The Best Moving Companies in Rochester

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 Rochester. 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
Moveco
Our Rating
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
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 Rochester

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 New York, 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 Rochester

If you’re moving to a new home in Rochester or somewhere else in New York, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Moving company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
Learn More
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9
- Packing services
- In-state moves
585-663-5455
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
585-288-8000
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3
- Packing services
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
- International moves
585-594-5000
4 out of 5 stars
4
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
585-287-0855
4 out of 5 stars
4
- Packing services
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
- International moves
800-267-7442

Best moving container companies in Rochester

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 Rochester

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 Rochester

How much do movers cost in Rochester?

In general, moving can cost anywhere between $550–$12,000 depending on how far you’re moving, how much stuff you have to move, and how many specialty services (like packing) you pay for.

If you’re moving locally (less than 100 miles), your move probably won’t cost more than $2,000, though it can happen in some cases. For a long-distance move (100+ miles), $2,000 is almost always the least you’ll pay, and there isn’t a definite upper limit to how much a long-distance move can cost.

At the end of the day, the only way to pinpoint the price of your move is to get an estimate from a moving company. And if you’re committed to finding the cheapest movers near you, you should get estimates from several different moving companies to compare prices. Some movers are cheaper than others.

Learn more by reading our guide to moving costs.

How much do homes cost in Rochester?

In 2021, Rochester’s median home value was $144,400,1 putting the city among the more affordable options for homebuyers in New York. For comparison, the median home value in the New York City metro area was $450,900 and Buffalo’s median was $148,500.

That said, home values have risen since we ranked the best cities for first-time homebuyers, so our numbers might be slightly off. To get an idea of how prices have changed, check out our report on home price increases across the country.

How much do utilities cost in New York?

The average resident of New York State pays $374.35 every month for their streaming services, electricity, internet, gas, and water utilities.2 Since this is a state-wide average, you might end up paying more—or less—for your utility bills in some cities. See how New York’s utility costs compare to those in other states by reading our guide to utility bills.

What’s the safest way to move valuable items?

Hiring professional movers to pack and transport especially valuable items is usually your best bet. The pros bring invaluable training and experience to specialty jobs like this, and they’ll also come properly equipped with the best packing materials. Additionally, your moving company will usually let you purchase special coverage for high-value belongings in case they’re damaged during delivery.

However, hiring movers to transport expensive belongings can be, well… expensive. You can make your move a bit cheaper by packing and delivering your antiques and sentimental belongings yourself as long as you’re willing to accept the risks of going DIY. Minimize these risks to your valuables by packing them up in sturdy boxes with plenty of bubble wrap.

You can get more tips by reading our guide to moving with high-value items.

Sources

  1. Joe Roberts, “The Best Metros and Towns for First-Time Homeowners,” January 25, 2021. Accessed March 16, 2022.
  2. Joe Roberts, “Utility Bills 101: Utilities Tips, Average Costs, Fees, and More,” February 10, 2022. Accessed March 16, 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.