The Best Moving Companies in Oakland

Whether you’re moving across town or cross country, we’ve found the best moving companies for you. We analyzed the services, customer reviews, and costs for more than 20 movers in Oakland. These are our top picks.
Best long distance mover
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
Our Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
pro Full-service moves
pro Movers load and drive truck
Best for local moving
Pure Moving Company
Our Rating
5 out of 5 stars
5
pro Full-service moves
pro Movers load and drive truck
Best for container moving
pods
PODS
Our Rating
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
pro Container moves
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Best for truck rental
penske
Penske
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
pro DIY truck-rental moves
con Customer loads and drives truck

What type of moving company is right for you?

Professional movers
They handle it all.

Professional movers load your stuff, ship it to your new home, and unload it all for you. It’s the easiest—but most expensive—option. Learn more.

Containers
You load, they ship.

You load up all your belongings, but the movers transport your container to your new home. It’s the middle road for effort and cost. Learn more.

Move truck rentals
You do all the work.

Worried about costs? Rent a truck, load it yourself, drive it to your new home, and unload all your things. You do it all—and save a lot. Learn more.


The best long-distance movers in Oakland

Move.org researched over a dozen nationwide moving companies. These professional moving companies are our top picks. If you’re moving to a new home outside of California, we recommend these movers.
Best long-distance moving company
internationalvanlines
International Van Lines
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
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    30 days free storage
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    🔥15% senior discount
Best premium services
Best for customizable services
northamerican
North American Van Lines
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
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    A la carte services
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Best customer reviews
safeway
Safeway Moving System
4 out of 5 stars
4
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Best budget moving company

Local professional movers in Oakland

If you’re moving to a new home in Oakland or somewhere else in California, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Moving company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
Learn More
5 out of 5 stars
5
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
888-610-4531
5 out of 5 stars
5
- Packing services
- Furniture delivery services
- Local moves
415-999-6795
5 out of 5 stars
5
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
415-407-5043
5 out of 5 stars
5
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
415-500-4298
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
-Interstate moves
888-914-8787

Best moving container companies in Oakland

Move.org analyzed approximately 8,000 customer reviews and 300 quotes over 3 years to find the best moving container companies in the US.
Moving company
Move.org rating
Avg. cost for local move
Avg. cost for long-distance move
Phone
Learn more
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
$1,370$4,300866-229-4120
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$1,940$4,240800-722-5728
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$1,500$3,880888-947-7974
4 out of 5 stars
4
$1,870$5,030844-362-5303
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
$1,730$4,100800-468-4285

Best truck rental companies in Oakland

Move.org researched services, gathered over 100 quotes, and interviewed customers to find the 5 best moving truck rental companies in the country.
Moving company
Move.org rating
Avg. cost for local move
Avg. cost for long-distance move
Phone
Learn more
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$328$1,944844-847-9577
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
$28$2,080800-462-8343
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
$39$1,946800-468-4285
3.1 out of 5 stars
3.1
$130N/A888-736-8387
3.1 out of 5 stars
3.1
$324$2,337N/A
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What to know about moving in Oakland

What is the cost of living in Oakland?

Oakland joined seven other California metros on our list of the top 10 cities where living costs are the highest. Oakland residents pay an average of $2,416 every month for their utilities, rent, food, and gas.1 Despite these high living costs, Oakland is still relatively affordable compared to other large Bay Area cities.

How much is rent in Oakland?

In 2021, the average monthly rent for a single-bedroom apartment in Oakland was $1,662.89.2 If you can believe it, this actually represents a sizeable decrease to rental prices in the city. In 2020, Oakland’s rent averaged $1,875.67, so its rental rates went down by about 11% in that year.2

Oakland isn’t unique in this, either. While rental prices soared across much of the country, they actually decreased in other California cities, namely San Francisco and San Jose. To learn more, check out our list of 2021 rental price changes.

How much do movers cost in Oakland?

Moving prices are variable since they depend on factors that are unique to your move. That said, the average price to hire professional movers for a local move (100 miles or less) ranges between $550 and $2,000. For a long-distance move (a move over 100 miles), you’ll pay closer to $2,000–$12,000—possibly more if you move all the way across the country.

But like we said, there are a ton of factors that influence your price. Here are just a few of them:

  • Add-on services like packing, junk removal, or custom crating
  • Exactly how far you’re moving
  • The total weight of your shipment
  • When you book your moving service

Since these various factors are totally different for every moving customer, it’s impossible to predict the exact price of your move until you get a customized estimate from your movers. The good news is that getting an estimate is almost always free, so you can get estimates from multiple movers before you decide which moving company to hire. Some will be cheaper than others.

If you want to learn more about this process and the way different factors influence the price of your move, read our guide to moving costs.

Is Oakland growing quickly?

Yes, Oakland is actually growing relatively quickly compared to other large cities in the Bay Area. Oakland’s annual growth rate in 2020 was 0.90%,3 which is higher than San Francisco where the annual growth rate stagnated to a mere 0.10%.4

However, both cities are experiencing more growth than San Jose which is currently shrinking by 0.62% annually.5 San Jose is still larger than Oakland and San Francisco, though, and it will be for a while even if the current trends continue.

Sources

  1. Joe Roberts, “US Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living,” September 30, 2021. Accessed March 2, 2022.
  2. Trevor Wheelwright, “Where Did Rental Prices Increase and Decrease the Most in 2021,” December 2, 2021. Accessed March 2, 2022.
  3. World Population Review, “Oakland, California Population.” Accessed March 2, 2022.
  4. World Population Review, “San Francisco, California.” Accessed March 2, 2022.
  5. World Population Review, “San Jose, California.” Accessed March 2, 2022.
Joe Roberts
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Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over four years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.