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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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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

Paul H
Plainsboro, NJ
Wrote a review on 11/21/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Easy to use web site. People on the phone were knowledgeable and willing to work with us. We also needed storage for threee months. PODS was a cost effective way to get that all handeld.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $5,000
Per. Mile: $11.11
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Malcolm J
Eustis, FL
Wrote a review on 11/20/2019
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Sebatian Moving was an amazing experience. Not only were they good but they handled everything with care and consideration. They were friendly and curteous. I will use them again the net time I need their services. I would highly recommend them. And priced very reasonble.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $3,600
Per. Mile: $3.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Luis d
Altamonte Springs, FL
Wrote a review on 11/18/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Equipment rented on short notice, clean and in excellent working condition, great mileage with a full load. Very efficient, professional and caring service assistance at both ends.

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $400
Per. Mile: $1.33
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Lauren B
Austin, TX
Wrote a review on 11/13/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

A little expensive but very convenient and cheaper than PODS. We way underestimated how much space we'd need and it was so easy and not too too expensive to use twice as much space. The customer service was really good, the drivers were very professional (and skilled when the delivery had to back up a long driveway with a semi...), and overall it was easy to get things packed, picked up, delivered, and then picked up for the last time. I will say it took like 5 business days which is kinda long, but overall very pleased. The silver shavings (or whatever) on the inside of the truck did get on EVERYTHING so if I did it again I would drape everything in blankets.

Distance: 1,320 mi
Cost: $2,900
Per. Mile: $2.20
SqFt. Moved: 915
Lynele J
Boulder, CO
Wrote a review on 11/8/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Uhaul was straightforward to deal with. Just had some confusion about what they would and would not provide with the move - like, they provided no rope or straps.

Distance: 5 mi
Cost: $96.00
Per. Mile: $19.20
SqFt. Moved: 300
Rebecca J
Savannah, GA
Wrote a review on 9/24/2019
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The truck was fine but had problems with the car carrier. one of the chains did not have a hook and the straps kept slipping even though i had them pretty tight on the tires.

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $502
Per. Mile: $1.67
SqFt. Moved: 900
Dee H
Pleasant View, TN
Wrote a review on 9/23/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The company performed as promised. Everyone was helpful and very responsive throughout the whole process. I chose Pack Rat because they did not charge extra for the multiple drop offs and pick ups of our three containers. The containers arrived on time and were collected on time. The company provided locks for each of the containers. That was a real plus for me. I appreciate the fact that I did not have to pay any storage fee although there were two weeks between the time I moved out of my old home and into my new one. A full service moving company would have charged me a daily rental fee beginning with a first-day rental of $2000+ which would have involved unloading my belongings, storing them and reloading again for delivery to my new home. I loved that once loaded into the Pack Rat containers and locked, my things would not be disturbed while out of my sight and supervision. A relative who had a protracted move with a full service provider had valuable pieces broken, I.e. a custom-made cuckoo clock and 3 irreplaceable and expensive oriental rugs lost or stolen. We DID; sustain a few instances of breakage: one inexpensive chest of drawers was severely damaged, two ornamental pieces on a metal birdbath were snapped off, one leg on a chest of drawers was damaged so that it didn't stand and one wheel of a cabinet is missing. I think these casualties were the result of the way these items were packed by the loading helpers, for example, the chest of drawers was stored on its side in the container.

Distance: 400 mi
Cost: $3,500
Per. Mile: $8.75
SqFt. Moved: 2,100
Elizabeth D
Providence, RI
Wrote a review on 9/16/2019
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Always the best prices for truck rental. The truck had less than 20k miles, ran well, and was functionally comfortable. I rented a 16ft truck and fit about 3 rooms plus a 10’x10’ storage unit in it- it was as full as it could be, but it all fit.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $500
Per. Mile: $0.50
SqFt. Moved: 800
Jillian R
San Antonio, TX
Wrote a review on 9/5/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The company forgot the hand truck, but overall great. The truck was clean and customer service excellent. I chose them for affordability and ease. Will use them again.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $800
Per. Mile: $1.33
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Diana B
Chantilly, VA
Wrote a review on 8/27/2019
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The 2 pods i have will arrive in michigan on september 6th. I expect the same reliable service that I received when they were delivered empty and picked up full.

Distance: 675 mi
Cost: $5,000
Per. Mile: $7.41
SqFt. Moved: 2,200
Meghan R
New Haven, CT
Wrote a review on 7/20/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

This is my 2nd time using ABF/Upack relocube. I absolutely LOVE using this company and have had amazing customer service each and every time. The team is very responsive via emails and the terminal ABS teams are outstanding! Cannot boast enough just how amazing this service is compared to others. Tom in Orange is a total pro at dropping off and picking up the cubes, and Suzanne is a rockstar and truly an angel. You can rest easy that this company and the affiliates that they use are going to take very good care of you and your things.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $1.17
SqFt. Moved: 1,400
Michael K
League City, TX
Wrote a review on 7/9/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I've used this company before. We used a large trailer. They drop it off, you fill it, they pick it up and take it to your new location. Its important to pack you own stuff well so that it does not get damaged on the trip. We wrapped our furniture in blankets as well as shrink wrap. Boxes need to be sturdy, especially if on the bottom of the pile. By doing some or all of the packing or loading yourself, you spend less on the move. The large trailer comes with a ramp, so be ready to work with that as you load or unload. The trailer floor is about 4 feet off the ground. We hired loaders for most of the heavy lifting, but also did some of the work ourselves. When you learn which phone numbers to use for what, you can get all your questions answered and handle the details.

Distance: 928 mi
Cost: $3,703
Per. Mile: $3.99
SqFt. Moved: 2,800
Ericka C
Curtis Bay, MD
Wrote a review on 7/3/2019
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Very clean truck, and more spacious than Budget or U-Haul. The tailgate lift made bulky item so much easier to get into the truck. Friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $122
Per. Mile: $12.20
SqFt. Moved: 1,300
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

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