Portable storage – affordable or not?
Using a portable storage container for your upcoming long-distance move is a great idea. They’re convenient, easy to load/unload, and of course you can store your belongings directly inside. But how much do they cost? While some are really affordable, others can be a bit pricey. Today, we’ll help you narrow down which portable storage option is best for your move in terms of cost.
How much does portable storage cost?
Because portable storage containers come in all shapes, sizes, and construction, it can be difficult to compare them apples to apples. For this reason, we’ll give you a helpful example so that you can really see how the costs compare. We’ll start with a moving quote from U-Pack® first, then compare to other portable storage options like PODS®, U-Haul®, and Pack Rat®. Keep in mind that prices can vary based on where you’re moving from and to, when you’re moving, and how much you’re moving.
An example of portable storage costs
- Total cost for 3 ReloCubes: $3,422 (about 926 cubic feet)
- Total cost for 2 ReloCubes: $2430 (about 617 cubic feet)
- Your U-Pack quote includes fuel, taxes, tolls, the driver, liability coverage, and 3 business days for loading/unloading
- Optional monthly storage: $105 per Cube per month
- Construction: Weatherproof metal
Keep in mind that unlike other portable storage options, U-Pack offers another equipment type: the U-Pack Moving Trailer. For this example move, the trailer option costs $2,530 for 13 linear feet of trailer space (a typical 2 bedroom home). If you use less space than 13 ft., you can subtract the per-foot adjustment rate down to a minimum of 5 linear feet. And, you can store your belongings directly in the trailer just like the ReloCube. The cubic capacity for the full trailer is approximately 1,944 cubic feet.
- Total cost for a 16 ft. container + a 7 ft. container: $4,867.06 (about 1,106 cubic feet)
- Total cost for one 16 ft. container: $3,004.17 (about 813 cubic feet)
- The PODS® quote includes taxes, fuel, the driver, coverage, and 1 month for loading
- Optional monthly storage: $199.99 per month for the 16 ft. container and $179.99 for each month after; $149.99 per month for the 7 ft. container
- Construction: Metal
- Total cost for 3 U-Boxes: $2,601.15 (about 771 cubic feet)
- Total cost for 2 U-Boxes: $2,121.20 (about 514 cubic feet)
- Construction: Plywood
We found the U-Box quote a little difficult to interpret – in case you run into the same issue, we’ll try to simplify to help it make more sense.
The quote above (for 3 U-Boxes) includes delivering the portable storage containers to your address, 12 furniture pads per container, shipping them from Denver to Atlanta, delivering them to your destination address, insurance coverage, and keeping the boxes for one month (to use however you want – storage, moving, etc.).
For this move, if you need the three portable storage containers for more than one month, you’ll be charged the “per month” rate of $239.85 (on your specific quote, you’ll see it described as the “per month” charge at the top of the quote).
Of course, if you have difficulty figuring it out for your move, the best thing to do is contact U-Haul directly.
- Total cost for 16 ft. container + 8 ft. container: $4,602 (about 1,364 cubic feet)
- Total cost for one 16 ft. Pack-Rat® container: $2556 (about 1,013 cubic feet)The Pack-Rat® quote includes fuel, taxes, lock and key, 20 moving blankets, transportation, content protection for the first 30 days.
- Optional monthly storage: 16 foot container is $199.99 plus tax per container after 30 days; 8 foot container is $179.99 plus tax per container after 30 days.
- Construction: Metal
How much will portable storage cost for my move?
You'll be able to get the answer to this question easily by starting with an online moving quote from U-Pack. Then, compare it to the competition. You can get prices online 24/7 or call U-Pack at 800-413-4799 M-F from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. If you have additional questions about calculating your portable storage cost, let us know! We’re happy to help.