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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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HireAHelper has data from tens of thousands of moves after over a decade of helping people. Now we're handing over all of our moving knowledge to you. Learn exactly what to expect on your move, including if there's a better option for you out there. That's why Moving101 exists.

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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

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
Lisa B
Saint Louis, MO
Wrote a review on 10/26/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

They worked hard and smart. Also agreed to move something to our daughter’s house a mile away from our home since we had an hour of time left. Nothing was damaged and they were organized and respectful.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $325
Per. Mile: $0.72
SqFt. Moved: 1,147
Debra B
Petaluma, CA
Wrote a review on 10/6/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The Uhaul was clean and ready. There is an app option you can get on your phone. I called 2 days before because I had reserved a 20 foot - which I was afraid to drive. The guy said I could do what I needed with a 10 footer - which I was relieved about. We ended up making 2 trips in the same town. The only glitch was a light came on at one point and trying to get someone to talk to us about our concerns was a little daunting.

Distance: 12 mi
Cost: $85.00
Per. Mile: $7.08
SqFt. Moved: 600
Andy R
Omaha, NE
Wrote a review on 9/19/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The informational videos provided by UPack were dated and no longer applied to the equipment they provided, but they also provided additional equipment that I was not expecting. The dispatchers and drivers were very friendly and took time to explain to us how everything worked and our next steps in the process.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $5,600
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,303
Glenn H
Cupertino, CA
Wrote a review on 9/6/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I can only review the delivery of the PODS container because it is still at our house being loaded. It was on time and the driver gave a thorough explanation of how to make the best use of it.

Distance: 500 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 3,500
Jeffery L
Sumter, SC
Wrote a review on 8/23/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

My 26 foot truck was easier to drive than the 15 foot truck I had the day before. Overall great experience and I would definitely recommend them to others.

Distance: 12 mi
Cost: $60.00
Per. Mile: $5.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Dena M
Washington, DC
Wrote a review on 8/17/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was nice and clean but it leaked on my passenger when it rained. Fortunately the contents in the back were fine. It was just crazy that water was coming in the cab.

Distance: 400 mi
Cost: $660
Per. Mile: $1.65
SqFt. Moved: 750
Marcia G
Saint Augustine, FL
Wrote a review on 8/13/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The containers did show a good amount of shift, making the doors difficult to open. There was some crushing of both boxes and plastic bins, but I have found nothing broken to date. Some scratches were present on some furniture.

Distance: 850 mi
Cost: $4,500
Per. Mile: $5.29
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Cecilia W
Tampa, FL
Wrote a review on 8/12/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Pak Rats was very good to work with. Their prices were reasonable and their service was very efficient. There was never a problem with communication and I felt confident that they would deliver what they promised.

Distance: 25 mi
Cost: $160
Per. Mile: $6.40
SqFt. Moved: 3,500
Pamela T
Holmdel, NJ
Wrote a review on 8/11/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Rented a 16ft truck in Hamilton, NJ, for a local move. Truck was ready on time and the sales guy was polite and showed me all the (minor) damage on it so I knew it was already recorded. Truck worked great, no issues.

Distance: 75 mi
Cost: $120
Per. Mile: $1.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Timothy C
Allentown, PA
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF is a great way to move your items across the country. They parked a trailer in front of our home for a few days. We loaded it when it was convenient for us and we scheduled the time when they would come and pick the trailer up and move it across the country for us. They will drop it off at the front door of our new home so we can unpack it there. Simple. Convenient. Easy.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $7,000
Per. Mile: $3.50
SqFt. Moved: 1,800
Thomas L
Evergreen Park, IL
Wrote a review on 7/28/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The container arrived on time and was very clean. The blankets also were very clean. When they came to pick the container up the driver was very efficient.

Distance: 1,700 mi
Cost: $300
Per. Mile: $0.18
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Alan B
Overland Park, KS
Wrote a review on 3/16/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Upack did everything they said they would do when they said they would do it. Their customer service was very good. We did see hints of a rough ride when we unloaded the trailer. Snow at the destination forced us to park the trailer at an inconvenient location. Loading and unloading help cost more than we planned. Had we anticipated those issues we would have selected a different moving method.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $4,100
Per. Mile: $2.93
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Bert W
Vernon Hills, IL
Wrote a review on 12/28/2018
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Cant say enough good things about ABF U Pack It. This is the second time I have used them and they are on time and the drivers are great. They make sure everything is explained when they drop off and pick up the units. Highly reccomend using them.

Distance: 1,700 mi
Cost: $3,500
Per. Mile: $2.06
SqFt. Moved: 2,300

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