Moving 101

The guide to everything you need to know before you go get moving company quotes

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Get to your next place intact, sane and with extra cash in your pocket. We'll show you all ranges of moving prices coupled with real reviews from actual customers. After a decade of curating tens of thousands of moves, we're handing over all of our moving knowledge so that you can know exactly what to expect - including if there's a better option for you out there. That's why Moving 101 exists.

Check out Moving Options to read about the three different types of existing moves and how much each one costs. We've even gotten approximately how much time each one takes down to a science!

Moving 101 has three comprehensive, readily updated guides on Rental Trucks, Moving Containers and Freight Trailers. You can find out absolutely everything about the competition - real user reviews, truck sizes and way more. This way, you'll be a pro before you even make your first call.

Finally, our Moving Cost Calculator is directly linked to our massive database of pro movers and transportation options. Just answer three questions about your potential move and you'll instantly see a list of estimated quotes for every single way to move in your area. Yep, it's basically magic.

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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 options.

Moving Costs Comparison

  • You Load
    You / They Drive
    Avg. Cost
    $0
    $5000
    $660
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $273
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $576
    Long Move: $1921

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    31hrs
    Time Estimate
    Planning: 6hrs
    Packing: 13hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 12hrs

    Positive Review

    Very cost effective, and you have complete and utter control over every aspect of your move.

    Negative Review

    You have to ask your friends & family to help you move, again. There goes your weekend, and maybe even your back!

  • Movers Load
    You / They Drive
    Avg. Cost
    $0
    $5000
    $910
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $523
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $826
    Long Move: $2171

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    21hrs
    Time Estimate
    Planning: 5hrs
    Packing: 13hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 3hrs

    Positive Review

    You won't break your back or the bank! Takes minutes to book movers on your phone through HireAHelper.

    Negative Review

    You have to take more time to research your options and spend a little more than the DIY move.

  • Movers Load
    Movers Drive
    Avg. Cost*
    $0
    $5000
    $2568
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $1300
    Medium Move:Med. Move: $3000
    Long Move: $6000

    Avg. Time
    0h
    72h
    51hrs
    Time Estimate
    Planning: 48hrs
    Packing: 2hrs
    Moving Day:Move Day: 1hrs

    Positive Review

    Someone else does all the work on moving day!

    Negative Review

    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.
  • A steady hand in the freight trailer moving business. Easy to book moving trucks for your local moving needs.
  • Need to keep your things somewhere while you move? PODS provides portable containers so you can pack, store and have your things picked up and delivered, all 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.
  • 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 to the trucking industry for over 80 years, SureMove is Estes’ attempt at providing a Full-Service move option for personal moving 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

  • Jacob B  Kirkland, WA

    5/28/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Jacob B  Kirkland, WA

    5/28/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Love the ease of reserving and pre-registering my pick-up using the U-Haul app. Truck size was as requested. Pick-up process took 10-12 minutes. I recommend getting two packages of 6 pads as they are inexpensive to rent; most people just don't have this much padding materials in their home. Turned out to be well worth the cost. I did change my drop-off location (after unloading) as my first preference was unresponsive via several phone calls leading up to the move (to determine if they were open on Memorial Day). I ended up dropping off the truck the previous day (Sunday) at a location that was far more accessible/flexible with more accommodating hours.

    Move Details

    Distance 105 mi
    Cost $595
    Per. Mile $5.67
    SqFt. Moved 850

  • Judith O  Harpers Ferry, WV

    5/26/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Judith O  Harpers Ferry, WV

    5/26/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Two young men arrived exactly on time. I guessed we would need 3 hours. Dante and Antwon finished in 1!!!! They were polite and very careful with our belongings! We used AJ moving

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $1.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  • Joseph C  Ocala, FL

    5/22/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Joseph C  Ocala, FL

    5/22/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Container delivered and picked up as requested. Al;l contents arrived in fine condition. Feel that my items (within ythe POD) were very carefully transported. Couldn't do any better using any other method. Thanks!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $2,900
    Per. Mile $2.90
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Matthew M  Uniontown, OH

    5/21/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Matthew M  Uniontown, OH

    5/21/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is my first time using PODS. It was easy to schedule, they helped recommend helpers to load the PODS. ThePODS cost was about 1/2 of what a moving company wanted.

