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


  •   San Antonio, TX

    5/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      San Antonio, TX

    5/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    One issue, there is lack of communication when delivery or pickup of the container. One person gives you one time and another gives you something entirely different.

    Move Details

    Distance 270 mi
    Cost $1,271
    Per. Mile $4.71
    SqFt. Moved 1,976

  •   Lawrence Township, NJ

    5/25/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Lawrence Township, NJ

    5/25/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They delivered the pod on time, called ahead to confirm. They explained everything upon arrival and showed me how to lock it up. Very easy, but might not be your cheapest option. Also, they don't do any moving...so that's all on you to organize.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,100
    Per. Mile $2.58
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Madison Heights, MI

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Madison Heights, MI

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The PODs were clean and spacious and held much more than I expected. The deliveries and pickups were on time and very fun to watch being lowered and raised for transport. Customer service was excellent: friendly and very helpful. I had a few questions and talking with a person was very helpful. The computer booking was easy but the customer service people were even faster at gathering the information than I could do it on line and they didn't seem to mind my poor computer skills. I would use this company again for either storage or just a move (I used them for both - great system!).

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $1,200
    Per. Mile $120
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   La Grange, IL

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      La Grange, IL

    5/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My PODS representative recommended too small of a POD. We should have had a 16ft container plus a 7-10 ft extra one for our 3bdr house/basement/garage.The PODS drivers were the BEST

    Move Details

    Distance 10 mi
    Cost $304
    Per. Mile $30.40
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  •   Madison, WI

    5/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Madison, WI

    5/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I had a great experience working with ABF Upack. It definitely made my move easier and way less stressful! The steps for coordinating pickup and delivery of the relocate were very straightforward and all of the people I encountered with the company were extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend this service, especially to anyone moving long distances.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,250 mi
    Cost $1,662
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 500

  •   Irmo, SC

    5/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Irmo, SC

    5/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Chose Penske because of their newer truck fleet. Absolutely no problem with truck on this 650 mile move. I will say we passed several competitors with problems along the way! Customer Service on phone and on both ends was great! Recommend? Yes, yes!

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $900
    Per. Mile $1.38
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Chicago, IL

    4/23/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Chicago, IL

    4/23/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Always have an excellent time with Penske! They were able to move our rental a day early, which allowed us to arrive at our destination on time and get packed when we needed.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $560
    Per. Mile $1.60
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  •   Dallas, TX

    2/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Dallas, TX

    2/2/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Me and my family moved to Dallas and i need help to move my things in once i got there I was told to use the guys that hangout around Home Depot but was a lil nervous about that so i decided to look online and i found these guys and a reasonable price very professional from start to finish and they worked hard and fast to get the job and careful not to break anything in my personal opion i would recommend using these guys again if i need to move in the future

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $178
    Per. Mile $0.59
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   San Francisco, CA

    1/5/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      San Francisco, CA

    1/5/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Good value for the money. Even after upgrading insurance (which I ended up not needing) and paying extra for a confirmed 3 day delivery date, Upack was significantly cheaper than the competition. Our stuff arrived quickly and in fine condition.

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $1,300
    Per. Mile $2.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Poulsbo, WA

    12/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Poulsbo, WA

    12/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Uhaul worked out well and the moving blankets and appliance dolly helped a lot. I used their night drop off procedure online, have patience and be prepared to take pictures of the inside of the cab, the back, and the odometer.

    Move Details

    Distance 3 mi
    Cost $250
    Per. Mile $83.33
    SqFt. Moved 4,000

  •   Brunswick, ME

    11/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Brunswick, ME

    11/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Company is fair in price and customer service is excellent, however the ability to store our belongings near where we were moving to was not an option as they were full. This meant we had to leave our complete household in a trailer in 100+ temps in TX all summer. This led to melting and damage we did not anticipate. The truck drivers are very professional and extremely courteous and helpful.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $4,200
    Per. Mile $1.83
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Arlington Heights, IL

    11/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Arlington Heights, IL

    11/3/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We did a cross country move. Renting the truck was easy as well as returning to a different location. The truck was very comfortable and quiet which made the trip so much more enjoyable.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,700 mi
    Cost $1,000
    Per. Mile $0.59
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Englewood, FL

    10/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Englewood, FL

    10/25/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck was fine. I wish that the company had warned me about my GPS trying to put me on Parkways that do not permit vehicles over 8 ft. A computer printout (or app) of a safe route through CT, NY, and NJ would be great.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,650 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $0.97
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Dawsonville, GA

    9/13/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Dawsonville, GA

    9/13/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Drivers and 28' trailer were good. Trailer roof had a hole in the roof which I patched with duck tape. They put the trailer where I asked and were very courteous. Negative comment would be: Trailer was absoluly filty inside. Had some kinda black dust inside. I did sweep out but needed cleaning. They need to clean (water hose) inside before delivering. I Would use them again

    Move Details

    Distance 750 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $3.07
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

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