Vs. Uhaul

Vs. 1-800-PACK-RATS

When it comes to moving and storage companies, we know you have plenty of options to consider just to begin narrowing your choices down. There are moving companies that offer everything from full service moving, including the packing, to the good old DIY approach in which you do all the loading, unloading and driving yourself with the help of a rented moving truck (or your friend’s pickup). Whether you want to take care of a little of the moving or a lot, there’s bound to be an option for you in the moving and storage industry!

Moving pods are a more recent addition to the variety of moving options. They allow you to load up all your belongings at your own pace and schedule a date for them to be picked up and transported to your new home or office location. If you’re going to be handling the loading and unloading portion of your move, storage pods are about as easy and hassle-free as moving can get.

If you have a local or long distance move coming up, or you’re looking into storage facilities, you’re probably in the middle of comparison shopping -- and with their convenience and cost savings over full service moving or moving truck rentals, pod moving services should be a part of your research.

So take a moment here to consider some of your options. You might be wondering how SMARTBOX measures up as a 1-800-PACK-RAT alternative, so let’s take a look at what each of these storage companies has to offer and how they compare to each other:

SMARTBOX as a 1-800-PACK-RAT Alternative

To show how we’re different from our competition, it’s a good idea to start with what each company is primarily known for.

1-800-PACK-RAT rents storage containers in 12-foot and 16-foot sizes. Their storage containers are made entirely of weatherproof steel and have metal skids embedded inside the container to help keep furniture dry. The larger sizes of this storage and moving company’s containers means that they hold a lot of your belongings, but might be hard to place if you don’t have a lot of room outdoors for them to go -- such as if you’re moving to or from an apartment.

Also, the larger (16 foot) container holds only 3-4 rooms worth of furnishings. So if you find yourself going over the storage capacity of your 16-foot storage container, you might find yourself having to rent another storage container -- and even if it’s the 12-foot size, it might be significantly more space than you need or can fill.

SMARTBOX offers pods for moving and storage in just one size: 8 feet x 7 feet x 5 feet. Our storage pods are weather resistant, but also allow air in so the contents of the container can “breathe.” This is important because it helps prevent mold, mildew and rust in a way that all-steel containers do not. So a SMARTBOX container helps to protect your belongings from being damaged by the elements, both inside and out.

The size of our SMARTBOX containers is another advantage: They are easy to access and pack, help protect your belongings from shifting in transit and getting damaged in the process, and hold about 3,000 pounds. And because of their relatively small footprint, they are ideal for moving dorm rooms and small apartments, as well as smaller homes that don’t have a lot of space on the property for a larger container.

The SMARTBOX Difference

Offering only one size of moving pod is one way that we’re different from other storage companies, but that doesn’t mean that your options are limited when you choose SMARTBOX. Each of our moving pods holds about a room and a half’s worth of furnishings, so you can rent exactly the number of SMARTBOX containers that you need for your move or storage needs. You get just the right fit and don’t have to pay for space you’re not using. SMARTBOX is an excellent choice for local moves as well as long distance moves.

If you are planning a “hybrid” move -- one in which you load and unload the truck or storage container, but you don’t have to drive it to your new home -- we are the company to choose. We’re all about keeping it simple and convenient so you have a great experience every time you deal with SMARTBOX!

Easy, Convenient and Just the Right SIze

For long distance moves or local moves, climate-controlled temporary storage while you renovate part of your house or long-term storage, residential or business storage, SMARTBOX is a great alternative to 1-800-PACK-RAT and other storage companies that also rent pods for moving. Our conveniently-sized containers mean you only pay for the amount of space you use. So if you find yourself needing a little more space, you don’t have to commit to a lot more space than you can actually use. That keeps your costs down and helps you pack your belongings more securely.

And since we drop off and pick up our SMARTBOX pods, you don’t have to hassle with renting and returning a moving truck. Our friendly customer service professionals will walk you through the process and make sure your questions are answered at every step of the way.

Besides business and residential moving and storage, SMARTBOX is also a good choice for military storage, military moves, and college student storage and moves. You choose when we drop off the container or containers and when we pick them up, so you can load your belongings into a weather-resistant, easy to access container at your own pace. Whatever your need for our easy to use, convenient pod-based storage, we will make sure it’s a stress-free, hassle-free and positive experience for you.

Contact us today to get a quote on your SMARTBOX storage container rental for local or long distance moving, or temporary or long-term storage. Let us know what your ZIP code is and what delivery date you prefer, and we’ll get back to you to discuss availability. We’ll help you choose just the right SMARTBOX solution for your needs!