(Closed) Job Relocation and Moving Pods

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

When I looked into using moving PODS in the past, they were super expensive.

I didn’t actually use them because of the cost so I can’t speak to their actual ease of use.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My friend used them for a move from Boston to Georgia, and it worked out really well.

What condition is your furniture in? It might be cheaper to sell it on Craigslist and buy new stuff on the other end than to use PODS or movers. PODS is definitely cheaper than hiring movers, but is till expensive.

For our cross-country move, we sold all our furniture and pared our belongings down to essentials that we then shipped. We had mostly IKEA or cheaper furniture that we didn’t want to spend $$$ to ship, so it made sense for us. We are now purchasing “real” furniture for our new place. We made about $3000 off of selling stuff on Craigslist and spent about $1000 shipping stuff. When you factor in that PODS would have been several thousand dollars (and moving vans cost $5-6 grand), we came out way, way ahead.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

On a 1,300 mile move SO and I made, we opted for movers…but to cut costs, we had everything moved on a shared truck, meaning our stuff was on a truck with other households moving the same way.  It was nice to not have to worry about moving our stuff (destination was NYC and we didn’t want to worry about parking a truck and dealing with a walk-up).  We did look into PODS, however some reviews cautioned that items might not hold up long-distance.  Just something to consider.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

They are more ecpensive than other moving services, but their benefit is you can store it at a location until you are ready for it. So if you are not moving in ASAP, but leasing or renting a furnished sublet or staying in executive housing, then a POD works great. 

Otherwise traditional moving company will probably be less expensive with the full service where they drive it and not you.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My stuff is currently sitting in a POD.  I’ve used them twice in a year and I used PackRat 6 months ago.  If you have any questions, PM me.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@beekiss:  Pods worked out really great for us when we moved ~1,900 miles from North Carolina to New Mexico. We did not have any issues with things not holding up or getting damaged (although the credit on that might belong to my engineering husband-who packed both pods). When we moved the cost of the pod was significantly less than a moving company. It worked well for us because my hubby moved out first so we loaded 1/2 of our stuff into the first pod, then I moved out to join him 18 months later and we packed the rest of our stuff into a second pod.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@beekiss:  We did use PODS and used 2 of the 16x8x8 pods. In those 2 pods we combined both of our households-2 queen size matresses, 4 dressers, a recliner chair, dining room table + chairs, a desk, entertainment center, sofa, 2 coffee tables, 3 end tables, a futon, and 3-4 wooden chairs for really big stuff. Then we also packed our kitchen stuff, clothes, books (I have a lot of books) and all of the garage stuff that my hubby has, including his motorcycle project. There may have been more, but that’s what I’m remembering right now.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@beekiss:  I did a 12 ft and fit a one bedroom in it (approx. 800 sq feet) and still had half of the POD empty when I was done.  I did a 12 ft with the movers before and it was overflowing because I had bad movers.  I also ended up with a lot of damage because they packed it wrong.  Pack Rat is cheaper, but they are franchises and the franchise I happen to work with were completely incompetent.  They showed up 4 days after my scheduled pick up date to get my empty unit and then charged me an extra month because the day they picked up was 1 day over the end of my month.  I had to take it to the point of threatening to sue them to get that money back.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@beekiss: 

I havent used one myself but do think that it is easier cuz they can sit in your driveway for a while before you move and you can gradually move things in.

 

I also think it gives you more control of how things are packed too cuz you are the only one in the pod on the front and back end

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We’re possibly moving cross country this summer and have looked into this type of moving.  Have you considered other companies that offer the same type of service?  We looked into ABF Movers and U-Pack.  Both offer containers and are a lot more reasonable than what I’ve seen PODS go for.  We didn’t get a quote from PODS, but some friends that did said those companies seem to have better deals.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve used this option a few times in the past. Two tips from an old-pro:

1) Make sure your current and new location allow you to park a POD. I live in a city environment and my new apartment building did not allow the use of PODs. Luckily, leasing agreed to let me park it in a guest spo, but only for a few hours. This was only after a lot of back and forth and was super stressful. We had to empty my huge POD (I have a lot of crap) in only a few hours in time for it to be picked up again. In fact, some companies would not even have been able to come back on the same day. Basically, it was a huge headache. Unfortunately, I was using the POD as storage because I didn’t know when I would be moving or where to. It worked out but could have been bad news bears.

2) Make sure you don’t put the wrong boxes in the POD, because you can’t open it back up until it’s dropped back off. There were plenty of angry EBAY buyers after one of my POD experiences — I trapped a box of books I meant to take to the post office for a few months. OOPS.

Other than that, I’ve had good luck with this option of moving/storage. It has worked for my situation when I’ve had time in between moves. I am afraid of driving big moving trucks, so this also helped me avoid all of that craziness.

Good luck!

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