Moving pods are a popular and convenient way to store and move items. Chances are you probably have driven by a moving pod or storage container in front of a neighbor’s house. In fact you might have noticed that was there for a few days before disappearing. Pods may not be the right fit for every type of move. Moving a piano, for example, would not be a good idea for a moving pod; Pianos need specialized professional movers. However some furniture and boxes do very well in these containers.
Maybe now you are thinking of or planning a move yourself. You might have some questions about moving pods. Are they even worth your money? Here are the top 5 questions on moving pods to help make your decision.
- 1. How do moving pods work?
Moving pods are delivered to your home or office. You can take your time to pack and load the moving pod, or hire a local moving company. When you are done, the container company picks up the pod and brings it to your new home. Moving pods can be used for moving across town to across the country. The nice part of it is that you don’t have to rent and drive a U-haul. The downsides may include having a large container on your property, having your things handled by a bigger company, and costs. And again, if you’re moving that piano…
- 2. How much does it cost to move with pods?
Cost is probably the number one reason to not use pods. Pods offers a helpful calculator to get you started. You can get a good estimate for moving costs and what size container you might need on their site here.
We did a quick search to see the starting cost for moving a three bedroom apartment. The site suggests a 16ft. pod. The cost for moving this size pod within Durham, NC starts at $420 for a move within Durham. Smartbox estimates up to $600. U-Haul online estimate was surprisingly just $260, which includes one month rental and even some furniture pads. Longer distance moves would start at about $800. Either way, these can mean big costs when compared with renting a moving truck or borrowing vehicles for a move.
- 3. Can pods be delivered to apartments or dorms?
This really depends on your dorm or apartment building’s rules and regulations. You should check with your new building to find out if a pod can be dropped off.
- 4. Are pods waterproof?
Storage containers are usually waterproof. They also have aluminum sides to withstand high winds and rain. Check with your storage container company to be sure.
- 5. Are moving pods worth it?
Whether or not a moving pod is worth it really depends on your situation and needs. For many, the convenience is worth the cost and hassle. If you do decide to go with a moving pod, we recommend hiring a local mover. Experienced movers can make the best use of your storage container space, saving you stress and money.
Pod or no pod, Ladd moving is happy to help you make the right moving decision that works best for you and your family. Feel free to contact us any time.
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