Things to know before moving with SMARTBOX

If you're considering SMARTBOX® for an upcoming move, you may be surprised to learn they only service 51 metro areas. While that can work if you're moving locally in a city they service, there's a chance they won't be able to handle your long-distance move. Fortunately, you have options! U-Pack offers a similar long-distance moving solution in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. And with larger containers and fast transit options, we’re often a better choice even if you’re moving within their coverage area.

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How SMARTBOX moving and storage works (compared to U-Pack)

SMARTBOX and U-Pack both offer containers for long-distance moves, but they differ in the equipment they offer and how their services work.

Equipment details

SMARTBOX containers are 8’ x 5’ x 7’ (lwh), and they’re made of wood covered with a vinyl tarp.

U-Pack ReloCube moving containers are made of metal and are a bit bigger at 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (which can fit king size mattresses and sofas up to 72”). For larger homes, U-Pack offers 28’ moving trailers with flexible space.

Service options

SMARTBOX gives you 30 days use of their equipment, which includes time for loading, transit and unloading. Any extra days can be used for storage, but there is no price adjustment if you don’t need the equipment for the entire 30 days. Additional storage time is available on a a per-month basis.

With U-Pack, you get your belongings fast and only pay for storage time if you need it. The equipment gets delivered to your home, you have 3 business days to load, we drive it to your new home (transit times average 2-5 business days) and you have 3 days to unload. It’s that easy! Get details on storing in U-Pack equipment here.

The bottom line

While SMARTBOX and U-Pack can both help with a long-distance move, U-Pack offers flexible service, multiple equipment options and door-to-door delivery in more locations. Get a quote to check prices for your move.

Still researching? Learn more about U-Pack compared to other portable storage companies.


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