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The Best Online Guide to Moving

Moving101 has up-to-the-moment moving company prices, pros and cons for every moving option out there, and honest reviews from real customers who've already moved.

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Local & Long Distance Moving Options

Read about the three different local and long-distance move types. We've gotten how much time and money each moving option takes down to a science!

Moving Trucks & Container Guides

The most updated guides online for Moving Trucks, Moving Containers and Freight Trailers. Find out absolutely everything about the competition - real user reviews, truck sizes, and way more. You'll be a pro before you make your first call.

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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 two options.

MOVING OPTIONS COMPARISON

D.I.Y. Move

Just You
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading You
Driving You
Average Cost $660
Local Move: $273
Medium Distance: $576
Long Distance: $1,921
Average Time 31hrs
Planning: 6hrs
Packing: 13hrs
Moving Day: 12hrs

Very cost effective, and you have complete and utter control over every aspect of your move.

You have to ask your friends & family to help you move, again. There goes your weekend, and maybe even your back!

Hybrid™ Move

Helpers + Your Own Truck
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading Helpers
Driving You
Average Cost $910
Local Move: $523
Medium Distance: $826
Long Distance: $2,171
Average Time 21hrs
Planning: 5hrs
Packing: 13hrs
Moving Day: 3hrs

You won't break your back or the bank! Takes minutes to book movers on your phone through HireAHelper.

You have to take more time to research your options and spend a little more than the DIY move.

Full Service Move

Movers + Truck
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading Movers
Driving Movers
Average Cost* $2,568
Local Move: $1,300
Medium Distance: $3,000
Long Distance: $6,000
Average Time 51hrs
Planning: 48hrs
Packing: 2hrs
Moving Day: 1hrs

Someone else does all the work on moving day!

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.
For businesses only. A steady hand in the freight trailer and rental truck ecosystem. Easy to book moving trucks for your business needs.
Need to keep your things somewhere while you move? PODS provides portable containers so you can pack, store and have your things transported 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.
Now a part of U-Haul/U-Box. 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 of the trucking industry for over 80 years, SureMove is Estes' attempt at providing the Full Service move option for personal moving all 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

Beau S
Spring Lake, NC
Wrote a review on 7/31/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Delivered and picked up right when they said they would. Container was in great condition. No charge for delivery and pickup was a great perk. The $159 is monthly storage fee.

Distance: 1 mi
Cost: $159
Per. Mile: $159
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
David M
Wilsonville, OR
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I originally requested a 10' Truck, but was upgraded to a 15' at the same cost. I drove from Ohio to Oregon and had absolutely no issues with the truck. Apart from not a lot of frills, the truck was comfortable and drove surprisingly well. It handled the mountain regions of my trip very well. The return was flawless at the Sherwood Uhaul location. I have one more move to finish, and will definitely rent from Uhaul.

Distance: 2,400 mi
Cost: $1,900
Per. Mile: $0.79
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Carolyn U
Clearwater, FL
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I could not believe the POD held that much. I did need another container, but rented a U haul truck to empty the house. They instructed me that I would need another container soon enough so I could order something.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $1,000
Per. Mile: $20.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,750
Sunil S
Highland Park, NJ
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I initially reserved with Budget, but they called at the last minute (after the movers were paid!) and left a message saying they had no trucks. At the same time, they did not cancel reservation, which means I was liable for the rental charges. Budget did not return call and was totally unprofessional. It seems you can not count on Budget. U Haul was great, on the other hand.

Distance: 7 mi
Cost: $50.00
Per. Mile: $7.14
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Art D
Rhoadesville, VA
Wrote a review on 7/27/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great value, easy to drive and the check out and check in process went very smoothly. I actually did not get back until 10 minutes AFTER their scheduled close and they waited for us and checked me in a day early.

Distance: 84 mi
Cost: $100
Per. Mile: $1.19
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Meghan B
San Francisco, CA
Wrote a review on 7/22/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The cube was dropped off the day we were expecting it. We were able to load all of our things (although it was a bit tight) into the cube. The cube was meant to be picked up on a Monday so that it could make it to SF on time, however they pushed back the pick-up date until Wednesday. We were nervous about it arriving on time (as we had city permits secured for a specific date), but it arrived the morning we were expecting it. No trouble getting the permits or the pod where we needed it to be. It was perfect for our relocation from NY to CA! Would definitely use this company again!!

Distance: 2,763 mi
Cost: $2,600
Per. Mile: $0.94
SqFt. Moved: 750
Maria F
Norfolk, VA
Wrote a review on 7/18/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

GREAT TRUCK AND NICE PEOPLE. THE ONLY OSSUE I HAD WAS FINDING THE TRICK, WHICH WAS PARKED ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE SHOPPING CENTER AWAY FROM THEIR OFFICE.

Distance: 35 mi
Cost: $25.00
Per. Mile: $0.71
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Cindy C
Cantonment, FL
Wrote a review on 7/13/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Rat Pack stayed in touch with us throughout the process even though our delivery was delayed due to unforeseen mechanical problems with the trucks on the delivery end. The local transport of Rat Pack, was also professional with the updates to when delivery could be made. Things happen that are out of your control, but the honesty the company provided was reassuring and I could not express my gratitude enough for keeping me informed.

Distance: 2,200 mi
Cost: $6,200
Per. Mile: $2.82
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Ericka C
Curtis Bay, MD
Wrote a review on 7/3/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Very clean truck, and more spacious than Budget or U-Haul. The tailgate lift made bulky item so much easier to get into the truck. Friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $122
Per. Mile: $12.20
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Colt C
Mankato, MN
Wrote a review on 6/25/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF was prompt on the delivery of the unit both at the origin location and the destination location. Both locations were also in constant contact during their respective legs of the journey. While some items did get damaged in transit that is no fault of ABF and is a reminder that if your items are not secured properly then you never know what can happen. I would gladly use their service again for a long distance move as the container was well constructed and they do not force you to pay storage fees if you do not need them.

Distance: 620 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $2.26
SqFt. Moved: 600
Steve L
North Las Vegas, NV
Wrote a review on 6/24/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Only have done the drop off as of this writing. The driver was friendly, worked with me to get the container where I wanted. Their containers are all metal and seem very sturdy.

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $4.67
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Kimberly W
Batavia, IL
Wrote a review on 6/13/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

quickly got us a 2nd truck when we needed it. Didn't know we had to pay to get a 2 hour guaranteed window. did end up paying the extra $50 so we could coordinate the 2 containers with movers. both containers can't be delivered on the same day

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $3,000
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 4,000
Stephanie F
Redmond, WA
Wrote a review on 3/30/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We had a 26 foot truck. It was in great shape and worked well except it really struggled going up the passes (and we were only about 2/3 full with not a ton of heavy stuff). Was comfortable for that long of a ride. Customer service at pick-up and drop-off was great. Overall a really good experience. I recommend getting a quote online and then wait for them to call you to commit - the price came down significantly.

Distance: 1,600 mi
Cost: $1,581
Per. Mile: $0.99
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Colin C
Gilroy, CA
Wrote a review on 3/21/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The trailer was old and allowed water into the freight space. The barriers supplied were old, ragged, and full of splinters. The ramps were damaged with holes that that would catch the wheels of the dollies. Perhaps that is the cost of going cheap. The bright spot was the cost and the speed at which the trailer arrived at the destination.

Distance: 1,600 mi
Cost: $3,900
Per. Mile: $2.44
SqFt. Moved: 3,000

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