How much does portable storage cost?

Understanding portable storage units prices 

When comparing portable storage services, price is typically top of mind. To help you make informed decisions, it’s a good idea to know what factors determine the rates and what services the original estimate covers. Let’s explore what these cost factors are, what the quote includes and learn how this can impact your moving and storage needs.

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Factors of portable storage rates  

Every move is different, so there’s no standard price for renting a portable storage unit. Instead, many companies base rates on the unit’s size, number of containers, how long you need them, where you’re moving to and from, and when the move is taking place. Once you have a quote, break it down piece by piece to understand what the price includes. While most quotes cover transportation and fuel, they aren’t always clear on storage fees and monthly rental rates.  

Is storage included in the quote? 

Because storage is in the name of the service, it’s easy to think the initial quote covers it. After all, many companies advertise that you get 30 days of free storage upfront. But that actually means you have 30 days to complete the move, including the loading, transporting and unloading. If days are remaining after transportation, you can use them for storage. Just don’t forget to unload before the 30 days end. Otherwise, the company will charge you for another month of storage — which can impact the cost of a move by hundreds of dollars.  

For example, let’s say you rent a portable storage unit from PODS®. If it takes seven days to load and eight days for transportation — that’s 15 of the 30 days. The remaining time is available for storage and unloading. If you need more time for storage, it comes at an additional cost. 

So how much do portable storage units cost?  

The best way to determine portable storage costs is to get quotes from different companies. As a self-move service, U-Pack® offers affordable long-distance moving using our ReloCube® container. To see the total cost of your move (and how much it would cost to add storage), get a free online quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077

Want to see a portable storage cost example? Find out how PODS® prices compare to U-Pack

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