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.
  • 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 Customer Reviews


  •   Westford, MA

    7/30/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Westford, MA

    7/30/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Customer service was good. I would strongly suggest booking online and in advance, as that moved the in person process along quickly compared to people who just walked in. Other than that, everything on the truck worked, including the A/C.

    Move Details

    Distance 15 mi
    Cost $100
    Per. Mile $6.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,100

  •   Marshall, MI

    7/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Marshall, MI

    7/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Jeff was awesome, he made my day. He made sure everything was ready for me. However, I called the day before the move and spoke with Pat from dispatch. She was so rude and short with me! My anxiety was high but she tripled it! Awful woman!!

    Move Details

    Distance 100 mi
    Cost $150
    Per. Mile $1.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Pittsboro, NC

    7/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Pittsboro, NC

    7/29/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We had a great experience using PODS for our move from Murrells Inlet, SC to Chapel Hill, NC. It was so convenient to have a POD we could directly move items into as we packed and then get a fresh one when we filled that one up. We ended up using 3 PODS and things worked like clockwork as far as the dropping off and picking up. The drivers were professional and friendly and efficient. We are hoping this is our last move, but we would definitely go with PODS again in the future. All the containers were clean and in great working order. It was a great experience!

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $4,000
    Per. Mile $20.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Apple Valley, CA

    7/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Apple Valley, CA

    7/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    worked very well, the container was in excellent condition, booking, pick-up and drop off was very easy, Chose the co. because of cost and would use them again.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $3,000
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 3,200

  •   Cumberland, RI

    7/21/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Cumberland, RI

    7/21/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great communication when ordering and calling back with questions. The truck drivers (6 overall) were universally helpful and competent as well as very pleasant. Cross country move cost 8700.

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $8,700
    Per. Mile $2.90
    SqFt. Moved 3,300

  •   Moreno Valley, CA

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      Moreno Valley, CA

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    1800 Pack Rat has been great and very responsive. Containers arrived a day late but they were able to pick them up 4 days early and delivery me one more container right away as we ran out of room. Highly recommend Pack Rat!

    Move Details

    Distance 1,300 mi
    Cost $6,500
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 2,700

  •   San Fransisco, CA

    7/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

      San Fransisco, CA

    7/9/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF and their affiliates were sooo helpful in my cross-country move! I wanted an economical but reliable option and I found it with ABF. The woman in SF office went above and beyond when I had a move-in glitch with my building. She arranged new permits with the city so I wouldn't be ticketed for the container being on the street for longer than anticipated! I am so grateful for her help!!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,200 mi
    Cost $2,200
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 300

  •   Lincoln, NE

    7/3/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Lincoln, NE

    7/3/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They were cheaper then renting a truck and driving ourselves. They arrived at our destination sooner then we had anticipated and held our belongings a few days until the weather was better. When I hired unloading help, it was on their website that I read about how much damage occurs with freight trailers and sure enough, quite a few of our items were damaged. It would have been nice to have been given ideas of ways to prevent damage from excessive movement of the trailer during transport.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,500 mi
    Cost $3,190
    Per. Mile $2.13
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Magnolia, TX

    6/29/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Magnolia, TX

    6/29/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Containers were they most economical method of transporting my items. Looked into trailers and PODS. They containers are a bit small and I required two, but my items were fine. They were banged up on the outside, but I inspected them thoroughly on the inside and didn't see any holes. Any damage that was done was due to the loaders not properly packing the containers and my items being tossed about the container and bumping into each other (as was evident by the disheveled condition of the container when the doors were opened). I would definitely ship using this method again for the distance. I also did a guaranteed delivery date since I needed my items by a certain date. This was also much cheaper than their competitors, but I really probably could have done without it since they were slated to arrive before I needed them. I just wanted to cover any events happening that would possibly delay delivery without a guaranteed date.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,469 mi
    Cost $3,079
    Per. Mile $2.10
    SqFt. Moved 888

  •   Wilksboro, NC, NC

    5/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Wilksboro, NC, NC

    5/25/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Ready for pick up on time and clean and gassed up. Only there 30 minutes for pick up. 26 foot truck ran very well, even through the mountains. Drop off was made very easy. Good trip and great truck.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $2,300
    Per. Mile $1.15
    SqFt. Moved 3,800

  •   Coram, NY

    3/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

      Coram, NY

    3/29/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The truck was good and the clerk was extremely friendly. However, the truck was not ready at 9. I had ordered blankets and had to go back to them. The blankets were small and thin. Thought the cost of the blankets should have been removed because I had to get blankets from U-Haul. The clerk admitted that these are not the blankets they normally use but still charged me the full price.

    Move Details

    Distance 167 mi
    Cost $973
    Per. Mile $5.83
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   Algonquin, IL

    10/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Algonquin, IL

    10/23/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Clean and sturdy containers. Customer service very responsive and professional. Always available for questions and changes. On time and works with you at location. Used twice now and will use again if needed.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,050 mi
    Cost $1,741
    Per. Mile $1.66
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  •   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

  •   Langhorne, PA

    9/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Langhorne, PA

    9/14/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I had a good experience with Budget Rental. I would probably hire a truck from them again. The truck was in great shape, newer and comfortable. The only off point I'd like to make is that they tried to get me to buy their insurance by handing me a form at 8 a.m. on pick up day (Saturday) asking me insurance questions I might not know unless I called the insurance company directly. Other than that, I'd say the experience was good.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $400
    Per. Mile $1.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,098

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