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

  • Leo K  Ocala, FL

    3/26/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Leo K  Ocala, FL

    3/26/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    No I'm very disappointed in U-Haul, I reserved a 26 ft truck on March 14, 2019 to be picked up on March 25, 2019 when I arrived at the storage facility the truck wasn't there and they had to find me a truck. In the mean time I had two workers from Pacesetter Personal sitting in my driveway waiting for me.I strongly believe I should be refunded some of the cost for the whole hour I lost in loading time. I rented the truck from Shalimar Storage at 17615 Panama City Beach Parkway Panama City Beach, FL 32413 ( 850 ) 588-4766. Then when I arrived in Ocala, FL at my storage unit, unloaded the truck and went to two U-Haul dealers to try and return the truck, the first one said they were over stocked and couldn't take it, the second one said they could only take up to a 20 ft. I then had to call your 800 number and have them locate a U-haul dealer in Ocala I could return it to, which took the better part of the afternoon causing me to cancel an appointment with a realtor to look at some homes we were interested in. So I can rightfully say my experience with U-Haul was horrible.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $600
    Per. Mile $2.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Allison P  Mint Hill, NC

    3/20/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Allison P  Mint Hill, NC

    3/20/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    On both ends, the PODS delivery and pick-up drivers were excellent - timely and able to carefully position the POD to work best for those loading and unloading it.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,200 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $4.17
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  • Robert A  North Canton, OH

    3/8/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Robert A  North Canton, OH

    3/8/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent equipment. But getting the pads that I ordered was a challenge. Though the flimsy felt pads are almost worthless, enough standard furniture pads were included to make the move go well.

    Move Details

    Distance 650 mi
    Cost $1,000
    Per. Mile $1.54
    SqFt. Moved 1,400

  • Michael D  Smithfield, VA

    3/1/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Michael D  Smithfield, VA

    3/1/2019

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    our guys were amazingly efficient, courteous, on time, careful and took pride in what they do. Would highly recommend them to anyone needing help with unloading...they were an awesome TEAM and worked extremely hard to get the jobs done and were flexible in scheduling. Love them!

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $2,000
    Per. Mile $100
    SqFt. Moved 2,800

  • Christopher M  Rohnert Park, CA

    2/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Christopher M  Rohnert Park, CA

    2/5/2019

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Excellent service on pick up and drop-off. A bit pricey for a one-way trip but the truck was comfortable and the check-in and check-out process was easy. One negative was a loose brake light connector to the car carrier that required I return the truck to the pick-up place for repair before heading off to our destination. Another problem was the car carrier ramps did not return back into the carrier. It took three people to lift and toggle the ramps into position which was extremely difficult in the rain after loading a 26 foot truck.

    Move Details

    Distance 450 mi
    Cost $1,025
    Per. Mile $2.28
    SqFt. Moved 2,200

  • Kathy G  Maple Grove, MN

    12/22/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Kathy G  Maple Grove, MN

    12/22/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I decided use a 1-800-Pack-Rat container for my move. I'm glad I did! Everyone (person scheduling & the driver) was courteous and professional. They even helped me find last minute movers to load my container when another company I had hired failed to show. 1-800-Pack-Rat did an excellent job transporting my furniture safely from one location to another. I would use this company again. I highly recommend them for your next move!

    Move Details

    Distance 20 mi
    Cost $169
    Per. Mile $8.45
    SqFt. Moved 2,600

  • John B  Harrisburg, PA

    12/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    John B  Harrisburg, PA

    12/5/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Great service from Rent Moore in Marietta, Ohio. Truck was ready to go. I appreciate the phone, online and text communication which was informing and thorough. 24 hour key drop off is a great convenience.

    Move Details

    Distance 350 mi
    Cost $550
    Per. Mile $1.57
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • MONICA V  Alpharetta, GA

    11/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    MONICA V  Alpharetta, GA

    11/7/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My move was an unplanned out of state move. A moving truck might have cost less than packrat, because the helpers would’ve been included. Packrat made it easy though. I could plan my furniture to be moved in a week.

