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PODS® Rates Compared to U-Pack

October 27th, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Is your PODS® rate too high?

(Post updated 10/27/14)

If you’ve seen a PODS® container around town, you may have thought they look like a convenient way to move—much better than driving a huge rental truck across the country (because who wants to do the driving). They fit perfectly into a driveway or in front of a house, and they sit close to the ground, so moving things in and out seems super easy. But then you request a quote and see the price…

If you’re moving long distance and your PODS® rate is higher than your budget allows, check out U-Pack!  

It’s a similar "you pack, we drive-type" service, where a container is dropped at your home, you load it, and we pick it up and drive it to your new home, but the price often compares to truck rental.

Get an instant online quote and compare.  

PODS rates compared to U-Pack

Who’s Cheaper? PODS® or U-Pack?

While PODS® rates are normally very reasonable for local moving and storage, U-Pack regularly comes out on top for long-distance moving. Both companies offer free quotes, so compare away!

Your ReloCube rate is based on the number of Cubes you use—and regardless of how many you reserve, you only pay for what you use. Each Cube holds approximately one room of furnishings.

PODS® rates are also based on the number of containers you use. For long-distance moves they come in two sizes: the 7 ft. and 16 ft.

It’s Not Just About PODS® Rates – Compare Service Too

As you compare rates, it’s also important to compare how the overall service meets your needs. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Service Area

    When you get your PODS® rate, it should show you instantly whether they can provide door-to-door service on both ends of your move. While PODS® services many of the larger markets, you may find limited availability in smaller areas. But don’t worry! U-Pack can service most markets with ReloCubes or moving trailers.   
  • Loading Time

    While PODS® allows as much time as you need to load and unload, U-Pack offers up to three business days on each end. We’ve found that this is typically the perfect amount of time to get the job done (and many apartment complexes, city parking regulations, homeowners associations, etc., will not allow parking for longer periods of time). If you need a little extra time, you can have it delivered on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and load/unload over the weekend, too! And, of course, storage is available if you need it. If you have loading/unloading needs that differ from our standard offering, call a moving specialist at 800-413-4799 to discuss your options!
  • Transit Time

    Thanks to one of the most efficient transportation systems in the industry, U-Pack is able to move your belongings across country quickly and safely—transit times average just 2-5 business days (your U-Pack quote will display the estimated transit time). In most locations, you also have the option of adding U-Pack Guaranteed. With this service, you know the exact day your ReloCube or trailer will deliver to your destination. PODS® transit time depends on factors such as the availability of delivery vehicles and the distance to the delivery location.

PODS® Rates Vs. U-Pack Rates (Payment Requirements)

A perk U-Pack customers appreciate is that U-Pack doesn’t require up-front payment. Just reserve with a credit card (no holds or charges are placed on the card), and pay for your move in transit.

If you move long distance with PODS®, payment is required 5 days before your delivery day.

Need more info?

If you have more questions about how U-Pack works, or you need help comparing your PODS® rate to your U-Pack rate, leave a comment, or call 800-413-4799 – we look forward to helping!

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