The Best Moving Companies in Columbus

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 Columbus. 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
MVM Moving & Storage
Our Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
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 Columbus

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 Ohio, 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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    GPS tracking
Best customer reviews
safeway
Safeway Moving System
4 out of 5 stars
4
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    Charitable donations
Best budget moving company

Local professional movers in Columbus

If you’re moving to a new home in Columbus or somewhere else in Ohio, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Moving company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
844-424-6683
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
- Packing services
- Junk removal
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
614-385-1005
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
- Packing services
- Storage services
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
614-436-8080
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
800-481-6843
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3
- Moving labor
- Storage services
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
614-705-0516

Best moving container companies in Columbus

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 Columbus

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 Columbus

What is the cost of living in Columbus?

On average, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, spends $1,471 every month on their rent, utilities, food, and gas. And while this is in the cheaper half of our rankings of cities with the lowest living costs, it’s not as affordable as Cincinnati which landed in our top 10 most affordable cities with a monthly total of $1,226. Cleveland—where the average cost of living totals $1,332 each month—is also cheaper than Columbus.1

How much does it cost to hire movers in Columbus?

Moving prices are largely determined by how far you’re moving. If you’re moving locally (100 miles or less), you should expect to pay $550–$2,000 to hire professional movers. If you’re moving long-distance (100 miles or more), your move will be somewhere in the range of $2,000–$7,500. Your prices will go up from there if you hire your movers for packing or special add-ons like piano moving and cleanout services.

In addition to distance and add-on services, here are a few other factors that can affect the price of your move:

  • How much stuff you’re moving
  • How far ahead of time you book
  • The time of year you move
  • How many stairs your movers have to climb
  • How close your movers can park to your old and new homes

These various factors make it virtually impossible to determine your exact price without getting a professional estimate from a moving consultant. When you hire a moving company, your movers will send a consultant to inspect everything you’re moving and give you a pricing estimate. Only then will you know what your price will be.

Luckily, this process is usually free, so if the price is too high, you can back out at that point without losing more than a few hours of your time. Learn more about in-home estimates and moving prices by checking out our guide to moving costs.

How large is Columbus?

Columbus is both the capital of Ohio as well as its largest city. According to the 2020 census, Columbus’ population sat at 905,748.2 This means that the city grew roughly 14% since the 2010 census when its population was 787,033.2 For comparison, the United States as a whole grew by only 7.4% in the same period.3

How much do utilities cost in Ohio?

The average Ohioan pays $353.41 every month for utilities.4 This total includes the average costs for electricity, natural gas, water, streaming services, and broadband internet in the state. To see how these utility bills compare to those in other states and to get some tips on how to make your own utilities a little cheaper, check out our guide to utility bills.

Sources

  1. Joe Roberts, “US Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living,” September 30, 2021. Accessed March 2, 2022.
  2. United States Census Bureau, “Columbus city, Ohio.” Accessed March 2, 2022.
  3. The World Economic Forum, “How has the population of each American state evolved over the last decade?” Accessed March 2, 2022.
  4. Joe Roberts, “Utility Bills 101: Utilities Tips, Average Costs, Fees, and More,” February 10, 2022. 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.