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May 24th, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Want to use Portable Containers for Moving?

When you’re moving long distance, one of the most convenient ways to get your belongings across the country is by using portable moving containers. They’re super easy to load, and you don’t have to worry about driving a moving truck across the country (some people consider that a HUGE perk!). But one issue you may run into if you’re looking into using one of these handy containers is that there are several options to choose from; it can get a bit difficult to decide which one to use. Let’s wade through your options.

The Big 4 portable moving container options

If you’ve started research, these are the container options you may be most familiar with: U-Pack’s ReloCube®, U-Haul’s U-Box®, the PODS® container, and the Pack-Rat® container. The basic premise of how each of these services work is similar.  A container(s) gets dropped off, you load your stuff inside, and it gets delivered to your new home. But, as with most things, there are some key differences that set each service apart.  

U-Pack’s ReloCubes are metal, weatherproof containers that measure approximately 6’ x 7’ x 8’. They typically hold the contents of a studio-size apartment, and U-Pack offers the flexibility of reserving as many as you think you’ll need, and paying only for those you actually use. U-Pack specializes in long-distance moving, and in most locations offers up to three business days to load, and up to three business days to unload. Transit times average 2-5 business days, or storage is available if you need it. With U-Pack there’s no down payment or deposit. You can reserve with a credit card and pay after your shipment is loaded. U-Pack also offers a moving trailer option for customers with larger moves or those who need more flexibility.

U-Haul’s U-Box® is a wooden container with a vinyl covering (the only non-metal option of the four). They are 8' x 5' x 7'6", with the door opening on the 5' side. You can pick the U-Box® up at a U-Haul location and tow it behind your vehicle to your destination, you can tow it behind a U-Haul truck, or in some areas you can have it delivered to your door. U-Haul requires payment of the total estimated charges for your rental when you pick up the equipment. Customers paying by credit card are not required to pay a deposit, but if paying by cash, a deposit is required.

PODS® offers metal containers in a variety of sizes (7'x8'x8', 12'x8'x8', and 16'x8'x8') for local and long distance moving and storage. Though customers often report running into serviceability issues, PODS® containers can be delivered door-to-door if service is available in the area. PODS® does not limit loading and unloading time.

Pack-Rat® offers 12- and 16-foot metal containers that can be used for local or long-distance moving and storage. Similar to PODS®, Pack-Rat serviceability can be limited across the nation as not all states have Pack-Rat locations. Pack-Rat® does not limit loading and unloading time.

Which moving container works best for me?

One of the big factors in making this decision is getting a good idea of how much space you need. You want to make sure the portable moving containers are large enough, but you don’t want to pay for more than you need. Use U-Pack’s Space Estimator Tools to get a good idea of how much space you’ll need.

Compare Portable Moving Container Prices

Have you started getting quotes yet? If you’re trying to stick to a budget, that’s a great place to start. You may be surprised in the differences! You can get a free, no-obligation quote online with U-Pack and U-Haul, but you’ll typically need to call PODS® and Pack-Rat® for a quote.

Of course, U-Pack is the service I can provide the most information about. If you would like more information about ReloCube, or you want to check prices, we would love to help! You can get a free moving quote online, or call us at 800-413-4799 to speak with a moving specialist.  

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