If you’re moving across town, you have a few options to get you to your new home—and no, borrowing your friend’s truck isn’t one of them.
While there are literally thousands of local moving companies across the country, we focused our efforts to compare the top movers in three separate categories to help you decide what’s best for your local move.
Read on to see the best moving company we chose for each category and why you might want to choose one category over another.
Move.org’s top 3 local movers
|Best full-service mover||Best moving storage containers||Best moving van rentals|
|College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving||PODS||U-Haul|
|Website||Get a Quote||Get a Quote||Get a Quote|
|They load and unload||✔ Yes||No||No|
|They drive||✔ Yes||✔ Yes||No|
Each type of move offers its own advantages and disadvantages, so take a look below to see which option is the best fit for your move.
Full-service local moving companies
Full-service moving companies offer the most hands-off and customizable moving experience.
Choosing a full-service mover is certainly the most comfortable moving experience, but it’s also the most costly.
Move.org’s pick: College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is the only national full-service mover that also specializes in junk and donation removal, giving it a leg up over other standard full-service movers.
In addition to offering a comprehensive list of packing and moving services, it offers what we think is the best solution if you need to dispose of some junk or donate any unwanted belongings during your move.
- Great customer service
- Over-the-phone estimates for small moves
- Junk removal and recycling services
- Donation pickup
- Wide variety of hourly labor services
- Fewer locations than TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
- Limited information online about moving coverage and claims
Why College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is the best full-service mover
Reason #1: It offers everything you’d expect from a full-service mover and more
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving isn’t just a one-trick pony. Although its junk-hauling service takes top billing in the company name, it’s no slouch when it comes to moving.
From providing moving supplies to packing and transporting your belongings to your new home, College Hunks offers a wide range of moving services that would cover almost any movers’ needs.
We like College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving because it also fills a need that many don’t think of when planning a move: taking care of all the unwanted stuff you find while packing.
Whether you need miscellaneous junk to be thrown out or recycled, or you have belongings that you’d like to donate, College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is the only mover on our list that can professionally remove those items and move you to your new home.
Reason #2: Its hourly labor services can lighten the load of your move
College Hunks Junk and Moving truly is a one-stop shop when it comes to moving. In addition to moving and junk removal, it also offers hourly labor services to give you an extra hand during any phase of your move.
Here are a few the hourly labor services available through College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving:
- Home staging
- Furniture rearranging
- Light demolition
- Storm recovery and debris removal
Investing in a little extra help to stage your home or finish some light demolition for a final renovation can pay off in the long run when it comes time to sell your home. Be sure to request an estimate to get a better idea of the hourly labor rates in your area.
To learn more, read our full College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving review.
Other full-service movers you should consider
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a full-service mover with over 380 locations and 2,300 trucks worldwide. Although it started as an after-school business by two high school students in the 1980s, it has become one of the most well-respected and customer-focused movers in the country.
- Over 380 locations worldwide
- Excellent customer service
- Wide range of moving services
- In-house moving
- Pickup and delivery service
- Limited information online about moving coverage and claims
Why we recommend TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
Customer service is important when you’re dealing with any moving company, but it’s especially important during a full-service move.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK understands this, so it has “THE GRANDMA RULE.” Put simply, this means every employee is told to treat you the way they would want their grandma to be treated.
Although this might just seem like a marketing gimmick to make you feel better about choosing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK for your move, our research finds it generally lives up to these high customer service standards—while other professional movers may fall a bit short in this area.
We also like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s pickup and delivery service. It’s especially helpful if you’re turning to the classifieds to replace an appliance or two in your new home and the seller doesn’t offer delivery.
On top of all of this, we have found that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the perfect company if you’re looking for a full-service apartment moving company.
To learn more, read our full TWO MEN AND A TRUCK review.
All My Sons Moving and Storage
All My Sons Moving and Storage is a family-owned-and-operated moving company with more than four generations of moving know-how at its disposal. Although its locations are limited, we feel that its comprehensive list of moving services, commitment to customer service, and long history in the moving business make it a good option to consider for your local move.
