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

  • Roland L  Madison, GA

    11/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Roland L  Madison, GA

    11/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Uhaul is a fairly reliable product, you know what to expect with the trucks. Sadly, they don't always pay attention to your order details - I ordered 6 dozen moving pads - and they had 5 pads when I arrived. But Uhaul is a decent and predicable product.

    Move Details

    Distance 75 mi
    Cost $185
    Per. Mile $2.47
    SqFt. Moved 3,200

  • craig u  San Francisco, CA

    11/16/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    craig u  San Francisco, CA

    11/16/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We got a 22' truck from Penske, along with a car trailer, and everything about the rental went very smoothly. We hired a professional driver to drive it for us (Robert Burke from Acumen Driving) and added him as an authorized driver on the truck, and he picked it up at Penske with no problem. They don't have a limit on miles like other rental truck companies, and give you several days to complete the trip.

    Move Details

    Distance 450 mi
    Cost $750
    Per. Mile $1.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • MONICA V  Alpharetta, GA

    11/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    MONICA V  Alpharetta, GA

    11/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My move was an unplanned out of state move. A moving truck might have cost less than packrat, because the helpers would’ve been included. Packrat made it easy though. I could plan my furniture to be moved in a week.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $11.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  • Steve W  Sarasota, FL

    11/2/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Steve W  Sarasota, FL

    11/2/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We were building a new home for our clients and had to store some of their belongings due to delays. PODS was responsive and made their deliveries and pickups on time.

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $744
    Per. Mile $744
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Greg N  Pittsburgh, PA

    10/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Greg N  Pittsburgh, PA

    10/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Note that there is a daily charge for everything rented such as blankets. Truck had to be jumped upon second trip to home and the 2 more times the next day.

    Move Details

    Distance 35 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $14.29
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • colleen s  Arvada, CO

    10/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    colleen s  Arvada, CO

    10/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    1-800-Pack-Rat is the way to move. I had 2 - 16 foot containers packed and moved over 500 miles. Customer Service was very helpful on setting containers and removing them. I would recommend 1-800-Pack-Rat to family and friends. The cost was affordable and easy.

    Move Details

    Distance 550 mi
    Cost $3,100
    Per. Mile $5.64
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Cynthia B  Pahrump, NV

    10/24/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Cynthia B  Pahrump, NV

    10/24/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We are and we’re very happy with Pods. They picked up our Pods and stored them until I called them. I then had them transferred to Vegas where they were waiting for us to call and have them delivered. Everything was in its place and nothing was broken. Very happy with the end results!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,050 mi
    Cost $4,000
    Per. Mile $3.81
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  • Mary T  Minneapolis, MN

    10/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Mary T  Minneapolis, MN

    10/24/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Our Budget truck rental went well. It was well-maintained and simple to use. Their customer service was great - I ended up changing my mind about the size of truck I wanted to rent after we had completed the paperwork and they did a work-around so we could switch things up. I would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $40.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Anne H  Mill Creek, WA

    10/6/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Anne H  Mill Creek, WA

    10/6/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Positives: The driver seat was very comfortable. The price for a 22 foot truck was very reasonable for a one-way trip. Negatives: The passenger seat was a little cramped if you have long legs and the side windows squealed the entire trip until we blocked them with paper.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,500 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $0.80
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ree T  Aurora, CO

    6/5/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Ree T  Aurora, CO

    6/5/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF moved us to Texas and then back to Colorado. They always do exactly what they say they are going to. This is a very reliable company and quite accommodating. We would not hesitate to use them in the future.

    Move Details

    Distance 850 mi
    Cost $2,700
    Per. Mile $3.18
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The trailer truck was perfect size. I fit all my belongs in the allotted space. They moved the trailer from CA to NC in a very timely manner. The customer service during the whole process was great. I would use them again!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,800 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $0.75
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • 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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