Considering Two Men and a Truck® for a long distance move?
When researching long-distance moving companies, you may come across Two Men and a Truck. Or maybe you’ve seen them working at a neighbor’s house. Are there other companies that provide similar services that you should explore? U-Pack is a great option that’s comparable, and may even be a better fit! Although the companies provide similar services, there are differences between the two. Let’s explore those differences below, and see how they might impact a long-distance move.
How each service works
Two Men and a Truck services include loading, unloading and transportation. For an extra fee, customers can add packing and unpacking services and/or packing materials. All of the Two Men and a Truck locations are independently owned and operated, which means they use their own crews for moving. This is worth noting because each location may offer different services, options and fees.
U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” moving company that offers flexible service options to fit every need and budget. This includes door-to-door delivery, storage and guaranteed transit. U-Pack is an ideal service if you’re willing to do some of the work yourself. Here’s how it works: We drive to your home and deliver the equipment you need. You do the packing and loading. When you’re done, we’ll deliver to your new home. When you’re finished unloading, we’ll pick up the equipment. If you need help loading or unloading, we can refer you to a moving crew that can help.
Two Men and a Truck has more than 330 locations nationwide in more than 40 states. U-Pack has approximately 240 service centers across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Differences in equipment
Both companies have multiple equipment options: trucks and containers.
Most Two Men and a Truck locations offer a 26-foot box truck, and some also offer a 16-foot portable container.
U-Pack trailers and ReloCubes are available nationwide. The moving trailer is 28’ x 8’ x 9’, which is equivalent in size to a 26-foot rental truck plus a 10-foot truck. You only pay for the space you need, down to a 5-foot minimum. The ReloCube®is a 6’ x 7’ x 8’ metal container. You can reserve as many as you think you need — but only pay for the ones you use.
Additional storage options
Both Two Men and a Truck and U-Pack offer storage, but they work a little differently. Two Men and a Truck gives the option to move your belongings to a storage locker (which requires unloading and reloading), and container storage is available in some locations. They can also unload into local self-storage facilities.
With U-Pack, your belongings are stored right in the moving equipment — no transfers. Customers rest easy knowing that less touches means less chance for damage. Your items stay stored in the ReloCube or moving trailer at the local service center until you’re ready for delivery to your door.
How pricing works
Two Men and a Truck bases its rates on the mileage between origin and destination and the weight of the shipment. Other factors that may influence pricing include:
- The number of flights of stairs movers have to navigate
- The walking distance to and from the truck at the load or unload location
- The amount of time it takes to load or unload
With U-Pack, pricing is simple: It’s based on where you’re moving to and from, when you’re moving and how much you’re moving (linear footage or number of cubes — not weight).
Getting a quote
There are two ways to get a quote from Two Men and a Truck
- By phone – you’ll need to provide an inventory and weight estimate of the belongings you’re moving
- In-home estimate – a representative will visit your home, look at the things you’re moving and estimate the weight
In either case, if the actual weight is heavier than the estimate, the charge may increase.
U-Pack offers quotes online or by phone. No in-home visit or inventory required.
Choose between Two Men and a Truck and U-Pack
If you need help getting a U-Pack quote, or if you have questions about how U-Pack compares to Two Men and a Truck, give us a call or leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!
See how U-Pack matches up with other full-service moving companies in this full-service mover comparison guide.
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