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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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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.


D.I.Y. Move

Just You
Packing & Unpacking You
Loading & Unloading You
Driving You
Average Cost $660
Local Move: $273
Medium Move: $576
Long Move: $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 Move: $826
Long Move: $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 Move: $3,000
Long Move: $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.


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

Darlene P
Mechanicville, NY
Wrote a review on 6/30/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The U-haul CSR was very polite. She took care of exactley what I needed. She helped me when i needed to change the schedule. The pick location was close to my house. Everything went well. Would use them again.

Distance: 350 mi
Cost: $240
Per. Mile: $0.69
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
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
Kurt A
Wilmington, NC
Wrote a review on 6/23/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The 26 ft truck was fine. The rear door needed some lubrication and the rear door the latch was rusted, but it closed with some elbow grease. The temperature gauge was at 3/4 but never got into the Red zone. Both people at the pick up and return locations were very nice and helpful. I changed my Drop-Off location to Wilmington, NC rather than Jacksonville, NC, since it was 40 miles closer. Heather at the Wilmington location, (Champion Eats, Inc.) went out of her way to accommodate me. I'd use both companies again. It's great to see such great service, especially when moving, because there is a lot of stress.

Distance: 130 mi
Cost: $260
Per. Mile: $2.00
SqFt. Moved: 2,400
William S
Cornelius, NC
Wrote a review on 6/22/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Karen, the General Manager at the UHaul facility in Cornelius, NC (off Westmoreland Road) was fantastic to deal with. They called me the day prior to my rental and advised me of the details for pickup. The truck was ready as informed. Absolutely flawless experience.

Distance: 1,300 mi
Cost: $1,800
Per. Mile: $1.38
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Kathy W
Portland, OR
Wrote a review on 6/21/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Took a little effort to schedule the deliver of our POD from just outside S. Seattle to Portland but it arrived on time and I was notified prior to its arrival. The POD is scheduled for pick up tomorrow. Would recommend POD for long-term storage or to help move your household across the country.

Distance: 215 mi
Cost: $750
Per. Mile: $3.49
SqFt. Moved: 3,300
Maureen O
Wakefield, MA
Wrote a review on 6/19/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

My rating is only "good" because I am only halfway done with my move. The staff at Pods were great to deal with. They communicated the arrival time and placed the container exactly where I asked, even though I was not present. The container is a pretty decent size and fits a lot of furniture and other items. The container is still in it's original location but hopefully the next part of my move will go smoothly.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $700
Per. Mile: $70.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Harvey H
Evergreen, CO
Wrote a review on 6/15/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Lonnie, my driver, did everything he could to match my needs and expectation. I also have the highest confidence in their customer service staff. I had numerous other issues which they bent over backwards to help solve.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $4,400
Per. Mile: $3.67
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Linda T
Gorham, ME
Wrote a review on 6/14/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We had a delay with the size truck not being there when we arrived for pickup, which ended up being about 50 mins. extra waiting -- and they were very apologetic, and offered a discount for the inconvenience. We had moving help coming so that was my greatest concern, and as it turned out, everyone arrived (truck and moving help) at just about the same time. So, I DO suggest arriving a bit early for your rental, in case of any snags. I did call the day before to confirm, but ours is a smaller town, so the one we would be renting had to come in back to back from another rental a good distance away. I know they want to make revenue, but such tight scheduling can cause a bit of stress for the next person in line. Just a suggestion for other people, and definitely NOT a detriment to our renting again, if ever needed. Truck ran okay, served our needs, all equipment asked for was there as requested. No hidden charges or fees -- all explained up front and total cost was exactly as quoted!

Distance: 301 mi
Cost: $680
Per. Mile: $2.26
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Nelson C
Biloxi, MS
Wrote a review on 5/30/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Penske service was professional and great. The staff explained everything about the 26-foot truck, which was brand new by the way with only 1500 miles on it, and helped me connect the car hauler and load my car onto it when I was ready to leave town. The truck's ride was smooth and even had a Bluetooth-enabled radio which made the ride much easier for hearing my GPS and phone calls on the road.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $2,400
Per. Mile: $2.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Giorgia B
Garden Grove, CA
Wrote a review on 5/29/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Delivery was smooth and the driver very helpful. I was very, very impressed. They even managed to get a date close to when I was moving which other competitors couldn’t do.

Distance: 150 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $9.33
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
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
Matthew S B
Panama City Beach, FL
Wrote a review on 10/3/2018
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Trailer was perfect for us. We could track its location every step along the way from Saint Louis to Destin, Florida. PODS would not help us because of our location AND they were more expensive anyway.

Distance: 850 mi
Cost: $4,100
Per. Mile: $4.82
SqFt. Moved: 4,000
Thomas R
Macksburg, IA
Wrote a review on 9/13/2018
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Trailer was delivered on time; trailer was picked up on time. Both drivers were extremely friendly and helped with the unloading of the heavy ramp and bulkhead. Communication from UPack was fantastic and very helpful. Would definitely recommend UPack for anyone making a move.

Distance: 200 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $10.00
SqFt. Moved: 2,500
Chris J
Sacramento, CA
Wrote a review on 7/30/2018
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The Relocube itself is smaller than you might expect, but it can fit more than you might expect. We had no problem fitting an oversized couch, box springs plus mattress, wardrobe boxes, a dining room table, a fairly large mirror, an entertainment center, and nearly a dozen assorted medium to large boxes in a single cube. In fact, we were worried we left too much space for things to shake around. Nontheless, everything arrived intact and in good, if dusty, condition. The delivery drivers in both locations were friendly and helpful, and the dispatchers were generally reachable and communicative regarding logistics. The only mild complaint I have centers around pick-up and drop-off times - you're given a four-hour window, either in the morning or afternoon, during which your cube can be picked up or dropped off, and it can vary wildly within that window. Our cube was fully packed and ready to go by 2 p.m., but wasn't picked up until close to 6 p.m., which can be a bit frustrating if you're nervous about a cube on a busy street. Strong locks and careful pod positioning can ease your minds, however - one of the delivery drivers smartly advised us to use parallel-parked cars to block would-be burglars.

Distance: 2,700 mi
Cost: $1,980
Per. Mile: $0.73
SqFt. Moved: 750

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