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 Costs 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 HireAHelper Customer Move Costs & Reviews

  • Della L  Hemet, CA

    4/24/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Della L  Hemet, CA

    4/24/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    It was easy picking up the truck in Oakhurst, having the Howard and his team load me up in Bass Lake My son drove the truck down the same day to Hemet. The next day Dependable Movers were there to unload the U-Haul truck then I returned the truck the same day to the Hemet U-Haul site 2 miles from my home. It was a lot less stressful than I anticipated. Took about 34 gallons of gas Filled up twice on the trip

    Move Details

    Distance 400 mi
    Cost $560
    Per. Mile $1.40
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • John M  Hudson, FL

    4/24/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    John M  Hudson, FL

    4/24/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everything promised was delivered on time. Worked very efficiently with use when scheduling changes were necessary. First time I have used PODS and I would not hesitate to use or recommend them.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,250 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Jody P  Bellevue, MI

    4/11/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Jody P  Bellevue, MI

    4/11/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Pod container is great just need to tell them specifically where you need it dropped only problem was dropping 3 ft in front of my garage door with opening of the pod facing the garage door made it a little difficult for movers. Called and they were going to come replace it for a fee and was going to transfer to see if I could get a waive on the fee of 139.00 to come back to move it but they couldn’t come till the following mon and movers were coming the night after the drop so told them it wouldn’t of made a difference being the movers would be here 3 days before they could come move it.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,300 mi
    Cost $6,000
    Per. Mile $4.62
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Steve L  Jacksonville, FL

    4/9/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Steve L  Jacksonville, FL

    4/9/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    26 foot truck was fine Handled the hills in PA, W Va and Va pretty well although it might have been nice to get a little coaching on the gears and if or when they needed to be used outside of main Drive. The customer service folks were very good on the ordering end as were the check in/out people I WOULD USE PENSKE AGAIN AND IN FACT WILL.

    Move Details

    Distance 854 mi
    Cost $1,407
    Per. Mile $1.65
    SqFt. Moved 1,610

  • Desirae P  Louisville, CO

    4/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Desirae P  Louisville, CO

    4/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I expected to pick up a truck the day of my move, and had hired movers to come within the hour of me picking up my truck. There ended up not being a truck available from Penske that morning after all. They called me to let me know they were working on it, and I got updates for the next few hours as they tried to get a truck available. Another renter had failed to bring back their truck. It was stressful and a hassle, but their customer service is what saved the day. I was impressed with Drew in Denver. He communicated efficiently with me and even had a truck delivered to my home when it became available instead of us needing to drive to pick the truck up ourselves. We got a discount because of the extra costs we faced having to reschedule movers due to the truck not being available. I don't usually buy all of the extra insurance, but it was nice to know that no more out of pocket costs would be coming my way because I paid a little out ahead of time.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $1,300
    Per. Mile $2.60
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  • Maria R  Falls Church, VA

    4/4/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Maria R  Falls Church, VA

    4/4/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    One day drop off of two containers with same day pick-up. Very accommodating. Will be maintaining me effects in storage for awhile. Looking forward to continuing my relationship with this company. One container had a dent in the roof near the front seam, was told the warehouse would patch. Chose company because the containers are steel and the loading doors opened normal vice PODs style. However, this critique will not let you expand on information: distance approximately 930 miles (VA to FL); cost: around $4120; months of use: will be using for a minimum of 3 months, probably longer and square footage: around 1730 sq ft.

    Move Details

    Distance 930 mi
    Cost $4,120
    Per. Mile $4.43
    SqFt. Moved 1,730

  • Kimberly M  Beaumont, TX

    3/28/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Kimberly M  Beaumont, TX

    3/28/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent job! Everyone has been very professional and kind. UPACK/ABF got all of my my belongs from Ohio to Texas in one piece and no drama.!! No surprise, you paid what you were quoted and that was that. Thank you so much!! Would definitely use them again if the need arises.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $1,600
    Per. Mile $1.07
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  • Jennifer K  Portland, OR

    2/19/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Jennifer K  Portland, OR

    2/19/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I recently rented an ABF Trailer to move my items from Portland, OR to Tampa, FL. I also stored my items for approximately 6 weeks awaiting the completing of my home. All went well with the move and communication from ABF. The only problem was with the trailer itself and the time it sat in storage. The front area of the trailer floor was a mix of wood and metal. The metal area of the trailer rusted and bled through to some of my boxes and furniture. The damage was minimal. I subsequently rented a second trailer to move the rest of my items and purchased tarps for the floor area. I'm expecting this second trailer to arrive soon and hoping the tarps will keep the rust at bay.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,500 mi
    Cost $4,874
    Per. Mile $1.39
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  • charles m  Murfreesboro, TN

    2/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    charles m  Murfreesboro, TN

    2/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very organized. Had all my products ready day before I picked up trkuck soso I could use them for packing. . Truck in great condition. Drove well. Easy return.

    Move Details

    Distance 775 mi
    Cost $445
    Per. Mile $0.57
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Glenda W  Sebring, FL

    2/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Glenda W  Sebring, FL

    2/7/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Very pleased with this company. The cube was in good condition. Their service during booking, pick-up and drop off was excellent. I would highly recommend the company. I would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $1,141
    Per. Mile $1.04
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Kimberly K  Bettendorf, IA

    1/25/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Kimberly K  Bettendorf, IA

    1/25/2019

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Everything excellent except the barn doors were difficult to manage and on both ends of the move there were problems with the barn doors, outbound had a very difficult time closing them, inbound the bar was bent and had to unbolt the bar from the door thereby incuring more time with movers hence more cost with movers. Aside from that very happy.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,800 mi
    Cost $2,600
    Per. Mile $1.44
    SqFt. Moved 3,900

  • VICTORIA S  Atlanta, GA

    11/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    VICTORIA S  Atlanta, GA

    11/23/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Although Pack-Rat was finally very efficient in picking up the storage container, they did so on the day after the agreed upon date. We had to call when no one arrived at the first expected time, and were given a later arrival time. Even later, Pack-Rat called to apologize and gave us a new time for the next morning. This time, the driver arrived on time and did a great job moving the container from a difficult to access site. The pick up snafu was the only reason for our lowered rating. Overall, we had a great experience with Pack-Rat, from the initial quote to the delivery and pick up. Pack-Rat provided great customer service, especially in dealing with a unique permitting issue and had professional, courteous and very skilled drivers. We would definitely contract with Pack-Rat again.

    Move Details

    Distance 5 mi
    Cost $250
    Per. Mile $50.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,300

  • John W  Arlington, WA

    10/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    John W  Arlington, WA

    10/3/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was ready on time and staff was very friendly and informative. The only issue I had was not all of the packing pads were in the truck so had to return for pads.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $1.64
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • 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

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