U-Haul U-Box® Containers vs. PODS® - Portable Storage

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What is the best moving-container company? 

Portable moving and storage allow people to pack their belongings in a large container and send it to where it needs to go. Many people also use moving containers to store their belongings right where they need it. U-Haul moving containers fit in parking spaces and driveways making it a convenient option for home renovations. With more than 2400 locations, U-Box® is the most widespread and available option for people.

Both U-Box® containers and PODS® give you the convenience of moving long distance without having to drive a moving truck. U-Box® offers multiple delivery options. PODS® offers one delivery option. Your U-Box® quotes are also all-inclusive, so you won’t have to budget for extra expenses. Your quote includes a month of storage! Find out which moving-container is best for you by comparing the size of the container, price of services and convenience of delivery below.

How big is a moving container?

U-Box® containers are available in one size. Large moves can be easily accommodated by ordering more U-Box® containers. U-Box® containers come in three sizes.

U-Box® internal dimensions:  

95" x 56" x 83.5" (LWH) with a weight capacity of up to 2,000 pounds. You can fit household goods from approximately one and a half rooms into each unit. With its low floor (6") and large opening, the U-Box® container makes loading easy. The size is also perfect for organizing a larger move. Ordered too many U-Box® containers? Don’t worry just fill the ones you need, and you will be refunded for the ones you don’t use. This saves you money but also keeps your items safe in transit.

PODS® internal dimensions:

The 7ft. container is 80” x 78” x 94” (LWH) and is recommended for moving just one room.
The 12ft. container is 138” x 83” x 94” (LWH) and fits the contents of 2-3 rooms.
They also offer a 16ft. size. Weight capacity varies by size.

What are moving containers made of?

U-Box® containers are custom-made from premium, pest-resistant plywood. Breathable wood construction keeps the items in the U-Box® container safe from mold and mildew. Containers sit approximately six inches off the ground to protect against standing water and have composite pads on the feet that keep water from seeping inside. Each container is equipped with a highly durable weather-resistant vinyl cover upon delivery and shipped inside of a semi-truck trailer to provide protection from the elements.

PODS® containers use roll-up doors, while U-Box® containers feature watertight swingout doors. PODS® containers are constructed of steel, and like U-Box® containers, they are also designed to withstand bad weather conditions.

How do I receive my U-Box® Container?

Once your containers are delivered, you can keep them in your driveway. These containers also fit in most parking spaces. They can legally be parked in these spaces since they are attached to a trailer. With the multiple delivery options, U-Box® allows you to choose the delivery option that best fits your needs and budget.

U-Box® delivery options:

  1. Truck Delivery: U-Box® containers will be delivered straight to your door. Just pack them full of your items and, when you’re ready, U-Haul will come to pick them up. You can then choose to store or ship your moving container(s) to your destination. The best part: Truck delivery uses forklift equipment to unload your container, making it easy to fit the containers in smaller spaces. One delivery fee covers drop-off and pickup of your containers!

  2. Self-Delivery: Choose from one of the 2,400+ U-Haul locations to pick up your container. Tow it home, fill it up and bring it back. Choose this option to skip the delivery fee. Pack on your own schedule and keep the U-Box container as long as you need to for only $5 a day. When you’re finished packing it, just tow it back to the U-Haul location for shipment or storage.

  3. Moving Help Delivery: With this option, Moving Help will pick up and drop off your container for you! This option is great for people who do not want to tow a trailer but still prefer the self-delivery option.

  4. Access at U-Haul Location: Lowest-cost option. Pack your container at your neighborhood U-Haul® location. This option is best for those who live in metro areas with limited driveway space or people just looking to save a few bucks. Rent a pickup truck to transport large items if necessary.

You can also add Moving Help packing and loading services to make your move a breeze. You may add Moving Help services when you make a U-Box reservation or afterward if that is better for you. Expert moving laborers will pack the container for you. No lifting required!

Get a quote online to see what is in your area.

PODS® offers door-to-door delivery. PODS® will drop off the container and pick it up for shipment or storage once you’ve filled it. If you have it shipped to your new home, PODS® will bring your belongings to you and pick up the empty container when you’re ready. Both U-Box® and PODS® give you the flexibility to decide how long you’ll need to pack your items.

How much are moving containers?

The number of containers you use and your chosen delivery method will determine the total price. Not sure how many containers you will need? No problem! Order as many as you think you will need because the cost of any unused U-Box® containers will be refunded. Your U-Box® quote includes moving containers, 24 furniture pads per container, your chosen delivery method, all shipping costs and one month of storage at a nearby U-Haul® secure storage facility. If you’d like help packing or unpacking the U-Box®, it’s easy to add Moving Help during or after your reservation.

PODS® prices include the PODS® containers, delivery and shipping to your destination. Be careful to reserve the correct number of PODS® containers, however, because you’ll be charged for what you order even if you don’t need all of them. Storage is available with PODS® for an extra fee.

What are the storage options with portable containers?

Both U-Box® and PODS® containers can be stored for you at the origin or destination. This allows you to customize your own moving timeline. Need a couple of weeks to pack? Just keep the container on your property until you’re finished.

U-Box® containers can be stored at your home or in a U-Haul® storage facility. The first 30 days of storage are included in the price, but a U-Box® container is also a great long-term storage solution as well. With more than 2,400 locations, there is one just a short drive from your home. Access your U-Box® container while it is in storage with 24-hour notice.

PODS® containers can be kept on your property or stored at one of their locations. Storage is billed on a monthly basis. If you would like to access your belongings while they’re in storage, you can call the storage center.  

Interested in moving with U-Box®? Get a Quote today!