The Best Moving Companies in San Jose

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 San Jose. 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
Trusted Movers
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
con Customer loads container
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.

Moving 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 San Jose

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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    🔥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 San Jose

If you’re moving to a new home in San Jose or somewhere else in California, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
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5 out of 5 stars
5
-Storage services
-Packing services
-Office relocation
-Local moving
408-560-3338
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
-Packing services
-Office relocation
-Local moving
-Interstate moving
408-831-3682
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
-Packing services
-Storage services
-Office relocation
-Local moving
408-849-9630
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
-Packing services
-Office relocation
-Local moves
-Interstate moving
800-562-1084
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
-Packing services
-Piano moving
-Local moving
-Interstate moving
408-887-8895

Best moving container companies in San Jose

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 San Jose

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 San Jose

Is San Jose a good place to buy your first home?

The San Jose metro area is one of the worst places in the country to buy your first home. For our report on the best cities for first-time homebuyers, we looked at home prices and home availability in the country’s top 100 most populous metropolitan areas. San Jose ranked dead last.

We found that San Jose’s median home value was $968,800 and only 15% of the homes in the surrounding area were built since the year 2000.1 Pair this with San Jose’s $44,890 median individual income,2 and you’ve got a city that just isn’t made for the average first-time homebuyer.

How much does a local move in San Jose cost?

The average price for a local move from a professional moving company ranges from $550–$2,000. These aren’t hard and fast numbers, though, and depending on how far you’re moving, a small, local company might give you a better rate.

To know for sure how much your move will cost, you’ll need to get an estimate from a professional moving company. In fact, you should get estimates from multiple moving companies if you want to get the cheapest price around. Different movers charge differently for their services, so if you get quotes several movers, you’re guaranteed to find a great price.

Check out our guide to moving costs to learn more about moving prices and how you can save money when you move.

What’s the cost of living in San Jose?

The average cost of living in San Jose is $2,812 a month.2 This figure includes the average cost of rent, food, utilities, and vehicle fuel in the city. While this total isn’t the highest in the country—that honor goes to Irvine, California—it does take second place, beating out infamously expensive cities like San Francisco and New York City.

If you’re planning a move to or around San Jose, make sure you’ve got a job lined up which can cover these high living costs—maybe a well-paying tech job since San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley.

If you want to find a city that’s a little more affordable, check out our list of cities with the lowest living costs.

Where can I donate household goods in San Jose?

Do you have some perfectly functional furniture, clothing, or appliances you want to clear out before you move? Donate them at one of San Jose’s many donation centers instead of sending them to the landfill.

Here are a few donation centers that accept household goods near downtown San Jose:

If you want to donate your old stuff but you don’t have time to drop it off yourself, check out our list of charities that pick up donations.

Be aware that most donation centers won’t accept broken or unusable items. If the stuff you’re getting rid of wouldn’t be useful to someone else, consider taking it to a local landfill or recycling center. Alternatively, you could hire a junk removal company to come get it.

Sources

  1. Joe Roberts, “The Best Metros and Towns for First-Time Homeowners,” January 25, 2021. Accessed January 20, 2022.
  2. Joe Roberts, “US Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living,” September 30, 2021. Accessed January 20, 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.