    Move Details

    Distance 300 mi
    Cost $3,500
    Per. Mile $11.67
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  • Robert E W  Littleton, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Robert E W  Littleton, CO

    10/27/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF dropped off & picked up on time at source and destination loacations. Friendly, professional, and polite people. Easy website to use, excellent tracking and text updates.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,588 mi
    Cost $3,615
    Per. Mile $2.28
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Valerie S  Lynnwood, WA

    9/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Valerie S  Lynnwood, WA

    9/4/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I rented a 16 foot truck from the Sodo Budget Truck Rental. I had read some pretty bad reviews, but I found that all truck rental companies have bad reviews. Moving is stressful. And if things don't go according to your plan, you can get frustrated pretty quickly. But I had nothing but good experience from this location. The truck was in decent shape. They said it had new tires on it. It had 135k miles on it, so at least it wasn't on it's last leg. I would say the major pitfall of the whole thing was the power of the truck. I literally could no go over 45 mph up any hill. When the speed limit is 75 and semi trucks are passing you, the truck is weak. There didn't seem to be a spedometer limit, like where it doesn't let you go over 65 or anything. The engine sounded a little raspy the higher I go to 70 so I tried to stay below 70. But, otherwise, it was what I needed to get across the country. Oh, the truck would "pop" when the pressure would change. I thought all my stuff was crashing down, but when it was happening over and over, I realized it was the pressure change was causing the metal to pop in and out. Oh, and I tried to go without their insurance coverage because I have full coverage insurance. We called and Progressive only covers rental cars. The difference was if you can reach into the back seat, they'll cover it. If you have to get out of the vehicle to reach your items, they won't cover it...it's called something else. So if you're just getting like a van, they'll cover it, but if it's a truck, they won't. The truck was $650, the insurance coverage was $475, so with tax it was $1185.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,000 mi
    Cost $1,185
    Per. Mile $0.59
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

  • Callie G  Springfield, MO

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Callie G  Springfield, MO

    7/12/2018

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I didn’t want to have to drive a moving truck towing my car behind it, so the ReloCubes were an amazing option. I liked that you can track the cubes (none of the other cube/box/pod services offered this to my knowledge) and that ABF has a quick turnaround (my boxes arrived in 3 days - PODs quoted me a 9 day turnaround). My customer service experience in my original terminal (Birmingham, AL) was not great. They told me the empty cubes would be delivered late afternoon and then called at 9 am to say they were on their way. Since I was at work, I had to call my apartment manager to meet them and determine placement. I was surprised my 2BR apartment fit into 2 cubes (packed very tightly), but in future, I may use the freight space option because I don’t know that I could fit anymore in the cubes. Otherwise, I would use them again. Great experience!

    Move Details

    Distance 700 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $3.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  • Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Erica A  Charlotte, NC

    5/10/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The trailer truck was perfect size. I fit all my belongs in the allotted space. They moved the trailer from CA to NC in a very timely manner. The customer service during the whole process was great. I would use them again!

    Move Details

    Distance 2,800 mi
    Cost $2,100
    Per. Mile $0.75
    SqFt. Moved 800

  • Beatty M  Manhattan, KS

    4/15/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Beatty M  Manhattan, KS

    4/15/2018

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Deliveries and pickups went just as promised and planned. Easy to reach staff who kept us informed of delivery and pickup status. Payment was electronic and efficient. Easy to schedule.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,800

  • Wayne L  Spokane, WA

    3/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Wayne L  Spokane, WA

    3/19/2018

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    they were easy to set up. I did not like the way they timed the pick up time to the return time to be the same. they should make it the same day, not same hour .

    Move Details

    Distance 360 mi
    Cost $600
    Per. Mile $1.67
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

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