- Excellent customer service
- High-quality packing services
- Full-featured list of services
- Professionally licensed piano moving
- Fewest locations out of our recommended movers
- Less informative website than the competition
Why we recommend All My Sons Moving and Storage
We like All My Sons Moving and Storage because it has the full-service options that you might find with a much larger moving company, but it maintains the customer service of a family-owned business.
If your move includes a piano or if you’d rather not empty your dresser drawers before moving day, consider requesting an estimate from All My Sons.
Moving and storage container companies
If you’re considering a hybrid move, renting a moving and storage container is the way to go.
You’ll find renting a moving and storage container is less expensive than a full-service move but will cost you more than renting a moving truck.
Move.org's pick: PODS (Portable On Demand Storage)
PODS, short for Portable On Demand Storage, is one of the largest and most popular storage container companies in the business. We like PODS because it offers some of the highest-quality containers in the industry and has plenty of container options to suit any sized local move.
|PODS containers||7 foot||12 foot||16 foot|
|Dimensions||7′ x 7′ x 8′||12′ x 8′ x 8′||16′ x 8′ x 8′|
|Capacity (rooms of furniture)||1||2–3||3–4|
|Weight limit (lbs.)||5,200||4,700||4,200|
|Interior space (cu. ft.)||385||689||857|
|7 foot||12 foot||16 foot|
|7′ x 7′ x 8′||12′ x 8′ x 8′||16′ x 8′ x 8′|
- Availability in almost every state with additional locations abroad
- Multiple container sizes
- Weatherproof, metal-constructed moving containers
- Requirement of a phone call to finalize quotes
Why PODS is the best local moving and storage container company
Reason #1: It has multiple container sizes to fit your local move
Whether you’re moving a one-bedroom apartment or a small villa, PODS has container options to meet your needs. It offers three different container sizes to accommodate most average household moves:
- A seven-foot container
- A twelve-foot container
- A sixteen-foot container
Larger homes may require multiple containers, but we like the fact that you can order multiple PODS containers if you find you can’t fit all of your belongings into just one.
Reason #2: PODS is available nationwide
Back in 1998, PODS introduced the concept of portable storage containers. Although several other movers replicated the idea over the years, PODS still remains one of the most popular and widely available moving container providers in the nation.
PODS is available in 44 states across the US (Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming didn’t make the cut), as well as several locations throughout Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Other moving and storage container companies don’t offer nearly as many locations. So for some, PODS may be the best and only option.
To learn more, read our full PODS review.
Other moving and storage containers you should consider
1-800-PACK-RAT is a moving and storage container company with well-constructed metal containers and good availability throughout the US and Canada. It doesn’t offer as many locations as PODS, but its steel containers offer more interior space than PODS’ offerings.
|1-800-PACK-RAT containers||8 foot||12 foot||16 foot|
|Dimensions||8′6″ x 8′ x 8′||12′ x 8′ x 8′||16′ x 8′ x 8′|
|Capacity (rooms of furniture)||1–2||2–3||3–4|
|Weight limits (lbs.)||4,000||6,000||6,000|
|Interior space (cu. ft.)||404||620||830|
|8 foot||12 foot||16 foot|
|8′6″ x 8′ x 8′||12′ x 8′ x 8′||16′ x 8′ x 8′|
- Multiple container sizes
- Weatherproof moving containers
- More interior container space than PODS
- Requirement for a phone call to finalize quotes
- Limited availability compared to PODS
Why we recommend 1-800-PACK-RAT
One of the best reasons to choose 1-800-PACK-RAT for your local move is for the moving containers themselves. Their steel construction and barn-style doors offer solid protection for your belongings while offering you more interior space than a container with roll-up doors (like those offered by PODS).
If you have a 1-800-PACK-RAT location near you, be sure to look at its containers in person and compare them with PODS’ before you make your final decision.
To learn more, read our full 1-800-PACK-RAT review.
