Many rats have won our hearts over the years, and 1-800-PACK-RAT can hang with the pack. It’s perfect for when you’re taking your time with a move or want 30 days of included storage, all with plenty of protection.
For local and long-distance moves, 1-800-PACK-RAT gives you breathing room for your move by offering 30-days to pack at your own pace. Just be prepared to drop $500 on a deposit five days before your move.
|Local and long-distance moves||Yes|
|Partial or fragile-only packing||Paid only|
|Furniture assembly/disassembly||Paid only|
|Included insurance||Standard liability coverage|
|Free Quote||Learn more|
What you should know about 1-800-PACK-RAT
We like the premise: 1-800-PACK-RAT drops off an all-steel container that you can keep on your property for 30 days. You pack up your stuff, organize, and load at your own rate. It gives you the feeling of a DIY move, but without the need to rush everything into a truck or van promptly to avoid extra charges.
Then 1-800-PACK-RAT picks up your container and drops it off at a storage facility or your new home. You don’t have to drive a big truck you’re not used to, and you can drive your car to the new spot without making an extra trip.
What you get with 1-800-PACK-RAT
Not everyone needs the same size of container and 1-800-PACK-RAT knows that. You get your choice of 8-foot, 12-foot, or 16-foot trucks. If you need more room than that, you should look into U-Pack (another moving container company) or United Van Lines (a full-service mover).
One of the biggest hang-ups we have with 1-800-PACK-RAT, though, is the timeline. You won’t get your containers for up to ten days after you place the order, and you will be charged a $500 security deposit five days before its arrival. For anyone in a rush or under a tight budget, you may need more flexibility and promptness.
How is 1-800-PACK-RAT different than PODS?
You might be familiar with PODS, which 1-800-PACK-RAT resembles in many ways. The differences lay mostly in container styles:
- PODS has a roll top door which may allow you to get closer to your entryway; 1-800-PACK-RAT has barn style doors, which allow you to stack items up to the ceiling.
- 1-800-PACK-RAT’s containers can hold up to 6,000 pounds compared to PODS holding up to 4,200 or 4,700 pounds. That’s more bang for your buck if you’ve inherited cement furniture from your artsy brutalist uncle.
- PODS containers have a translucent top, which makes it easy to go in and out during the day without bringing a lamp. But at the end of the day, 1-800-PACK-RAT’s all-steel container is more weatherproof and will protect against basically everything (except maybe golf-ball-sized hail or hail-sized meteorites).
For individual price comparisons, it’s hard to say if PODS or 1-800-PACK-RAT will be a better deal for your move until you grab a quote from each company. Every move is unique (and beautiful in its own way) so pricing can vary quite a bit.
|Storage||30 days||Monthly rental after 30 days|
|Basic liability coverage||Add-on||Yes|
|Full valuation coverage||Add-on||Yes|
|Free Quote||Learn more||Learn more|
1-800-PACK-RAT moving experience
Getting your quote
We definitely prefer online quotes, because we value pricing transparency . . . which 1-800-PACK-RAT doesn’t provide.
You can enter your information for a quote online, but you’ll have to speak on the phone to get any real numbers. If you’re not sure which size container to get, the representatives can help you out.
Prepping your home
With 30 days of included storage, you’ll have plenty of time to move your stuff into the container while it hangs out on your property.
Throw on some funky tunes and get your groove on while you move. It beats the usual hustling and stressing in a 4-hour time window like with other movers.
1-800-PACK-RAT will drop off the container, you move in your stuff, and then the company will come pick it up, do all the driving, and drop it off at your new place. It’s one of the most stress-free ways to move, especially if you add additional services like packing and moving.
Storing your stuff
You get 30 days of storage with 1-800-PACK-RAT, which is one of our favorite things about it. You’re not trying to coordinate with a bunch of friends to meet up in a short window on moving day. You’re not sitting around waiting for random movers to show up on a Saturday. And you’re not naming the moths flying out of your wallet every day you don’t finish.
1-800-PACK-RAT provides a laid-back way to make sure your stuff is minimized, organized, and double-checked before you take off for your new home.
Recap — Is 1-800-PACK-RAT a good mover?
We like 1-800-PACK-RAT for anyone who’s not in a huge rush to move. It can be a much cheaper alternative to a full-service move while still providing you with a few options. Plus, if you’re worried about safely transporting your belongings, 1-800-PACK-RAT has the most solid moving containers we’ve come across.
Services: Get the container, load the container, show up to your new house and unload without the stress of driving. Nice.
Quotes: Getting a quote is straightforward. You make the call and the agents will guide you through the process.
Moving: If the thought of driving a tall moving truck and accidentally tearing out a low-lying awning terrifies you, 1-800-PACK-RAT is a good way to go.
Storage: Our favorite part! The 30 days of storage time can make the difference between pulling your hair out to hit a moving deadline and enjoying a zen moment when you’re folding laundry and organizing your stuff.