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 OPTIONS 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   California, MD

    11/22/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      California, MD

    11/22/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck was dropped off in a timely fashion. The customer service at our origin location of Elkridge, MD was great. Mark was awesome, friendly and very helpful with times and information. I think the communication at our destination, Orlando, FL could have been better. I had to call numerous times to get any information about the delivery of the truck. We had about 12,000 pounds of goods and a 28' trailer was an about perfect fit. We filled the truck. We chose ABF Upack because of referrals from others and would likely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,400

  •   Charlotte, NC

    11/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Charlotte, NC

    11/21/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    As far as Budget, the employee I rented the truck from was great. I did have to purchase full ins. coverage since my insurer did say that it wasn't covered. Truck was fine and the choice of size was perfect. No problems driving the 16 ft. truck that is not something that I have ever done before. The noise sounded like all of the food trays in an airplane were not fastened down...but what do you expect with a truck I suppose!?!

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $530
    Per. Mile $1.06
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Brunswick, ME

    11/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Brunswick, ME

    11/18/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Company is fair in price and customer service is excellent, however the ability to store our belongings near where we were moving to was not an option as they were full. This meant we had to leave our complete household in a trailer in 100+ temps in TX all summer. This led to melting and damage we did not anticipate. The truck drivers are very professional and extremely courteous and helpful.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,300 mi
    Cost $4,200
    Per. Mile $1.83
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Phoenix, AZ

    11/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Phoenix, AZ

    11/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I would use PODS again, even though I had several glitches with timing. I think PODS is a good idea, but the timing of deliveries and pick-up are difficult. When moving it is not easy to calculate exactly how long the POD needs to be in place.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $1,500
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,900

  •   Orlando, FL

    11/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Orlando, FL

    11/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The gentleman dropped off the POD in late AM. It was scheduled for PM. Pickup was good also. Called me at the hotel to say they were on their way. Good service.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 700

  •   Slade, KY

    11/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Slade, KY

    11/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck was new, clean and drove smoothly. The UHaul providers at both ends of the trip were friendly, helpful and easy to work with — would definitely use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 580 mi
    Cost $750
    Per. Mile $1.29
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Rockaway Beach, OR

    11/13/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Rockaway Beach, OR

    11/13/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    U-Haul in Gearhart Oregon was very flexible and easy to work with when booking the rental truck. The truck was in excellent condition. I would definitely use them again. I will highly recommend them to everyone that I know.

    Move Details

    Distance 115 mi
    Cost $185
    Per. Mile $1.61
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Atlanta, GA

    10/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Atlanta, GA

    10/30/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Had to have one container replaced as it could not be securely closed. That was a bit of a challenge. Drivers were super nice, but not all were as careful to level the containers as others. Overall, though, a good experience.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $20.00
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   Newport News, VA

    10/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Newport News, VA

    10/24/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    You get what you pay for in rental trucks. Penske is pricier than Budget for a reason. Comfortable 16' truck, handled well, ran well. Did not leak all over everything. (Unlike our last move.)

    Move Details

    Distance 14 mi
    Cost $75.00
    Per. Mile $5.36
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   Oakland, CA

    10/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Oakland, CA

    10/13/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    So far, I am very happy with 1-800-PACK-RAT. My stuff is in a storage facility for the time being so I can't report yet on the total job (i.e., the condition of my stuff upon delivery). I ordered a 16-foot container for a one-bedroom apartment and I had plenty of space leftover (but I didn't have a ton of furniture). I think I could have definitely fit everything in the 12-foot container but that size isn't available for long-distance moves. The container arrived in good shape and in a clean condition. I also received a brand new unopened lock for the container, which I appreciated since I knew it would be the best kind of lock for the container. Both drivers were super communicative, calling me ahead of time to let me know when they would be arriving for drop off and pick up. I was impressed with their ability to place the container where I needed it to be. I am also very happy with the customer service at Pack Rat--all of my calls have been returned promptly and all of my questions/concerns have been handled professionally. Assuming my stuff arrives in good condition, I would definitely recommend 1-800-PACK-RAT and would use them again for future moves.

    Move Details

    Distance 800 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $3.13
    SqFt. Moved 600

  •   Shady Cove, OR

    10/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Shady Cove, OR

    10/5/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF drivers were friendly and flexible on both ends. When I called in the morning to tell them the container would be ready for pick up in the afternoon, they came and took it that day.

    Move Details

    Distance 462 mi
    Cost $1,900
    Per. Mile $4.11
    SqFt. Moved 2,100

  •   Salem, OR

    9/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Salem, OR

    9/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had to exchange trucks before we could load up because we realized, after taking the first truck, that the right rear tires were unsafe, and we didn't want to be driving 600 miles over mountain passes in rainy weather. Also, the windshield wiper was broken. The second truck was great! We should have gotten a larger truck, and now we have to make one more 600 mile trip.

    Move Details

    Distance 600 mi
    Cost $850
    Per. Mile $1.42
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Naperville, IL

    9/2/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Naperville, IL

    9/2/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Ease of online reservations was easy. Pick up at Home Depot in Naperville went well, Todd was friendly and helpful. We had a problem with the ignition switch so the lights wouldn't turn off. On the return to Home Depot, my husband explained this and they discounted the rental. We have used Penske before and we will do it again. This was a one day rental moving from one apartment to another in the same community.

    Move Details

    Distance 15 mi
    Cost $70.00
    Per. Mile $4.67
    SqFt. Moved 906

  •   Madison, WI

    7/7/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Madison, WI

    7/7/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    3rd time used them. Most affordable and easy option out there for long distance moving - also love the flexibility on the delivery end (cubes can be "held" for up to 3 days at no charge.)

    Move Details

    Distance 950 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $2.11
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

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