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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.


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.


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.
For your long-distance storage container needs, Zippy Shell is one of the safest options on the market. Zippy Shell is a subsidiary of 1-800-PACK-RAT, and are experienced at fulfilling Hybrid-Long Distance moves.
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

Marie M
Toquerville, UT
Wrote a review on 6/20/2020
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The truck had a lot of mileage on it so we felt that we had to be extra careful going up hills. But, had no problems. They forgot to put rented hand truck on the truck.

Distance: 420 mi
Cost: $450
Per. Mile: $1.07
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Robert S
Huntsville, AL
Wrote a review on 6/20/2020
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Never have had any issues with Penske. Always have had newer vehicles with my rentals. I rented the 16 foot gas truck with a ramp since it was the same price at the smaller truck. Did not have to stack it full.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $489
Per. Mile: $0.82
SqFt. Moved: 400
Amy C
Englewood, CO
Wrote a review on 6/15/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The truck was pretty dirty and they changed my pick up place twice. The key lock was broken on the passenger side and that posed an inconvenience when I need to get to things quickly.

Distance: 2,200 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $0.64
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Michael W
Encinitas, CA
Wrote a review on 6/9/2020
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

On-time delivery and pick up. Trailer was clean and in perfect condition. Drivers dropped the trailer exactly where we wanted, helped deploy the ramp. Drivers were very courteous and helpful. Would Highly recommend and use again if the situation comes up.

Distance: 1,000 mi
Cost: $6,500
Per. Mile: $6.50
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Tami C
Brooklyn, NY
Wrote a review on 5/28/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We were thrilled with our PODS experience. The city service department was very helpful in arranging everything for our complicated move. The driver showed up early and we weren't charged until the movers showed up a bit later. He was also very courteous over the phone. It went from being our biggest headache of a move to the easiest.

Distance: 55 mi
Cost: $1,300
Per. Mile: $23.64
SqFt. Moved: 700
Heather R
Salt Lake City, UT
Wrote a review on 5/14/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Best price and I was surprised that almost nothing was damaged during transportation. You hear the day before when the container would arrive or be removed. The drivers were all respectful and efficient.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $0.70
SqFt. Moved: 1,700
Ernie V
Damascus, MD
Wrote a review on 4/18/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

You are really not getting the full 8'x16' size. That dimension is more for the outside of the container. They should have really disclosed that more openly. They should also do a "video chat" so the sales person can see exactly how much a customer has to move so the customer can order the proper size or number of containers.

Distance: 2,500 mi
Cost: $2,700
Per. Mile: $1.08
SqFt. Moved: 2,900
Jay H
Birmingham, AL
Wrote a review on 4/13/2020
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Great truck, I have used Budget many of times for different moves and there trucks seem to always get the job done with a good price. You get what you pay for and Budget keeps their trucks running smooth and clean.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $500
Per. Mile: $0.56
SqFt. Moved: 3,500
Ryan W
Englewood, FL
Wrote a review on 2/18/2020
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Rented the 26foot box truck, diesel. Truck was great, low power though as all rental trucks are. Averaged 10mpg and was fully loaded down. Truck was comfortable and drove great.

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $860
Per. Mile: $1.08
SqFt. Moved: 800
Frank V
Chesterfield, VA
Wrote a review on 1/13/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They were easy to do business with and very punctual and accommodating. The containers were a bit old as they had several smaller holes. The drivers who delivered the containers were friendly and certainly did their job well.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $4.44
SqFt. Moved: 2,400
Brianna B
San Diego, CA
Wrote a review on 1/7/2020
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Best pick-up and drop-off the driver was amazing and helped me with all of the equipment. Borh drivers I met were incredibly kind and did whatever they could to make my part easier. They were also very professional and good conversation.

Distance: 1,200 mi
Cost: $900
Per. Mile: $0.75
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Evan A
Seattle, WA
Wrote a review on 1/4/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Easy as always, did not allow for one-way 20' foot truck rentals, only 26' foot trucks. It was quite the experience driving that large of a truck, I got stuck multiple times. I wish I had the option to go smaller. It ended up being plenty of truck for the move though and I am overall happy with the ease of only using a single trip for the whole apartment. The customer service was great as always when I got stuck. I used the roadside assistance and everything worked itself out within a couple hours.

Distance: 10 mi
Cost: $350
Per. Mile: $35.00
SqFt. Moved: 800
Sandra A
West Roxbury, MA
Wrote a review on 1/1/2020
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Highly recommend and will use again; Relocube was in excellent condition. Recommend significant cushioning under any wood furniture since vibration over distance affects the furniture - wish I had been warned. If you are moving to a TBD address, be sure to query ABF extensively to ensure Relocube gets delivered to optimum location. This cube ended up going form MA to PA to MA for a very small address change since it was out of the distribution zone. It ended up being delivered by a two truck that could have been used from the first location - very odd and added significant time to the delivery.

Distance: 3,000 mi
Cost: $2,050
Per. Mile: $0.68
SqFt. Moved: 600
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

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