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March 16th, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Compare move and storage options​

When it comes to an affordable and simple move, there’s often no better option than a moving container. They’re easy to load, and since you don’t have to drive, the experience can be more convenient than driving a rental truck. There are a lot of choices, though, so deciding on a moving and storage service that meets your needs may not be quite as simple. We’ll offer some assistance by comparing two popular options — U-Pack® and SMARTBOX®.

U-Pack SMARTBOX comparison

Side-by-side comparison: U-Pack and SMARTBOX

U-Pack and SMARTBOX are two commonly compared services that both offer long-distance moving and storage. Here’s how they stack up:

Container comparison

U-Pack and SMARTBOX moving and storage containers are similar in size, but the construction differs.

The U-Pack ReloCube is 6’ x 7’ x 8’ and sits at ground level for easy loading. It is weatherproof with sturdy metal construction and has logistics tracking inside for tying down your belongings to keep them safe and secure in transit.  

Note: Your U-Pack quote may also offer a 28-foot moving trailer with flexible pricing — you can use as little as 5 linear feet or up to the full trailer.

The SMARTBOX storage container is slightly smaller than a ReloCube at 8’ x 7’ x 5’. It sits at ground level and is constructed of wood that is topped with a canvas covering. 

Moving and storage service

Both U-Pack and SMARTBOX offer do-it-yourself moving — you load and unload, but don’t have to drive.

U-Pack’s transit times average just 2-5 business days (depending on origin and destination), and in most places you have up to three business days to load and unload — perfect for when you want a quick move! But, if you don’t want it quite so fast, you have the option to store at a local service center.   

A SMARTBOX move includes a 30-day rental of the container, covering time for loading, transportation, some storage and unloading. Sometimes customers are able to take delivery of the container sooner, but the price does not adjust for early delivery. Both on-site and long-term storage are available after the first 30 days.

Service area and locations​

U-Pack offers long-distance moving services in all 50 states (and Washington D.C.), Canada and Puerto Rico, with broad service area that includes both metro and less-populated areas. If storage is selected, containers and trailers are stored at the local service center — customers can also save money by loading and unloading at these locations.

SMARTBOX offers local and long-distance moving in 38 metro areas across 21 states (and Washington D.C.). Storage is available on-site or in these areas.    

The costs​

With both companies, prices are based on location, the move date and the number of containers used. Start with a U-Pack moving quote to compare rates. Both U-Pack and SMARTBOX offer “pay for the containers you use” pricing. This means that regardless of how many containers you reserve, you only pay for what you use. While U-Pack doesn’t require a down payment or deposit (you pay once the shipment is in transit), SMARTBOX requires a 15 percent deposit at the time of reservation.  

Choosing best moving and storage container​

If you have questions about how U-Pack containers compare to SMARTBOX, let us know! We’re happy to help.  


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