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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!

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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

Dave B
Surprise, AZ
Wrote a review on 7/31/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Already reviewed previously on the U-Pack site. This company did a great job with communication, setting expectations and then meeting them. We thank them for the good experience for this move.

Distance: 1,300 mi
Cost: $2,717
Per. Mile: $2.09
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Christina S
Kansas City, MO
Wrote a review on 7/30/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great as always. Did everything by myself and had no problem getting my truck, driving it, refiling the gas, and returning. They make it really easy and are always very professional.

Distance: 15 mi
Cost: $60.00
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 800
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
Julie T
Lodi, CA
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The local Budget employee (not corporate) contacted me to secure the truck I had requested and arrange for pick up. When I arrived, the computer system was down and they had to handle everything manually. The workers were so patient and respectful to me and the other customers that began piling up as they diligently plowed through the time consuming process. Even though I had requested 2 hand trucks and a dozen blankets and they were only able to secure 1 hand truck with the blankets, they didn't charge me for any of the add-on supplies. These days, most companies would have just apologized but Budget compensated me for my extended time to check in as well as providing me with 1 less hand truck. We made do, but I appreciated their efforts in customer service. I would still recommend and do business with them again. The "other company" could not guarantee a truck would be there at the time I needed it...and when you've spent weeks preparing for a move with packing, buying and selling, closing timing, helpers at each end, moving out of town...it can get tedious getting everything in place for a hectic transition. I"m glad we went with Budget.

Distance: 150 mi
Cost: $120
Per. Mile: $0.80
SqFt. Moved: 2,100
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
Regina D L
Martinez, CA
Wrote a review on 7/28/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The PODs drivers bringing and picking up our PODs were very friendly and efficient, and arrived within the expected window of time. The PODs representatives at HQ are also very friendly and helpful.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $12,000
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Duncan O
Arnold, MD
Wrote a review on 7/15/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

As an aside, recommend Pack Rat. They deliver where we are moving to in west Tennessee. PODs would only deliver to Memphis, where we would need to rent a truck, unpack the container, load the truck, drive 1 1/2 hours, unload the truck, etc. Will ask for them for the 4th / final container. Also, Pack Rat has a much better system of loading / unloading containers than PODs. I say that having observed our new next door neighbor's PODs deliveries and as a retired Navy ship / amphibious officer with just a tad of cargo handling / loading.

Distance: 860 mi
Cost: $3,000
Per. Mile: $3.49
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Michael K
League City, TX
Wrote a review on 7/9/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I've used this company before. We used a large trailer. They drop it off, you fill it, they pick it up and take it to your new location. Its important to pack you own stuff well so that it does not get damaged on the trip. We wrapped our furniture in blankets as well as shrink wrap. Boxes need to be sturdy, especially if on the bottom of the pile. By doing some or all of the packing or loading yourself, you spend less on the move. The large trailer comes with a ramp, so be ready to work with that as you load or unload. The trailer floor is about 4 feet off the ground. We hired loaders for most of the heavy lifting, but also did some of the work ourselves. When you learn which phone numbers to use for what, you can get all your questions answered and handle the details.

Distance: 928 mi
Cost: $3,703
Per. Mile: $3.99
SqFt. Moved: 2,800
Kelly W
New Castle, PA
Wrote a review on 6/29/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great value! For half the price of another well known company, I was able to get a larger truck with unlimited mileage. The truck ran very well. Easy pick up and after hours return.

Distance: 350 mi
Cost: $200
Per. Mile: $0.57
SqFt. Moved: 800
Jessica C
Richmond, VA
Wrote a review on 6/25/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I chose Penske after U-Haul failed us completely a few weeks before. When I went to pick up my truck at Penske, I was quite happy with the experience. They did everything U-Haul did not: had my truck. had the correct size truck. had a person to help me check out the truck. had a person walk me to the truck, start it, show me the controls, double checked that the requested hand truck was on the damn truck (it was!), and gave me general tips on how to drive it. Wow. what good service. In short, never again U-Haul; hello Penske.

Distance: 160 mi
Cost: $350
Per. Mile: $2.19
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Ted S
Clearwater, FL
Wrote a review on 6/10/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Fantastic customer service. They had to reschedule a pickup because we had a dumpster in the way, and they did not charge us for a trip charge. I thought for sure there would be a hassle in the new pickup, but customer service was calling me while i was already on the line with them. Would use them again for sure.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $2.50
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Raman I
Woodstock, MD
Wrote a review on 5/14/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Worked out very well. Very organized, professional folks at their Laurel location. The truck was clean and was well maintained. Rented for a day (24hrs). Very reasonable rates. Reduced price for being a senior citizen/AARP member.

Distance: 20 mi
Cost: $68.00
Per. Mile: $3.40
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Kimberly M
Beaumont, TX
Wrote a review on 3/28/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

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.

Distance: 1,500 mi
Cost: $1,600
Per. Mile: $1.07
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Jennifer K
Portland, OR
Wrote a review on 2/19/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

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.

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

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