The ins and outs of portable storage prices
With traditional storage units, prices are generally a flat rate per month based on the unit’s size. But figuring out the cost of portable storage isn’t as simple because there are factors other than size to consider. Everything from the number of containers you use to how the company handles delivery charges and monthly storage fees will all play a role in how much you’ll pay.
Portable storage costs when you’re moving
If you’re moving out of state and need to temporarily store your belongings, portable storage can be a great fit. Currently, most companies’ rates start around $2,500 for a single container move with one month of storage.
While prices differ between companies, they’re typically determined based on these factors:
Number and size of containers
If you need to move a lot of stuff, you’ll need the container space to do so. Keep in mind that costs will increase if you use more containers or larger ones.
Prices will vary based on the distance you’re moving and how the company ships the containers.
Costs will vary between companies for door-to-door service or delivery to a local facility. Some companies include delivery in the price while others will have separate charges for this service.
As you compare options, you may see monthly fees that range between $60 – $250 per container for each additional month of storage.
Most companies offer liability coverage for a monthly rate between $50 – $150 per month per container, while some will include coverage in the equipment cost.
Generally, portable storage is a DIY endeavor, but you can choose to add loading or unloading help to some quotes or hire moving labor on your own.
Which portable storage company offers the best price?
Because there are so many things that go into portable storage rates, the best way to know which company offers the lowest price is to get quotes and compare. It’s just important to make sure you understand what’s included in your quote since each company handles things differently.
For example, while U-Pack® charges for storage time at a monthly rate, companies like PODS® and U-Haul® include the first 30 days of use in the initial quote. This means you may pay for some storage at that time, but the amount depends on how long loading and transportation take. Knowing what’s included will help make sure you’re choosing the best option.
Suggested reading: Compare PODS® and U-Pack prices.
See how much U-Pack portable storage will cost for your move
U-Pack ReloCube rates include everything you need: the equipment, transportation, delivery and standard liability coverage. Monthly storage (prices currently starting at $150 per container per month) will be listed as a separate item on the quote.
PODS® is a registered trademark of PODS® Enterprises, Inc. U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third-party.
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