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U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

September 7th, 2015 - 6:02 PM

Compare Pack-Rat® Moving to U-Pack®

As you do research to prepare to move, you might want to see how U-Pack stacks up against other long-distance moving companies. While comparing price is always important, so is comparing service, moving options (like storage), and equipment. When you know what each company offers, you can better choose the one that fits your needs. Today, we’ll cover U-Pack vs. Pack Rat, and how each company compares in terms of service, cost, equipment, and more.

U-Pack service offerings compared to Pack-Rat service offerings

  • With U-Pack, we’ll deliver a moving container or trailer to your door, you pack and load (or we can refer you to experienced moving help), and we deliver to the door at your destination. You get up to three business days to load and unload, and storage is available if you need it.
  • Similar to U-Pack, Pack-Rat delivers a metal moving container to your home, and you pack, load and unload (or they can help you find loading/unloading assistance). Storage is also available if needed.

So, both U-Pack and Pack-Rat offer door-to-door containerized moving and storage in metal containers, but in most cases, that’s where the similarities end.

Online quotes from U-Pack compared to Pack-Rat quotes

  • U-Pack provides instant online moving quotes. Though speaking with a knowledgeable moving consultant is helpful, it’s not required. With U-Pack, you have the option of communicating online or by phone (800-413-4799) – whichever best fits your needs.
  • You can also get a Pack-Rat moving price online….well, kind of. Once you complete the online quote form and serviceability is verified, you’ll have to call with your quote number to get your price.

The ReloCube and trailer vs. the Pack Rat unit

  • U-Pack gives customers the ultimate flexibility. You can choose between moving in a moving trailer or ReloCube. With the trailer, you pay only for the space you use. Load into as little as five linear feet (which typically holds a studio apartment), or as much as the entire 28 ft. trailer. If you need even more space, it’s still available, just pay for the space you need in a second moving trailer. The ReloCube is a metal, weatherproof container measuring 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (externally). Once container typically holds a studio apartment. You can reserve as many as you think you need and only pay for the ones you use. That means if you reserve three and use two, you only pay for two!

    ReloCube compared to Pack Rat Container
  • Pack-Rat moving containers come in three sizes, but only two, the 8 ft. and 16 ft. are for long-distance moving. The 12 ft. container is for local moves only. You’ll pay for the entire container regardless of how much space you use inside. Take a look at the container dimensions below.
    Pack Rat container sizes

    Pack-Rat container sizes

U-Pack locations vs. Pack Rat locations

  • U-Pack offers long-distance moving services to all 50 states (including Alaska and Hawaii). There are close to 300 service centers nationwide. U-Pack even extends service to Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • 1-800-Pack-Rat offers local and long-distance moving services. The service area covers 30 states (55 markets in those 33 states). Service to Puerto Rico isn’t available, but there is a Pack Rat location in Ontario, Canada.

U-Pack reviews compared to Pack-Rat reviews

  • U-Pack has excellent customer service and knowledgeable moving consultants. Check out reviews at movingscam.com (they endorse U-Pack as a reputable mover) and the Better Business Bureau (U-Pack has an A+ rating).
  • While we’ve had difficulty finding consumer reviews of 1-800-Pack-Rat, it’s good practice to search reviews out for any moving service you’re considering. For starters, try sites like yelp.com, the BBB, or even social media channels. Ask your friends for Pack-Rat reviews or complaints if you know people who have used their service before.

U-Pack history compared to Pack-Rat history

  • The primary transportation provider U-Pack uses is ABF Freight℠ - one of the nation’s most reputable carriers and the only six-time winner of the American Trucking Association’s Excellence in Security Award. Since 1923, ABF Freight has been a familiar sight on America’s highways and serving U-Pack customers since 1997.
  • The first Pack-Rat locations opened in 2003.

More ways to compare U-Pack to 1-800-Pack-Rat

Take a look at this easy-to-read chart to compare these two companies in more detail.

Pack Rat & U-Pack Comparison

U-Pack has faster delivery times, more time to load, no deposit required, optional storage, a larger service area, and you pay after your move, not before. It’s difficult to compare apples to apples when U-Pack offers so much more.

Go U-Pack!

It’s the service customers continually choose for moving and storage. Many U-Pack customers choose us because of price, and the friendly customer service and flexibility help, too.

Start by getting a free moving quote online – or call 800-413-4799 to speak with a helpful moving consultant. We’ll help coordinate your move every step of the way.

When you go U-Pack, you get flexibility, great customer service, a long-standing history of safety, and competitive prices. If you have any questions about how U-Pack compares to 1-800-Pack-Rat, leave a comment below. We look forward to helping.