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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

Les C
Cumming, GA
Wrote a review on 7/31/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The guys who delivered and picked up our PODS were total gentlemen. Arrived on time and were extremely careful baking up the trucks both delivering and picking up.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $6,000
Per. Mile: $6.67
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
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
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
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
Theodore B
Bailey, NC
Wrote a review on 7/24/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

POD delivery and purchase order very expedient and well handled. Website grossly underestimated POD needs (16 ft) - recommend a mover visit site for more accurate need assessment in future! Pickup delayed several days due to miscommunication and truck problems but handled very smoothly when accomplished. Price very reasonable and would use again. POD is excellent condition (only 1 exterior ding). All service personnel most polite and professional

Distance: 60 mi
Cost: $285
Per. Mile: $4.75
SqFt. Moved: 2,600
Robert W
Hansville, WA
Wrote a review on 7/10/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Had two trucks rented, on pickup day I was told I had to go to two different locations to get my trucks, frustrating, but this is what happens when people don't return the vehicles on time. Used their app to return the truck and ended up on the phone with them for 30 plus minutes anyway.

Distance: 40 mi
Cost: $550
Per. Mile: $13.75
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Jessica W
Colorado Springs, CO
Wrote a review on 6/28/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

They were great to me. Great costumer service and the truck was perfect for what we needed. Picking up the truck and dropping it off both was extremely smooth.

Distance: 1,500 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $0.80
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
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
Emily B
Austin, TX
Wrote a review on 5/29/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The delivery/truck drivers were very nice and helpful. The prior planning and explanation of the estimated time from the dispatch center was repetitively different. This made scheduling difficult.

Distance: 550 mi
Cost: $1,112
Per. Mile: $2.02
SqFt. Moved: 850
Glenda W
Sebring, FL
Wrote a review on 2/7/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Very pleased with this company. The cube was in good condition. Their service during booking, pick-up and drop off was excellent. I would highly recommend the company. I would use them again.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $1,141
Per. Mile: $1.04
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Heather M
Myrtle Beach, SC
Wrote a review on 1/15/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Price was fantastic, truck was perfect. Highly recommend calling ahead to confirm date, time and details of pickup. Location we used advertised that they were open at 8:30am and they did not open until 9am. They also did not have the moving blankets we requested. I would use them again yet I would call to confirm all the details

Distance: 220 mi
Cost: $200
Per. Mile: $0.91
SqFt. Moved: 950
Tabitha T
Reston, VA
Wrote a review on 7/28/2018
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The truck has seen better days. We received the truck below "E" and had to find the nearest diesel gas station for a 26' truck, which wasn't as easy as you would think. Was the truck as nice as a competitor truck? No, it had tape all in the side covering or holding broken parts and feared the engine was pieced together the same way. Did the truck serve its purpose? yes it did. The truck got our items moved from point A to point B without any issues and we did save $500 by using budget opposed to a competitor. Was it worth using Budget? You decide.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $1,200
Per. Mile: $2.67
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
Heidi T
Fort Collins, CO
Wrote a review on 7/25/2018
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Freight company worked hard to accommodate my city ordinance issue; drivers at both locations were extremely personable, polite, and helpful. Scheduling the delivery was simple and again company was patient and professional while I sorted through financial snag. Would recommend for long distance move. Consider using an experienced loading crew.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,600
Per. Mile: $2.60
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
Erica A
Charlotte, NC
Wrote a review on 5/10/2018
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The trailer truck was perfect size. I fit all my belongs in the allotted space. They moved the trailer from CA to NC in a very timely manner. The customer service during the whole process was great. I would use them again!

Distance: 2,800 mi
Cost: $2,100
Per. Mile: $0.75
SqFt. Moved: 800

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