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

  • Virginia K  Los Angeles, CA

    8/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Virginia K  Los Angeles, CA

    8/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I requested a small POD to be delivered into a difficult driveway space. The driver - Craig - was incredible in getting his truck through very tight space and delivering the POD perfectly. He was also the driver who picked up the packed POD the next day. I really admired his skillful driving and POD-maneuvering skills! He was very courteous and careful during both our meetings. The POD was clean and in good condition. I worked with an online customer service person who was definitely knowledgeable about the services offered. I would use POD services again.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,700 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $0.70
    SqFt. Moved 100

  • Sandra M  Lansdale, PA

    8/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Sandra M  Lansdale, PA

    8/28/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Was disappointed they did not get there in the time frame they said but the driver had a flat tire. He should have called and told me because I waited way past the time frame.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $180
    Per. Mile $0.15
    SqFt. Moved 947

  • Caitlin H  Savannah, GA

    8/13/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Caitlin H  Savannah, GA

    8/13/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Easy and reasonable. Budget seemed like it would be cheaper at first, but they get you with a lot of really high fees for dollies, etc. U-Haul was less expensive all said and done and we've used them multiple times, so I felt much more comfortable going with them!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,123 mi
    Cost $1,228
    Per. Mile $1.09
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • John T  Cheyenne, WY

    8/12/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    John T  Cheyenne, WY

    8/12/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This option worked well for our move. The truck had unlimited mileage and a discount through AAA. The cost of the truck was reasonable and pickup and dropoff locations were very convenient. The truck was in excellent condition and very clean. Check out and check in were easy. The truck cruised the freeways very well and could generally keep up with the semis. They will certainly be an option if we need to use a rental truck again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,300 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $0.92
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  • Linda B  Alvin, TX

    8/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Linda B  Alvin, TX

    8/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck ran great, except it could have had new wiper blades. I ended up moving during the monsoon season and squeaky wipers weren't exactly pleasant. The trailer was easy to drive with and the car was in good shape.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 200

  • Heidi T  Fort Collins, CO

    7/25/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Heidi T  Fort Collins, CO

    7/25/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Freight company worked hard to accommodate my city ordinance issue; drivers at both locations were extremely personable, polite, and helpful. Scheduling the delivery was simple and again company was patient and professional while I sorted through financial snag. Would recommend for long distance move. Consider using an experienced loading crew.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $2,600
    Per. Mile $2.60
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  • Zane L  Annandale, VA

    7/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Zane L  Annandale, VA

    7/22/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Rented two trucks and a car trailer for our move. Wish the trailer had a fold away fender to make getting out of the car door possible. If you have a low vehicle you will be crawling out the window. Both trucks were fairly new with low mileage. Have used Penske in the past for long moves and will be using them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,400 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $1.29
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Arthur J  Poughkeepsie, NY

    7/14/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Arthur J  Poughkeepsie, NY

    7/14/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I am highly satisfied with using a 28-ft ABF Pack Trailer for a long-distance move from North Dakota to Poughkeepsie, NY. I filled the entire trailer with furniture, hundreds of boxes of things, and many artworks (since we are artists). Although I have read that it is not recommended to use such a moving trailer (unless you want a lot of broken things), I was very careful in tightly packing things into the trailer. As careful as I was, I still expected things to bounce around somewhat. But I was surprised to see no apparent shifting of my stuff after the trailer made its way over 1500 miles to my new place of residence. Almost everything I transported made it without even minor damage. The drivers who delivered the trailer to my old and new addresses were also very nice and helpful. There were no problems or time delays. I am a very satisfied customer! Of course, if you are inexperienced in loading things in moving trucks or trailers, this might not be the best way to move. You need to know what you are doing. But I have moved on several occasions and I guess practice makes perfect.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $5,900
    Per. Mile $3.93
    SqFt. Moved 5,000

  • Callie G  Springfield, MO

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Callie G  Springfield, MO

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I didn’t want to have to drive a moving truck towing my car behind it, so the ReloCubes were an amazing option. I liked that you can track the cubes (none of the other cube/box/pod services offered this to my knowledge) and that ABF has a quick turnaround (my boxes arrived in 3 days - PODs quoted me a 9 day turnaround). My customer service experience in my original terminal (Birmingham, AL) was not great. They told me the empty cubes would be delivered late afternoon and then called at 9 am to say they were on their way. Since I was at work, I had to call my apartment manager to meet them and determine placement. I was surprised my 2BR apartment fit into 2 cubes (packed very tightly), but in future, I may use the freight space option because I don’t know that I could fit anymore in the cubes. Otherwise, I would use them again. Great experience!

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Jon W  Littleton, CO

    7/12/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Jon W  Littleton, CO

    7/12/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We made reservations about 2 weeks before the move. When we went in to pick up the truck they initially said they had no trucks at the size we made the reservation for. They said each Budget location is a franchise and that the corporate company doesn't share information with the individual locations. Fortunately they were able to track one down and after about an hour we were in the truck we reserved. My one complaint would be have the reservation system work company wide. That way you know you will get the truck you rented.

    Move Details

    Distance 816 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $0.98
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Amber H  San Fransisco, CA

    7/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Amber H  San Fransisco, CA

    7/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    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!!

    Move Details

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

  • Kelly S  Coon Rapids, MN

    6/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kelly S  Coon Rapids, MN

    6/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everything went as planned ... from pick up to storage to drop off to pick up. All items were well taken care of and packed securely within the containers.

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $3,900
    Per. Mile $6.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  • Bonnie V  Pittsburgh, PA

    5/16/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Bonnie V  Pittsburgh, PA

    5/16/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the 2nd time that I used Pack Rat for a move, and I will continue to use them. They are there when they promise to be, pick up on time and are a great value. The container was clean and neat, the blankets were there and I couldn't have been more pleased.

    Move Details

    Distance 969 mi
    Cost $1,865
    Per. Mile $1.92
    SqFt. Moved 1,900

  • Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Wendy L  Fairview, OR

    4/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    All went pretty well. The pickup and payment were easy and the staff friendly. The trucks do not have great power for the 26' size and were very slow on any hill and used a lot of gas. The only issue was that on return, we were told the gas was not full enough even though we had just filled it two blocks away. He stated that the nozzle has to be almost out of the tank in order to have it show full. That would have been useful to know prior to returning. Minor issue, but at the end of a long move, we really didn't want to make another gas trip. However, I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $725
    Per. Mile $0.73
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

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