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How Much Does PODS® Cost Compared to U-Pack

April 9th, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Which are lower: PODS® costs or U-Pack® costs?​

When comparing options for a long-distance move, you’ll likely see a wide range of prices — even within the same service type. For moving and storage containers, prices can vary depending on the company’s locations, equipment availability and general pricing method (like if they charge per container or automatically include storage time). Because of this, the easiest way to choose the right service is to do a side-by-side comparison. Many people compare U-Pack to PODS®, so let’s take a closer look at the details and costs.

Want to start with a quote from U-Pack? Get a free moving quote online or call 800-413-4799.

PODS<sup>®</sup> pricing compared to U-Pack

Compare the services

The total cost is important to consider, but so is what you get for the price. Before looking at quotes, it’s a good idea to understand the service each company provides. While both PODS® and U-Pack bring equipment to you for loading and then deliver your belongings to a new home, there are some noticeable differences in equipment and service options. Here’s a brief look at how they differ:

Service area

PODS® provides local and long-distance moving and storage in 43 states, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. U-Pack specializes in long-distance moves and services all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Equipment type

PODS® has three container sizes, but they are not all available in every location and one is only for local moves. For long-distance moves, they have the 16’ x 8’ x 8’ and 7’ x 7’ x 8’ containers. U-Pack offers two types of equipment — 6’ x 7’ x 8’ ReloCube® containers and a 28’ x 8’ x 9’ moving trailer.

Move time

PODS® moves occur over 30 days (includes loading, transportation, storage and unloading), while U-Pack can complete moves in as little as one week (we offer up to 3 business days for loading/unloading and transit times are usually 2-5 business days). How long it takes to get everything to your new home will depend on the origin and destination.    


U-Pack only includes storage if you need it. The base PODS® rate includes some storage (as part of the 30 days of use), and additional time is available.

Compare U-Pack vs. PODS® rates

Both companies base their rates on the services provided, where you’re moving to/from, the size of your home (equipment size), and the move date. While the specifics will vary for each move, and rates can fluctuate daily, take a look at an example to see how the costs look:

This move is for a 2-bedroom home from Dallas, TX to Nashville, TN. PODS®recommended a 16’ container, and U-Pack recommended 2 ReloCubes.

Example PODS® moving and storage rates

PODS® costs get broken down into three payments:

  • Delivery of the empty container, pickup of the full equipment, 30 days use of the equipment, and liability coverage: $469.94
  • Transportation: $1,899.99
  • Delivery of the full container, pickup of the empty equipment: $130.00

If you need additional storage, it’s $289.94 for 30 days. Taxes are not included. The transit time for this move is 6-8 days (not including Sundays and holidays).

For this move with PODS®, the total would be $2,499.93, and if you need storage, rates would be $2,789.87.

Example U-Pack moving and storage rates

U-Pack has a single fee, which is due when the shipment is in transit. The cost includes the use of the equipment, transportation, liability coverage, fuel and taxes. For this same move, U-Pack charges $771 and the transit time is 2-4 business days.

Storage rates for this move are $150 per container ($300 for both) for 30 days, making total with storage $1,071.00.

What makes PODS® costs different from U-Pack costs?

When checking rates, you may wonder why PODS®storage and moving costs are so different from U-Pack. Here’s how U-Pack keeps rates low:

  • Efficient transportation. ABF Freight®, our primary transportation provider is one of the safest, most efficient carriers in the country. Your ReloCubes are loaded into an ABF trailer — along with other freight moving in the same direction — and it travels seamlessly through the ABF network of service centers.
  • Broad coverage area. U-Pack services all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico through more than 230 service centers across the country. This network lowers our over-the-road transportation costs and gives you quick and easy access to moving equipment when and where you need it — another time AND money saver.
  • Flexible space. ReloCubes are great for both large and small moves. If you’re moving just a little, you can just use one container, but if you’re moving a lot, you can reserve as many as you think you need — either way, you only pay for the number of containers you actually use.  
  • No franchise fees. U-Pack is owned and operated by one company, so there are no franchise fees tacked on.

Ready to check U-Pack and PODS® moving costs?

If you’re ready to compare rates, U-Pack offers online quotes, or if you prefer talking with someone, call a moving consultant at 800-413-4799. If you have questions about U-Pack, leave us a comment below.

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