How does Bekins Van Lines differ from U-Pack?
Bekins Van Lines® is a traditional full-service moving company, which means they offer full and partial packing services, loading, transportation, unloading and storage. While U-Pack® is a DIY moving service where you handle the packing and loading, our moving experts can refer you to local moving crews for help, and in most cases, we can offer a long-distance move at a much lower price. Learn more about what to expect with Bekins, and then compare to U-Pack.
Quoting process: Bekins vs. U-Pack
For Bekins, you can get a ballpark estimate (featuring a low- to high-range price) by filling out their online form with your origin, destination, home size and moving date. To schedule the move, you’ll need to set up an in-home inspection with one of their agents. During the visit, the Bekins representative will estimate the weight of your shipment by taking a survey of belongings and confirming the moving services you need. On moving day, a driver and crew load your things and drives the moving van.
With U-Pack, you can get an all-inclusive moving quote online or by calling 844-362-5303844-594-3077 and speaking with one of our helpful moving consultants. There’s no need to schedule an in-home estimate, and the price you see is the price you’ll pay as long as the details of your move don’t change.
Is Bekins or U-Pack cheaper?
We looked an example move for a studio apartment from Boston, MA, to Phoenix, AZ, taking place in August 2022. The quotes from both companies were accurate at the time of posting. Actual moving costs will vary based on factors including origin, destination, moving date and home size. Note: The Bekins quote was a ballpark price meaning they give the low- and high-end of what the move might cost.
- Bekins gave a ballpark price for this move (loading, transportation and unloading) between $4,402.17 and $5,653.51. Adding services like packing or storage would increase that price.
- U-Pack quoted 1 ReloCube® moving container (recommended for a home this size) for $3,272*.
*If you wanted to add loading or unloading help, the quote for this move was $524.50 for loading and $355 for unloading, both with 2 helpers for 2 hours. This means for loading, transportation and unloading, the U-Pack price was $4,151.50, which was still $250 cheaper than the low-end estimate from Bekins.
What else should I know about Bekins moving services?
Because the Bekins moving van is 53’ in length, a large space is required to park it at your location. So not only is U-Pack often cheaper, but our moving equipment is also more convenient if there’s not much parking space available at your home.
This chart compares Bekins to U-Pack, illustrating some differences between the services:
|Operations||Each local agent sets their own policies, rules and procedures||Same rules and procedures for all locations|
|Shipment handling||Transfers and combines household goods shipments||Belongings are not transferred to other equipment|
|Equipment types||53’ moving van||28’ moving trailer or 6’ x 7’ x 8’ ReloCube® moving container|
|Delivery||Timeframe varies based on other shipments in the moving van. Guaranteed delivery date not available.||Cross-country transit averages 2-5 business days. Guaranteed delivery is available.|
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