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $8,000
    Per. Mile $11.43
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  • Lyn C  Lawrence, MA

    5/16/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Lyn C  Lawrence, MA

    5/16/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Upack was the right choice for my move. The container was clean and easily accessible. Customer service answered all my questions and was one of the primary reasons I choose Upack and would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $1.64
    SqFt. Moved 1,850

  • Raman I  Woodstock, MD

    5/14/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Raman I  Woodstock, MD

    5/14/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    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.

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $68.00
    Per. Mile $3.40
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Kathy C  Sunset Beach, NC

    5/11/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Kathy C  Sunset Beach, NC

    5/11/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Requested a 10 foot truck, but got bumped up to a 15 footer. Rode well, was very clean , no damage to my furniture. Larry in Thomasville, NC was super nice and most accommodating. I would highly recommend packing your own things, loading the truck yourself and then paying guys to help unload the truck.

    Move Details

    Distance 275 mi
    Cost $225
    Per. Mile $0.82
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Kim H  Fort Worth, TX

    4/24/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Kim H  Fort Worth, TX

    4/24/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I had some bad information when getting quotes- the woman I had spoken to recommended waiting to place my reservation so it would be cheaper. It ended up costing us more than anticipated. Otherwise, it was a hassle-free experience. Some of the folks that I spoke with related to freight were kind of cranky, but the guy who dropped off the cube was super nice. Much cheaper than any other moving service we checked on, cube was as advertised.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,250 mi
    Cost $1,850
    Per. Mile $1.48
    SqFt. Moved 1,025

  • Mary S  Pleasant Grove, UT

    4/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Mary S  Pleasant Grove, UT

    4/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They were very helpful to me - my loan took a sideways turn and we couldn't close in time for a weekend move, but already had everything packed. Kevin was so kind and helpful, worked with me to figure out what we could do to keep the trucks a few more days. They were very very helpful.

    Move Details

    Distance 15 mi
    Cost $900
    Per. Mile $60.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Robert A  Scottsdale, AZ

    4/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Robert A  Scottsdale, AZ

    4/19/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Towing a vehicle into a head wind was a challenge for most of the four day trip from TN to AZ. Of course, if the truck had been more powerful, it would have consumed more fuel so I guess all came out even in the end.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,600 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $0.94
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Randall R  Stuart, FL

    2/6/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Randall R  Stuart, FL

    2/6/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Organized and convenient, Ted, who is a mastermind scheduler and customer liaison, is the kind of person we all hope to deal with when moving. The drivers have also been great. Special shout out to Feguelson Phadael, Jorge Zaragoza and Madiline Agosto. Three employees who understand what representing your company means.

    Move Details

    Distance 80 mi
    Cost $2,850
    Per. Mile $35.63
    SqFt. Moved 1,440

  • Julia N  Port Townsend, WA

    8/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Julia N  Port Townsend, WA

    8/19/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The dispatcher and I seemed to have some communication problems but the person who dropped off the trailer at my destination was very friendly and helpful. Minimal breakage, just a few plates, which I attribute to the excellent loading job done by the crew I hired in Sant Cruz.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $3,570
    Per. Mile $3.57
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Heidi T  Fort Collins, CO

    7/25/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Heidi T  Fort Collins, CO

    7/25/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    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.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $2,600
    Per. Mile $2.60
    SqFt. Moved 1,600

  • Cheri B  Hamden, CT

    6/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Cheri B  Hamden, CT

    6/20/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We were very pleased with our 26-ft Budget truck rental. The cost was EXTREMELY reasonable, was easy to pick up and drop off, and the truck was very clean and dry.

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $650
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

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