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

  • Steve K  Redmond, WA

    1/29/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Steve K  Redmond, WA

    1/29/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Movers were hard working, efficient and professional Other companies wanted to send three people to do the job, but these two guys filled the entire 16' Pod with a mix of furniture and moving boxes in less than three hours. Very impressive. I would definitely use them again in the future.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $75.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,400

  • Corinne T  Atlanta, GA

    1/13/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Corinne T  Atlanta, GA

    1/13/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Good service. New truck. Only complaint was when I picked up the truck, I was not shown where the lights, etc., were. I ended up driving it back at night with the cab light lit up.

    Move Details

    Distance 30 mi
    Cost $40.00
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 750

  • JoAnn and Mark K  Canandaigua, NY

    1/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    JoAnn and Mark K  Canandaigua, NY

    1/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pack Rat showed up on time on both ends of the move, and were helpful with a reschedule of the delivery of the full container. Their container was effective way to move my mother's belonging from AZ to NY. Mom packed it up in AZ, and I coordinated unpacking in NY. The container and local storage option made it easy to schedule convenient dates for loading and unloading. And we even had to move the unload date, and there was no problem in doing so. I would use this company again.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $3,800
    Per. Mile $1.65
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Ben B  Santa Fe, NM

    1/7/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Ben B  Santa Fe, NM

    1/7/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent and courteous service and reasonable pricing. Made our move smooth by allowing for storage (with out need to offload trailer) at our destination while we found a place to stay. Will definitely use again.

    Move Details

    Distance 450 mi
    Cost $1,300
    Per. Mile $2.89
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  • Kristin B  Tacoma, WA

    12/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kristin B  Tacoma, WA

    12/30/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Overall, we were very pleased with our PODS experience. We didn’t need the container for a whole month but that’s the least amount of time you can rent it for. For initial delivery and pickup in Nashville the drivers called me when they were on their way. The drivers for redelivery and final pickup in Tacoma did not call, and it would have helped me if they had. New apartment complex has no assigned parking nor loading zone, so I ended up sitting in my car, taking up three spaces, for four hours waiting for container delivery. When the delivery window passed and I hadn’t received a call, I spent 20 minutes on the phone with a helpful rep who could eventually confirm that the driver was on his way. Two days later the truck arrived for pickup just as I was starting to sweep out the container. So again, a call while en route would have been nice. But all drivers on both ends of the move were totally professional and courteous otherwise. Belongings shifted a bit in the container but remained dry.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,430 mi
    Cost $3,600
    Per. Mile $1.48
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Alice M  Rochester, MN

    12/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Alice M  Rochester, MN

    12/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I usually use Uhaul just because they were close to my old neighborhood. Their in store service is sometimes lacking but they make up for it with helpful staff at their call centers. When the system tried to have me return my truck over an hour away the call center staff made sure I made it to the proper department who manually changed the route so that I could take it somewhere much closer.

    Move Details

    Distance 538 mi
    Cost $459
    Per. Mile $0.85
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Kim B  Ventura, CA

    12/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kim B  Ventura, CA

    12/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They didn't make the window for delivering the cube, 8-12; arrived about 12:45. If you are hiring helpers, plan for the day after delivery, especially since it gets dark early this time of year. Other than that, their customer service has been excellent and I recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,250 mi
    Cost $1,437
    Per. Mile $1.15
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • 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

  • Venkata K  Westford, MA

    11/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Venkata K  Westford, MA

    11/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 23 feet truck. It was diesel, the truck was ok, pick-up was not very good, but I don't know if we coud expect better pick-up from other providers.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $400
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  • Teri J  Denver, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Teri J  Denver, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The Pack Rat phone staff and drivers were great. They were professional. The driver called upon arrival for the drop off and the driver texted me that the container was picked up. They much nicer about explaining the pricing than PODS.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $3,200
    Per. Mile $2.13
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Robert E W  Littleton, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Robert E W  Littleton, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF dropped off & picked up on time at source and destination loacations. Friendly, professional, and polite people. Easy website to use, excellent tracking and text updates.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,588 mi
    Cost $3,615
    Per. Mile $2.28
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Kristen L  East Greenwich, RI

    9/2/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Kristen L  East Greenwich, RI

    9/2/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF Upack was a great alternative to hiring a moving company for my move from Rhode Island to Ohio. I got several quotes from moving companies, which ranged from $5,700-$11,000. These quotes did not include packing. I did all the packing on my own. I then looked into using ABF Upack, and it seemed like a much more cost effective option. Both drivers who dropped off the trailer in RI and OH were very courteous and personable. They showed me exactly what I had to do and made sure I didn't have any other questions before they left.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $1,400
    Per. Mile $2.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,218

  • 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

  • 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

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