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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!

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

Brandon B
Springfield, OH
Wrote a review on 12/25/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Our truck was clean and in great condition. Just as important, it shifted very, very smoothly to avoid anything shifting. Very impressed with the truck.

Distance: 350 mi
Cost: $1,000
Per. Mile: $2.86
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Kenneth G
Litchfield, NH
Wrote a review on 12/7/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I think they're very good although I had some property which ended up being damaged. This may or not been cause by the trailer going over potholes, bumps, railroad tracks, ect.; however, the damages may have been the direct result of poor and reckless loading practices by the loaders of the company I hired to load the trailer.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $3,900
Per. Mile: $3.25
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
AnnLining S
Wheat Ridge, CO
Wrote a review on 11/20/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

'water resistant' left some of my stuff water damaged. redelivery scheduling didn't match promises at the drop off end of the trip. left camping in an empty apt. for a week. charged for extra month of storage because they didn't/couldn't/wouldn't honored promised scheduling requirements at beginning of move. Had to fight to get storage fee reversed; then to get storage insurance (!) fee reversed.

Distance: 1,275 mi
Cost: $2,806
Per. Mile: $2.20
SqFt. Moved: 450
Judy H
Milwaukee, WI
Wrote a review on 11/20/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Helped us through some odd parts (that's usual for my moves). Kept the costs down as we hired helpers to load 4 hours and unload (2 hours) and we drove from one place to the next.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $960
Per. Mile: $19.20
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Mimi W
Tucson, AZ
Wrote a review on 11/15/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The container arrived at the loading end very dirty. The floor was covered with blue slimy liquid and absorbent gravel that had been thrown on it to try and remedy it. Two of us spent 2 hours mopping and chiselling it out before we could load. The dispatcher for ABF threatened to cancel the delivery when we complained which compounded the stress of the situation. UPack did reimburse us $100 for our trouble but we would have preferred to have had a clean trailer upon delivery. Other than that the move was fine and it arrived earlier than expected with no other problems.

Distance: 1,300 mi
Cost: $2,200
Per. Mile: $1.69
SqFt. Moved: 1,482
Nick O
Jacksonville, FL
Wrote a review on 11/14/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Excellent Customer Service and condition of PODS clean and fit for duty intended. Deliver and Pickup Drivers and equipment clean and fully functioning. The Drivers were EXCELLENT

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $4.44
SqFt. Moved: 2,600
Kelly M
Pensacola, FL
Wrote a review on 11/13/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The manager at the U-haul store, Mr. Dawson, was very helpful and patient. I was exhausted and couldn't think and he was very kind and helpful. Thank you.

Distance: 4 mi
Cost: $49.00
Per. Mile: $12.25
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Margaret L
Garland, TX
Wrote a review on 10/28/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Pretty good truck, much much larger than what we had expected. Wished moving blankets would have been clean which is the main reason for only four stars.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $1.33
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Ted R
Pasadena, CA
Wrote a review on 10/24/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Penske was good - but HOme Depot, where I picked up the truck wasn't. They claimed the truck had a full tank when it was 1/2 full and when I pointed out the DEF tank was almost empty, the response was to tell me that DEF fluid wasn't needed.

Distance: 2,400 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $1.67
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Cherolyn K
San Francisco, CA
Wrote a review on 9/23/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Overall, our experience with Packrat was excellent. There were a few problems with communication with the dispatch centers, but all the operators I spoke with at Pack rat did everything they could to help us out. They bent over backwards to get permit issues sorted and refunded for services that didn’t go as expected. I would use them again and have already recommended them to others.

Distance: 1,500 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $2.67
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Ben P
La Jolla, CA
Wrote a review on 9/9/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Pack Rat did a great job delivering the Pods and allowing us access a few times to add things on the Chicago side. We would use their services again.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $6,000
Per. Mile: $3.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Sunday B
Sterling, VA
Wrote a review on 9/3/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

$180ish including basic insurance. Had to travel far to pick up the truck. There were no UHaul trucks available within a 20 mile radius of where we were living and the only available UHaul truck was charging over $400 for the same truck.

Distance: 50 mi
Cost: $180
Per. Mile: $3.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Deborah L
Elkhart, IN
Wrote a review on 8/23/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

UPack was on time delivering two boxes each 8x7x6 ft and they placed the containers with a forklift so they did not damage the grass. We could still park in our garage.

Distance: 1,700 mi
Cost: $4,100
Per. Mile: $2.41
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
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

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