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How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack

November 11th, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Compare the Cost of PODS® to U-Pack

If you’re looking at options for moving containers, 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. In many cases, one of the leading differences is cost – which means the big question is “How much does PODS® cost compared to U-Pack?” Let’s explore how you get a quote, what goes into the price, and how to keep costs low when moving.

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Checking PODS® moving cost vs. U-Pack

Because prices differ so much by location, giving a “ballpark” cost for PODS® or U-Pack isn’t possible (bummer, I know). However, you can easily get quotes from both companies and compare.

The process to get a price differs between the two companies. 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. While calling in for a quote isn’t super convenient, it’s doable.

Why PODS® costs are different from U-Pack®costs?

If you’ve compared quotes, and you’re wondering why the PODS® cost is so different from the U-Pack cost, take a look at how U-Pack keeps rates low:

  • Efficient Transportation
    U-Pack ReloCube moving containers are transported by ABF Freight – the carrier with one of the safest, most efficient transportation systems in the industry. We pass the cost savings of moving your household items directly to you.
  • Broad coverage area
    U-Pack services all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. We have over 240 moving service centers across the country, making over-the-road transportation costs lower. You have 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
    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. Customers love the flexibility to have extra space on hand if they need it. The space you don’t use is filled with commercial goods, making transportation costs cheaper.
  • 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.

Compare options for U-Pack and PODS®for moving and storage

We know there’s more to consider besides cost when you’re deciding which service is best for your move. Take a look the main differences of the two services beyond pricing. PODS® and U-Pack differ in terms of actual container construction, transit time, and:

Equipment options

While you may be most interested in moving containers, U-Pack also offers moving trailers as another affordable option  In some cases, trailer moves may be even more affordable! Moving in a trailer is flexible, just like moving in a ReloCube. The trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’, but you only pay for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum). While PODS® does offer different sized containers, it can be difficult to estimate which size you need. That’s why the flexibility to load your belongings into the area you need U-Pack is such a great perk.

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.

Transit Time

Our transportation carriers are able to move your belongings quickly across the country. In most cases, your belongings arrive in just 2-5 business days.  You get three business days to load and 3 business days to unload – which means your entire move can be completed in as little as 8 business days from start to finish. U-Pack also offers expedited delivery and the ability to choose your exact delivery date and time window. Just ask a moving consultant about your options when you call.

In contrast, PODS® can take up to 30 days to complete your move. Their service covers 30 days including loading, storage, transportation, and unloading. PODS® delivery depends on vehicle availability,, which could make it difficult to coordinate moving plans. 

Storage Options and Costs

U-Pack storage is available if needed. If you don’t need it, you don’t pay for it! Your moving quote will show you the monthly storage costs so you can customize your move. PODS® cost automatically includes storage as a part of the 30 day moving time, with additional storage time available. However, if you’re wanting to move directly without storage, paying for that built-in 30 day move time isn’t ideal.

What customers say about PODS® costs compared to U-Pack costs and 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.