U-Pack vs. Pack-Rat®

Wondering if 1-800-Pack-Rat® is right for your move? 

1-800-Pack-Rat and U-Pack may seem similar: you use a moving container, pack and load your belongings inside, and everything gets delivered to your new home. However, when you look into the specifics there are some key differences. Pack-Rat requires a deposit, charges multiple payments and their moves span an entire month. U-Pack simplifies the process— quotes are available entirely online, a single payment, and the ability to move almost anywhere in just 2-5 days (or add storage if you need it). 

Here are some key differences between moving with Pack-Rat and U-Pack

Equipment options 

Pack-Rat has two different containers for long-distance moves (their 12-foot container is for local moving only): 

  • 8-foot: holds 1-2 rooms' worth of furniture with 404 cubic feet of space 

  • 16-foot: holds 3-4 rooms' worth of furniture with 830 cubic feet of space 

While you can use multiple containers, you pay for every container that gets delivered, so it’s best not to reserve an extra unless you know you'll use it.  

U-Pack also offers two containers — a 6' x 7' x 8' ReloCube and a 28' moving trailer. You can reserve as many containers as you think you’ll need, and only pay for what you use. This flexibility takes some of the stress out of choosing the right size equipment. 


Pack-Rat has locations in 61 cities across 30 states and Washington, D.C. Their facilities are primarily located in metro areas, and there could be extra fees for delivery outside of those areas.  

U-Pack delivers to all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. While most of our 240 service centers are located near major cities, we service much of the surrounding areas as well.  

Check to see if we go to your locations with a free online moving quote.  


1-800-Pack-Rat requires a deposit up front and multiple payments along the way. With U-Pack, pricing is simple. The rate includes the equipment, transportation, liability coverage and fuel. There’s no deposit required, and you don’t pay anything until your shipment is in transit. 

Compare Pack-Rat moving costs to U-Pack

We compared prices for moving a three-bedroom home from Dallas, TX to Denver, CO. Here's what each company charged at the time of posting: 

Pack-Rat moving cost 

Pack-Rat's total was $4,156.19. They recommended a 16-foot container and an 8-foot container. Here's the breakdown: 

  • Deliveries, pickups, transportation, protection and tax: $3,590.64 

  • Monthly rental: 
    16-foot container: $299.39 
    8-foot container: $266.16 

How U-Pack compares 

U-Pack recommended 4 ReloCube containers at $2,686. Or you could save even more with a trailer move. The price for 20 linear feet in the trailer (comparable to the 16 ft. and 8 ft. Pack-Rat containers) was $2,228.  

For this move, a person trying to stick to a specific budget could get a comparable amount of loading space with faster transit times for almost $1,500 less with U-Pack

Get a U-Pack quote to check prices for your move 

You can check rates online or by calling a moving consultant at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.

Want to see how other portable storage companies compare? Check out this moving and storage guide to learn more



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