Comparing Moving with a Rental Truck to BigSteelBox. What Option is Best for You?

Photo of woman feeling stressed out about packing and movingFrom rental trucks to moving containers, you have options when it comes to moving companies.

As such, it’s important to take a step back and really look at your situation to decide what type of moving company will help make your local move or long distance move as easy a possible.

Start by weighing the pros and cons of each moving option. If you think that renting a moving truck is the only option for you, wait! You may not have taken everything into account and you may find that using a portable storage container, like a BigSteelBox, might make your move easier.

Top Considerations When Comparing a Moving Truck Rental Truck to Using a BigSteelBox:

1) Cost and Budget - There's More to Price than Meets the Eye

When it comes to booking a move with BigSteelBox, it’s pretty simple. As long as you don’t require more Boxes at any point, the price we quote you is the price you will pay.

Ours is a packaged service that includes the delivery of your moving container, 1 month’s rent, the cost of moving your loaded container to your new home, and the pick-up of your empty Box. Learn more about choosing the right container size for your move.

Here's a breakdown of what most of our customers need to complete their move:

Home Size Moving Container Size Needed
1 Bedroom Home 10' BigSteelBox
2 Bedroom Home 20' BigSteelBox
3 Bedroom Home 20' BigSteelBox
4 Bedroom Home 20' and 10' BigSteelBoxes
5 Bedroom Home 20' and 20' BigSteelBoxes
6 Bedroom Home 20' and 20' BigSteelBoxes

When you rent a moving truck, there are many more variables to consider that will affect your final cost. Because you’ll likely be paying by the day for the rental of the truck, you’ll need to realistically figure out the number of days you’ll need to complete your move. This will depend on a few things:

Local Moves:

  • Will you need extra help (friends, family) to get it done in time?
  • How many trips will you need to make to and from your new home, and how much fuel will that require?
  • Do you need extra insurance? Insurance isn't always mandatory with a rental truck, but it is often recommended because it protects the customer from liability of any damage to the rented vehicle in the case of an accident.
  • Consider whether or not you can actually do everything in one or two days and don’t forget to take into account the time you’ll need to:
    • Load all your things at your current home.
    • Drive the truck to your new home.
    • Unload the truck at your new home.
    • Get the truck back to the rental company by the specified deadline, within their hours of operation.

Long Distance Moves:

  • How much time will your need to load the truck?
  • Calculate the number of travel days to reach your new location.
  • Factor in the cost of hotel if there is an overnight along the way.
  • What will you spend on fuel?
  • Will you need extra insurance on the rented vehicle?
  • How much time will you need to unload at your new home.

To get an idea of what a local move package will cost in your city, visit our Locations page to find the BigSteelBox nearest you. For long distance move quotes, please call 1-800-373-1187.

2) Convenience of Transportation


When you rent a moving truck, someone will have to drive it. If you're not comfortable driving a vehicle of that size, or you’re worried about having to drive in bad weather or on busy roads or Highways, you should consider using a portable storage option like BigSteelBox.

When you move with BigSteelBox, we do the driving. We’ll deliver your container, you pack it at your pace, then we’ll move it to your new home. We deliver and pick-up your BigSteelBox on your schedule, and our placement technicians are very skilled and take great care to protect your driveway throughout the process.

You may be wondering, “Is there a better option for local vs. long distance moves?” That’s a good question. The distance that you’re planning to travel for a move will also be a big factor in determining the type of moving company you use. Here are a few things to consider:

Local Moves:

If you're not moving far (within the same city) and you’re on a tight budget, renting a moving truck from Budget® or U-Haul® will probably be your cheapest option. For local moves (depending on how far you're driving) you'll probably save $100 to $200 with a rental truck, as long as you can complete your move all in one day.

Long Distance Moves:

If you're planning a long distance move, there are many other variables to take into consideration. Do you really want to drive a large, loaded moving truck yourself? How many days will you actually need? What is an accurate estimate of the fuel costs? Are you going to need to stay in a hotel along the way? When you add up all the costs, you may not be saving as much as you think with a rental truck.

And, don’t forget about your personal vehicle. If you rent a truck, you’ll need someone to drive your car to the new home. The duty falls on either you or anyone assisting you in your move. If the move is long distance, you'd better prepare for the long haul. Stopping for gas, struggling against traffic, and finding time to sleep are all challenges that double when you have a rental truck and a personal car on the trip.

If this scenario is what you expect to encounter during your move, then BigSteelBox is a more convenient and relaxing option. You’ll have more time to pack your moving container, and we’ll do the driving, so you can drive your personal vehicle and leave the rest to us.

3) Will You Need Storage In Between Homes?


Renting a truck is time sensitive. When you’re being charged by the day or hour, you may feel additional pressure to get everything done in a single day. Rental trucks are convenient for quick moves, when you don’t have a lot of stuff to move, but if things don't go according to plan you may be left paying more than you bargained for.

There are all sorts of reasons why moving in one day might not be ideal, or even an option for you. Many people lose possession of their homes after a sale, before they’re able to move into their new home. Or, if you’re moving to a new city and your new home isn’t ready yet, or you’re still looking for the perfect home, you will need to store your things until it’s time to move in.

In these cases, moving with BigSteelBox provides even more value compared to renting a truck. Once you’ve packed your BigSteelBox, we’ll pick it up and move it to one of our secure storage facilities until you’re ready to have it delivered to your new home. There’s no need to unload everything from the the rental truck and put it into a storage locker, and then reload it into another truck when your new home is finally ready.

You’ll have peace of mind throughout this process because after you pack your Box, you place the padlock and YOU keep the key. If you need to access your container while it’s stored at one of our yards, just give the store 24 business hours notice, and we’ll place it in our easily accessible set out area. Learn more about the security features of our moving containers that will keep your things safe as long as they are stored.

4) Reduce the Stress of Moving - Take Your Time!

As mentioned above, moving with a rental truck means you will be packing, moving, and unpacking as quickly as possible - usually all in one or two days. If this method doesn't appeal to you, and you’re looking for a more relaxed option, then consider moving with a BigSteelBox.

One of the most popular reasons many of our customers choose BigSteelBox is because they prefer to have the extra time to pack and unpack their things. You can keep your moving container for as long as you need it, so pack it and unpack it at your pace.

Charges for deliveries, loaded moves and pickups will not change. Whether to keep your Box for a month or a year, the monthly rental fee is the only additional cost you will incur. Find the BigSteelBox Store nearest you to find out the monthly rental rates in your city.

Need more information to help with your decision? One of our Storage Consultants will be happy to help you at 1-800-373-1187.

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