How does Pack-Rat Moving stack up?
(Post updated 9/11/14)
Pack-Rat (1-800-Pack-Rat®) is a moving and storage company that works a lot like other portable storage companies. They deliver a container to your home, give you time to load, and then pick it up – kind of like U-Pack®, but different. By looking at Pack-Rat next to a comparable moving service like U-Pack, you can see the differences clearly.
What’s different about Pack-Rat?
At first glance, U-Pack and Pack-Rat may seem very similar; however, the contrasts are in the details.
Currently, Pack-Rat serves 55 markets in 29 states. They also service Washington D.C. and Ontario. While they have facilities in larger cities, such as Phoenix, Chicago, and Portland, they’re unable to deliver to many rural locations. There are several states without Pack-Rat availability – Alabama, Alaska, and Hawaii to name a few.
If you live in an area that’s unserviceable by Pack-Rat, check with U-Pack. U-Pack has a nation-wide service area, including Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Puerto Rico. U-Pack has nearly 250 service centers with at least one in every state. Get a U-Pack quote to verify service to your location.
Because Pack-Rat offers three different sizes of containers – the 12 ft. Pack-Rat, 16 ft. Pack-Rat, and an 8 ft. Pack-Rat (available in most markets) – you’ll have to figure out which one is best for your move. In terms of space, the 12 ft. Pack-Rat container holds about 1-2 rooms’ worth of furniture, and the 16 ft. holds 3-4 rooms. The 8 ft. would hold about 1 room’s worth of furniture. If you choose the wrong size, you may run out of space.
If it’s flexibility you’re looking for, U-Pack offers it. U-Pack allows you to reserve as many containers as you think you’ll need, but pay only for the ones you use. U-Pack moving containers are all one size: 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH). They fit into one standard parking space for easy parking and hold the contents of about one room. You can use one container, or several. U-Pack also offers a 28’ moving trailer. With this option, you load your belongings and pay only for the space you use.
The Time it Takes to Complete Your Move
A move with Pack-Rat can take up to 30 days from start to finish. Pack-Rat typically gives you 10 days to load and 10 days to unload (leaving the container parked at your location on each end). Transit time is estimated at 10 days from the time they pick up your container until it gets delivered to your home. If you store your items at a Pack-Rat location, it could also take about 10 days to deliver your items to your home.
For faster relocation, U-Pack gives you three days for loading, and three days for unloading. Many U-Pack customers find that three days is plenty of time for loading and unloading (without dragging it out). Transit times average 2-5 business days for most moves. That means your move will likely be completed in just a week or two.
Getting a Quote
In order to compare prices, you’ll need to get moving quotes. To get a price for a move with Pack-Rat, you’ll give them the details either online or by phone. If you give the details online, you’ll then call Pack-Rat for your cost. Either way, you’ll need to speak with a representative to get a price quote.
U-Pack can give you a quote online. If you prefer to talk to a U-Pack representative, you can always call 800-413-4799 and get your quote over the phone.
Pack-Rat Moving or U-Pack Moving – which works best for you?
Make your own pros and cons list from the details above, and consider which service fits your needs. When it comes to flexibility, transit time, and ease of service, you may find that U-Pack comes out ahead. Start planning your move with U-Pack by getting a free moving quote.
If you have more questions about moving with U-Pack, leave us a comment. And if you have questions about moving with Pack-Rat, we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.