The Ultimate Moving Guide 101 – Part Four

Whether this is your first or your 10th time moving, we’ve simplified the options when it comes to moving your stuff. First, we showed you what kind of moving help fits your needs. Second, we advised you what kind of moving help you can get, either Labor Assistance or Full Service. Third, we showed you the average cost of moving annually in the United States. Here is part four of our Moving Guide 101.

It’s time to choose the right rental truck option for you. This is the most common type of move, you rent the truck, have a DIY move or have movers load and unload it for you.

As you already know, truck companies let you rent a vehicle in a facility near you. You load, drive, unload it and drive the truck back to another facility near your new home. You can move locally and long distance, but companies will charge you higher for long distance moves. Some companies charge you by mileage and others by daily cost with unlimited miles. For a truck rental, you pay on average around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move.

The most common rental truck companies are U-Haul, Penske , and Budget . Usually customers contact them by phone or online. You can determine what truck size to get based on the amount of rooms you will be moving. Hand trucks and furniture pads are available to rent also.

Tows for your vehicles are available with some truck companies. You may also get packing supplies in their facilities. Keep in mind, some hardware stores will sell them for a lower price. You can also get them at our website and they will be shipped right to your doorstep if that’s convenient for you.

We did a little research for you and hopefully this will help you determine the average cost of what you would be paying for each truck rental company.


There are more than 15,000 U-Haul locations in the U.S. U-Haul is the most known rental truck company. Most likely, someone you know has rented a U-Haul truck at some point in their life. U-Haul offers trucks, trailers, towing, cargo vans, pickups and U-Box containers.

You can pick up just about anything you need for the move at U-Haul. This is convenient for those wanting to get all the moving materials ready before the move. U-Haul’s online service can be frustrating and it’s better for you to contact a representative over the phone to help you.

The preferred pick up location you choose might not be the one you travel to. If U-Haul ends up changing things on you, they will pay $50 for the inconvenience.

U-Haul truck sizes they offer are: 10’, 15’, 17’, 20’, 24’, and 26’.

U-HAUL- 10’ ft. trucks $19.95 + .79c per mile
15’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
17’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
20’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
24’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
26’ $39.95 + .79c per mile

U-HAUL Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $121
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $335
Long Distance 250+ mi= $1,053


Penske has about 1,000 or more locations nationwide. Penske logistics provider and small size, makes a more personalized company and overall great customer service. Agents are willing to provide discounts for services, and if you request a reservation online, you get an online discount.

Penske has a great 24/7 roadside assistance team. Their online site offers plenty of road safety information, moving supplies, discounts, moving help and more.

The perks of Penske are their discounts, (you have to look for them), their guaranteed pick up location and same day rentals. Due to its smaller company size, they pay a lot of close attention to their customers. Penske offers unlimited miles but additional rental days will cost you $50 or more.

Penske truck sizes are: 12’ – 16’ – 22’ – 26’.

PENSKE- 12’ ft. truck $108
16’ truck $108
22’ truck $161.10
26’ truck $161.10

Penske Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $205
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $355
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $1,195


Not only does Budget offer car rental service but truck rentals as well. Budget is a small, 1,700+ location company throughout the U.S. This company offers lots of special discounts that will bring down costs.

Budget’s online system is a little confusing but you can reserve online which is convenient. Unfortunately they only offer three truck sizes and some may not be available in your area. Due to its smaller size trucks, Budget may be practical for smaller moves if that’s the type of move you’re looking for. Budget guarantees your pick up location and that makes the move planning go more efficiently.

Budget Truck Sizes are: 10’, 16’, and 24’.

10’ truck = $46 + .25 cents per mile
16’ truck= $55 + .25 cents per mile
24’ truck = $99 +.25 cents per mile

Budget Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $162
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $254
Long Distance 250+ mi.= $886

If you are comparing U-Haul, Penske and Budget, in the end it really comes down to what you feel the most comfortable with. You have to decide whether you should go for the company that offers what you’re looking for whether it’s pricing, customer service, or one that fits your moving needs. Give us a call for your next moving labor needs.

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