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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

Cody H
Chicago, IL
Wrote a review on 6/18/2020
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The truck was the perfect size and in great shape. It did only get about 10 miles per gallon on the highway, so that added up on my 800 mile drive, but the A/C worked great and it handled the Tennessee mountains pretty well.

Distance: 800 mi
Cost: $1,500
Per. Mile: $1.88
SqFt. Moved: 1,100
Miesha F
Sacramento, CA
Wrote a review on 6/14/2020
Budget Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The price was great, which is why I went with this company overall. When I arrived to pick up my truck, however, it seemed that they don't always have trucks available at the site you reserve, which seems crazy to me. I had reserved a 12' truck to move a lot of large furniture pieces, but they almost gave me a van (not big enough). They ended up giving me a 16' truck without extra charge, which ended up being fine for my job. Just be aware that you may not get what you expect.

Distance: 190 mi
Cost: $175
Per. Mile: $0.92
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Jessica S
Fresno, CA
Wrote a review on 6/3/2020
PODS Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The company was so well-organized and I knew exactly what to expect based on their prompt explanations. There was no-second guessing. The delivery driver took extra care not to hurt my Mom’s plants when they first dropped off the POD. It was also very easy to change my plans when I discovered I would need to move sooner. A quick phone call to the company let me change my POD pick-up date and drop-off date. I’m also glad they allow for same day drop-off and pick-up as my apartment complex doesn’t allow PODS to remain overnight. A little spendy, but I highly recommend!

Distance: 1,760 mi
Cost: $3,500
Per. Mile: $1.99
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Michelle T
Omaha, NE
Wrote a review on 6/2/2020
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

I'd defiantly want to rent a diesel truck again. I didn't have to fuel until almost my destination (600 miles) which saved a lot of time! I was a little nervous at first driving the truck since I've never drove a truck with air brakes before but once you get used to it, it wasn't that bad. I felt like a trucker! The truck was very nice and comfortable.

Distance: 600 mi
Cost: $790
Per. Mile: $1.32
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
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
Wency S
Las Vegas, NV
Wrote a review on 5/11/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

great job by your crew, they arrived before the scheduled time and worked hard the entire time. Marcus was professional and managed to "tetris" all my boxes into the container and fit all my items, definitely a pro and i would use your services again thank you

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $2,200
Per. Mile: $1.10
SqFt. Moved: 1,000
Douglas H
Redlands, CA
Wrote a review on 5/8/2020
ABF U-pack Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

Kush Movers helped us load a trailer for a cross country move. They showed up on time and the owner, Kashawn, was very responsive to several phone messages. They were quick in loading the trailer, but could have been a little more careful. I asked Kashawn to slow down a bit to allow the workers to be a little more careful, but that did not happen. The loaders were extremely considerate and kind and I can't say enough good things about them. I can recommend this company, but would suggest that they take a little more time to ensure the protection of the belongings.

Distance: 2,000 mi
Cost: $3,800
Per. Mile: $1.90
SqFt. Moved: 2,900
Heather G
Frankfort, KY
Wrote a review on 5/1/2020
1-800-Pack-Rat Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The driver for 1-800-PACKRAT (Andy) called me before he came and gave me notice. He was very efficient dropping it off just where I needed it and walked me through how to open it and to secure it.

Distance: 100 mi
Cost: $500
Per. Mile: $5.00
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
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
Anna H
Grand Rapids, MI
Wrote a review on 12/27/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

We had a fantastic drive from PA to MI; the truck was just what we needed! The helpfulness of employees varied on the location; in MI, we had someone who was very helpful; in PA, it was like pulling teeth to get questions answered. But the truck did the job!

Distance: 650 mi
Cost: $1,900
Per. Mile: $2.92
SqFt. Moved: 850
Scott B
Camdenton, MO
Wrote a review on 12/5/2019
Penske Truck Review
(4 out of 5 rating)

The governor on the engine made it very difficult driving up an incline. Had other drivers honking at me several times as the fastest I could go was 35 mph.

Distance: 1,065 mi
Cost: $1,100
Per. Mile: $1.03
SqFt. Moved: 1,200
Luis d
Miami, FL
Wrote a review on 11/15/2019
Uhaul Truck Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

The other major company I had reserved earlier notified me the previous evening that they would not have the needed truck available. I scrambled last minute and located a Uhaul outlet nearby with the necessary truck. At pick-up time all hell broke loose: the app on my phone wouldn't work, the computer at the service station froze while performing an update. Undeterred, the staff and owner of the station went to work on personal phones, computers and a sense of urgency to get us out of the hole. Our move seemed to be doomed from the start but Uhaul saved the day. Thank you.

Distance: 300 mi
Cost: $350
Per. Mile: $1.17
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Shannon D
Las Cruces, NM
Wrote a review on 9/18/2019
ABF U-pack Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

Frank at El Paso office was great—helped me out by getting a second trailer out to me promptly—the loading service put me way behind schedule due to their poor work and laziness.

Distance: 1,886 mi
Cost: $8,300
Per. Mile: $4.40
SqFt. Moved: 2,000
Colt C
Mankato, MN
Wrote a review on 6/25/2019
ABF ReloCube Review
(5 out of 5 rating)

ABF was prompt on the delivery of the unit both at the origin location and the destination location. Both locations were also in constant contact during their respective legs of the journey. While some items did get damaged in transit that is no fault of ABF and is a reminder that if your items are not secured properly then you never know what can happen. I would gladly use their service again for a long distance move as the container was well constructed and they do not force you to pay storage fees if you do not need them.

Distance: 620 mi
Cost: $1,400
Per. Mile: $2.26
SqFt. Moved: 600

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