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How much do moving containers cost?

May 28th, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Determining moving container costs

Moving containers are known for being convenient and easy to use. But what about affordable? How much do they actually cost? Companies all consider things like availability and locations when setting their rates, but other factors play a roll, too. Explore what goes into prices, and get a better idea of what moving containers might cost for your move.

ReloCube container parked at an apartment

Factors that affect rates

As you compare rates, take a look at how each company’s price changes depending on these factors:

  • Number of containers. While multiple containers will cost more than one, it may not be a “per container” cost. For example, it might cost $1,000 for the first one, and an additional $450 for a second. 
  • Delivery. Some companies include door-to-door delivery, while others break out delivery charges. Make sure the cost covers the services you need.
  • Transportation. Of course, you’ll need to get your belongings to the new house. Transportation costs will depend on the distance.
  • Liability coverage. Some companies will include coverage, while others make it an optional add-on.
  • Storage. With some moving containers, the first 30 days’ use is included. Additional storage is extra.
  • Move date. Like hotels and airlines, there are peak and off-peak days. Peak days are more expensive because of demand.

Once you get quotes, you can see how these things work together to impact how much moving containers cost. To help you get an idea, we’ve tested rates for a sample move below.

Want to compare things besides cost? Explore this moving container comparison guide.

Finding the cheapest moving containers

Of course, this is only one example of moving container costs. Individual prices can change based on a variety of factors, and each company can change rates at any time. It’s also important to note that some companies may require you to call to receive the final price.

For this sample move, we used a one-bedroom apartment going from Austin, TX to Minneapolis, MN.


For this move, U-Pack recommended one ReloCube®.

For one Cube, the move was $990. That included:

  • The container
  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Transportation
  • Liability coverage

If you had more items than a standard one-bedroom apartment and needed two containers, the all-inclusive total was $1,120. U-Pack allows you to reserve an extra container and only pay for it if you use it. If you return the empty container without needing it, there’s no charge!

Want to see more U-Pack ReloCube sample moves? Learn more about ReloCube costs.

U-Haul® U-Box®

U-Haul recommended one U-Box for this move, but you may need to use two if you have a heavily furnished place. If you have a second container delivered and don’t use it, you’ll still have to pay a fee.

For one U-Box, the move cost $1,424.90. They broke it down like this:

  • The container: $59.95
  • Transportation: $1,202
  • Delivery at origin: $79
  • Delivery at destination: $69.95
  • Coverage: $12

For two U-Box moving containers, it cost $2,176.85.

  • The containers: $119.90
  • Transportation: $1,884
  • Delivery at origin: $79
  • Delivery at destination: $69.95
  • Coverage: $24

Based on these examples, U-Pack is the cheaper moving container option whether you need one or two containers. But the only way to find the best option for your move is to get quotes and compare for yourself. Get a U-Pack quote online or by calling 800-413-4799.

If you have any questions about moving container costs, leave us a comment. We’re always here to help!

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