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

  • Joanna H  Encinitas, CA

    9/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Joanna H  Encinitas, CA

    9/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    PODs is great with communicating and the logistics of a cross county move. The container is sturdy and the guys who dropped off and picked up were extremely professional and knew what they were doing. Seamless....

    Move Details

    Distance 2,500 mi
    Cost $4,500
    Per. Mile $1.80
    SqFt. Moved 950

  • Eileen K  Youngstown, OH

    9/26/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Eileen K  Youngstown, OH

    9/26/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the second time I used PODS for a long-distance move. Personnel on the phone and in person were friendly and very efficient. My goods were transported and stored with no damage. The 16-foot Pod held all my belongings and was "packed to the gills." There were no surprise charges. I highly recommend this means of hassle-free moving.

    Move Details

    Distance 550 mi
    Cost $2,060
    Per. Mile $3.75
    SqFt. Moved 900

  • Regina R  Palmdale, CA

    9/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Regina R  Palmdale, CA

    9/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everybody through the whole process was so helpful. They always got back to me in a timely manner, with the answer! 2 containers worked out perfectly. My brother used PODS when he moved and had issues with the roll up doors. I liked that you had the doors that swing open. Best part was you matched the pricing from PODS, Awesome!!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $7,100
    Per. Mile $3.09
    SqFt. Moved 1,299

  • Chloe C  Houston, TX

    9/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Chloe C  Houston, TX

    9/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Penske's customer service representatives are extremely professional and very knowledgeable. They made making the arrangements easy when given a two-day notice for making moving arrangements. Pick-up and drop-off sites were equally easy to work with. Our rental equipment was in excellent condition with no mechanical problems experienced. I would highly recommend Penske.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $1,100
    Per. Mile $2.20
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • David N  Plantation, FL

    9/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    David N  Plantation, FL

    9/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very helpful staff. This move was complicated by the fact we had to scramble for a second truck at the last minute. U-Haul worked with us to find a truck; the staff in Ft Lauderale was great. Best U-Haul move so far (and I've moved 14+ times)

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $2.29
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • Lauri S  Taylors, SC

    9/4/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Lauri S  Taylors, SC

    9/4/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Simply amazing!!! I am so impressed by this service. The absolute best way for us to move long distance and save huge money. I honestly didn't think it was going to work. I got quotes with moving companies though, for a Boston, MA to Greenville, SC move and they were $9,500 and $10,000. Next, PODS gave me a quote of $6,500. Holy smokes!! I kept looking and found ABF UPack. Professional customer service, regular alerts along the way to mobile phone, pick up and delivery on time. Smooth!! I was so afraid my furnishings would be lost, stolen or broken too. This was not the case. What did break was one wine glass, a lamp shade, a computer monitor got dinged and my bedroom foot board took a gouge that can be repaired. For the $7,000 I saved, I can go on a cruise with my husband. So worth it. There are horror stories out there about not using freight trailers. Just be careful when you pack up and you'll be totally pleased. You have to do some work yourselves to pack and load/unload the trailer, but overall, it was a great experience. Check "Hire-A-Mover" or others and you'll find the help you need. Good luck!!

    Move Details

    Distance 950 mi
    Cost $2,900
    Per. Mile $3.05
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • Robert M  Kansas City, MO

    9/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Robert M  Kansas City, MO

    9/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 16' Penske truck and a tow trailer for my 2018 Chevy Equinix. I made the reservation over the phone and the woman who took care of me was great. She made sure I received the AAA discount. The trip from Kansas City to northeastern Pa was a very good trip. The truck ran great and I had no issues at all. Although the truck only had an AM radio, it has 2 plugs for a cigarette lighter and one 110 receptacle on the dash board. The guys at pick up and turning back in were great. Great job Penske and you were cheaper then U-haul. Thanks again

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $1,300
    Per. Mile $1.18
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • John B  Davenport, FL

    9/3/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    John B  Davenport, FL

    9/3/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pack Rat showed up on time, placed the container properly on our driveway. Picked it up on time and traveled 800 miles to our new home. Placed it in storage for a month, then delivered it to our new home in a gated community, and a day later, picked it up. Great job all around.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $2.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  • Jennifer G  Chandler, OK

    8/14/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Jennifer G  Chandler, OK

    8/14/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We moved a lot of stuff. We needed 2 - 26 foot trucks. Uhaul made the mistake of thinking that the second truck was not needed and a double order. However they made good on getting us a second truck, and gave us a refund for part of the rental fee.

    Move Details

    Distance 100 mi
    Cost $130
    Per. Mile $1.30
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • 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

  • Steve S  Niskayuna, NY

    7/27/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Steve S  Niskayuna, NY

    7/27/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Trailer leaked in the rain. ABF had to send a mechanic out. Caused delay in move, but company compensated us for loss with rescheduled moving help. Stuff got to new home in one piece. Would use again.

    Move Details

    Distance 414 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $3.86
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Christopher S  Raleigh, NC

    5/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Christopher S  Raleigh, NC

    5/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Picked up and dropped off trailer on time, received courtesy calls prior to handling the trailer. Was able to track the trailer throughout the move and everything arrived in great shape.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,200
    Per. Mile $2.67
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • Natalie A  State College, PA

    1/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Natalie A  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

  • Paul B  Scottsdale, AZ

    8/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Paul B  Scottsdale, AZ

    8/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The customer service was excellent and the price was very reasonable. Delivery guy was very accommodating. Storage worked perfectly. Everyone I dealt with was professional and helpful. I would use again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $2,200
    Per. Mile $1.22
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

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