How to Read Your Moving Quote

Use U-Pack for a moving estimate that’s easy to understand 

If you’re planning a long-distance move, you’re probably doing research to find the best option and deal for your needs. Luckily, there’s a budget-friendly company like U-Pack®. Our quotes are simple with no surprise fees later. Here’s what to expect with your quote. 

Don’t have a quote yet? You can request a free quote online now! 

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The breakdown of a U-Pack quote

Once you’ve entered your information (home size, estimated moving time, origin and destination) into our online form, you’ll see an instant quote on your screen. Here’s what’s included in a U-Pack quote:

1. Reference number 

Every quote includes a unique reference number, which allows our moving consultants to pull up the details of your move anytime you call with questions or changes. You’ll also need it to make a reservation online. Each time your quote changes, our system adds a letter to the end of the reference number, so we can see the changes and have access to the most recent information.   

2. Total cost

Your U-Pack quote shows the total cost for your move, based on the details you provide. And since U-Pack quotes include everything upfront — equipment, transportation, taxes, fuel and liability coverage — you don’t have to worry about surprise charges later. 

Suggested reading: How U-Pack calculates moving costs

3. Origin and destination

Your starting and final cities will be listed at the top of the quote. This information is important for an accurate quote, so if either is incorrect, you’ll want to be sure to correct it. 

4. Drop-off date and transit time

The next part of the estimate shows the exact date we will drop off the moving equipment to start loading. Below that, you’ll see an estimated transit time, which is the number of business days we estimate it will take to deliver to your destination once the equipment is picked up (transit time currently averages 4-6 days). When we drop the equipment off, you get three business days to load, and then you’ll get an additional three days at the destination to unload.  

Note: The drop-off date can impact your price. You can adjust it online or call to speak to a moving consultant to see how a different date will affect your price.

5. Service type 

Below the transit time, you’ll see the service type, or how we’ll deliver the equipment to you. When available, the default setting is door-to-door service. If door-to-door service isn’t available at your location, you may see an option to load or unload at our local service center (which is normally a money saver!). Learn more about U-Pack delivery options

6. Equipment type 

Your quote also includes the equipment type(s) we recommend for your move. U-Pack offers two types of equipment: ReloCube® containers and moving trailers. When both are available, you can toggle between them to compare prices, and you’ll see the price of the option you select on your final quote.  

7. Other pricing options 

If you request to have your quote emailed, you’ll see other pricing options (if available) below the selected equipment. The quote may also include information on how the price changes based on switching to a different equipment type or opting to load or unload at a local service center. 

How to adjust the price on your quote 

U-Pack suggests space in a moving trailer or a select number of ReloCubes based on the home size you enter in the online form. To see how the price changes with other available options, you can make the changes right on the quote screen. 

Figuring out your trailer pricing 

We make it easy to see the cost for using more or less space in the trailer. You can select the trailer option and then adjust the number of linear feet using the arrow to the right of the current footage listed to see how the price changes. The minimum space is 5 linear feet and the maximum is 28 linear feet for one moving trailer.  

Note: If your home is large and you need more than one 28-foot trailer, we may quote all or part of a second trailer. 

Changing the number of Cubes 

We’ll recommend the number of ReloCubes you need, based on the information you provide. And, we make it easy to see how much it costs if you need more or less. Select the ReloCube option and adjust using the arrow to the right of the current number. The good news is that U-Pack will pick up any unused Cubes at no cost if you order too many! 

How to make a reservation

It’s simple! Just click the “start a reservation” button from your online quote. Even better — you’ll automatically get a $25 discount for booking your move online! Would you rather speak to a person? That’s okay too! Just give us a call and a moving consultant can book your move using your reference number. Be sure to mention the code BLOG25 (or enter it online) for an additional $25 off the cost of your move.

Adding storage 

Need to store your things during the move? You can add monthly storage (based on availability at the local service center) when you make your reservation.  

Note: Storage in trailers is limited to 120 days.  

Hiring moving labor

If you need help loading or unloading the moving equipment, just let us know! A U-Pack moving consultant can refer you to local crews to give you as much help as you need.

Have questions? 

If you have any questions about reading your moving estimate or the cost of moving, let us know in the comments or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. We’re here to help!