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Compare Two Men and a Truck to U-Pack

December 22nd, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Choosing a long-distance moving option: Two Men and a Truck® or U-Pack®?

Many moving companies come up when you do research online — either with ads, review sites or company websites. Two that frequently show up in search results are Two Men and a Truck and U-Pack, both of which provide long-distance moving services across the United States. To make comparing these companies easier, we’ve gathered some key differences so you can thoroughly check them out.


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5 differences between Two Men and a Truck and U-Pack

1. Service options​

Two Men and a Truck is similar to a traditional full-service mover. Their long-distance service includes loading, unloading and transportation, and packing and unpacking services can be added for an extra fee (packing materials are extra as well). While each Two Men and a Truck location operates independently, the service typically works with a crew loading the shipment and then the same crew driving the truck to the new home and unloading. Because they do all the work for you, rates will reflect all of those services.

U-Pack is a little more do-it-yourself when it comes to long-distance moving — you do the loading and unloading, but we handle the transportation. If you want help loading or unloading, we can refer you to a moving crew who can do whatever work you need. It’s a great flexible moving option since you save by doing some of the work, but you don’t have to drive. Learn more about how U-Pack works here.

2. Equipment size

Most Two Men and a Truck locations offer 28’ box trucks, and certain limited locations offer what they call Value Flex® moving — using 16’ portable containers. If you need more than one truck or container for larger moves, they can typically accommodate that.

U-Pack has moving trailers and ReloCube containers. Moving trailers are 28’ x 8’ x 9’ and are equivalent in size to a 26’ rental truck plus a 10’ truck. You only pay for the space you need, down to a five-foot minimum. ReloCubes are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ metal containers, and you can use as many as you need. If you get multiple Cubes delivered, but end up not using them all, you don’t pay for unused containers.

3. Coverage area​

Two Men and a Truck has around 300 locations, mostly near or around metro areas. They are all independently-owned franchises, so they each offer different services and options. Locations are currently found in 41 states, so there may be areas without coverage.

U-Pack has around 230 locations, and while many are near metro areas, we also provide service to more remote areas. We service all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. All service centers are managed by the same company. 

4. Price factors

Two Men and a Truck rates are based on the mileage between origin and destination and the weight of the shipment. U-Pack rates are based on three things: where you’re moving to/from, when you’re moving, and how much you’re moving (space, not weight).

5. Quote process

Two Men and a Truck has two quoting options: either an over-the-phone walkthrough of your home, where you tell them about every item in the house (furniture, wall hangings, how full drawers are, etc.) and they estimate the weight based on the inventory. Or for a more accurate estimate, they send a representative to your home to look at everything and estimate the weight. Either way, they have to account for all items in the estimate to be accurate. There could be additional charges when the loaded truck is weighed if it’s heavier than estimated.

Estimating space with U-Pack is a little easier than weight — though you can’t place a couch on a scale, you can see how big it is with a tape measure. You can also use our room-by-room estimator to get an idea of the space you’ll need.

Check rates with a moving quote

If you want to compare rates, get a moving quote from both companies. It will require either a phone walkthrough or an in-home estimate for Two Men and a Truck, but you can easily check U-Pack rates online. Click for a free moving quote, or call us at 800-413-4799 if you prefer to talk to someone. Let us know if you have any questions — we’re here to help!

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