What You Should Know Before Renting a Moving Container From PODS

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Thinking about renting a PODS moving container for your next move? If so, you’ll certainly save big bucks compared to hiring a professional moving company. In fact, renting a portable moving container from PODS for an interstate move will cost you a fourth of what a full-service moving company would cost.

In addition to saving you money on a move, these portable moving containers can also be used to temporarily store items during the moving process. For these reasons and more, moving containers have become one of the most cost-efficient and common sense ways to move to a new home. Here’s a quick rundown on how the popular moving container brand PODS works, what it costs and the company’s varying container sizes.

How It Works

Renting a PODS moving container is fairly simple. Customers must first choose whether they wish to store, move or do both with their belongings. If using the PODS container for storage, customers will need to decide whether to store the container at their location or at a PODS Storage Center. Customers must also decide on the duration they wish to use the container for storage. For both moving and storage, customers must choose a delivery location, date and size as well.

After reserving one or more PODS containers, the company will deliver the container right to the customer’s doorstep. From there, all they have to do is load up their belongings into the container at their own pace. PODS will pick up the container when they’re ready and deliver it to either the storage unit or the customer’s moving destination.

What It Costs

Moving: The cost of moving with a PODS moving container depends on the size of the container rented, the duration of the rental, and the number of miles the customer is moving. According to PODS, costs will vary based on where the customer is moving from and to. Long distance moves start as low as $800, but vary based on the miles the customer is moving and how many months of storage are needed. PODS notes that local moves typically cost less.

Storage: Customers have the option to store a PODS container on their property or at a PODS storage location. According to PODS, rates for storing a PODS container on the customer’s personal property start as low as $110 per month for a 12-foot container and $120 for a 16-foot container. However, monthly rental rates vary and are dependent on storage duration, container availability and location.

Container Sizes

PODS is a popular choice for those moving and/or looking for storage because of the container’s steel-framed and weather-resistant makeup, as well as the ramp-free loading. Each PODS container is equipped with tie-downs, steel locking latches, and a lock and key for security. According to PODS, the company’s containers are also built to withstand up to 110 mph winds.

PODS offers three different container sizes:

7-foot container

The PODS 7-ft. container is approximately 7’x7’x8’. According to PODS, the container is “perfect for small-volume moving and storage,” and is commonly used as a shipping container or storage unit for apartment and studio moves. The inside of the container offers 385 cubic feet of packing space, and can hold one full room of furniture. PODS claims the 7-ft. moving container is comparable to a 10-ft long rental truck.

According to PODS, popular uses for this container include:

  • Studio apartment moves
  • Smaller dwelling moves
  • College student moving
  • Estate moving
  • Moving items to a second home
  • Temporary storage for small remodeling and renovation projects such as bathroom remodels

The 7-ft container is available for long distance moves in the U.S. and Canada. Many PODS locations also offer this container for local moving and storage.

12-foot container

The PODS 12-ft. container is approximately 12’x8’x8′. According to PODS, the container is the “perfect solution for moving an apartment or house with two or three rooms.” The inside of the container offers 689 cubic feet of packing space and is comparable to a rental truck that is 15 feet long.

According to PODS, popular uses for this container include:

  • Moving homes with two to three rooms
  • Larger apartment moves
  • Office relocation
  • Home remodeling and restoration projects

The 12-ft. container is available at most PODS locations and can only be used for in-town moving and storage.

16-foot container

The PODS 16-ft. container is approximately 16’x8’x8. According to PODS, the container is the company’s largest container option and is a “popular choice for moving a home with three or four rooms.” The inside of the container offers 857 cubic feet of packing space. PODS claims that the 16-ft. moving container is comparable to a rental truck that is 20 feet long.

According to PODS, popular uses for this container include:

  • Moving homes with three to four bedrooms
  • Office relocations
  • Large home remodeling and restoration projects

The 16-ft. container is available for long distance moves in the U.S. and Canada. This size container is also available for local moving and storage in most PODS locations.

Other portable moving container options

In addition to PODS, there are multiple other moving container options available to those moving and/or looking for storage. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • U-Haul’s U-Box Containers – U-Haul’s U-Boxes offer customers plenty of flexibility when it comes to moving and storage with their moving containers. Customers can choose from “the superior convenience option,” the “low-cost, do-it-yourself option,” and the “most cost effective option.” U-Haul’s U-Boxes come in one size, measuring 96″ x 60″ x 90″ (257 cubic feet) and have the capacity to hold up to 2,000 pounds. U-Haul’s storage facilities are secure and climate controlled with 24-hour access for customers. Those storing their belongings can rent these containers on a convenient, month-to-month basis.
  • 1-800-PACK-RAT – With its heavy emphasis on durability and security, 1-800-PACK-RAT’s portable containers are a popular choice for those looking to move and/or store their belongings. The weatherproof containers are outfitted in steel frames, walls and barn-style doors. They containers are also climate controlled and equipped with video surveillance. For added convenience, 1-800-PACK-RAT’s containers come in three different sizes: 16-ft., 12-ft., and 8-ft.
  • ABF U-Pack ReloCubes – U-Pack offers ReloCube moving containers that are metal and weatherproof. The moving container company is a popular choice for those moving and/or looking for storage because customers can reserve as many ReloCubes as they think they will need, and they only have to pay for the ones they use. The company also allows customers to use their own padlocks on the ReloCube for added security. According to the website, U-Pack doesn’t require a down payment or deposit. After you’ve finished loading up the container, you can pay by credit card for the number of ReloCubes you ended up utilizing.
  • United Mayflower’s Containers – United Mayflower containers include smooth interior walls, galvanized steel framing and waterproof materials to keep your belongings properly protected. They’re also equipped with flush-mounted tie-down rings to prevent items from shifting while on the road, as well as a translucent roof that allows light into the container, so that customers can see what’s inside more easily. The company’s moving containers are 16’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ high, and can hold the contents of a 1,500 square-foot home.

Ready to find a portable moving container?

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Published at Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:43:59 +0000