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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!

Moving Trucks & Container Guides

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

Kristin H
Franklin, TN
Wrote a review on 7/31/2020
PODS Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Everyone I spoke with was fantastic and my things all arrived without any damage. However, the original delivery date they gave me for my destination changed without notice. "That date is no longer available." I had to wait an additional week to get my container. They also weren't able to pick it up in a timely manner after the delivery, so it sat in the way of traffic for 4 days.

Distance: 900 mi
Cost: $2,200
Per. Mile: $2.44
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Dawn T
Bethesda, MD
Wrote a review on 7/30/2020
Penske Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Of course I needed to move in the busiest week of the yr, so prices higher than even 3 weeks ago! But the 12 ft Penske was brand new, comfy seats, ac, cruise control, all sorts of plug I s and a backup camera in rear view mirror. And plenty of room between the seats for food, suitcases or a pet. Used twice now in a month and easy checkout system whether online or call up very nice people. This time pick up and drop off at Home Depots. Should’ve gotten a 20ft the first time! Oh well live and learn.

Distance: 450 mi
Cost: $1,090
Per. Mile: $2.42
SqFt. Moved: 400
Lana J
Dahlonega, GA
Wrote a review on 7/23/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

This was my first experience with POD Containers. I stored my belongings at one of their centers for six months. It was so easy. They were on time and placed the container where I requested. I felt good about my things being stored in a conditioned building.

Distance: 45 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $33.33
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Jack D
Las Vegas, NV
Wrote a review on 7/20/2020
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

they were friendly, fast and very efficient. The truck was clean, they took the time to perform a walk around inspection-pointing out areas that I may be concern about and noting any concerns I had. I was very pleased and would recommend and use them again.

Distance: 200 mi
Cost: $240
Per. Mile: $1.20
SqFt. Moved: 120
Shannon H
Fort Atkinson, WI
Wrote a review on 7/14/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Truck and car hauler in good condition. Someone should have counseled us to use a 26foot truck as the 20 foot one had extreme trouble hauling our car.Overall pretty good

Distance: 1,700 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $0.82
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Susanna W
Brooklyn, NY
Wrote a review on 7/4/2020
ABF ReloCube Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I lived in a 450 sq foot apartment and downsized my furniture to one full size bed, one table, and four nightstands plus maybe 50 boxes. It barely fit into one cube- but it fit.

Distance: 72 mi
Cost: $830
Per. Mile: $11.53
SqFt. Moved: 450
Carren S
Denver, CO
Wrote a review on 6/27/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

They are nice to work with. I'd recommend having the container delivered the day before you want to pack as they only give you a call an hour before delivery so you'll need to be available all day.

Distance: 950 mi
Cost: $2,100
Per. Mile: $2.21
SqFt. Moved: 1,500
Victoria L
Brooklyn, NY
Wrote a review on 6/25/2020
Budget Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Budget gets a 5-star rating because they were the cheapest company I could find in my area for a 1-way move. The truck didn't get great gas mileage (about 300 miles per tank) but it got the job done. Also, the service at the rental truck office was great and they were very accommodating enough to offer assistance before I went over mileage. Would rent from them again.

Distance: 1,100 mi
Cost: $439
Per. Mile: $0.40
SqFt. Moved: 700
Karen D
Everett, WA
Wrote a review on 6/25/2020
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

They saved my butt with this move. I had rented a truck through Budget and they botched my reservation so I had to rent a truck at the last minute. When I explained the situation the gentleman was unable to get me the size I needed but had a larger truck available. I said I'll take it. He then gave me a discount for the smaller truck price. I will forever be grateful to U Haul for my emergency save.

Distance: 1,550 mi
Cost: $1,017
Per. Mile: $0.66
SqFt. Moved: 720
Sondra M
Mesa, AZ
Wrote a review on 6/21/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Can't get ahold of them on the phone. We have waited up to an hour to talk to a representative. And, we need to know an estimate of the time they will deliver. Otherwise you can wait from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for your container. Frustrated the whole time....

Distance: 6 mi
Cost: $1,100
Per. Mile: $183
SqFt. Moved: 2,250
Ashlee A
Burnsville, MN
Wrote a review on 5/6/2020
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Overall a fair price and had the truck we wanted in stock (26 foot). Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the truck was listed to have a loading ramp but ours only had the lift gate which slowed our move down considerably. Good company, just make sure if you want a ramp you double check that the truck they are giving you has the ramp.

Distance: 15 mi
Cost: $118
Per. Mile: $7.87
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Andee A
Portland, OR
Wrote a review on 3/2/2020
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

I was impressed with U-Packs organization, communication and timeliness. I was able to update and check my reservation online, I received emails, texts and phone calls with updates and they were one time in delivering the Cube. After reading horror story reviews, I felt like moving using U-Pack was a way to stay in control of the process including loading it and putting my own locks on the Cube.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $1,700
Per. Mile: $0.85
SqFt. Moved: 850
Andy R
Omaha, NE
Wrote a review on 9/19/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The informational videos provided by UPack were dated and no longer applied to the equipment they provided, but they also provided additional equipment that I was not expecting. The dispatchers and drivers were very friendly and took time to explain to us how everything worked and our next steps in the process.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $5,600
Per. Mile: $4.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,303
Alan B
Overland Park, KS
Wrote a review on 3/16/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Upack did everything they said they would do when they said they would do it. Their customer service was very good. We did see hints of a rough ride when we unloaded the trailer. Snow at the destination forced us to park the trailer at an inconvenient location. Loading and unloading help cost more than we planned. Had we anticipated those issues we would have selected a different moving method.

Distance: 1,400 mi
Cost: $4,100
Per. Mile: $2.93
SqFt. Moved: 1,700

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