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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

Cynthia Y
Albuquerque, NM
Wrote a review on 7/31/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Truck was ready on time and the paperwork was filled out fairly quickly. Truck was clean and they were considerate and helpful. Chose U-Haul because they were close to both move addresses and were fairly inexpensive. Would use again.

Distance: 18 mi
Cost: $50.00
Per. Mile: $2.78
SqFt. Moved: 900
Julie T
Lodi, CA
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The local Budget employee (not corporate) contacted me to secure the truck I had requested and arrange for pick up. When I arrived, the computer system was down and they had to handle everything manually. The workers were so patient and respectful to me and the other customers that began piling up as they diligently plowed through the time consuming process. Even though I had requested 2 hand trucks and a dozen blankets and they were only able to secure 1 hand truck with the blankets, they didn't charge me for any of the add-on supplies. These days, most companies would have just apologized but Budget compensated me for my extended time to check in as well as providing me with 1 less hand truck. We made do, but I appreciated their efforts in customer service. I would still recommend and do business with them again. The "other company" could not guarantee a truck would be there at the time I needed it...and when you've spent weeks preparing for a move with packing, buying and selling, closing timing, helpers at each end, moving out of town...it can get tedious getting everything in place for a hectic transition. I"m glad we went with Budget.

Distance: 150 mi
Cost: $120
Per. Mile: $0.80
SqFt. Moved: 2,100
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
Jennie C
Nyack, NY
Wrote a review on 7/19/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

PODS has great customer support. The POD was delivered on time, was clean. It is being picked up tomorrow, so I have yet to experience the second delivery. I called them a few times with questions and the phone is answered with short wait times. Everyone is helpful and cheerful. I switched from 1800PACKRAT when I could not get quick responses to my concerns. Hold times were up to an hour. The agents were all very nice. Hard for agents to get any timely info from their facilities regarding deliveries in tight quarters and the permit process. I was concerned about how much room they needed to pickup and deliver vs PODS.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $4,500
Per. Mile: $1.50
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Katherine C
Newport Beach, CA
Wrote a review on 7/17/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

This was my first experience with PODS and it made moving halfway across the country stress free. PODS provided great customer service for flexible moving dates, and everything arrived like clockwork.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,300
Per. Mile: $2.30
SqFt. Moved: 900
James D
Sevierville, TN
Wrote a review on 7/12/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck was new and very nice. However, it was sluggish. Everything was top notch with their customer service. Checking in and out was a breeze. I chose Penske because I have never seen their trucks on the side of the road like some other rental companies trucks.

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $724
Per. Mile: $2.41
SqFt. Moved: 1,600
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
Cole B
Atlanta, GA
Wrote a review on 6/17/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

UPack was fine aside from the mixed stories I got from their Sales folks. The first told me the units were airtight, leak-proof and stored in a warehouse between moves. Once the units arrived, I called and asked where the warehouse was located only to learn they don't use a warehouse. They store the cubes in an uncovered lot they own. When we unpacked, one of the cubes had leaked and we lost one piece of furniture due to mold. I'm guessing that one cube was damaged. ABF was good to work with aside from a staff member at the Savannah ,location who was quite rude. Diane and her team in Atlanta were amazing on the delivery side! They were kind, professional and caring. THANK YOU!

Distance: 500 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $2.80
SqFt. Moved: 1,100
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
Joseph C
Ocala, FL
Wrote a review on 5/22/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

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!

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $2,900
Per. Mile: $2.90
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Jennifer K
Portland, OR
Wrote a review on 2/19/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I recently rented an ABF Trailer to move my items from Portland, OR to Tampa, FL. I also stored my items for approximately 6 weeks awaiting the completing of my home. All went well with the move and communication from ABF. The only problem was with the trailer itself and the time it sat in storage. The front area of the trailer floor was a mix of wood and metal. The metal area of the trailer rusted and bled through to some of my boxes and furniture. The damage was minimal. I subsequently rented a second trailer to move the rest of my items and purchased tarps for the floor area. I'm expecting this second trailer to arrive soon and hoping the tarps will keep the rust at bay.

Distance: 3,500 mi
Cost: $4,874
Per. Mile: $1.39
SqFt. Moved: 2,500
Kimberly K
Bettendorf, IA
Wrote a review on 1/25/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Everything excellent except the barn doors were difficult to manage and on both ends of the move there were problems with the barn doors, outbound had a very difficult time closing them, inbound the bar was bent and had to unbolt the bar from the door thereby incuring more time with movers hence more cost with movers. Aside from that very happy.

Distance: 1,800 mi
Cost: $2,600
Per. Mile: $1.44
SqFt. Moved: 3,900
Wendy L
Fairview, OR
Wrote a review on 4/2/2018
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

All went pretty well. The pickup and payment were easy and the staff friendly. The trucks do not have great power for the 26' size and were very slow on any hill and used a lot of gas. The only issue was that on return, we were told the gas was not full enough even though we had just filled it two blocks away. He stated that the nozzle has to be almost out of the tank in order to have it show full. That would have been useful to know prior to returning. Minor issue, but at the end of a long move, we really didn't want to make another gas trip. However, I would use them again.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $725
Per. Mile: $0.73
SqFt. Moved: 1,800

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