    Per. Mile $1.17
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   Allentown, PA

    10/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Allentown, PA

    10/17/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I have used uhaul in the past and one time was very unpleasant, the others so so. But this time the man that waited on me was very efficient, quick and courteous, as well as informative with everything I needed to know and do. Thank you Stephen for a job well done!

    Move Details

    Distance 2 mi
    Cost $57.00
    Per. Mile $28.50
    SqFt. Moved 974

  •   Florence, KY

    10/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Florence, KY

    10/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My origination experience was not good but the destination experience rocked it. Timely, efficient, and courteous. I would like to say that the manager at the origination local dispatch was very kind and did everything he could to help me.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $974
    Per. Mile $0.97
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Belvidere, IL

    10/15/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Belvidere, IL

    10/15/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    It was a newer truck than we have ever used with U Haul. Easy to drive. Nice people on the pick up end in Belvidere, Illinois, very helpful. A friend of ours said that Penske truck were newer than UHaul's. I would use Penske again. Easy to book and modify dates. 16' truck and we had extra room to spare. rented blankets cheaply

    Move Details

    Distance 900 mi
    Cost $875
    Per. Mile $0.97
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Virginia Beach, VA

    10/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Virginia Beach, VA

    10/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This truck is perfect for my move. The truck when I picked it up was in excellent condition. The customer service was awesome. They offered the best rates. Yes I would use them agian. No other comments other than the agent was a very kind and respectful person.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $700
    Per. Mile $1.17
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Washington, DC

    10/11/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Washington, DC

    10/11/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    No issues with the Truck, but I drove the truck 1 way over 800 miles with only the radio...in 2017 I usually expect some sort of interface for music or at least a CD player. But I did get an amazing rate with my AAA rating.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $299
    Per. Mile $0.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Stone Mountain, GA

    10/10/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Stone Mountain, GA

    10/10/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This option worked very well for me - I ended up having my things in storage for several months while I looked for a house, and it was great to just be able to call and say, "Okay, now I'm ready."

    Move Details

    Distance 400 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $8.75
    SqFt. Moved 2,800

  •   Shady Cove, OR

    10/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Shady Cove, OR

    10/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF drivers were friendly and flexible on both ends. When I called in the morning to tell them the container would be ready for pick up in the afternoon, they came and took it that day.

    Move Details

    Distance 462 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $4.11
    SqFt. Moved 2,100

  •   Spring Hill, KS

    8/28/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Spring Hill, KS

    8/28/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Kansas City-dispatch center was excellent!!! Quick to deliver, and quick to pick up when trucks were loaded...( I had 2 trucks) but Huntsville area dispatch center not so good.. left truck sit for over 24 hours after it was unloaded. (Not so good when you have to deal with an unhappy HOA) the second truck was more responsive to our call, and was picked up in a timely manner. Would I use them again?? Tough call.. cost versus a minor inconvience.. just question the time frame of delivery and pickup if that is important to you. The cost was considerably less than a professional moving company, and all in all...a pleasant experience!

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $3.57
    SqFt. Moved 3,900

  •   Menasha, WI

    7/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Menasha, WI

    7/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent service. Delivered and picked up the trailer as scheduled. The move plan they prepared gave me step by step directions and let me know what to expect. I worked with Carolyn and she was superb. She answered all of my questions throughout the entire process.

    Move Details

    Distance 900 mi
    Cost $1,773
    Per. Mile $1.97
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

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