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Moving101 has up-to-the-moment moving company prices, pros and cons for every moving option out there, and honest reviews from real customers who've already moved.

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Local & Long Distance Moving Options

Read about the three different local and long-distance move types. We've gotten how much time and money each moving option takes down to a science!

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The most updated guides online for Moving Trucks, Moving Containers and Freight Trailers. Find out absolutely everything about the competition - real user reviews, truck sizes, and way more. You'll be a pro before you make your first call.

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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 two options.

MOVING OPTIONS COMPARISON

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.

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.
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

Siri Z
Milwaukee, WI
Wrote a review on 8/19/2020
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I really liked Jabril Mohamed who we dealt with picking up our truck and returning it. He is a nice guy, very pleasant and hard working. I got a great deal on mileage and chose to return my truck to his site even though it was 340 miles. I was able to leave my car there and it was safe. They have after hours drop off for keys also, I would use them again!

Distance: 340 mi
Cost: $330
Per. Mile: $0.97
SqFt. Moved: 1,100
Venkat N
Barrington, IL
Wrote a review on 8/12/2020
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They did not allow me to add insurance to my contract even before loading anything in the container. Once the order in, no changes. No work has been done and I should be able to add insurance

Distance: 2,200 mi
Cost: $4,000
Per. Mile: $1.82
SqFt. Moved: 3,000
Athena G
Roanoke, TX
Wrote a review on 8/4/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I love pods...saves all the time spent pulling things out to load into storage and then unload again when you find a place! The people are great to work with too! Victor helped me figure out how to tie off my stuff so that during transportation things would not shift .

Distance: 15 mi
Cost: $440
Per. Mile: $29.33
SqFt. Moved: 2,400
Jerry G
Mooresville, NC
Wrote a review on 8/4/2020
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I rented a 16 foot truck ?? and Car ?? hauler they had my reservation complete however did not have the "furniture blankets" I had requested with my reservation package I choose from the website. I called to confirm everything was good, a few days earlier. I wish they would have told me, they ran out of furniture blankets. I didn't find out until after I got there, to pick up the truck ?? on moving day. Had to spend an extra $106 on furniture pads at lowes. Need better communication

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $780
Per. Mile: $0.98
SqFt. Moved: 850
Fiona R
Dunedin, FL
Wrote a review on 7/9/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Because of Covid , our one month move turned into 5 months of storage . Pack Rat was helpful all the way through , making sure our entire house we safe and in climate controlled storage . When we finally got a new house they delivered it on time and in the same condition as the day we packed it , nothing was broken or heat damage ! .

Distance: 700 mi
Cost: $2,600
Per. Mile: $3.71
SqFt. Moved: 2,500
Debbie Z
Lagrange, OH
Wrote a review on 6/25/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We just need a storage container to store furniture during renovation work being done in our home. Pack rat is wonderful and so easy to work with! Ernie brought the container, placed it where we needed it and was very pleasant in the process!!! Pricing is very reasonable compared to other companies that I priced. Container was spotless! I would use this company without hesitation!!!

Distance: 1 mi
Cost: $299
Per. Mile: $299
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
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
Abby C
Dothan, AL
Wrote a review on 6/9/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Ordered the truck online and it didn't take long at all to pick it up and get going. Truck was in good condition and was perfect for our move. Will definitely be using them again in the future!

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $300
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Denny W
Dallas, GA
Wrote a review on 5/3/2020
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

We were very happy with our Penske truck rental for our move, they were extremely nice people to deal with. We would use them again. The truck ran well and was in very good condition.

Distance: 580 mi
Cost: $446
Per. Mile: $0.77
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Lucy N
Philadelphia, PA
Wrote a review on 1/31/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They forgot to put the blankets that had been ordered. One of the men had to go and get them but they did credit the charge.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $2,000
Per. Mile: $1.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Danny K
Minneapolis, MN
Wrote a review on 6/22/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The company picked up the trailer on Friday the 14th of September even though we were supposed to give them more of a 24 hour notice. The only comment I have is the trailer sat in Kansas City, Mo from Sunday night, the 16th and did not get delivered until Wednesday the 19th, which I thought was a bit frustrating. We did get it unloaded on time, but am happy with the company and would use them again.

Distance: 623 mi
Cost: $2,683
Per. Mile: $4.31
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Jeremy M
Clarksville, TN
Wrote a review on 6/19/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Worked out very well. Only complaint; drop off told me I could set up a 4 hour window for delivery day. However on delivery day they informed us there is no window, and drop off would be from 8am to 5pm. Property arrived safely and in one piece. I would use them again, if needed.

Distance: 780 mi
Cost: $4,600
Per. Mile: $5.90
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Glenda W
Sebring, FL
Wrote a review on 2/7/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Very pleased with this company. The cube was in good condition. Their service during booking, pick-up and drop off was excellent. I would highly recommend the company. I would use them again.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $1,141
Per. Mile: $1.04
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
David G
Cary, NC
Wrote a review on 12/9/2018
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Upack did a great job, arrived when they said they would arrive and were very prompt and communicated well. The drivers were friendly and helpful. There was no damage to my belongings. I would definitely use them in the future.

Distance: 750 mi
Cost: $2,250
Per. Mile: $3.00
SqFt. Moved: 3,200

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