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.
  • 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.

Recent Customer Reviews


  •   Cape Coral, FL

    8/30/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Cape Coral, FL

    8/30/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    They called me and negotiated a price that was better than my first arranged truck so I cancelled the first truck and went with Penske. Then the day before the moved, they called and said oops, we can't do that for the price quoted and you have to pick a truck up in a different town which would have meant more mileage. After a heated exchange, I asked for a manager and he made the transaction stick. I was able to pick a truck up with liftgate from the local Home Depot the next morning. The truck was practically brand new! It ran well and the rest of the move went as expected.

    Move Details

    Distance 40 mi
    Cost $250
    Per. Mile $6.25
    SqFt. Moved 2,000

  •   Benton Harbor, MI

    8/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Benton Harbor, MI

    8/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    The surprising thing that reduced my rating a little is that I wasn't aware that the policy about providing furniture pads had changed and so I had to go out and buy pads in a hurry

    Move Details

    Distance 150 mi
    Cost $800
    Per. Mile $5.33
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Mt Horeb, WI

    8/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Mt Horeb, WI

    8/28/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    PODs did a fantastic job of delivery/transporting/storing all of our items. If we ever (hopefully not) move across country again, we will do PODs instead of a full service mover.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $5.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Fairport, NY

    8/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Fairport, NY

    8/20/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    My experience with PODS was great. I moved from San Diego to Rochester, New York. The PODS Customer service explained everything along the term and were extremely helpful in working with me when it came to moving to NYS. Due to the way NYS approaches the sale of real estate and closing, my closing date shifted three times and PODS was able to shift delivery times (I can say that the opposite direction- moving to San Diego may not have been the same though).

    Move Details

    Distance 3,000 mi
    Cost $13,500
    Per. Mile $4.50
    SqFt. Moved 2,300

  •   Arlington, VA

    8/18/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Arlington, VA

    8/18/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Penske in Arlington, Va., is absolutely terrific. Everything was ready to go on time and couldn't have been more efficient and friendly. The truck was problem free.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,100 mi
    Cost $908
    Per. Mile $0.83
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Lansing, MI

    8/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Lansing, MI

    8/16/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    This is the third time we have moved with Pack-Rat. Each time, including this move, was straight forward and relatively easy. The arrived on time for both drop offs and pickups. Divers were professional and courteous. Will use them again if we move in the future.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,000 mi
    Cost $2,500
    Per. Mile $2.50
    SqFt. Moved 850

  •   Madison, AL

    8/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Madison, AL

    8/12/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I had reserved a truck from Budget; but when I got to their store - no truck. I will never ever try to use Budget again and I am their best advertisement. U-Haul, although a little more expensive, had a truck and moving equipment that I needed. The agent was extremely competent. It was a one way rental and the agent at drop-off was also professional and courteous.

    Move Details

    Distance 500 mi
    Cost $500
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Colorado Springs, CO

    8/7/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Colorado Springs, CO

    8/7/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    2 completely full ABF trailers cross-country without a hitch. Well, except for the lousy bulkhead in one of the trailers. Plan ahead, expect to load/unload the day after the trailer arrives, and you too could have no issues at all.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,250 mi
    Cost $5,000
    Per. Mile $4.00
    SqFt. Moved 3,000

  •   Lake Oswego, OR

    8/6/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Lake Oswego, OR

    8/6/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    UHaul is great to work with. I suggest getting there a little early. They have improved a great deal and were very well priced, trucks clean and ready-to-go. *Oh! one caution: overestimate the size of truck and the hours of helpers you will need. We overfilled a 17' truck moving from our 900 sq foot apartment without storage. Wow.

    Move Details

    Distance 50 mi
    Cost $75.00
    Per. Mile $1.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,000

  •   Jersey City, NJ

    8/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Jersey City, NJ

    8/1/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    We started out badly: despite reserving a month in advance, there was no truck at our chosen location the morning of our move. The central booking office did find another truck, but we had to taxi about 20 miles further to pick it up. Once we got it, everything was fine.

    Move Details

    Distance 250 mi
    Cost $300
    Per. Mile $1.20
    SqFt. Moved 200

  •   Humble, TX

    7/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

      Humble, TX

    7/22/2017

    - Rental Truck Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    Truck with pads & appliance truck were ready on time for this load of furniture, household & clothes boxes and misc. Loading & moving instructions were very helpful. Drop-off went as planned. Billing had no surprises. Budget was chosen due to its estimated price and no charge one-way trip. I would use Budget again.

    Move Details

    Distance 200 mi
    Cost $700
    Per. Mile $3.50
    SqFt. Moved 1,500

  •   Mechanicsburg, PA

    7/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Mechanicsburg, PA

    7/18/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    ABF provided a great alternative to the rent, load, drive and unload outfits I've used in the past - and the cost was the same, without having to do all the distant driving. The trailer was clean and well kept for loading and I was given more than ample time to load. Upon arrival they placed the trailer right where I needed it, making unloading a breeze. Great service all around.

    Move Details

    Distance 1,600 mi
    Cost $2,600
    Per. Mile $1.63
    SqFt. Moved 2,500

  •   Las Vegas, NV

    7/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

      Las Vegas, NV

    7/14/2017

    - Moving Container Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I used U-Pack relo-cubes for my move from Ohio to Las Vegas, Nevada. They had the best prices and service choices. The customer service team communicated with me throughout the process from help arranging the number of cubes needed to delivery price quotes and scheduling. My items arrived quickly and in excellent shape! They were delivered within the specified time frame and the delivery driver, Harvey was quite helpful making sure everything went smoothly! The cubes were placed in my drive and removed as soon as they were emptied by the movers. This was important due to the Home Owners Association restrictions in my new area. Harvey was very professional and communicated with me throughout the moving process upon arrival in Las Vegas. The service was excellent and I am very happy I chose to move with Upack. I would highly recommend this company.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,100 mi
    Cost $1,800
    Per. Mile $0.86
    SqFt. Moved 1,700

  •   Henderson, NV

    7/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

      Henderson, NV

    7/9/2017

    - Freight Trailer Review

    Rating:

    0 1 2 3 4 5

    I love ABF U-Pack. This is t second time I've moved with them. Both long distance cross country moves. For a reasonable price, they can give you a guaranteed delivery date. As long as you have competent movers to help you load the trailer well where you stuff doesn't slide around and break- you're good. I always pack all my crockery and picture frames well and I haven't lost a single item or broken a single thing in my two moves. Your stuff is also separated from the rest of the freight so there is literally no worry about things being lost- the way you close the trailer is the way it looks when you open it. One tip if you are moving in the summer- do not put candles in with clothes--- they will melt everywhere. Buy new candles... It's easier. Absolutely cannot say enough good things about ABF UPACK... Easy to work with, responsive on the phone (you don't get sent to voicemail at all), and they don't charge your credit card until your stuff is loaded.

    Move Details

    Distance 2,800 mi
    Cost $2,800
    Per. Mile $1.00
    SqFt. Moved 1,200

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