U-Box by U-Haul
U-Haul is no stranger to the moving industry, but you may be surprised to learn it offers moving and storage containers as well. U-Haul’s U-Boxes are made of construction-grade lumber rather than metal, meaning they aren’t quite as sturdy as their metal counterparts—but nationwide availability means it’s one of the most accessible options for your move.
|Dimensions||8′ x 5′ x 7′6″|
|Capacity (rooms of furniture)||1|
|Weight limit (lbs.)||2,000|
|Interior space (cu. ft.)||257|
|8′ x 5′ x 7′6″|
- Nationwide availability
- Online container reservation
- Variable insurance options
- Wood-constructed containers
- Requirement of up-front payment—so if you don't use all the containers in your quote, you'll need a refund
Why we recommend U-Haul’s U-Box
U-Haul is the only local moving and storage container provider that’s available in all fifty states. Not only that, but U-Haul makes reserving a U-Box easy by allowing you to go through the whole process online—that’s something neither PODS nor 1-800-PACK-RAT can say.
Although the U-Box is available in only one size and we prefer the metal-constructed containers of other companies, its simple online reservation process and nationwide availability make it a solid option for small- to medium-sized local moves.
To learn more, read more about U-Box in our 5 Best Moving Container Companies of 2019 post.
Moving van and truck rental companies
Renting a moving truck is definitely the most DIY approach to a local move.
Truck rentals are the least expensive way to move to your new home, but they require you to be behind the wheel during every phase of your move—literally and figuratively.
Move.org's pick: U-Haul
As we mentioned before, U-Haul is a household name in the moving industry—and for good reason. U-Haul is the oldest and most popular option for moving truck rentals and offers five truck sizes to accommodate any-sized local move.
If you’re considering renting a truck for your local move, U-Haul should be the first company on your list.
|Truck sizes||10 foot||15 foot||17 foot||20 foot||26 foot|
|Internal dimensions||9′11″ x 6′4″ x 6′2″||15′ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||16′9″ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||19′6″ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||26′5″ x 7′8″ x 8′3″|
|Capacity||Studio to 1-bedroom apartment||1-bedroom home to 2-bedroom apartment||Up to 2-bedroom home||2-bedroom home to 3-bedroom apartment||3- to 4-bedroom home|
|Weight limit (lbs.)||2,810||6,385||5,930||5,605||7,400|
|Interior space (cu. ft.)||402||763||862||1,015||1,611|
|Fuel tank capacity||31||40||40||40||57|
|Miles per gallon||12||10||10||10||10|
|10 foot||15 foot||17 foot||20 foot||26 foot|
|9′11″ x 6′4″ x 6′2″||15′ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||16′9″ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||19′6″ x 7′8″ x 7′2″||26′5″ x 7′8″ x 8′3″|
|Studio to 1-bedroom apartment||1-bedroom home to 2-bedroom apartment||Up to 2-bedroom home||2-bedroom home to 3-bedroom apartment||3- to 4-bedroom home|
- More than 20,000 locations
- Easy online reservation process
- 5 different truck sizes
- Trucks with low decks and "EZ-Load" ramps
- Reservation changes if truck inventory is low
Why U-Haul is the best local van rental company
Reason #1: It has a wide variety of rental truck options with easy-to-load decks
Whether your in-town move is large or small, we’re sure U-Haul has a truck size that’ll fit your needs. U-Haul has the most variety of any moving truck rental company, offering five separate truck sizes:
- A ten-foot truck
- A fifteen-foot truck
- A seventeen-foot truck
- A twenty-foot truck
- A twenty-six-foot truck
All of U-Haul’s trucks feature low-height loading decks, making it easier for you to load and unload your belongings. We love how this feature isn’t exclusive to its smaller moving trucks, so your lower back is safe no matter which size truck you choose.
Moving trucks from many other companies feature loading decks that are much higher than U-Haul’s. This puts the loading ramp at a steeper incline, making it that much more difficult to get large items like furniture into the truck (which are difficult to move to begin with).
U-Haul is also the place to go if you need to rent dollies and straps like the ones we recommend in our moving equipment guide.
Reason #2: It has more than 20,000 locations
If you’re looking to rent a moving truck, odds are that you’re near a U-Haul location. U-Haul truck rentals are available in all fifty states, and you’ll often find multiple U-Haul locations in populated areas.
