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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

John T
Sarasota, FL
Wrote a review on 7/29/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I rented a 16’ truck. The truck was clean in the cab as well as in the back. Reserving the truck, customer service at pick up and drop off and, of course, the 1,095 miles driven went very well! Budget had the best price for what I was looking for (size of truck, hand truck rental, a dozen furniture pads and the full insurance). Would definitely recommend Budget to friends and family!

Distance: 1,095 mi
Cost: $1,250
Per. Mile: $1.14
SqFt. Moved: 350
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
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
Craig P
Santa Monica, CA
Wrote a review on 7/27/2019
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Save a last minute hiccup with being able to define the three hour delivery window (it had to do with the truck arriving after the warehouse closed and couldn't be entered into the system) the PODS experience was terrific.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $2,500
Per. Mile: $0.83
SqFt. Moved: 500
Melina B
Annapolis, MD
Wrote a review on 7/21/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The truck was clean, ran great, and used less gas than expected, even driving through some mountains. The Uhaul employees were friendly and helpful as well, making pick-up and drop-off a breeze.

Distance: 850 mi
Cost: $800
Per. Mile: $0.94
SqFt. Moved: 750
Yvonne and Randy G
Henderson, NV
Wrote a review on 7/13/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Best and most economical way to move a large house's worth of stuff out of state, including storing the pods for a few months while we found a house in our new city. Great concept!

Distance: 1,800 mi
Cost: $7,000
Per. Mile: $3.89
SqFt. Moved: 2,850
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
Colt C
Mankato, MN
Wrote a review on 6/25/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF was prompt on the delivery of the unit both at the origin location and the destination location. Both locations were also in constant contact during their respective legs of the journey. While some items did get damaged in transit that is no fault of ABF and is a reminder that if your items are not secured properly then you never know what can happen. I would gladly use their service again for a long distance move as the container was well constructed and they do not force you to pay storage fees if you do not need them.

Distance: 620 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $2.26
SqFt. Moved: 600
Keith J
Dublin, GA
Wrote a review on 6/20/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We were in and out with a minimum of wasted time and the truck was exactly as described. The ONLY problems: the truck pulled to the right and the cab smelled slightly "fishy."

Distance: 445 mi
Cost: $415
Per. Mile: $0.93
SqFt. Moved: 1,780
Kimberly W
Batavia, IL
Wrote a review on 6/13/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

quickly got us a 2nd truck when we needed it. Didn't know we had to pay to get a 2 hour guaranteed window. did end up paying the extra $50 so we could coordinate the 2 containers with movers. both containers can't be delivered on the same day

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $3,000
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 4,000
Kim H
Fort Worth, TX
Wrote a review on 4/24/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

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.

Distance: 1,250 mi
Cost: $1,850
Per. Mile: $1.48
SqFt. Moved: 1,025
Mary S
Pleasant Grove, UT
Wrote a review on 4/19/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

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.

Distance: 15 mi
Cost: $900
Per. Mile: $60.00
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Colleen R
Irving, TX
Wrote a review on 3/31/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They delivered the container and picked it up when they said they would. The warehouse calls the day before to confirm and gives you a time frame. Nothing was damaged. The website portal is super easy to use and the customer service rep made things easy, too. My only pet peeve is that I was told they would call when they were on their way, and 3/4 times they called when they arrived and I was scrambling to get things ready. The NJ driver forgot to bring a lock so I had to go buy my own, but I called the company and they reimbursed me for the price. I also didn't need half the amount of space the sales rep sold me. I had a 16' container for a 1br apt and probably would have been fine with the 8' or 12'. Ya live, ya learn. I chose them because they price matched and offered 1 month of free storage. I would use them again. I moved from NJ to TX and needed to store my stuff for 5 weeks while I found a home. I opted to store the container in TX where I was able to access it if needed.

Distance: 1,500 mi
Cost: $3,080
Per. Mile: $2.05
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
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

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