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U-Pack vs. Budget

December 1st, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Compare options: Budget® Moving and U-Pack

Because both Budget® and U-Pack® are DIY moving services, you might think it’s a toss-up on which option to choose — but there are many differences that can influence the decision. Transportation, equipment and pricing options can all make one a  better choice for different situations. Depending on what’s important to you, there may be a factor that stands out.

U-Pack compared to Budget moving


Probably the biggest difference between U-Pack and Budget is transportation. Because Budget offers rental trucks, you’re in charge of picking up, driving and dropping off the equipment. However, U-Pack is just the opposite. We bring the empty equipment to you, you load, and then we handle transportation to your new home. So, if you’re worried about driving in an unfamiliar truck, U-Pack is the solution.


Another big difference is equipment (and how it’s  used). Budget offers three truck sizes:

  • 12-foot small truck
  • 16-foot medium truck
  • 26-foot large truck

All three options have recommendations for the size home they’re best suited for. However, accurately estimating the exact amount of space you need can be tough — leading some people to rent the wrong size.

To provide some flexibility, U-Pack offers two types of moving equipment:

  • ReloCubes (6’x 7’ 8’)
  • Moving trailers (28’ x 8’ x 9’)

With both options, prices depend on the space you use so it’s easy to adjust as you load. With the trailer option, you pay for each linear foot. And with the Cubes, you only pay for the containers you use (not the amount initially delivered). This flexibility allows you to pack and load without worrying about running out of room or paying for unused space.

Price differences

With both U-Pack and Budget, moving rates are based on a variety of factors, including the date, origin, destination and the size of the home. However, it’s important to remember that Budget rates do not include fuel, so you’ll have to add that onto the truck rate. Liability coverage is an extra cost, too.

U-Pack rates include fuel, transportation, taxes and liability coverage, so there are no extras.

Many people find that U-Pack rates are comparable to Budget prices, especially once they consider the additions of fuel and liability coverage. Get a U-Pack quote to see how much your move will cost.

Deposit and payments

When you pick up Budget moving equipment, a $150 deposit is required, along with the estimated cost of the rental. After returning the truck, you’ll be charged the actual cost of the rental and any deposits being held will be released. U-Pack doesn’t require a deposit, and you pay once belongings are in transit.

Learn more about U-Pack and Budget moving services

Still not sure which moving service is best for you? Learn more about both services with these blog posts:

Frequently asked questions about Budget trucks

Budget trailer rental

How a U-Pack move works

The 20 most popular questions about U-Pack

Have questions about moving with Budget or U-Pack?

If you still have questions or concerns, leave a comment below. We can help you get a quote and explain details about different service options.


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