We love the fact that you’ll almost never need to wonder if there’s a U-Haul location near you. Not only is this convenient, but it also ensures you can secure a truck in your preferred size without having to make your reservation too far in advance.
To learn more, read our full U-Haul review.
Other moving truck rental companies you should consider
Budget Truck Rental
True to its name, Budget Truck Rental is one of the most economical options for renting a moving truck. Budget offers several discount codes to help you save on your local move, which makes it a good option for local movers on a budget who don’t need too many extras with their truck rental.
|Truck sizes||12 foot||16 foot||26|
|Internal dimensions||10′ x 6′3″ x 6′0″||16′ x 6′3″ x 6′7″||26′ x 8′1″ x 8′1″|
|Capacity||Studio to 1- to 2-bedroom apartment||3–4 rooms or 1-bedroom home||5–8 rooms or 2- to 3-bedroom home|
|Weight limit (lbs.)||3,610||5,524||9,180|
|Interior space (cu. ft.||380||830||1,698|
|Fuel tank capacity (gallons)||35||33||50|
|Miles per gallon||8–14||6–10||8–10|
|12 foot||16 foot||26|
|10′ x 6′3″ x 6′0″||16′ x 6′3″ x 6′7″||26′ x 8′1″ x 8′1″|
|Studio to 1- to 2-bedroom apartment||3–4 rooms or 1-bedroom home||5–8 rooms or 2- to 3-bedroom home|
- Availability across the continental US
- Low prices for local moves
- Instant online quotes
- Discounts for military members, students, and others
- Higher prices for add-ons than U-Haul
- Only 3 truck sizes
- Higher loading deck height than U-Haul
Why we recommend Budget Truck Rental
While Budget Truck Rental isn’t quite as widely available as U-Haul, you can still find a Budget rental location in the lower 48 states and Washington, D.C.
Availability aside, Budget is a great option if you’re hoping to save some money on your local move. Although you may have to pay more for add-ons like appliance dollies and furniture pads, you’ll likely pay less at Budget than another truck rental company if you forego these options.
To learn more, read our full Budget Truck Rental review.
Penske Truck Rental
Penske Truck Rental is the third-largest truck rental company in the country and, coincidentally, it also lands at the third spot in our recommendations. Although its fleet of trucks is among the newest in the industry, we’ve found that local movers may end up paying a bit more with Penske than with either U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental.
|Penske truck sizes||12 foot||16 foot||22 foot||26 foot|
|Internal dimensions||12' x 6'6" x 6'1"||16' x 7'7" x 6'6"||21'11" x 8'1" x 8'1"||25'11" x 8'1" x 8'1"|
|Capacity||1–2 rooms||2–3 rooms||3–5 rooms||5–7 rooms|
|Weight limit (lbs.)||3,100||4,300||10,000||10,000|
|Interior space (cu. ft.)||450||450||1,200||1,700|
|Fuel tank capacity (gallons)||33||33||50||50|
|Miles per gallon||12||12||10||10|
|12 foot||16 foot||22 foot||26 foot|
|12' x 6'6" x 6'1"||16' x 7'7" x 6'6"||21'11" x 8'1" x 8'1"||25'11" x 8'1" x 8'1"|
|1–2 rooms||2–3 rooms||3–5 rooms||5–7 rooms|
- Availability across the continental US and Canada
- Newer moving trucks than the competition
- 4 different truck sizes
- Multiple insurance options
- Higher prices than U-Haul and Budget for local moves
- Relatively expensive packing materials
- Higher loading deck height than U-Haul
Why we recommend Penske Truck Rental
If you’d rather not move with U-Haul and don’t mind paying a little extra for your rental, Penske’s trucks make it well worth considering.
Penske boasts one of the newest fleets in the truck rental industry, and its twelve- and sixteen-foot trucks offer better gas mileage than comparable trucks from U-Haul or Budget. Not only that, but Penske offers four truck size options compared to Budget’s three.
Penske is a good option for your local move if you care more about the quality of your moving truck than the cost of the reservation.
To learn more, read our full Penske review.
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