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How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack

June 26th, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Compare the Cost of PODS® to U-Pack

If you’re looking for a containerized moving option, and you’ve done some research, you’ve probably discovered that the two companies most often compared are PODS® and U-Pack. The services are fairly similar (drop a container off at your home, you load it, it gets picked up and moved to your new home), but there are few important differences. And in a lot of locations, one of the leading differences is cost—which means the big question is “How much does PODS® cost compared to U-Pack?

It’s a great, legitimate question.

But, because prices differ so much throughout the country, giving a “ballpark” cost isn’t possible (bummer, I know). You can easily get quotes from both companies and compare, though.  

U-Pack offers instant online quotes that are as simple as entering the basic information about your move—you’ll see the price immediately. Getting a PODS® cost estimate is a little more involved; you can visit the website and enter the details of your move, and normally you’ll be given a reference number to use when you call for the price. Not super convenient, but doable.

See how U-Pack compares to PODS®



Your price

When you get your U-Pack quote, you may notice a couple of flexible moving options (moving in a ReloCube or in a trailer). We’ll automatically select the most cost-effective option for the locations you’re moving from and to. If your quote doesn’t reflect the type of equipment you’re interested in (i.e. if you get a quote for a trailer, and you would rather have a ReloCube quote), just give us a call at 800-413-4799 and we’ll be happy to adjust it for you.

Why the difference in PODS® costs compared to U-Pack® costs?

  • Efficient Transportation
    Your ReloCubes are transported by ABF Freight—the carrier with one of the safest, most efficient linehaul systems in the industry. We pass the cost savings of moving your household items this way, directly to you.

  • A wide-ranging service coverage area
    U-Pack services all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. The use of nearly 300 moving service centers across the country means quick and easy access to moving equipment when and where you need it; another time AND money-saver!

  • Pay only for the space you use
    That means if you reserve two ReloCubes and only use one, you only pay for one. The same applies for the U-Pack moving trailers—the per foot rate allows you to use only the space you need.

  • No franchise fees
    U-Pack is owned and operated by the same company. That means no franchise fees are tacked on to your moving cost.

What customers say about PODS® costs compared to U-Pack costs (and the service)

At the completion of every U-Pack move, we send a survey to ask customers about their experience. It’s an extremely helpful tool that’s designed to let us know what we’re doing well, and where we can improve. This is what past U-Pack customers had to say about comparing PODS® costs to U-Pack.

 “I am completely satisfied with U-Pack. From the phone call to make a reservation to the day my ReloCube arrived at my final destination. Customer service is top notch, very informative and communicative through everything. I highly recommend them for a lesser cost than PODS®.” – A. Arcangel

“I recently relocated from Massachusetts to North Carolina. The biggest challenge with the move was determining how to get our things from one state to another. I considered renting a truck (e.g. U-Haul), other storage units (e.g. PODS®), or using a full-service mover (VERY expensive!). U-Pack ReloCubes was the most affordable, most convenient, and most cost-effective choice. I was worried I would get what I paid for, but it was a terrific moving experience. Service was outstanding (they were prompt, patient and thorough while answering my questions, and always courteous)! I felt they took pride in their work, which is so appreciated these days! Price was better than all of the other alternatives I had considered. This was the farthest I had ever moved, but it was the easiest move thanks to U-Pack! I highly recommend them!” – K. Feldman

“I was thankful that the company really worked with me at every step. I was able to store on site and then have it picked up with only a few days notice. The driver that dropped it off was very helpful too! I didn’t negotiate much on price, but you were the lowest around (and with great customer service!) the customer service is what stood out from U-Box or PODS® by far! Makes it worth every cent when you are already juggling a lot with a big move. Thank you!” – A. Radicella

“I have recommended U-Pack to my past coworkers and friends who are moving. The reason is that it is cheaper than PODS® and a lot less stressful.” –D. Johnston

“Not only did I get a better quote ($600 cheaper than PODS®), but I spoke with awesome people. This company has super customer service and I never had a negative moment with any representative.” –K. Anderson

How can we help?

If you have questions about moving or how U-Pack compares to PODS®, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call at 800-413-4799, or leave a comment below.

Happy moving!