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

  • Adam F  West Allis, WI

    10/31/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Adam F  West Allis, WI

    10/31/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had some challenges with our uhaul truck which caused some delays in our move, but they took care of it and made it right by extending our contract and providing a hotel stay. The lights on the auto-transport weren't working and they sent a mobile repair tech to us in a small city. He had to re-wire the electrical lines that operate the trailer lights. Was about a six hour delay. The roadside customer care folks were super pleasant to talk to.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $1.06
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • Barb H  Lorton, VA

    10/30/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Barb H  Lorton, VA

    10/30/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I have used the Penske location in Lorton twice and they were "ok" but attention to detail created a lot of angst when I dropped the truck off at another location. They had not correctly placed information in the computer, so took an hour to clear the records.

    Move Details

    Distance 25 mi
    Cost $300
    Per. Mile $12.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  • 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

  • Ryan & Marcia A  Winfield, WV

    10/15/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Ryan & Marcia A  Winfield, WV

    10/15/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We found that a trip in an ABF uPack was more damaging to our stuff than van lines in a single trailer. I think the 28 ft trailers wobble down the highway when in the second or third positions and the slams the stuff inside around. Traveled over 2000 miles

    Move Details

    Distance 2,200 mi
    Cost $6,500
    Per. Mile $2.95
    SqFt. Moved 3,100

  • Scott S  Shoreline, WA

    10/13/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Scott S  Shoreline, WA

    10/13/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My rep, Jennifer, was outstanding and truly a pleasure to work with. As it turned out, I needed her help more than I expected. I'm giving them four stars because their I used three Pods for this move and the online application wouldn't allow me to update my pick-up dates, which caused some issues, so thank you, Jennifer, for the extra effort to make this move a success. Using Pods allowed us to stagger the move instead of going "big bang," which definitely saved us money. The drivers were prompt and courteous, always calling ahead to let us know they were on their way.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $9,300
    Per. Mile $4.65
    SqFt. Moved 3,200

  • 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

  • Willem S  Springfield, MO

    9/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Willem S  Springfield, MO

    9/21/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I used Penske because I needed a 22' truck and U-Haul had nothing between 20' and 26'. It turned out to be an excellent decision because the Penske 22' rented for more than $200 less than the U-Haul 20'. It was diesel but in excellent condition and didn't take long to get used to.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $914
    Per. Mile $1.14
    SqFt. Moved 2,130

  • Julia N  Port Townsend, WA

    8/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Julia N  Port Townsend, WA

    8/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The dispatcher and I seemed to have some communication problems but the person who dropped off the trailer at my destination was very friendly and helpful. Minimal breakage, just a few plates, which I attribute to the excellent loading job done by the crew I hired in Sant Cruz.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $3,570
    Per. Mile $3.57
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Rebecca W  Port Arthur, TX

    8/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rebecca W  Port Arthur, TX

    8/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    About $350 a monthly payment Great work with me while time reschedualing when contractors kept saying 2 more months. Never gave any problems. Came as soon as possible to house.

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $400
    Per. Mile $400
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  • 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

  • Amy T  Alexandria, VA

    7/19/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Amy T  Alexandria, VA

    7/19/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The container was in good condition and items did not shift considerably during the move. Our delivery was a day later than our estimated window, which was frustrating, but otherwise we had a good experience.

    Move Details

    Distance 850 mi
    Cost $1,611
    Per. Mile $1.90
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Kimberly P  Richmond, VA

    7/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Kimberly P  Richmond, VA

    7/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Doing a hybrid move was the cheapest option. I was able to secure a truck in the size that I needed about a week out from my move. The pick up and drop off locations were both convenient. I ended up using this company because they had a discount coupon which made them affordable.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $220
    Per. Mile $1.10
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Christine B  Holly Springs, NC

    6/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Christine B  Holly Springs, NC

    6/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We moved from New Hampshire, and the gentleman who delivered our containers was the most happy guy I've ever met. He was very friendly, and placed blocks of wood down on the driveway so as to not damage the asphalt. Our crew in North Carolina was not as careful. We had two containers, one to remain in storage and one to be delivered. The wrong container was delivered, and had to be sent back. When the correct container was delivered, it was not placed on wood blocks. As a result, when it was ready to be picked up, the driver dragged it across the asphalt, causing damage to the parking spaces. On top of that, he then hit my car and tore open the entire rear end.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $4,000
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Jamie T  Seattle, WA

    11/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Jamie T  Seattle, WA

    11/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    16' truck did the job as expected. Pickup location in Ballard (Seattle) left a lot to be desired. On the morning of truck pickup, we waited over 1.5 hours to get the truck. There was only one guy running the counter and had a line of 5 people waiting. Disorganized, inefficient, and understaffed. Overall, the Budget truck was great and felt like it was well-maintained.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,600 mi
    Cost $1,400
    Per. Mile $0.88
    SqFt. Moved 750

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