The Best Moving Companies in Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee. 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
Power Movers
Our Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
pro Packing services
pro Furniture assembly
pro In-state moves
pro Interstate moves
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 Milwaukee

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 Wisconsin, 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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safeway
Safeway Moving System
4 out of 5 stars
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    Charitable donations
Best budget moving company

Local professional movers in Milwaukee

If you’re moving to a new home in Milwaukee or somewhere else in Wisconsin, check out these highly ranked local moving companies.
Moving company
Customer rating
Services
Phone
Learn More
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7
- Packing services
- Furniture assembly
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
414-243-9871
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
- Packing services
- Storage services
- Local moves
414-234-5000
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
- Packing services
- Junk removal
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
414-203-1306
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
414-263-6402
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
- Packing services
- Office relocation
- In-state moves
- Interstate moves
414-383-1776

Best moving container companies in Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee

What is the cost of living in Milwaukee?

If you’re considering a move to Milwaukee and you’re worried about the city’s affordability, put your mind to rest. The average resident of Milwaukee only pays $1,382 every month for their living costs,1 making Milwaukee one of the 20 US cities where living costs are cheapest. Necessary expenses like rent, food, and utilities are all included in this total.

How much is rent in Milwaukee?

The average monthly rent for a single-bedroom Milwaukee apartment in 2021 was $770.67.2 And while this reflects a 2.88% yearly increase in the city’s rental rates, it’s still remarkably affordable. Many cities with average rentals going for hundreds of dollars more than Milwaukee’s in 2020 also saw much bigger price increases in 2021.

Even if the current trends continue, Milwaukee will have some of the lowest rent in the nation for quite a while. If you want to see exactly how Milwaukee’s rent stacks up to the rest of the country, check out our report on apartment price hikes.

How much do movers cost in Milwaukee?

Hiring professional movers can cost anywhere from $550–$12,000 depending on how far you’re moving, the size of your home, and what services you get.

Local moves (100 miles or less) usually don’t cost more than $2,000, especially if you’re only moving an apartment’s worth of stuff. Of course, if you have a ton of belongings or you get deluxe services like professional packing, you could end up paying more than $2,000 in some cases.

For a long-distance move (100 miles or more), $2,000 is usually the least you’ll pay, though cheaper moves than this aren’t unheard of. Your price will usually go up from there, though, and there’s not a well-defined upwards limit to how much a long-distance move can cost if you get special services.

At the end of the day, you’ll only know precisely how much to budget for your move after you get moving estimates from a couple of movers. In fact, the more estimates you get, the better. Moving companies don’t all charge the same, so getting estimates from multiple companies is a great way to find the cheapest movers near you.

The best part is that getting a moving estimate is almost always free. Learn more by reading our guide to moving costs.

Where can I donate household goods in Milwaukee?

Offloading household items you don’t need is one of the best ways to make your move cheaper. Moving prices are largely determined by the combined weight of your household belongings, so selling and donating any household goods you won’t miss all but guarantees you a better rate.

Here are a few Milwaukee donation centers where you can drop off your donations:

This probably goes without saying, but don’t donate broken or useless items. Donation centers aren’t landfills, so only donate things that someone else would actually want. If you have things like broken furniture or dead appliances to throw away, hire one of our favorite junk removal companies to take it off your hands.

Sources

  1. Joe Roberts, “US Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living,” September 30, 2021. Accessed March 9, 2022.
  2. Trevor Wheelwright, “Where Did Rental Prices Increase and Decrease the Most in 2021?” December 2, 2021. Accessed March 9, 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.