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Atlas Moving Compared to U-Pack

June 3rd, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Considering Atlas Van Lines®?

If you search online for moving companies, you'll find pages and pages of results. Among them, you'll likely run across Atlas Van Lines®, a full-service moving company. Atlas offers an array of services, designed to cover every step of the moving process. This sounds good in theory, but how many of those do you actually need? If you're on a budget (and most people are), can you save costs — without sacrificing quality — by doing some of the work yourself? When evaluating your situation, you may determine that another option like U-Pack® could be a better fit. Learn how to get a quote, what equipment options are available and other details about these companies so you can make the right choice for your move.

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Navigating the quote process

One of the first things most people do when they start planning a move is determine their budget and figure out how much it’s all going to cost. The next step is getting quotes. So how does the quoting process work?

With Atlas, an online quote requires entering your name, email address and phone number, then the origin and destination of the move, size of your household and approximate move date. From there, you agree to have an Atlas representative reach out by phone or email to get more details about the move before providing an estimate. Atlas also requires an in-home inventory assessment to give an accurate quote.

Want an instant, hassle-free quote with no inventory assessment or in-homes estimate required? U-Pack simplifies the process by giving online quotes based on the size of your home. Unless you’re ready to book right now, you don’t have to do anything more than tell us where you’re moving from and to, the estimated move date and the size of your home. And we’ll ask for an email address to send the quote to. That’s it. No name or phone number is necessary. You can also get an instant quote by calling one of our moving consultants at 800-413-4799.

Your costs, explained

Now that you know how to get a quote, how does each company determine price? Atlas estimates cover the cost of loading, transportation and unloading your goods. The price depends on the size and weight of the shipment, and the distance between origin and destination (along with some other factors related to how far the movers have to walk, stairs, etc). If you need additional services like packing or unpacking help or full-value protection, Atlas can factor that into your rate as well.

U-Pack simplifies pricing. Rates are dependent on how much space you use, where you’re moving to and from and when you’re moving. The cost includes transportation, door-to-door delivery, fuel and basic liability coverage. And, if you need help loading and/or unloading, we’re happy to refer you to local moving labor who can help! We’ll even set it all up for you.

How do storage options compare?

What if you’re not ready to move in right away and need storage for a while? Both Atlas and U-Pack offer storage, but the process differs.

Atlas offers both short- and long-term storage solutions with storage-in-transit. With this option, an Atlas agent unloads your cartons from the moving truck and places them into storage at one of their local warehouses. Your belongings stay in storage until you’re ready for them, at which time they’re loaded back onto a moving truck and delivered to your home.

With U-Pack, you load your belongings into the trailer or ReloCube(s), and we’ll store them at a local service center until you’re ready for delivery. We don’t unload your items off of the trailer or co-mingle with other household goods shipments. Studies show that less handling means less damage — you can rest easy when U-Pack moves and stores your belongings.

What are transit times like?

Though no move is the same and transit times vary, most full-service movers like Atlas average transit times at up to 2-4 weeks. With U-Pack, transit times average just 2-5 business days. One of the fastest transit times in the industry! U-Pack also offers guaranteed transit options if you need to know the exact day your shipment will arrive.

Choose between Atlas Van Lines and U-Pack

If you’re moving long distance on a budget and have the ability to do some of the work on your own, U-Pack is a great choice! Excellent customer care, affordable prices, flexible moving options and reliable service. Have other questions about Atlas Van Lines or U-Pack we didn’t answer? Give us a call or leave a comment below!

See how U-Pack matches up with other full-service moving companies like Atlas Van Lines in our full-service mover comparison guide.


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