A move with 1-800-PACK-RAT includes 30 days of rental. If you need more time for loading and unloading, you can extend the rental for another 30 days for an additional flat-rate fee. This provider offers tiered protection plans that cost as little as $34.95 per month per unit. This minimum protection plan covers $5,000 in total value, with up to $75,000 available for $149.95.
1-800-PACK-RAT offers container options in three sizes: 8 feet (suitable for 1–2 rooms), 12 feet (2–3 rooms), and 16 feet (3–4 rooms). However, it only offers its 12-foot containers for local moves. PACK-RAT’s containers are all-steel, sturdy, and weatherproof. Each container features barn-door openings that swing outward to maximize storage space in the interior.
In addition to its self-service moving service, 1-800-PACK-RAT offers assistance with loading and unloading or packing and unpacking through HireAHelper. PACK-RAT also features a user-friendly website with various tools, such as a space calculator, location guides, a moving blog, and more.
- Portable moving containers
- Short-term and long-term storage services
- Packing and unpacking via HireAHelper
- Loading and unloading via HireAHelper
- Moving checklist
- Moving blog
- Weight calculator
- Space calculator
- Location guides
- Moving supplies
- Auto-shipping services
1-800-PACK-RAT quoted us to move two 16-foot containers from Buffalo, New York, to Nashville, Tennessee, for a total of $7,885. This quote includes $10,000 in contents protection, a no-cut security lock, and 10–14 days of transportation.
Billing would be broken down into a $500 deposit due 10 days before the first delivery. A month’s worth of rent would be charged upon delivery, and the remaining balance would not be due until PACK-RAT begins transporting the container.
To keep renting the container, as well as $10,000 in contents protection, it would cost $299 per container per month. Complete this online survey to get your free 1-800-PACK-RAT quote.
Sample quote: $7,885 for a two-bedroom move between Nashville, TN, and Buffalo, NY
Deposit: $500 due five days before your container delivery
1-800-PACK-RAT supplies its services within a 100-mile radius of each of its locations. The company also claims it can most likely help with a move in the United States even if a location is not nearby. We encourage you to call the company to figure out if it can help you.
PACK-RAT features locations in the following states:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
Why We Chose 1-800-PACK-RAT
1-800-PACK-RAT may feature fewer locations than the other companies on this list, but it offers more tools and services. The company offers competitive rates, though it is pricier than U-Pack. It’s the only company on this list to provide all-steel containers, which offer superior protection for all contents. These containers, coupled with PACK-RAT’s tiered protection plans, make it the best option for DIY moving if you’re transporting high-value items.
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U-Pack: Most Affordable
Though it exclusively provides its services for long-distance moves, U-Pack offers some of the cheapest prices for moving container services. In fact, we found that U-Pack can be as much as 60% cheaper than other moving container companies. The company offers its branded portable storage containers, called ReloCubes (70” x 82” x 93”), as well as a unique pay-for-what-you-use policy with its 28-foot moving trailers (27-foot internally).
We found this provider to be the best option for larger DIY moves. Its trailer option, along with its nationwide shipping capabilities, make it easier to move large homes without overpaying. U-Pack is available for long-distance moves across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Pros & Cons
✔ Provides some of the cheapest rates compared to competitors
✔ Has locations in every state
✔ Features a flexible pricing structure
✘ Doesn’t service moves under 150 miles
✘ Has no on-site storage option